Villa held to 0-0 draw by Stoke in Premier League

Aston Villa dropped one place to 16th in the Premier League

despite drawing 0-0 with Stoke on Saturday to stay unbeaten after

three games.

In a match of few chances at Villa Park, the most contentious

moment came with time almost up when Stoke defender Ryan Shotton

was sent off for a second bookable offence even though it appeared

he made no contact on Villa substitute Fabian Delph.

Villa is only two points above the relegation zone, while Stoke

stayed ninth with 23 points, three from fifth place and the Europa

League spot.