Game #5483

2017-18

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Championship

Cardiff City

Villa Park

Attendance: 32,560

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Villa win for the second time in three to keep the race for automatic promotion just about alive.

Aston Villa

1-0

Cardiff City

Scorer(s) | Jack Grealish | 85’ |

Assist(s) | Not recorded

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AT A GLANCE

Game #5483

Season | 2017-18 |
Matchday | #46 |
League Game | #42 |
Manager Game | #82 |
Tuesday, 10 April 2018

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager | Steve Bruce |
KO | 7.45pm |
Referee | Jeremy Simpson |
HT Score | 0-0 |
FT Score | 1-0 |
FT Result | Won |
Last 5 Games | LDWLW |
League Position | 4th | - |

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 28.57 |

Oldest Player |
M Glenn Whelan | 34.26 |

Youngest Player |
CB Axel Tuanzebe | 20.42 |

TEAM NEWS

Neil Taylor (injury), Scott Hogan, Birkir Bjarnason and John Terry (injury) drop out from the team that lost badly to Norwich with Steve Bruce recalling Axel Tuanzebe, Lewis Grabban, Mile Jedinak and Glenn Whelan.

UNAVAILABLE

Injury | 2 |
CB John Terry
LB Neil Taylor

Loaned Out | 4 |
W Carles Gil |
Deportivo La Coruña |
12 Jul 17 - 30 Jun 18 |

LB Jordan Amavi |
Olympique Marseille |
10 Aug 17 - 30 Jun 18 |

M Gary Gardner |
Barnsley |
31 Aug 17 - 31 May 18 |

M Aaron Tshibola |
Kilmarnock FC |
29 Jan 18 - 14 May 18 |

MATCH STATS

Possession F | 58%
Possession A | 42%
Shots F | 10
Shots A | 7
Shots on Target F | 3
Shots on Target A | 4
Corners F | 8
Corners A | 3
Fouls F | 14
Fouls A | 18

MATCH PROGRAMME

LEAGUE TABLE

STARTING LINE UP

GK Sam Johnstone |
RB Ahmed Elmohamady |
CB James Chester |
CB Axel Tuanzebe |
M Jack Grealish |
M Glenn Whelan |
M Mile Jedinak |
M Conor Hourihane |
W Robert Snodgrass |
W Albert Adomah |
CF Lewis Grabban |

SUBSTITUTES

RB James Bree for CB Axel Tuanzebe | 26’ |
CF Jonathan Kodjia for W Albert Adomah | 60’ |
CB Christopher Samba for M Conor Hourihane | 88’ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Mark Bunn
M Henri Lansbury
F Scott Hogan
M Josh Onomah

THE OPPOSITION

GK Neil Etheridge, RB Lee Peltier, LB Joe Bennett (ex), CB Sean Morrison, CB Sol Bamba, M Aron Gunnarsson, W Nathaniel Mendez-Laing (W Anthony Pilkington), M Marko Grujić, CF Callum Paterson, CF Kenneth Zohoré (CF Gary Madine), W Junior Hoilett (W Jamie Ward).

Manager: Neil Warnock.

ex: Also played for the Villa

g: Scored

s/o: Sent off

s-: Sub off; s+: Sub on

Jack Grealish scores a late 25 yard volley to beat Cardiff and secure a second win in three, 10 April 2018

Source: avfc.co.uk/News/2018/04/10/match-report-villa-1-0-cardiff

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MATCH TIMELINE

20’ Booking, Conor Hourihane
45’ Booking, Robert Snodgrass
26’ Sub off, CB Axel Tuanzebe, Sub on, RB James Bree
HT Aston Villa 0-0 Cardiff City
60’ Sub off, W Albert Adomah, Sub on, CF Jonathan Kodjia
85’ Goal, 1-0, Jack Grealish
88’ Sub off, M Conor Hourihane, Sub on, CB Christopher Samba
90’ Booking, Jonathan Kodjia
90’ Booking, Sam Johnstone
FT Aston Villa 1-0 Cardiff City

ON THIS DAY

Jack Grealish scores for the second consecutive game to win the six pointer against automatic promotion rivals Cardiff.

QUOTES

*Villa boss Steve Bruce*

”We all know that Jack Grealish is a talent. To be without him for six months shows what we have missed. It took him some time to get back to his fitness after his ankle injury against Birmingham City but this was the real Jack Grealish.

“He certainly earned his money against Cardiff. To beat Cardiff it was always going to be a little bit of magic and quality as shown by Grealish. Since he came back into the team he has attempted to play with maturity. The freak injury he suffered in pre-season shocked him. It put him on a back burner but now he is getting the right sort of plaudits.”

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*Sky Sports*
Tuesday, 10 April 2018

"Jack Grealish’s stunning 25-yard volley earned Aston Villa a crucial 1-0 victory over fellow promotion hopefuls Cardiff at Villa Park."

*Sky Sports*
Tuesday, 10 April 2018

MATCH REPORT

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Jack Grealish’s stunning 25-yard volley earned Aston Villa a crucial 1-0 victory over fellow promotion hopefuls Cardiff at Villa Park.

The game, given the Royal seal of approval with Prince William in attendance, looked to be heading for stalemate as the latter stages loomed with the score goalless, but Grealish stepped up to slam home a volley in the 85th minute to snatch all three points for Villa.

Cardiff had plenty of chances throughout the match but found Villa goalkeeper Sam Johnstone in inspired form, with his save late in the first half to prevent Glenn Whelan from scoring an own goal the pick of the bunch.

The result means Cardiff drop out of the top two, with Fulham’s victory over Reading seeing them climb into the automatic promotion berths, while Villa are now just four points behind Neil Warnock’s side, and trail Reading by five.

Villa could have made a dream start following clever work by Robert Snodgrass to put Lewis Grabban in, only for the on-loan striker to lash his angled shot into the side netting in only the second minute.

The hosts had a big let off in the 15th minute when young Axel Tuanzebe was caught in possession by Nathaniel Mendez-Laing who broke clear down the right but watched as his low raking drive hit the foot of the far post.

Then, as the first half neared its climax, Johnstone brilliantly denied Cardiff after a cross had cannoned off the back of Whelan and headed for the bottom corner.

Early in the second half Cardiff slowly emerged as the more dangerous as they began to launch a series of attacks to pressurise the Villa rearguard. Only an outstretched foot by Johnstone prevented Kenneth Zohore from opening Cardiff’s account shortly.

Grealish then escaped Gunnarsson’s close attention to send Conor Hourihane clear only for the Irishman to push his shot wide as he was closed down by Etheridge.

Johnstone came to Villa’s rescue to keep out a real block-buster from Mendez-Laing before Villa clinched the game in the 85th minute when Grealish produced a swerving shot which cannoned off the post and into the net.

Man of the match - Sam Johnstone

Grealish will get the plaudits for his sensational volley, but without Johnstone’s brilliance in the home goal, Cardiff could have been out of sight. His stop to keep out Whelan’s possible own goal was out of this world - the ball looked past home, but he flung himself to his left and hooked the ball out. Would have given Cardiff the impetus at a crucial time.

*Villa boss Steve Bruce*

”We all know that Jack Grealish is a talent. To be without him for six months shows what we have missed. It took him some time to get back to his fitness after his ankle injury against Birmingham City but this was the real Jack Grealish.

“He certainly earned his money against Cardiff. To beat Cardiff it was always going to be a little bit of magic and quality as shown by Grealish. Since he came back into the team he has attempted to play with maturity. The freak injury he suffered in pre-season shocked him. It put him on a back burner but now he is getting the right sort of plaudits.”

Jack Grealish’s stunning 25-yard volley earned Aston Villa a crucial 1-0 victory over fellow promotion hopefuls Cardiff at Villa Park.

The game, given the Royal seal of approval with Prince William in attendance, looked to be heading for stalemate as the latter stages loomed with the score goalless, but Grealish stepped up to slam home a volley in the 85th minute to snatch all three points for Villa.

Cardiff had plenty of chances throughout the match but found Villa goalkeeper Sam Johnstone in inspired form, with his save late in the first half to prevent Glenn Whelan from scoring an own goal the pick of the bunch.

The result means Cardiff drop out of the top two, with Fulham’s victory over Reading seeing them climb into the automatic promotion berths, while Villa are now just four points behind Neil Warnock’s side, and trail Reading by five.

Villa could have made a dream start following clever work by Robert Snodgrass to put Lewis Grabban in, only for the on-loan striker to lash his angled shot into the side netting in only the second minute.

The hosts had a big let off in the 15th minute when young Axel Tuanzebe was caught in possession by Nathaniel Mendez-Laing who broke clear down the right but watched as his low raking drive hit the foot of the far post.

Then, as the first half neared its climax, Johnstone brilliantly denied Cardiff after a cross had cannoned off the back of Whelan and headed for the bottom corner.

Early in the second half Cardiff slowly emerged as the more dangerous as they began to launch a series of attacks to pressurise the Villa rearguard. Only an outstretched foot by Johnstone prevented Kenneth Zohore from opening Cardiff’s account shortly.

Grealish then escaped Gunnarsson’s close attention to send Conor Hourihane clear only for the Irishman to push his shot wide as he was closed down by Etheridge.

Johnstone came to Villa’s rescue to keep out a real block-buster from Mendez-Laing before Villa clinched the game in the 85th minute when Grealish produced a swerving shot which cannoned off the post and into the net.

Man of the match - Sam Johnstone

Grealish will get the plaudits for his sensational volley, but without Johnstone’s brilliance in the home goal, Cardiff could have been out of sight. His stop to keep out Whelan’s possible own goal was out of this world - the ball looked past home, but he flung himself to his left and hooked the ball out. Would have given Cardiff the impetus at a crucial time.

*Villa boss Steve Bruce*

”We all know that Jack Grealish is a talent. To be without him for six months shows what we have missed. It took him some time to get back to his fitness after his ankle injury against Birmingham City but this was the real Jack Grealish.

“He certainly earned his money against Cardiff. To beat Cardiff it was always going to be a little bit of magic and quality as shown by Grealish. Since he came back into the team he has attempted to play with maturity. The freak injury he suffered in pre-season shocked him. It put him on a back burner but now he is getting the right sort of plaudits.”