Aston Villa beat Cardiff 2-0 to end a Premier League run of four games without a win at Villa Park on Saturday.
Leandro Bacuna's superb 76th-minute free kick was Villa's first goal in five matches and Libor Kozak's cushioned header eight minutes later proved enough to earn Paul Lambert's side its first win since the 3-2 victory over Manchester City at the end of September.
The closest the visiting team came to scoring was in the 10th minute as Kozak almost put through his own net but, otherwise, Malky Mackay's side created very little in the way of goalscoring opportunities, failing to build on its memorable 1-0 victory over Welsh rival Swansea City last week.
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