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Villa Park (ATT 35,809) 9th November 2013 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: Dean Whitestone

A Villa Aston Villa vs Cardiff City Cardiff

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L Bacuna (76)
L Kozak (84)


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  1. Thanks for joining me today, please stay tuned for all the best post-match reaction.

  2. 90

    All over here and Villa claim a big win, although it was far from convincing.

  3. 90

    Whittingham curls the free-kick over the bar.

  4. Poor challenge from Clark on Campbell and he is booked.

  5. 90

    Benteke plays in Bowery, he goes for goal but it is into the side-netting.

  6. Kozak is replaced by Bowery.

  7. 86

    Lowton's attempted clearance comes off Vlaar and goes for a corner. Whittingham takes, he finds Caulker but it is over the bar. Another corner given.

  8. 85

    Westwood unleashes a vicious drive but Caulker does well to make the block.

  9. 84

    GOAL - LIBOR KOZAK - The Czech heads home as Cardiff fail to clear their lines and Lowton's heads back into the six-yard box for the Kozak to head home.

  10. Maynard replaces Bellamy.

  11. 79

    Kozak latches onto poor Taylor clearance but his control lets him down and Caulker clears.

  12. 78

    Villa on the attack again down the left, Clark combing well with Tonev and the Bulgarian wins a corner.

  13. 76

    GOAL - LEANDRO BACUNA - Brilliant free-kick from the Dutchman as he curls the ball over the wall and into the corner.

  14. Medel is first player booked as he hauls back Bacuna, cynical stuff from the Chilean. Chance for Villa to have a go at goal here about 25-yards out.

  15. Matthew Lowton replaces El Ahmadi.

  16. 72

    Another half-chance for Benteke as Clark puts ball into the box but the Belgian glances it wide.

  17. 70

    Cardiff break and Bellamy breaks looking for Mutch, Villa clear but only as far as Medel but he can only fire it high and wide.

  18. 69

    Nice build up from Sylla and Westwood, he looks for Benteke but Caulker clears.

  19. 66

    Villa counter on Cardiff, it comes for El Ahmadi and he looks for Benteke in the box and he finds him, but he heads over.

  20. 66

    Campbell is brought down by Clark. Chance for them to put this into the box as their defenders make their way forward. Whittingham takes but it is straight at Guzan.

  21. Second change for Cardiff as Jordan Mutch replaces Gunnarsson.

  22. 63

    Good play by Campbell on the right and he gets cross in looking for Whittingham, but Baker does well to put him off although is down having suffered a knock.

  23. 62

    Westwood latches onto a poor Cardiff clearance and tries one from long-range but it is always curling away from goal.

  24. 62

    Good play from Tonev as he manages to beat Theophile-Catherine to the ball and get cross into the box, but again there is no Villa shirt around and Marshall claims it.

  25. 61

    Good play from Clark to feed Kozak on the left side of the box, the striker manages to turn the ball back into the six-yard box but he cannot find a team-mate and Cardiff clear.

  26. 57

    Theophile-Catherine wins a free-kick close to the by-line and box. Chance for Whittingham to curl this in, he goes but again it alludes everyone as Caulker can't connect at the back post.

  27. 56

    First peice of action for Campbell as Theophile-Catherine looks for him in the box but Guzan comes and clears with his fist.

  28. 55

    Fraizer Campbell replaces the highly ineffective Odemwingie.

  29. 52

    Play as stopped so Gunnarsson can get some treatment - he looks to be struggling with his arm or shoulder.

  30. 51

    Frantic defending from Cardiff as Villa push forward, Theophile-Catherine just about clears as home crowd had looked for a corner as Westwood went down. But replays showed it was a dive from the midfielder.

  31. 50

    Bacuna puts good ball into the box for Kozak and Marshall makes an excellent save. Corner comes in and Baker flicks it on for Benteke but he can't make a connection.

  32. 50

    Good run from Benteke, he goes down under Whittingham's challenge and wants the foul - but nothing given.

  33. 48

    Baker brings down Odemwingie about 35-yards out. Cardiff will put this into the box through Whittingham and it is a good one but it alludes everyone.

  34. 46

    Tonev, who has looked one of the few threats today, gets going again down the left and Theophile-Catherine has to work hard to clear.

  35. KICK-OFF

    Cardiff re-start the match, kicking from left to right - neither side has made a change.

  36. And we have a marriage proposal at half-time, via the big screen - she says yes! Biggest cheer of the afternoon by some distance.

  37. By my very rough calculations, Villa have now gone seven hours without scoring in the Premier League.

  38. 45

    Half-time and boos ring out, a pretty poor half of football from both sides.

  39. 45

    Kozak breaks down the left, he looks to put ball into the box - but it is wasted and Cardiff clear.

  40. 45

    Cowie heads wide after Whittingham managed to get cross into the box.

  41. 44

    Medel clearance is blocked and Tonev brings it forward but slices it well wide of goal - poor effort from the Bulgarian.

  42. 43

    Benteke breaks and is pushed wide to the left and he looks to cross but it is high and behind for a goal-kick.

  43. 41

    Caulker looks for run of Gunnarsson in the box but Vlaar again does well to intercept and clear.

  44. 40

    Almost a chance for Odemwingie, but he dallies on the ball and Clark dispossesses him on the edge of the box.

  45. 39

    More decent work from Tonev down the left but again Marshall is there to claim his cross.

  46. 38

    El Ahmadi is played in by Benteke, he drives forward before unleashing a shot wide of the goal.

  47. 36

    Theophile-Catherine gets forward well, he cuts inside and crosses for Bellamy but it is over hit and out for a goal-kick.

  48. 35

    Nice ball from Odemwingie frees Bellamy down the left but his cross is poor and straight to Vlaar.

  49. 33

    Cardiff coming into this now with Medel seeing more of the ball.

  50. 31

    Bellamy is brought down by El Ahmadi about 25-yards out. A chance for the visitors here. Bellamy shoots but it is comfortable for Guzan.

  51. 28

    Neither side on top at the moment, neither side playing much football - not a great spectacle.

  52. 24

    Good attacking play from Tonev down the left and he gets a nice cross into the box, but there are few claret shirts up with him and Marshall claims it.

  53. 22

    Good work from Vlaar at the back to sweep up and clear as Gunnarsson looked to break.

  54. 19

    Lovely play by Whittingham and Taylor to find Bellamy on the left, he goes down but nothing given and Bacuna clears.

  55. 18

    Odemwingie does well to wriggle past a couple of chances, and he gets his cross into but it is easily cleared - Bellamy not happy as he wanted the ball.

  56. 15

    Caulker fouls Benteke which gives Villa a chance to put the ball into the box, they do - but Cardiff clear with relative ease.

  57. 14

    Tonev goes for goal, but again straight at Marshall - who has been quiet busy in the opening exchanges.

  58. 12

    Guzan and Baker get into a mix-up and Gunnarsson is almost in to beat the Villa keeper but he manages to make the save.

  59. 11

    Great run from Benteke as he drives from goal and shoots from the edge of the box and Marshall does well to push it around his post. Benteke gets on the end of the corner but he can only help it wide.

  60. 10

    Long ball launched into the Villa box is headed just wide, but it is by Kozak - who is just inches from an own goal. Corner comes in but it is cleared into touch by Clark.

  61. 8

    Driving run from Sylla into the box for Benteke in the box and he gets its back for the midfielder with a back-heel, but his shot is straight at Marshall.

  62. 7

    Suddenly Cardiff get a chance, as Caulker surges forward, but Gunnarsson and then Odemwingie both fail to make contact in the box and the chance is gone.

  63. 5

    Great clearance from Caulker as Benteke looked to latch on to ball as Marshall could only parry shot from El Ahmadi.

  64. 5

    Cardiff attack down the right through Theophile-Catherine, but Clark does well and it is out for a goal-kick.

  65. 3

    More nice play from Villa, Benteke feeds Clark on the left - he again looks for Kozak but Taylor does well to ease him off the ball and Cardiff clear.

  66. 1

    Villa on the attack early on, and Bacuna's long ball finds Kozak. He feeds it out wide to Clark, his ball finds Kozak who gets a good header at goal - but the flag is up for offside and Marshall made the save anyway.

  67. KICK-OFF

    Aston Villa kick-off, going from left to right.

  68. A minute's silence takes place ahead of Remembrance Sunday.

  69. The two teams are out and the pre-match handshakes are taking place.


    Andi Weimann is not involved for Villa so Libor Kozak comes in for the Austrian. There is still no Gabby Agbonlahor or Fabian Delph for the home side. Cardiff have made one change from their side which lost to Swansea with Aron Gunnarsson replacing Jordan Mutch.


    Marshall, Taylor, Caulker, Turner, Whittingham, Medel, Odemwingie, Gunnarsson, Cowie, Theophile-Catherine, Bellamy. Subs: Lewis, Hudson, Campbell, Kim, Noone, Mutch, Maynard.


    Guzan, Bacuna, Vlaar, Clark, Baker, El Ahmadi, Westwood, Sylla, Tonev, Benteke, Kozak. Subs: Steer, Helenius, Herd, Bowery, Lowton, Johnson, Robinson.

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