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November 9, 2013 3:00 PM GMT
Villa Park — Birmingham
Referee:‬ M. Atkinson‎
Attendance:‬ 35809‎
 
 
84′ Libor Kozák
 
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Leandro Bacuna
Leandro Bacuna
Aston Villa
Karim El Ahmadi
Karim El Ahmadi
Aston Villa
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Peter Odemwingie
Peter Odemwingie
Cardiff City
Malky Mackay
Malky Mackay

Aston Villa 2-0 Cardiff City: Bacuna & Kozak boost Villans

Paul Lambert's side had gone four games without a win at Villa Park but two second-half goals gave them all three points and condemned Malky Mackay's side to defeat

Ciaran Clark Peter Odemwingie Aston Villa Cardiff City Premier League 11092013
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Aston Villa beat Cardiff 2-0 to end a Premier League run of four games without a win at Villa Park on Saturday.

Leandro Bacuna's superb 76th-minute free kick was Villa's first goal in five matches and Libor Kozak's cushioned header eight minutes later proved enough to earn Paul Lambert's side their first win since the 3-2 victory over Manchester City at the end of September.

The closest the visitors came to scoring was in the 10th minute as Kozak almost put through his own net but, otherwise, Malky Mackay's side created very little in the way of goalscoring opportunities, failing to build on their memorable 1-0 victory over Welsh rivals Swansea City last week.

VIEW FROM VILLA PARK
By Tom Davis at Villa Park

"It was not the prettiest of games you will ever see but Aston Villa have done what they set out to do by winning their first game in five attempts in the league. A now customary Leandro Bacuna free kick gave the home side the lead and their first goal in seven and a half hours of football.

"Malky Mackay did not see enough from his side going forward when they should have been buoyed by their derby win last weekend and Villa’s shaky home form. As it is, it is an invaluable win for Lambert."
Manager Paul Lambert made two changes from last week's draw at West Ham, Aleksandar Tonev and Kozak replacing Matt Lowton and Andreas Weimann, who was absent with a hamstring injury picked up in the Upton Park clash.

For Cardiff, there was just one alteration from Sunday's derby triumph over Swansea as Aron Gunnarsson came in for Jordon Mutch, who dropped to the bench.

The hosts started the brighter, Marshall stretching to parry Karim El Ahmadi's effort from distance in the fifth minute, Steven Caulker nipping the ball away from Christian Benteke as the Belgium international looked to convert the rebound.

But Kozak almost gifted Cardiff the lead five minutes later, the striker inexplicably nodding Gary Medel's free-kick narrowly wide of his own goal under no pressure.

In a frantic opening, Brad Guzan rushed from his line to deny Gunnarsson in the 12th minute before the pace of the game slowed noticeably, the American comfortably catching Craig Bellamy's curling free kick on the half-hour mark with both sides struggling to create openings.

Goalmouth action was equally scarce after the break, with Ashley Westood fizzing a 25-yard shot narrowly wide in the 63rd minute as each struggled to make any impression on the opposition defences.

However, the hosts made a crucial breakthrough 13 minutes later, Bacuna bending the ball brilliantly around the wall from 25 yards to the relief of the home support inside Villa Park.

And shortly afterwards, Villa doubled the lead, Lowton nodding the ball back across goal, where Kozak was on hand to redirect beyond a despairing Marshall to seal the points and send Villa above their opponents in the table.


Aston Villa

1
Bradley Guzan
Goalkeeper
2.50
2
Nathan Baker
Defender
2.50
4
Ron Vlaar
Defender
3.50
6
Ciaran Clark
Defender
95′
2.50
7
Leandro Bacuna
Defender
76′
4.00
8
Karim El Ahmadi
Midfielder
74′
2.50
15
Ashley Westwood
Midfielder
2.50
18
Yacouba Sylla
Striker
3.50
24
Alexandar Tonev
Midfielder
2.50
20
C. Benteke
Striker
2.50
27
Libor Kozák
Striker
84′ 88′
3.50

Cardiff City

2.50
1
David Marshall
Goalkeeper
2.50
3
3.50
4
2.50
6
Ben Turner
Defender
2.50
7
2.50
8
Gary Medel
Midfielder
75′
2.00
17
2.50
19
Don Cowie
Midfielder
2.00
9
2.50
39

Substitutes

13
Jed Steer
Goalkeeper
 - 
34
2.50
17
Chris Herd
Midfielder
 - 
36
Daniel Johnson
Midfielder
 - 
9
 - 
21
 - 
-
 - 

Substitutes

 - 
32
Joe Lewis
Goalkeeper
 - 
5
Mark Hudson
Defender
 - 
13
Bo-Kyung Kim
Midfielder
 - 
16
Craig Noone
Midfielder
2.00
18
Jordon Mutch
Midfielder
65′
2.50
10
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Coach/Manager

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Coach/Manager

 
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  • Own Goal
  • Penalty
  • Penalty Missed
  • Yellow Card
  • Assist
  • Penalty Save
  • Penalty Shootout Goal
  • Penalty Shootout Miss
  • Yellow Card / Red Card
  • Red Card
  • Substitution IN
  • Substitution OUT
  • Injury
  • Goal.com Rating
  • Goal.com Man of the Match
  • Goal.com Flop of the Match
  • Top & Flop Global Ranking
  • Fans' Man of the Match
  • Fans' Flop of the Match
Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Luis Suárez Luis Suárez
Striker
Liverpool
30 0
Daniel Sturridge Daniel Sturridge
Striker
Liverpool
20 0
Yaya Touré Yaya Touré
Midfielder
Manchester City
18 6
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Manchester City
16 0
Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney
Striker
Man Utd.
15 2