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Game #5372

Monday, 2 January 2017

Attendance: 21,391

Lost

Championship

13th (-4)

Cardiff City

Last 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ

Cardiff City Stadium

Villa open 2017 with a fourth defeat in fourteen under Steve Bruce as Neil Warnock's side take physicality to another level.

Cardiff City

1-0

Aston Villa

Assist(s) | None

KEY MAN

Jack Grealish, kicked from "pillar to post" by Warnock's side, only to receive a booking for complaining, Monday, 2 January 2017.

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MATCH TIMELINE

๐Ÿฅ… | 16โ€™ Goal, 0-1, (Cardiff City), Joe Ralls
๐ŸŸจ | 42โ€™ Booking, James Chester
๐Ÿ•’ | HT Cardiff City 1-0 Aston Villa
๐Ÿ” | 46โ€™ Sub off, Ashley Westwood, Sub on, Aaron Tshibola
๐Ÿ” | 46โ€™ Sub off, Gary Gardner, Sub on, Gabriel Agbonlahor
๐ŸŸจ | 60โ€™ Booking, Jack Grealish
๐ŸŸจ | 78โ€™ Booking, Leandro Bacuna
๐Ÿ” | 82โ€™ Sub off, Ross McCormack, Sub on, Rushian Hepburn-Murphy
๐ŸŸจ | 85โ€™ Booking, Alan Hutton
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Cardiff City 1-0 Aston Villa

ON THIS DAY

Steve Bruce's Villa open 2017 with a defeat to a Cardiff side who started the year in the drop zone. Villa fall to 13th in the table as a result.

Aston Villa

European Cup / Champions League: ๐Ÿ†
League Champions: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
FA Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
League Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
Last Trophy: 1995-96

Cardiff City

European Cup / Champions League: โŒ
League Champions: โŒ
FA Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†
League Cup Winners: โŒ
Last Trophy: 1926-27

FIXTURE HISTORY

Cardiff City

Previous 5 vs. Cardiff: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ

FIXTURE DETAILS

Season | 2016-17โ€‹ |
Matchday | #26 |
League Game | #25 |
Manager Game | #14 |
Monday, 2 January 2017

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: Steve Bruce | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Northumberland, 2016-2018
Referee: Andy Davies | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Hampshire, 2012-
Kick off: 3.00pm
HT Score: ๐ŸŸฅ 0-1
FT Score: ๐ŸŸฅ 0-1
FT Result: ๐ŸŸฅ Lost
Last 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Andy Davies | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Hampshire, 2012-
Previous 5:
Last Match: None
Cards: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ
Assistants: Tim Wood, Daniel Leach

CARDS

Villa

๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

Cardiff City

๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

Andy Davies

TEAM NEWS

Gary Gardner, Albert Adomah and Ross McCormack replace Jordan Ayew, Mile Jedinak (injury) and Jonathan Kodjia (injury).

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age: | 27.12 |
Oldest Player: GK Mark Bunn | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 32.15 |
Youngest Player: M Jack Grealish | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 21.33 |

MANAGER

MANAGER

Steve Bruce | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

Neil Warnock | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

Aston Villa

GK Mark Bunn | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
LB Jordan Amavi | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |
CB Nathan Baker | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB James Chester | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
RB Alan Hutton | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
M Gary Gardner | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
M Ashley Westwood | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
M Jack Grealish | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
M Leandro Bacuna | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ผ | ๐ŸŸจ |
W Albert Adomah | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ญ |
F Ross McCormack | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |

Cardiff City

GK Brian Murphy | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
LB Joe Bennett (ex) | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
CB Sean Morrison | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Bruno ร‰cuรฉlรฉ Manga | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ฆ |
CB Sol Bamba | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฎ | ๐ŸŸจ |
RB Lee Peltier | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
M Joe Ralls | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ | ๐ŸŸจ |
M Aron Gunnarsson | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ธ | ๐ŸŸจ |
W Kadeem Harris | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
W Junior Hoilett | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ | ๐Ÿ” |
CF Kenneth Zohorรฉ | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” M Aaron Tshibola | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for M Ashley Westwood | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 46โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” F Gabriel Agbonlahor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for M Gary Gardner | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 46โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” F Rushian Hepburn-Murphy | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for F Ross McCormack | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | 82โ€™ |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” | W Craig Noone | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for W Junior Hoilett | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ | 37โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” | CB Matthew Connolly | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for LB Joe Bennett (ex) | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 83โ€™ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Pierluigi Gollini | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น |
CB Tommy Elphick | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
LB Aly Cissokho | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |
F Jordan Ayew | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ญ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Ben Wilson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Jazz Richards | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ |
M Emyr Huws | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ |
W Anthony Pilkington | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
CF Rickie Lambert | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

SQUAD STATS

1st XI Cost: ยฃ41.85m
Home Nation ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง : 8/11
Homegrown: 3/11
Subs Cost: ยฃ5.31m
Team Cost: ยฃ47.16m
Squad Cost: ยฃ68.22m
Home Nation ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง : 12/18
Homegrown: 5/18

MATCHDAY SQUAD

GK Pierluigi Gollini | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น | ยฃ4.50m |
GK Mark Bunn | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Free |

LB Jordan Amavi | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | ยฃ9.90m |
RB Alan Hutton | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | ยฃ4.05m |
LB Aly Cissokho | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | ยฃ2.25m |

CB James Chester | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ | ยฃ8.37m |
CB Tommy Elphick | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ยฃ3.51m |
CB Nathan Baker | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Youth |

M Aaron Tshibola | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ยฃ5.31m |
M Ashley Westwood | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ยฃ2.25m |
M Leandro Bacuna | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ผ | ยฃ1.26m |
M Gary Gardner | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Youth |
M Jack Grealish | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Youth |

W Albert Adomah | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ญ | ยฃ3.15m |

F Ross McCormack | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | ยฃ12.87m |
F Jordan Ayew | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ญ | ยฃ10.80m |
F Gabriel Agbonlahor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Youth |
F Rushian Hepburn-Murphy | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Youth |

SQUAD STATS

1st XI Cost: ยฃ8.79m
Home Nation ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง : 5/11
Homegrown: 1/11
Subs Cost: ยฃ1.63m
Team Cost: ยฃ10.42m
Squad Cost: ยฃ13.22m
Home Nation ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง : 11/18
Homegrown: 1/18

MATCHDAY SQUAD

GK Bryan Murphy | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | Free |
GK Ben Wilson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Free |

LB Joe Bennett (ex) | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Free |
RB Lee Peltier | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Free |
RB Jazz Richards | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ | Free |

CB Bruno Ecuele Manga | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ฆ | ยฃ5.42m |
CB Sean Morrison | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ยฃ3.22m |
CB Matthew Connolly | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ยฃ0.55m |
CB Sol Bamba | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฎ | Free |

M Joe Ralls | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Youth |
M Emyr Huws | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ | Free |
M Aron Gunnarsson | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ธ | Free |

W Craig Noone | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ยฃ1.08m |
W Anthony Pilkington | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | ยฃ1.08m |
W Kadeem Harris | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ยฃ0.15m |
W Junior Hoilett | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ | Free |

CF Rickie Lambert | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ยฃ1.72m |
CF Kenneth Zohorรฉ | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ | Free |

UNAVAILABLE

Injury | 3 |
CB Micah Richards | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Mile Jedinak | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ |
CF Jonathan Kodjia | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฎ |

Out on Loan | 8 |
LB Riccardo Calder | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Doncaster
W Carles Gil | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ | Deportivo
CB Easah Suliman | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Cheltenham
RB Niall Mason | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Doncaster
M Carlos Sรกnchez | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ด | Fiorentina
M Jordan Veretout | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | Saint-ร‰tienne
CB Kevin Toner | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | Walsall
F Harry McKirdy | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Stevenage

UNAVAILABLE

Not Recorded

Player Abbreviations:

GK : Goalkeeper

LB, RB, FB : Left Back, Right Back, Full Back

CB, D : Centre Back, Defender

M, W : Midfielder. Winger

F, CF : Forward, Centre Forward

๐ŸŸข : Debut ๐Ÿ”ด : Final Game

Symbols:

โšฝ | Goal
๐Ÿ”ฅ | Assist
๐Ÿ” | Substitution

๐ŸŸจ | Booking

๐ŸŸฅ | Sending off

๐Ÿ†˜ | Poor refereeing performance

DEBUT APPEARANCES

FINAL APPEARANCES

F Jordan Ayew | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ญ | Final Squad Appearance |

MATCH STATS

Possession F | 50%
Possession A | 50%
Shots F | 9
Shots A | 4
Shots on Target F | 6
Shots on Target A | 0
Corners F | 4
Corners A | 7
Fouls F | 15
Fouls A | 14

TABLE

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PROGRAMME

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MATCHDAY QUOTES

โ€œIt was a slow start - it was that slow that we stopped.

โ€œThatโ€™s two or three times weโ€™ve done that now and the first half was nowhere near the performance required. The only thing I can put it down to is mentality.

โ€œWeโ€™re arguably the biggest club in this division and that makes us a scalp but if we donโ€™t find the right mentality, we wonโ€™t achieve what we want.โ€

Steve Bruce, Monday, 2 January 2017.

*Sky Sports*
Monday, 2 January 2017

Cardiff held on for a 1-0 win over Aston Villa to move clear of the Championship relegation zone.

Joe Ralls scored the gameโ€™s only goal, the midfielder putting the Bluebirds ahead in the first half. The home side were full value for their half-time lead and although they had some nervy moments in the second, they stayed tight in defence and goalkeeper Brian Murphy made two excellent saves to seal the three points.

Villa, without Middlesbrough-bound striker Rudy Gestede, felt they should have had an early free-kick when Jack Grealish went down on the edge of the box. Referee Andy Davies waved away those appeals and with the home side looking dangerous from set-pieces, they soon moved ahead.

A Joe Bennett corner from the right was not cleared, the loose ball causing havoc in the Villa box. A goalmouth scramble followed, the rebound hitting Ralls and finding the bottom corner without the Cardiff man knowing much about it.

The goal seemed to give Neil Warnockโ€™s side belief and Junior Hoilett tested Mark Bunn before Kadeem Harris should have done better from a Lee Peltier pull-back.

Ashley Westwood shot over and Leandro Bacuna saw his free-kick deflected for Villa but the home side should have added a second before the break. Kenneth Zohore hit the bar from just a few yards out and just a minute later, the striker was through on goal again though his shot was blocked.

Villa needed to improve in the second half and Steve Bruceโ€™s introduction of Gabriel Agbonlahor and Aaron Tshibola at the break said everything about their display to that point. Their arrival had little impact though as Cardiff got to the hour mark still with a one-goal lead.

Aron Gunnarsson had shot wide for Cardiff, but their advantage nearly disappeared when Ross McCormackโ€™s free-kick beat Murphy but not the crossbar.

Almost all of Daviesโ€™ decisions were now going against the home side, much to the crowdโ€™s anger. It created a hostile atmosphere for the final 20 minutes, Harris bringing a save from Bunn before Murphy then denied Agbonlahorโ€™s curling effort with an acrobatic dive.

Villa, who have designs on a play-off spot, were the ones now dominating the ball and Agbonlahor tested Bunn again and Tshibola fired wide. The chances kept coming and Alan Hutton appealed for a penalty late on but Steve Bruceโ€™s side just could not break through.