COMMENT by Amir Mir

Pierluigi Gollini 6 – The Italian shot stopper is gradually improving as the season progresses and he put in another solid display once again. However, he will be disappointed that he was unable to keep a clean sheet.

Alan Hutton 6 – He didn’t cause the opposition too many problems in attack but remained compact and strong in defence.

James Chester 7 – The Welshman is quickly becoming a firm fan favourite at Villa Park because of his consistent solid displays. Despite a lapse in concentration for Rickie Lambert’s goal, Chester kept his cool throughout the match and produced another outstanding performance.

Nathan Baker 5 – Played only 45 minutes before going off injured, but could have done more to prevent Lambert from scoring the equaliser in the first-half. Baker will be devastated to have suffered yet another injury setback.

Jordan Amavi 7 – He is now beginning to show the impressive form of last season which won him plaudits. The left-back produced a magnificent display against Cardiff as he was a constant threat down the left hand side. His cross in the first half led to his side opening the scoring.

Mile Jedinak 7 – Another solid display from Jedinak, who is now proving to be the defensive midfielder Villa have been craving for from the middle of the park.

Ashley Westwood 5 – His mistake on the ball led to the bluebirds levelling the scores. Apart from that it was another simple, but ineffective display from the midfielder.

Albert Adomah 8 – A constant threat on the right wing, with his trickery and pace proving too difficult to handle for the Cardiff backline. Adomah was rewarded as he scored his first goal for the club, before he turned supplier for Villa’s second.

Jack Grealish 8 – Failed to get on the scoresheet but the club’s academy product was arguably the best player on the field. He ran the game at his own pace as he was brought down in the dying minutes in the penalty area with the spot kick converted by Rudy Gestede.

Jordan Ayew 5 – A quiet game for the Ghana international who played only 63 minutes.

Jonathan Kodjia 8 – Another goal, and another top quality performance for Villa’s man of the moment. He has now scored five goals in his last four home games and the Championships most expensive transfer is now proving to be a bargain.

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Tommy Elphick 6

Gabby Agbonlahor 4

Rudy Gestede 6

In other Aston Villa team news, supporters on Twitter see the funny side as Joleon Lescott is released by AEK Athens.