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Foul by Ciaran Clark on Kevin Theophile-Catherine, free kick awarded.
The referee blows for the end of the match.
Leandro Bacuna takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Andrew Taylor gets a block in.
Jordan Bowery takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the right of the target.
Clearance made by Ben Turner.
Bradley Guzan takes the free kick.
Jordan Bowery joins the action as a substitute, replacing Libor Kozak.
Steven Caulker is caught offside.
Steven Caulker heads at goal. Blocked by Libor Kozak.
Jordon Mutch sends in a cross.
Nathan Baker makes a clearance.
Ashley Westwood takes a shot. Blocked by Steven Caulker.
Steven Caulker makes a clearance.
The ball is sent over by Yacouba Sylla.
Libor Kozak scores. Aston Villa 2-0 Cardiff.Assist by Matthew Lowton.
Ben Turner manages to make a clearance.
Aleksandar Tonev crosses the ball.
Nicky Maynard joins the action as a substitute, replacing Craig Bellamy.
Ron Vlaar is flagged offside by the assistant referee.
Corner taken by Ashley Westwood from the left by-line.
Corner from the left by-line taken by Ashley Westwood.
Clearance by Kevin Theophile-Catherine.
Free kick scored by Leandro Bacuna. Aston Villa 1-0 Cardiff.
Leandro Bacuna fouled by Gary Medel, the ref awards a free kick.
Clearance by Ron Vlaar.
(Aston Villa) makes a substitution, with Matthew Lowton coming on for Karim El Ahmadi.
Header by Christian Benteke misses to the right of the target.
The ball is swung over by Ciaran Clark.
Aleksandar Tonev takes a shot. Blocked by Kevin Theophile-Catherine.
Clearance made by Steven Caulker.
Gary Medel has an effort at goal and missed to the right of the goal.
Ciaran Clark manages to make a clearance.
David Marshall takes the free kick.
Libor Kozak challenges Andrew Taylor unfairly and gives away a free kick.
Header at goal by Christian Benteke misses left of the target.
Free kick crossed by Peter Whittingham.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Fraizer Campbell by Ciaran Clark.
Jordon Mutch comes on in place of Aron Gunnarsson.
The ball is delivered by Andrew Taylor.
Centre by Aleksandar Tonev.
The ball is swung over by Libor Kozak.
Gary Medel challenges Libor Kozak unfairly and gives away a free kick.
Clearance by Steven Caulker.
Unfair challenge on Andrew Taylor by Libor Kozak results in a free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kevin Theophile-Catherine by Aleksandar Tonev.
Kevin Theophile-Catherine crosses the ball.
Fraizer Campbell comes on in place of Peter Odemwingie.
Shot by Aleksandar Tonev. Kevin Theophile-Catherine gets a block in.
Corner taken by Ashley Westwood from the right by-line.
Header at goal by Libor Kozak. David Marshall parries the effort to safety.
Centre by Leandro Bacuna.
Unfair challenge on Peter Odemwingie by Nathan Baker results in a free kick.
The second half has started.
The ref blows to end the first period.
The official flags Peter Odemwingie offside.
Centre by Kevin Theophile-Catherine.
Aleksandar Tonev takes a shot and went wide left of the goal.
The ball is delivered by Aleksandar Tonev.
Karim El Ahmadi has an effort at goal and missed to the left of the net.
Craig Bellamy delivers the ball.
Libor Kozak is caught offside.
Free kick taken by Gary Medel.
Foul by Libor Kozak on Andrew Taylor, free kick awarded.
Clearance made by Nathan Baker.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Karim El Ahmadi on Craig Bellamy.
Ron Vlaar restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick taken by Bradley Guzan.
Christian Benteke is caught offside.
Peter Odemwingie sends in a cross.
Gary Medel takes the free kick.
Christian Benteke gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kevin Theophile-Catherine.
Nathan Baker manages to make a clearance.
Steven Caulker concedes a free kick for a foul on Christian Benteke.
Ben Turner makes a clearance.
Aron Gunnarsson takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Bradley Guzan fumbles the ball.
Corner taken by Ashley Westwood.
Christian Benteke takes a shot. David Marshall parries the effort to safety.
Aleksandar Tonev manages to make a clearance.
Corner taken short by Gary Medel.
Foul by Aleksandar Tonev on Aron Gunnarsson, free kick awarded.
Yacouba Sylla takes a shot. David Marshall catches the ball.
The ball is sent over by Craig Bellamy.
Shot by Peter Odemwingie went wide right of the net.
Shot by Aron Gunnarsson missed to the left of goal.
Karim El Ahmadi takes a shot. David Marshall parries the ball but the danger is not over.
The ball is sent over by Ciaran Clark.
Ciaran Clark takes the free kick.
Peter Odemwingie is ruled offside.
Kevin Theophile-Catherine manages to make a clearance.
Leandro Bacuna crosses the ball.
The referee gets the game started.
Lambert still has Christian faith
Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has no doubt Christian Benteke will soon be back in the goals.
You have to go back to September 14 for Benteke's last strike, coming in a 2-1 home defeat to Newcastle, although the Belgium forward did spend a month on the sidelines with a hip injury sustained soon after.
Since returning to the team in a 2-0 home loss to Spurs on October 20, the 22-year-old has had his opportunities - including a penalty in a 2-0 defeat to Everton - but failed to find the net.
Benteke's form is symptomatic of a Villa side that have drawn a blank in five of their last six matches in all competitions, with the only game to buck that trend being a surprise 3-2 victory over Manchester City at Villa Park.
Lambert, though, is far from concerned as he said: "People have to remember Christian is still a young guy, still learning, and he has only just come back from injury.
"He's had chances against Everton and West Ham, so you can't label anything against him.
"I'd be more worried if he wasn't getting chances, but the thing is he is getting them, so I've no worries about him whatsoever.
"Everyone has to help, just as everyone has to help defensively. It's a team game, we're in it together.
"It's true what they say - you win together, you lose together, and Christian is part of the whole thing, along with everybody else."
Overall, Villa have scored just nine goals in 10 Barclays Premier League matches this season, remarkably the same as fourth-placed Tottenham.
However, there are 10 places and nine points between the two sides as Spurs have been stunning defensively, apart from their one aberration in losing 3-0 at home to West Ham.
Such statistics, however, underline the fine margins that exist, with Lambert adding: "It's highlighted more because of where they (Spurs) are.
"But the one thing you can never say about us is we don't give it a go because we try and create as much as we can.
"If we'd taken our chances against Everton we would have won it. We had a penalty and two one-v-one opportunities.
"If Christian's header had been an inch under the bar against West Ham, or Andi (Weimann) had gone on for his one-v-one chance, we win the game.
"So again, I'd be more worried if we weren't creating. But I know the lads will come good. We're not far away."
For Saturday's visit of Cardiff, fresh from their south Wales derby win over Swansea, Lambert is again bereft of several players through injury.
Andreas Weimann and Antonio Luna (both hamstring), Gabriel Agbonlahor (ankle) and Joe Bennett (back) are out, joining long-term casualties Charles N'Zogbia (Achilles), Gary Gardner (back) and Jores Okore (knee) on the sidelines.
The only bright spot for Lambert is Fabian Delph could return after missing last weekend's goalless draw at West Ham through illness.
Cardiff manager Malky Mackay must decide whether to tinker with his derby-winning line-up.
Mackay may opt to rest Craig Bellamy after the striker's exertions in the victory over Swansea and could also be tempted to restore Aron Gunnarsson to his side.
Mackay may have endured a torrid few weeks but the Scot insists he wants to remain in charge of Cardiff for the long-term.
The Scot's position at Cardiff City Stadium has been under scrutiny since his head of recruitment Iain Moody was removed from his role and replaced on an acting basis by Alisher Apsalyamov, a man with no known experience of top-level football.
Apsalyamov is not currently operating for the Bluebirds in an official capacity while his visa documentation is assessed by the Home Office.
Reports that Tan has attempted to interfere in on-field matters and bought striker Etien Velikonja without Mackay's approval have just added to the spotlight on the club and their manager.
But Mackay insists he is fully committed to the club.
"We are all working to ensure Cardiff City is again playing top-level football next season," he told a press conference.
"I want to be talking to the media in a year's time as Cardiff City manager in the Premier League.
"We relish being in the Premier League in terms of players and fans. Our aim is to be the best we can be and finish as high as we can.
"I am proud to be manager here. We have worked hard as a staff for two-and-a-half years to take our beliefs forward, mould our squad to the point we have reached now.
"We will keep moving forward and make sure everything we do is for the best of Cardiff City. I will always do my best and that will never change."
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