Football

Austrian Weimann stuns the Potters

STOKE CITY 0

ASTON VILLA 1

(Weimann 50)

AndreasWeimann’s second-half strike proved the difference as Aston Villa triumphed at Stoke. The Austrian international rifled a shot in off Asmir Begovic in the 50th minute to steer the visitors to three points few might have predicted them collecting before kick-off.

Villa had not won away from home since January 1 and their six league games on the road previous to this had all ended in defeat in a poor conclusion to 2013/14. Stoke, on the other hand, had finished the campaign strongly, and lost only three times in the league at the Britannia Stadium over the whole season.

Villa’s win could have been even more emphatic if Gabriel Agbonlahor and substitute Leandro Bacuna had not squandered decent opportunities either side of the goal.