Aston Villa draws 1-1 with Stoke in Premier League

Darren Bent equalized in the 43rd minute Saturday to give Aston

Villa a 1-1 draw against Stoke in the Premier League.

With Villa manager Gerard Houllier still recovering from chest

pains in the hospital, Bent met Kyle Walker’s cross at the edge of

the area and flicked a header in via the far post.

Kenwyne Jones had given Stoke the lead following one of Rory

Delap’s trademark long throw-ins, climbing above the Villa defense

to deflect his header past goalkeeper Brad Friedel into the corner

of the net.

Substitute Ricardo Fuller thought he had scored a winner for

Stoke but was whistled for offside. Fuller then picked up what

appeared to be an Achilles problem in the closing seconds and had

to be carried off on a stretcher.