By Rhonda Richards | In Match Reports - Home Games
Aston Villa’s struggles continued as they suffered a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Stoke City, their sixth defeat in eight games.
It was the visitors that started quickest, and they could have been ahead after just four minutes when Mame Biram Diouf was sent through only for Micah to make a timely block.
Charlie Adam tried his luck from inside his own half soon after having spotted Brad Guzan off his line, but the stopper managed to race backwards and tip the ball over.
Stoke had the ball in the back of the net midway through the first half as Marko Arnautovic poked home Bojan’s cross, only for the referee to flag for offside. His disappointment, though, would extend to just 10 minutes after the break when he did score legitimately to put his side in front.
Glen Johnson picked Arnautovic out who took a touch and fired home to make it 1-0 to Mark Hughes’ men, and Micah missed a good opportunity to level almost immediately as he headed wide from six yards.
Rudy Gestede saw a shot saved as he toiled for a leveller, while Jordan Veretout also went close in what proved to be as near as it got for Villa, who remain in the relegation zone.