Helpless for Huth's header but other than that there was little for him to deal with.
The Scot usually loves to bomb forward and help in attack but was not at his marauding best this afternoon.
The Welshman perhaps isn't held in the esteem he warrants. Calm in possession and a dominant presence in the air and the tackle.
The youngster is inexperienced in the Premier League but his youthful exuberance brought a breath of fresh air to Villa. Very keen to get forward without compromising his defensive responsibilities.
Another academy graduate getting his opportunity due to injuries who showed great promise with a very competent display.
Featured in an unfamiliar midfield position and offered a steady option with good protection in front of Lichaj, though had his obvious limits in terms of an attacking threat.
When the tempo was slow he dictated the play but as things picked up his apparent lack of effort was of great frustration to the home support.
Plenty of running and desire from the versatile Australian before he was stretchered off with a worrying head injury.
A talented player that looked uncomfortable in right midfield, making several loose passes. Appeared to lack effort or urgency
Surprisingly won a number of headers up against the imposing Huth and Shawcross as he led by example as captain.
An energetic performance from a striker whom many might not have heard of a couple of weeks ago. Superb goal to open the scoring and plenty of desire to make an impression.
His manager is adamant he brings more to Stoke's play than his long throws but on this occasion it was hard to remember anything else he offered.
An afternoon of very few shots for either goalkeeper to deal with and there was nothing he could about Weimann's opener.
Alongside Huth, Shawcross is ever reliable and consistent which is a quality so hard to find in defenders.
Stuck to his defensive duties but was certainly helped by the lack of a natural Villa wide man to contend with.
It was a game of few chances that will reflect well on both defenses but the German proved his worth in the opposite penalty area with a fine headed goal.
Stoke were lackluster but Shotton did bring energy and pace to their attack at times.
Offers natural width and energy but was well below par this afternoon before being brought off for Pennant.
Chipped in with a couple of crunching tackles to assert himself on the game though offered little to nothing going forward.
Hasn't had as many starts this season as he might have expected but certainly did himself no harm today with a powerful yet considered display.
Built a reputation as a clattering yet classy striker yet has been far from his best this season and appeared to lack any desire to put the work in for his team.
Had a header in the first half but mainly fed on scraps. Made up for his lack of impact by working hard.
- 29 T. Sørensen
- 20 M. Upson
- 39 J. Woodgate
Introduced for Etherington to good effect as he provided the cross for Huth's equalizer
Came on for the final 10 minutes replacing the disappointing Delap.
- 33 C. Jerome
Replaced Jones after an hour and made a real nuisance of himself to offer a far better foil for Walters.