Kodjia & Abraham rescue point for Aston Villa vs. Stoke City

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The duo were on hand to help their side come back twice to avoid a home defeat, in a game that saw Afobe net his sixth goal of the season

Jonathan Kodjia and Tammy Abraham were the key men as Aston Villa secured a 2-2 draw with Stoke City in Saturday’s English Championship encounter.

The game looked to have been won by the visitors after Benik Afobe’s converted a penalty 12 minutes from time but the Cote d’Ivoire international, on as a second-half substitute snatched a point for his side at home.

An entertaining opening 45 minutes ended a stalemate before Stoke took the lead two minutes after the restart through midfielder Joe Allen.

Kodjia was brought on for winger Anwar El-Ghazi few minutes after the hour mark and was crucial to Villa’s response, winning the penalty that was converted by Abraham for the youngster’s 12th goal of the season.

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In the 78th minute, five after Villa’s equaliser, Afobe sent his side back in front, in a similar fashion but Kodjia, off a Yannick Bolasie cross, ensured Dean Smith’s men extended their unbeaten run to seven games.

They maintain their slot in the log, placed eighth after 22 league games. They face table-toppers Leeds United next Sunday.

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