Cardiff City 3 Aston Villa 0

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September is a big month for Bruce and Villa.

Steve Bruce’s difficult start to the season continued as he watches his side get thrashed 3-0 by Neil Warnock’s Cardiff City.

The fans once again travelled in big numbers as over 4,500 supporters made the 110 mile trip to the Welsh capital only to leave disappointed once again.

Bruce made just one change from the side that drew with Hull City on the opening day of the season as Josh Onomah replaced Leandro Bacuna – who looks very close to joining Reading if reports are to be believed.

Over 4,500 Aston Villa fans travelled to Cardiff.The away side made an impressive start to the game as Scott Hogan fired a chance blazing over the bar and then watched on as another effort was saved by Cardiff keeper Neil Etheridge.

It was Cardiff who took the lead though through Nathaniel Mendez-Laing. Junior Hoilett crossed the ball and Mendez-Laing got himself in between John Terry and Neil Taylor to head past Sam Johnstone on 21 minutes.

Cardiff continued to cause the Villa back line problems and was unlucky to only go in 1-0 up at half time but on-loan goalkeeper Johnstone kept Villa in the game.

The away sides best chance of the game came just after half time when Henri Lansbury sent over a corner, the ball was headed down by James Chester and took a deflection off Joe Bennett which beat Etheridge but not the crossbar.

Elmohamady went off injured.Bruce introduced Callum O’Hare for Lansbury who once again failed to impress but Cardiff doubled their lead. Kenneth Zohore made his way down the touchline before crossing for Hoilett to tap home.

Zahore gave Terry and Chester problems all afternoon and when Mendez-Laing made it three after breezing past Alan Hutton the game was all but over.

Verdict

Aston Villa was extremely poor and have failed to win in either of their two opening games of the season while Cardiff marches to the top of the Championship title with maximum points.

Steve Bruce will be looking for a reaction from his team as the games come thick and fast in this division with Reading next up in mid-week.

The Manager

Steve Bruce: “Everything went wrong apart from the first 20 minutes. We made a bad mistake for the first goal and after that, it was on the verge of embarrassing at times. It was a rude awakening for us. We didn’t do the basics well and we looked fragile. Overall, it was a difficult afternoon.

“We have to do more. We are Aston Villa and we come with a big reputation. But away from home, we have to be aware of what’s coming. There were two decent chances at 0-0, but we didn’t take them. It’s one of the biggest defeats I’ve had in the Championship, we lost all our shape and balance.”

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