Stoke draws 0-0 with Aston Villa in Premier League

Aston Villa and Stoke were both denied by the woodwork Monday as

the midlands rivals settled for a 0-0 draw in the Premier

League.

Marc Wilson came closest to grabbing a winner for Stoke when his

header from a corner in the 69th minute struck the underside of the

crossbar before being bundled away on the goalline by Gabriel

Agbonlahor. Stoke thought they had scored, but television replays

suggested the referee was correct in judging that the entire ball

had not crossed the line.

In a first half without many scoring chances, Emile Heskey

nearly put Villa ahead in the 21st when his header from a corner

struck the left-hand post with goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen well

beaten.

Heskey was later substituted with a recurrence of his Achilles

problem.