Six in a row as 'the new Gerrard' stars for Villa
By Ian Robathan
Wednesday 23 Sep 2009 23:11:00
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It was a bit disappointing that only 18,000 Villa fans could be bothered to turn up but actually they missed a very good open match in which Cardiff came to play and not ‘Park the bus’.

Villa got off to a bright start when a surging John Carew run down the left resulted in a good low cross and fro the Holte End it appeared that Gabby backheeled it into the goal for his 4th of the season and the third on the trot.

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For the rest of the half Villa controlled the game through an excellent midfield of Craig Gardner, Stiliyan Petrov and, for me, the man of the match Fabian Delph.

In the second half it was much of the same we controlled the game but Cardiff were never out of the game and after some close scares, Petrov was fouled in the box for the second match running.

Milner hit a very well struck penalty but unfortunately hit the corner of the post and bar.

Villa seemed to hang back after that and once again the defence was very impressive with Carlos Cuellar leading the back line very well and James Collins looking a steal from West Ham.

There was a last-minute scare when Cardiff scored but it was ruled out for offside (it was a close call…) and then the final whistle went.

So that’s six wins on the trot - for the first time in a decade.

This was a confidence-building win and in particular a good night for Delph - further proof that Villa have brought the ‘new Steven Gerrard’.

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