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Kickin' It: Unpacking the win over Cardiff and a look at the week ahead

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Your look at the week that was, the week that will be, and football news and notes for Monday, November 11, 2013.

Chris Brunskill

Aston Villa won their first game in a month, and there's nearly two full weeks before they have the opportunity to let us all down once again. Let's have a party!

Just The Facts, Please


Position W D L GD Pts
Aston Villa 11th 4 2 5 -1 14

Form (Last 5, most recent first): W D L L D

Results Last Week: Aston Villa 2-0 Cardiff City (Premier League)

Upcoming Fixtures:

  • First Team:
    At West Brom (Premier League) - Monday, November 25, 20:00 GMT, 3:00 PM Eastern
  • U21:
    At Arsenal (U21 Premier League) - Tuesday, November 12, 19:00 GMT, 2:00 PM Eastern
  • Tracking Villa's Progress

A look at how Aston Villa are doing compared to corresponding fixtures from last season. For a more full explanation of the corresponding fixtures table, see here.

∆ Scored ∆ Allowed ∆ Points
0 -16 +7

Villa fell back to even in terms of goals scored compared to goals allowed in last year's corresponding fixtures, but given the clean sheet they'll likely take it; the club has now knocked 16 goals off of their number allowed last season, which is a pretty stunning number. That's real and measurable progress, and it's hard to overstate how encouraging it is to see.

Injuries

New Injuries Last Week:

  • Gabby Agbonlahor - Ankle (November 25th)
  • Joe Bennett - Back (December 4th)
  • Fabian Delph - Knee (November 25th)
  • Antonio Luna - Hamstring (November 25th)
  • Andreas Weimann - Hamstring (November 25th)
A lot of new injuries this week, which makes the win over Cardiff all the more impressive. For the most part everyone is expected to be healthy in time for the game with West Brom (thanks international break!) but we've seen how well that's turned out in the past. Hopefully the week off will help things stay true to expectations.

Match Notes

Aston Villa 2-0 Cardiff City (Premier League)
Leandro Bacuna (76’), Libor Kozak (84’)

  • That was not the prettiest game you're ever going to see, but in the end Aston Villa forced Cardiff City to play the game the home side wanted, and the end result was quite good. There's still a lot of work to be done, but considering Villa's injury list and the way they'd been performing as of late, there's no reason to dwell on the negatives.
  • An interesting note about Villa's 17 shots: 15 of them came from open play. Given Villa's over-reliance on set piece goals, that's a nice development; the next trick is figuring out how to put more of those shots away.
  • You can find our recap here. It mainly focuses on the positives and downplays the negatives, but it just felt right after the first win in over a month.
  • The WhoScored recap is here.

Looking Ahead

  • Aside from the U21s taking on Arsenal, it's a quiet international week for Villa. There will almost certainly be call-ups, but given that this is a friendly break they might be for some players closer to the periphery of their national team picture in addition to the usual suspects.

Miscellany