J Grealish (85)
A Villa vs Cardiff
Sky Bet Ch'ship
7:45pm Tuesday 10th April
VILLA 1-0 CARDIFF
over at Villa Park! Huge, huge win for Villa who are now just four points
behind Cardiff, who have dropped out of the top two, with Fulham climbing into
second. Cardiff had plenty of chances, but a mixture of poor finishing and
great goalkeeping from Johnstone in the Villa goal kept them at bay. Grealish's
winner, though, was worthy of the grandest of stages.
90+2: Grabban fires for goal from distance, but that is always travelling wide.
89: Ward is straight in the thick of it, bringing down Kodjia to earn himself a caution.
87: Change for Villa as Hourihane is replaced by the veteran Chris Samba.
GOAL! VILLA 1-0 CARDIFF (Grealish, 85)
WHAT A GOOOOOALLLLLLL! Incredible hit from Grealish as he watches the ball out of the sky before hammering a volley into the top corner from full 25-yards. Paul Scholes eat your heart out! Villa Park goes wild. Even Prince William is off his seat.
WATCH: HOURIHANE CHANCE
VILLA 0-0 CARDIFF
81: Hourihane hammers the strike for goal, but Etheridge stands firm and beats the ball away.
79: Villa really piling the pressure on. Snodgrass races over to take a corner as the Holte End roars!
75: Jedinak and Bamba go up for the corner, but neither make contact. Both remain unscathed though.
71: CHANCE! As good a chance as Villa have had. Grabban threads the ball through for Hourihane, who is in, with Bamba caught napping, but he stabs wide with his left foot from point-blank range.
69: That is the last involvement for Zohore, as on comes Gary Madine in his place.
65: SAVE! Super feet from Kodjia to tie Morrison in knots, he shoots for goal from a tight angle, but Etheridge palms it up in the air and gathers at the second attempt.
61: Villa have not created a clear-cut chance for a long time here. Their goal has lived a charmed life on occasion - with they be caught cold?
59: Change for Villa, with Jonahtan Kodjia coming on in place of Adomah.
57: SAVE! Bree gets his header all wrong, getting caught underneath it, Zahore has two bites at the cherry, the first is blocked, the second he has time, fires for the bottom corner from eight yards, but Johnstone throws out a leg to make the block.
53: Peltier is down getting some treatment after making a timely clearance in his own box. Just lands awkwardly.
49: Difficult chance for Grabban, who cannot steer the header on target after being picked out by Grealish.
KICK OFF! We are back up and running here at Villa Park.
WATCH: JOHNSTONE DOUBLE SAVE
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That is your lot for the first half here. A high-octane end to the half as Cardiff could have gone in front on several occasions. Villa have had their luck now, they need to step it up in the second half.
45+2: OFF THE LINE! Incredible block from Elmohamady, blocking on the line after Zohore had diverted the ball towards goal from just a a yard out.
45: Three minutes of added time at the end of the half.
43: Poor from Grealish as he cannot pick out his man from a good position. Pass is well overhit.
41: Cardiff are doing a fine job of keeping the ball and stifling Villa at the moment.
37: Callum Paterson gets cautioned for one foul too many. Grealish is his latest victim.
35: Villa seem to have been lifted by that chance. Another corner comes in from Snodgrass which Etheridge makes a hash of claiming but gets away with it.
31: Villa Park is getting a little restless now. Villa cannot string more than a few passes together at the moment.
29: Cagey at the moment. The change seems to have disrupted Villa's flow.
27: As it stands, Cardiff are out of the top two, with Fulham winning at home against Reading. Follow action from the rest of the Sky Bet Championship HERE
25: Change for Villa, as Tuanzebe cannot continue. James Bree in the man to come on.
WATCH: MENDEZ-LAING HITS POST
20: Mendez-Laing again uses his pace to stride clear of the Villa backline, Hourihane completely cleans him out, to earn himself his eighth booking of the season.
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