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Match report: Villa 1-0 Cardiff

Game details 

Match: Villa v Cardiff
Date: 10th April, 2017  
Competition: Sky Bet Championship 
Venue: Villa Park
Kick-off: 7.45pm 
Attendance: 32,560
Weather: 8c, overcast with showers

Scoring summary 

Grealish 85


Super Jack Grealish was Villa’s matchwinner as the claret and blues beat second-placed Cardiff City 1-0 at Villa Park.

The midfielder struck a sensational volley five minutes from the end to settle a tense and cagey contest at B6.

Villa could have been in front with just two minutes on the clock but Lewis Grabban fired into the side netting from the inside-right channel. 

The visitors responded with Nathaniel Mendez-Laing streaking away down the right and hitting an effort off the foot of the upright.

Albert Adomah also flicked a loose ball across goal and wide while Sam Johnstone produced a fine double save to keep the Bluebirds out in first half stoppage time and Ahmed Elmohamady was in the perfect place to knock Kenneth Zohore’s goal-bound effort off the line.

GrealishCardiffReport3Johnstone was called into action again minutes after the break, turning away Zohore’s low effort with an outstretched foot.

Jonathan Kodjia, introduced as a second-half substitute, was then denied by Neil Etheridge after nipping away from City’s Sean Morrison on the edge of the box.

Grabban then picked out Conor Hourihane with a superbly-weighted through-ball but the midfielder prodded wide with Etheridge closing in. 

At the other end, Mendez-Laing cut in off the right flank and sent an arrowing shot goalwards that Johnstone pawed away as both sides worked to find the breakthrough.

The breakthrough came with five minutes to play and it was worth waiting for. 

A free-kick was cleared to the edge of the box where Grealish unleashed a stupendous volley that crashed into the net off the woodwork.

Misconduct summary

Cardiff bookings

Paterson, Gunnarsson, Bennett, Ward, Peltier

Villa bookings

Hourihane, Snodgrass, Johnstone, Kodjia


VILLA:  Johnstone; Elmohamady, Jedinak, Chester, Tuanzebe (Bree 26); Snodgrass, Bjarnason, Hourihane (Samba 88), Grealish, Adomah (Kodjia 60); Grabban. Unused subs: Bunn, Hogan, Lansbury.

CARDIFF: Etheridge; Peltier, Morrison, Bamba, Bennett; Paterson, Grujic, Gunnarsson; Mendez-Laing (Pilkington 90), Zohore (Madine 68), Hoilett (Ward 88). Unused subs: Murphy, Manga, Bryson, Traore.


Referee: Jeremy Simpson
Assistant Referee 1: Michael George
Assistant Referee 2: Shaun Hudson
Fourth Official: Andrew Madley


Pos Pld GD Pts
1 same Wolves 42 40 92
2 up Fulham 42 31 81
3 down Cardiff 41 27 80
4 same Aston Villa 42 26 76
5 same Derby 41 20 68
6 up Millwall 42 15 68
7 down Middlesbrough 42 18 66
8 same Bristol City 42 11 65
9 same Sheff Utd 42 8 65
10 same Brentford 42 11 64
11 same Preston 42 8 63
12 up Ipswich Town 42 -2 56
13 down Norwich City 42 -6 56
14 down Leeds United 42 -6 54
15 same QPR 42 -10 53
16 up Hull City 42 3 47
17 down Sheff Wed 42 -9 47
18 down Nottm Forest 41 -16 46
19 same Reading 42 -15 42
20 same Birmingham 42 -29 40
21 same Bolton Wanderers 42 -30 39
22 same Barnsley 41 -19 37
23 same Sunderland 42 -29 33
24 same Burton 42 -47 32
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