A last-minute Wonder Save from keeper David Marshall saved Cardiff from defeat in their goalless home

Cardiff City’s Squad Sheet vs Hull City

 draw with Aston Villa. They’ll be desperate to take all three points against fellow strugglers Hull.

Marshall’s last-minute save topped-off an overall exceptional performance, the sort of which we have been seeing regularly from Cardiff’s number 1. The EA SPORTS Player Performance Index shows that Marshall made a total of 6 saves against Villa, which was the most in the league.

To focus simply on Marshall’s performance would not do justice to an good performance from the whole of Cardiff’s defence. Ben Turner, in particular, was in inspirational form, winning 5 tackles – the second most in the league. This figure is particularly impressive when one considers that Turner only attempted 5 challenges, winning every one.

Turner excelled in all areas of defence against the Villains, as in total, he made 26 defensive contributions (based on tackles won, blocks, interceptions and clearances). Again, this was more than any other player in the league and underlines his undeniable importance to Solskjaer’s team.

Craig Noone completed 4 dribbles against Paul Lambert’s men, taking his overall tally for the season to 29. This total is more than any other player in the Cardiff squad and showcases how integral his probing runs down the flank are to the Bluebirds’ offensive effort.

Signing Magnus Wolff Eikrem was one of the first moves that Solskjaer made when taking the reins at The Cardiff City Stadium. The Cardiff manager has praised the midfielder’s range of passing, and when looking at the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index, it isn’t difficult to see why. Since arriving in Wales, the former Heerenveen man has completed a pass in the opposition half at an impressive rate of a pass every 2.6 minutes.

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