Huth header earns point at Villa
Stoke defender Robert Huth scored for the second time in 48 hours to earn his side a point from a 1-1 Barclays Premier League clash at Aston Villa.
Huth had netted his side's first goal when they came from behind to defeat Wolves and made another telling contribution against Alex McLeish's side.
The former Chelsea player's 71st-minute header cancelled out a stunning strike from Villa striker Andreas Weimann which had broken the deadlock.
A draw was a fair result from a game which seldom reached any great heights, although McLeish will be annoyed to have conceded yet another goal from a set-piece - the 21st of the campaign.
Villa, missing seven senior players through illness or injury, edged further away from the bottom three and can look at a satisfactory Easter after also sharing the spoils with Liverpool.
Stoke, despite playing their 51st game of the season - 16 more than Villa - still showed their ultra competitive edge in securing a hard-earned point.
Shay Given comfortably dealt with a header by Rory Delap from a Matthew Etherington cross, but after 32 minutes a superb finish from Weimann put Villa in front.
The Austrian exchanged passes with Stephen Ireland on the edge of the Stoke box before curling a 20-yard drive past Asmir Begovic into the top corner of the net.
And, with 19 minutes remaining, Jermaine Pennant was brought down by Gary Gardner and took the free-kick to the right of the Villa box himself. Huth was the first to react and climbed above James Collins to head home.
Villa midfielder Chris Herd was carried off on a stretcher with a head injury after lengthy treatment following a clash with Huth and replaced by Emile Heskey.