Stoke beats Aston Villa 2-1 in Premier League

Peter Crouch scored a second-half winner Saturday to give Stoke

a 2-1 victory over Aston Villa and put Mark Hughes’ side firmly in

mid-table of the Premier League.

Crouch set up Stoke’s first goal as well, knocking the ball down

for Charlie Adam, who slotted it into the net in the 51st. Libor

Kozak equalized in the 66th, taking advantage of Erik Pieters’ soft

headed backpass. But Crouch netted the winner from close range four

minutes later after Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan misjudged a cross,

extending Stoke’s unbeaten home record to six games.

Stoke leapfrogged Villa in the standings to provisionally climb

to 10th with 21 points from 17 rounds. Villa is two points

behind.