Here, Sports Mole dissects the action in the Midlands.
On target: 3
On target: 5
Was the result fair?
Oh yes. Although Villa were in front after just five minutes, from the moment Stoke equalised they were the more incisive of the two teams and deservedly picked up just their second away win of the season.
After such a good start, with Benteke reaching double figures for the season, Villa really let the crowd down with a tame performance. They struggled to break down Stoke all game long and let themselves down defensively. You can look at all four goals and argue that they were completely avoidable from a Villa point of view. Granted, on another day Stoke might not have taken their chances but today they did and Villa paid the price for their complacency.
Mark Hughes must be over the moon with his side for scoring four goals for the first time this season. As stated above, they were helped by some dodgy Villa defending but still had to take their chances and boy how they did. They had three goals at half time from three shots on target. The front three of Crouch, Odemwingie and Marko Arnautovic had a good understanding and often looked menacing on the counter-attack with Crouch's aerial presence combining well with the pace and skill of the other two. Hughes will be annoyed at the way his side conceded early, but after that they were sound at the back.
Sports Mole's man of the match
Marko Arnautovic: It could have gone to any of the front three, but we're giving the nod to Arnautovic for his skilful display, capped with a clever step-over and cutback for Cameron's late strike.
Nathan Baker didn't have a great afternoon in the Villa defence and his poor display was summed up by his failure to cut out Arnautovic's through-ball for the third goal. In fact, the young centre-back probably diverted it more into N'Zonzi's path!
Mark Clattenburg had a bad day at Old Trafford last weekend when Liverpool trounced Manchester United, but he was on much better form today. There were a lot of nasty tackles and six players - five from Villa - were booked. One of those was Benteke, who raged at Clattenburg when he thought he deserved a penalty but he went down far too easily.
Villa: Next up for Villa is a trip to Old Trafford to face Manchester United on Saturday.
Stoke: The Potters, meanwhile, return home to welcome Hull City in six days' time.