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Stoke City 2-1 Aston Villa: Arnautovic piles misery on Villans

Marko Arnautovic provided the heroics for Stoke City as his two goals would be enough to put away Aston Villa.

  • Arnautovic scores twice
  • Bacuna grabs late goal
  • Villa now 9 points off safety

Stoke City beat Aston Villa 2-1 at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday with Marko Arnautovic netting twice to pile more misery on bottom club Villa.

Arnautovic’s goals both came at the start of the second half and despite Leandro Bacuna grabbing a goal 10 minutes from time, Villa were poor throughout as they suffered yet another defeat.

With the win Mark Hughes’ side move up to eighth place on 39 points, while Villa stay bottom and are now nine points from safety with 11 games to go.

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Stoke dominated early on but failed to really get in-behind Villa as the visitors sat back but Jores Okore almost sent the ball into his own net but Mark Bunn tipped the ball over.

Villa looked shaky at the back in the early stages but settled into the game however Okore denied Ibrahim Afellay with a superb last-ditch tackle in the box.

The rest of the first half saw both teams battling for possession but Stoke always looked more likely to break through.

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At the start of the second half Stoke did go ahead as Shaqiri sent a great reverse pass into Phil Bardsley’s path and he was clearly taken out by Ashley Westwood and a penalty kick was awarded.

Arnautovic slammed home the PK and Stoke lead 1-0 after 50 minutes.

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Six minutes later Arnautovic and Stoke had a second as Shaqiri was once again the architect as the Swiss winger powered into the box and dinked a cross to the back post which Arnautovic headed into Bunn and the ball dropped down at the Austrian’s feet and he tapped home. 2-0 to the Potters.

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Stoke continued to dominate as Arnautovic almost flicked in a third after Phillip Wollscheid’s header and Shaqiri then forced Bunn into a save at his near post.

Despite Stoke’s dominance, Villa grabbed a goal 10 minutes from time with Bacuna driving home after a cross from the right was flicked on by Rudy Gestede. Game on. Or not. Villa tried to push for a second but Stoke held on rather easily for all three points.

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