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A win is a win and three points are on the board for Aston Villa

It was nice to get a win before this break in proper football. It was also nice to win in a way that, in patches, looked better.

For the first couple of minutes of the match we passes the ball about and didn't want to hit it long. That didn't last for the entire match, but is it wrong of me to think we didn't want to hit long and hopeful?

Sure, over the 90 minutes it was mostly Cardiff, which in all honestly surprised me. I didn't think they would come at us the way they did. I thought we'd have the share of possession if only because we were at home and they'd play for something other than nothing.

But it was mostly them. But there were glimpses of us trying to play the right way. And I've seen some statistics on Twitter that suggest when Bacuna starts, we seem to win more than when he doesn't (I don't know how true these are but interesting nonetheless).

All in all, it was a much needed three points and it was also nice to see Lowton get a run out too and is it that surprising that everything seemed to happen when he joined in with Bacuna?

I'm not going to write about maybe because we went back to having four defenders because it can be easily argued that for most games this season we've played with four, even if there are some great examples of us not playing with four, even with four on the pitch.

It was just nice to win and it was nice to see goals and it was nice to not have to worry about what would happen if we didn't win. And now we have a break and now we have two weeks until West Brom and that is going to be an important match.

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Bacuna and Lowton