Half-Time Report: No breakthrough at Villa Park

Aston Villa create more opportunities than Cardiff City but it remains goalless at Villa Park.

Aston Villa created a number of chances in the first 45 minutes but the opening half of their game against Cardiff City has ended goalless.

Libor Kozak was close to celebrating his return to the side with an early goal but his header was well saved by David Marshall.

Brad Guzan of Aston Villa smothers the ball as Aron Gunnarsson of Cardiff during the Barclays Premier League match between Aston Villa and Cardiff City at Villa Park on November 9, 2013© Getty Images

Marshall was kept busy in the Cardiff goal in the opening stages as he made further saves from Karim El Ahmadi and Yacouba Sylla.

Christian Benteke was inches away from scoring his first goal in four games but the striker's low effort was tipped past the post by an in-form Marshall.

Cardiff settled well after being forced onto the back foot early on but they found it difficult to create clear opportunities at the other end of the pitch.

Craig Bellamy targeted the top corner towards the end of the first half but Brad Guzan was able to make an easy save from the long-range effort.

Paul Lambert, manager of Aston Villa during the Barclays Premier League match between Hull City and Aston Villa at KC Stadium on October 5, 2013
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