Wednesday 22 August 2012

Barclays U21 Premier League: Villa off to flyer

Michael Drennan, Daniel Johnson and Josh Barton scored in 3-0 home win

Michael Drennan headed in the opening goal and set up the second

Aston Villa 3-0 Stoke City

Aston Villa their Barclays U21 Premier League campaign off to a promising start with a comfortable 3-0 win over Stoke City.  

First-team manager Paul Lambert watched on at Bodymoor Heath as second-half goals from Michael Drennan, Daniel Johnson and Josh Barton earned the home side three points.

Villa edged a tight first period but headed into the break with the score at 0-0.

Lambert offered the players some words of advice at half-time and his pep-talk paid dividends as Villa instantly stepped up things.

Within three minutes of the restart, Drennan headed in a left-wing cross from Stevens to open the scoring and the Irish forward set up the second for captain Johnson a quarter of an hour later.

Barton confirmed Stoke’s second successive defeat in the competition with a fine solo effort 12 minutes before the end.

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Key Points

  • Aston Villa begin Barclays U21 Premier League campaign with 3-0 win
  • Michael Drennan, Daniel Johnson and Josh Barton scored second-half goals
  • Villa manager Paul Lambert gave youngsters a half-time pep talk for Stoke City's visit