COMMENT by Amir Mir
Football Insider analyses the three talking points from Aston Villa’s 3-1 victory against Cardiff on Saturday afternoon. The win leaves Steve Bruce’s side three points off a play-off place as they also maintain their unbeaten home record.
Kodjia and Adomah can take Villa to play-offs
The winger and striker are proving to be a dangerous attacking partnership and key to Villa’s promotion ambitions this season. They combined once again against Cardiff as Adomah’s cross was headed in by Kodjia, who scored Villa’s second goal of the afternoon. The club’s summer signings are now the first names on the team sheet, which is keeping the likes of Rudy Gestede, Ross McCormack and Gabby Agbonlahor on the bench.
More additions required in midfield
Combative midfielder Mile Jedinak is a top quality Championship player, but the much criticised Ashley Westwood is failing to inspire his side in attack or defence. Bruce will need to add a creative midfielder in January as the squad depth in midfield is not strong enough. Gary Gardner and youngster Aaron Tshibola are the other options, but the latter has not featured for Bruce since he took charge at the Midlands club.
Home form now proving to be devastating
Villa are now unbeaten in nine home games this season and a strong record at Villa Park will only add to their hopes of pushing up the table. The three points against Cardiff mean Bruce has now recorded three wins on the bounce on home soil and going into the festive period they will feel more confident when playing in front of their own crowd.
In other Aston Villa team news, supporters on Twitter see the funny side as Joleon Lescott is released by AEK Athens.