Aston Villa came out winners in this match by beating Cardiff 3-1.
Villa went in front in the 24th minute through Albert Adomah tucking away a cross by Jordan Amavi. It was Adomah’s first goal for Villa. But, City responded to level 4 minutes through Rickie Lambert’s calm finish when one-on-one with the goalkeeper. There was a third goal in the first half, and it was Villa who restored their lead through Jonathan Kodjia.
Cardiff will be left frustated that they didn’t take anything from this match after dominating the second half. They carved out the better of the second half chances. On the hour mark, Sean Morrison headed over the bar when well-placed. Substitute Frederic Gounongbe also had a very good chance, but was guilty of heading straight at keeper Pierluigi Gollini.
In the 84th minute, Lee Peltier was sent off for Cardiff for a second yellow card. Neil Warnock was left annoyed at Jack Grealish, who he accused of asking the referee for Peltier to be yellow carded, and this was what got Peltier sent off. To ease the nerves in the 90th minute, Rudy Gestede scored a penalty.
Villa maintained the only unbeaten home record in the league and Steve Bruce’s unbeaten reign as manager extended to 7 games. The victory also put them into the top half of the table, but City slipped into the bottom three after Blackburn’s surprise win at Newcastle.
Next up for Cardiff is Brighton at home on Saturday, the 3rd of December. We will be hoping for a much more positive result than this loss.