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Cardiff City 0-0 Aston Villa

Cardiff goalkeeper David Marshall saved his team from defeat in a scoreless home draw with Aston Villa.

The Scotland international pulled off an extraordinary last-minute save from Andreas Weimann to earn his relegation-threatened team a point.

Cardiff striker Fraizer Campbell and Craig Noone both hit the woodwork during the same first-half attack.

But neither team could break the deadlock, with Villa frustrated by Marshall's heroics.

His save from Weimann followed another superb stop when Fabian Delph's 20-yard shot was deflected off Steven Caulker.

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Marshall earned Cardiff a point - Solskjaer

A point is enough to take Aston Villa above Swansea into 11th place, while Cardiff remain in the bottom three.

Neither team posed a major threat in front of goal for much of the match, in spite of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's decision to start with Kenwyne Jones and Campbell as a twin strike force.

With Wilfried Zaha on the left flank and Noone on the right, Cardiff posed the bigger threat in the first half, with Campbell denied by a combination of goalkeeper Brad Guzan and a post after latching onto a Zaha pass.

Seconds later, the American was helpless as Noone's deflected shot from 20 yards looped onto the crossbar.

Apart from a penalty appeal for a foul on Jones by Nathan Baker, and Zaha's close-range strike being ruled out for a clear offside, there was little other incident during a first half in which Villa offered little.

However, Villa dominated after the break, with Christian Benteke and Gabriel Agbonlahor posing problems but running into an immovable object in the shape of man-of-the-match Ben Turner at the heart of the home defence.

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Villa dominated second half - Lambert

The visitors should have taken the lead when Agbonlahor hesitated over a good chance and was dispossessed by Kevin Theophile-Catherine.

And when Villa did let get a shot away they found Marshall in the kind of form which has made him the Bluebirds' most valuable player this season.

The Scot flung himself high to his left to somehow tip Weimann's close-range shot over the bar, injuring himself in the process.

Manager Solskjaer said the save earned his side a point. The question is whether that alone is enough at a crucial stage of the season.

For his part, Villa boss Lambert was happy to see his team pick up their 17th league point away from home.

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert:

"I am frustrated. I thought in the second half we had enough chances to win it and David Marshall, who I knew up at Celtic, has kept them in it, he has made two world class saves.

"But Cardiff have beaten some really good teams here. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has a good side after taking over from Malky Mackay and it is a hard place to come, although I still think we should have won the game."

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Line-ups

Cardiff

  • 1Marshall
  • 28Théophile-Catherine
  • 42John
  • 8Medel
  • 4Caulker
  • 6Turner
  • 16Noone
  • 18MutchSubstituted forWolff Eikremat 32'minutes
  • 9Jones
  • 10Campbell
  • 36ZahaSubstituted forDaehliat 61'minutes

Substitutes

  • 15Wolff Eikrem
  • 19Cowie
  • 27Torres Ruiz
  • 29Daehli
  • 32Lewis
  • 34Berget
  • 35Fabio

Aston Villa

  • 1Guzan
  • 7Bacuna
  • 23Bertrand
  • 15Westwood
  • 4Vlaar
  • 2Baker
  • 12Albrighton
  • 16Delph
  • 11Agbonlahor
  • 20Benteke
  • 3BennettSubstituted forWeimannat 70'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Clark
  • 8El Ahmadi
  • 9Helenius
  • 10Weimann
  • 13Steer
  • 18Sylla
  • 29Holt
Referee:
Chris Foy
Attendance:
27,597

Match Stats

Home TeamCardiffAway TeamAston Villa
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home12
Away18
Shots on Target
Home3
Away6
Corners
Home7
Away9
Fouls
Home5
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Cardiff City 0, Aston Villa 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Cardiff City 0, Aston Villa 0.
Attempt saved. Ron Vlaar (Aston Villa) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ashley Westwood with a cross.
Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by David Marshall.
Attempt saved. Andreas Weimann (Aston Villa) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Ashley Westwood with a cross.
Attempt missed. Craig Noone (Cardiff City) header from the left side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Magnus Wolff Eikrem with a cross.
Attempt blocked. Craig Noone (Cardiff City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Kenwyne Jones.
Offside, Aston Villa. Andreas Weimann tries a through ball, but Christian Benteke is caught offside.
Attempt missed. Declan John (Cardiff City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Mats Daehli.
Attempt missed. Marc Albrighton (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Christian Benteke.
Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Kévin Théophile-Catherine.
Attempt blocked. Steven Caulker (Cardiff City) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ben Turner with a cross.
Foul by Fabian Delph (Aston Villa).
Craig Noone (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Attempt missed. Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Christian Benteke.
Offside, Cardiff City. Magnus Wolff Eikrem tries a through ball, but Gary Medel is caught offside.
Offside, Aston Villa. Leandro Bacuna tries a through ball, but Christian Benteke is caught offside.
Attempt missed. Ron Vlaar (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner following a corner.
Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by David Marshall.
Attempt saved. Fabian Delph (Aston Villa) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ashley Westwood.
goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Chelsea2617632757
2Arsenal2517442255
3Man City2517354154
4Liverpool2515553350
5Tottenham251456047
6Everton2512941145
7Man Utd2512581041
8Southampton261097839
9Newcastle2511410-237
10West Ham267712-528
11Aston Villa267712-928
12Swansea257612-327
13Hull267613-627
14Stoke256811-1426
15Crystal Palace258215-1626
16Norwich266713-2025
17West Brom2641210-824
18Sunderland256613-1324
19Cardiff265714-2522
20Fulham256217-3120
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