Fabian Delph returned to the starting line-up at Stoke and his influence could not have been greater.
Delph was a talismanic rock in the middle ground, winning tackles and showing a fine range of passing.
He emerged as No.1 in a range of categories when the stats were analysed on the final whistle.
Special praise also goes to Joe Bennett, who was superb offensively and defensively throughout the tough ninety minutes at the Britannia Stadium.
Delph was No.1 for passes with forty-five successful out of sixty made. Ashley Westwood was No.2 with forty-three successful out of fifty-eight made. Matt Lowton was No.5 with thirty-seven successful out of fifty made.
Delph was No.1 for attacking third passes with fifteen successful out of twenty-two made. Bennett was No.2 with thirteen successful out of sixteen made. Westwood was No.3 with eleven successful out of nineteen made.
Delph was also No.1 for tackles with three successful out of four made. Bennett and Lowton also enjoyed three successful out of four made.
Christian Benteke was No.1 for shots with two in total, two on target and one goal. Gabby Agbonlahor was No.2 with four in total, one on target and one goal. Lowton was No.4 with one in total, one on target and one goal. Jordan Bowery was No.5 with three in total and two on target.
Benteke and Westwood were joint No.3 for chances created with two.
Charles N'Zogbia, despite being a late substitute, was No.1 for take-ons, with three successful out of three attempted. Delph was No.4 with two successful out of two attempted.
Lowton was No.1 for interceptions with four. Agbonlahor was No.4 with three.
Ron Vlaar and Nathan Baker were joint No.1 for blocks with one.
Baker was No.1 for clearances with nine successful out of thirteen made. Vlaar was No.4 with one successful from seven made.
Benteke was No.2 for aerial duels, behind Kenwyne Jones, with seven won from fifteen made.
Benteke and Westwood were joint No.1 for fouls suffered with three.
Villa's joint No.1 pass combination was Delph to Bennett and Bennett to Delph with fourteen. No.3 was Lowton to Westwood with thirteen. Joint No.4 was Westwood to Lowton and Weimann to Lowton with eleven.
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