14 Sep 2010

Stoke snatch win over Villa

10:37 am on 14 September 2010

Stoke City scored with virtually the last kick of the match to earn their first English Premier League football points of the season with a 2-1 home win over Aston Villa.

New Villa manager Gerard Houllier was not in the ground and Stoke boss Tony Pulis also missed the first half following the death of his mother but he arrived in time to see Robert Huth snatch a dramatic victory.

Villa, who missed the chance to go third in the table, deservedly led 1-nil at halftime.

Stoke remained in the bottom three but their late fightback left West Ham United as the only team in the Premier League still to earn a point this season.

Houllier, appointed last week to succeed Martin O'Neill who quit before the start of the season, has not yet completed his commitments in his previous job with the French Football Federation.