- 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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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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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.