Monday January 2, 2012 Day 20 Finished Villa Park

Aston Villa 0 - 2 Swansea City

  • Dyer 5’
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  1. Swansea win first away game at Villa

    Swansea win first away game at Villa

    Swansea City took a deserved first away Premier League win of the season as they beat Aston Villa 2-0 at Villa Park. More

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    Time:90'
    • Aston Villa
    • Swansea City
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    • 90+6' And the whistle sounds: Swansea take a first away league win of the season. Villa slump after winning at Chelsea on Saturday.
    • 90+5' N'Zogbia crashes a half-volley off the inside of the post from just inside the box! It is not Villa's day.
    • 90+4' Bannan sweeps a ball into the danger area which is too long for everyone. McLeish looks at his watch.
    • 90+1' Vorm booked for time-wasting. Five minutes to be added on.
    • 90' Guzan is okay to continue. N'Zogbia heads for goal, saved by Vorm. And a free-kick is given as the winger pushed Rangel.
    • 89' Joy for Chelsea at the death at Molineux! And it is that man Lampard! Wolves v Chelsea: LIVE
    • 88' Barry Bannan half-grabbed Allen as he entered the box, but it was not strong enough to warrant a penalty. The collision has left Guzan with a bloody nose and he receives treatment.
    • 87' Sinclair on the counter... he slips in Allen down the channel and he looks to round Guzan but the keeper bravely saves!
    • 85' Villa change: Clark replaced by Barry Bannan. Another corner for the home side. And headed away again by Swansea. They have defended admirably.
    • 85' Big goal at Molineux - more woe for Andre Villas-Boas. Wolves v Chelsea: LIVE
    • 84' Long ball to the far side of the penalty area, where Dunne wins the header - wide of the near post.
    • 83' Swansea closing in on a first away win - they are only Premier League club not to claim one so far this season. /// Borat: "it would seem the teams who beat man utd and chelsea­ have no legs left."
    • 82' Agustien with a clever pass to put Graham in on the left... he shapes to shoot with his right foot but Dunne does well to slide across and get a foot to it. Guzan able to collect.
    • 81' Vorm gathers an Albrighton corner at the second attempt.
    • 80' Some Villa fans are heading out of the exits. "You don't know what you're doing" was the cry when Ireland was substituted - how things can change in 48 hours.
    • 79' Routledge running at Hutton in the box but loses the ball and the winger then collides with his opponent to give away a free-kick.
    • 78' Swansea change: Scott Sinclair on for Dyer. Perhaps the Welsh side need some fresh legs to provide more of a threat.
    • 78' Routledge just offside on the right as the ball is clipped forward.
    • 76' I make that 12 Villa corners today to none for Swansea. But it is the latter that have been the better side.
    • 75' Almost a chance for Clark as Collins pokes the ball to him from an Albrighton centre. Another corner. And another one defended.
    • 74' The newly-knighted Sir Doug Ellis watches on with pursed lips. Villa not so deadly today.
    • 73' More stout defending as Agbonlahor is thwarted in his attempts to meet another cross to the near post.
    • 72' Villa on the ball in the last few minutes. Swansea now defending in front of their penalty area rather than higher up the pitch.
    • 71' The manager of the away side called this one. Kind of. Rodgers hoping Spurs result will send Swans soaring
    • 70' The fans are really unhappy at the decision. But it's nothing to do with Albrighton, who looks to take on Agustien here on the left but is halted.
    • 69' Villa change: the home fans boo as Ireland is replaced. Marc Albrighton comes on - his goal against Arsenal was the first time in the league this season that Villa had scored a goal at home that wasn’t scored or assisted by Bent or Agbonlahor.
    • 68' Agbonlahor attacks down the left but his low cross is cleared easily.
    • 66' Chaos in the Swansea box following a Petrov free-kick, the ball headed back into it repeatedly by the Villa. Eventually Collins's ball in is collected by Vorm.
    • 64' Hutton puts a low ball into the feet of Ireland and Rangel blocks the first-time shot to concede another corner. Dunne wins the header from this one, but puts it over from 12 yards out.
    • 64' Consecutive corners for Villa - the second falls short of Collins again from N'Zogbia. They really should have done more with them, given the disparity in size of the teams.
    • 63' Opta Joe: It was Routledge's first Premier League goal in his 116th appearance in the division. He had managed 23 goals in his 162 Championship appearances.
    • 62' N'Zogbia trying in vain to find space for a cross, but wins a throw-in.
    • 60' Goals elsewhere in the Premier League. Scores and scorers
    • 59' Dunne with a high kick on Dyer to give away a free-kick. The tiny player then squares up to the centre-half... the top of his head only comes up to his collar! Dunne pushes him away. Yellow card for Dunne.
    • 58' Swansea change: Joe Allen on for Orlandi.
    • 57' Dunne brings the ball out and finds Ireland, who is taken out by Orlandi. Play continues and N'Zogbia runs out of pitch on the left. Yellow card for Orlandi.
    • 57' It is cleared and Hutton heads back in, but no danger for Rodgers's defence. Dyer almost in behind at the other end.
    • 56' Agbonlahor wins a corner. If there is hope for the home side, it is through their corner count. And they have some big, ugly players to compete for them.
    • 55' Petrov sends a deep free-kick too long and it runs out for a goal-kick. Story of Villa's afternoon so far.
    • 55' Villa change: Hutton on for Cuellar.
    • 53' All Swansea in terms of possession at the minute. Alan Hutton readying himself to come on for Villa.
    • 52' Dyer breaks out and plays a one-two with Graham, whose Cruyff flick is marvellous. Taylor on the left then loses the ball trying to take Cuellar on.
    • 51' Five players covered more than 5,000 metres in the first half: Ireland, Clark, Britton, Orlandi and Routledge. Petrov was 4m short.
    • 50' Ciaran Clark turns with the ball inside the box on the left and fires a couple of yards off target.
    • 49' Opta Joe again: Aston Villa haven't won from a half-time deficit for nearly three years. They have also lost 10 of their last 12 matches in which they were behind at the break. Me again: it doesn't look likely that they will break these runs.
    • 47' After a Guzan kick clear went straight to an away man, the winger was sent clear on the left - he cut back to Graham whose scuffed shot came off the near post, but the former Villa player - briefly - was on hand to finish past two home defenders.
    • 47' ROUTLEDGE WITH A SECOND FOR SWANSEA! 2-0. He tucks the ball into the far corner from an acute angle.
    • 46' The second half under way with Swansea now kicking from right to left as we look at it.
    • - Those three home defeats Villa have suffered recently were to Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal - hope for the second half? Time for McLeish to earn his coin with a big team talk... drop me a line with your thoughts on the match. Follow me on Twitter: @jonathansymcox
    • 45+3' Half-time at Villa Park with Swansea by far the better team and deserved leaders. 1-0 does them a bit of a disservice.
    • 45+2' Clumsy by N'Zogbia as he bumps Orlandi over in the centre of the park.
    • 45+1' Two minutes to be added on. Bent beaten again as he looks to meet a Cuellar cross.
    • 45' They have now as the ball is won in a challenge in midfield... N'Zogbia goes outside Rangel on the left but his cross beats everyone.
    • 44' Swansea are taking the mickey, their fans Ole-ing every touch. Villa haven't touched the ball for two minutes.
    • 43' Intricate passing from the away side to keep Villa away from their goal - and off the ball.
    • 42' Aston Villa have lost their last three home games, while Swansea are yet to claim their first away win of the season.
    • 41' Opta Joe says: Swansea's goal is only the fifth they have netted in the first half of away matches this season. They failed to win any of the three previous PL away matches in which they scored before the break. Photo of Dyer celebrating in front of jubilant Swans fans
    • 40' Swansea again defend it easily and take the pressure off when Routledge is fouled by Collins in full flight. Collins booked.
    • 39' Careless backpass puts pressure on Leon Britton in front of his keeper, and he runs the ball out of play. Fortuitous corner to the Villa.
    • 38' Aston Villa have numbers up here. Bent plays out to Petrov on the right, who checks back on to his left foot and looks for N'Zogbia on the far side... intercepted.
    • 37' QPR and Stoke are in front in other 3pm Premier League kick-offs. Latest scores and scorers
    • 36' After a brilliant disciplined performance at Chelsea, Villa are falling short today and that can be felt on the terraces.
    • 35' Petrov's kick is headed away by Swansea, who counter through Dyer... Graham gives it to Orlandi, who attacks the left byline and pulls back to the striker - his first-time placed finish is just wide of the far post!
    • 34' Ireland on the charge from midfield - or he is until Kemy Agustien takes him out cynically. Yellow card for the Dutchman.
    • 33' Agbonlahor goes down under a challenge, the third conceded by Swansea so far (Villa have fouled twice). N'Zogbia lines it up... and strikes it way over the bar from 30 yards.
    • 32' More groans as Bent runs into trouble as he looks to take on the away defence.
    • 31' Dyer again with room to cross from the right flank for Swansea as men arrive. It is towards the edge of the box and Villa do enough to get it away.
    • 30' A win today would put 15th-placed Swansea level on points with 10th-placed Villa. Their goal difference pre-match was three worse than the Villans. Table
    • 29' A long diagonal ball to the right is controlled brilliantly by Dyer to cut inside and leave Warnock on his backside... he finds Danny Graham whose first-time shot is gratefully smothered by Guzan.
    • 28' Rodgers making notes on the touchline. He'll be more than pleased with his team so far.
    • 27' The home crowd frustrated at their side's lack of a cutting edge and Swansea's increasing influence on the game.
    • 26' More from Opta Joe: Villa had kept a clean sheet in the seven previous league matches against Swansea. The last Swansea goals in a league match against Aston Villa were scored on 2 May 1983; Swansea 2-1 Villa, goals by Colin Pascoe and Darren Gale.
    • 25' Villa faced with another threat from Dyer on the right as he ousprints Warnock to race on to an Angel Rangel long ball. The low cross is cut out by Dunne.
    • 24' Dyer's strike was Swansea's fastest goal of the season and his second - his other also coming against West Midlands opposition in the 3-0 win against West Bromwich Albion in September. Thanks to Opta Joe for that.
    • 23' N'Zogbia with the latest corner for Villa, this time from the left. James Collins heads firmly towards the top corner and Michel Vorm does well to pluck it out of the air.
    • 22' Agbonlahor with his back to goal inside the box. He goes down under the challenge of Neil Taylor! No penalty, says referee Anthony Taylor. The gloved defender had hold of his hand, but it was not enough to see him fall over or win a penalty.
    • 21' Bent rises to head a cross from the left, but is thwarted by an away defender.
    • 20' Promising attack for the visitors, who have men over. Routledge on the left dallies as he looks to beat his man and is forced to go backwards to retain possession. Villa regroup.
    • 19' After Villa waste another corner, Warnock gives the ball away. An inauspicious start to the afternoon for the Villa left-back.
    • 18' Warnock taken out by Steven Caulker in what looks like a terrible tackle - the defender is booked. But replays show that he slipped as he challenged.
    • 17' Swansea pressing high up the pitch, forcing Villa to give the ball away.
    • 16' The Swans are unbeaten in their first game of the New Year in the last six seasons (W4 D2), conceding just one goal in the process.
    • 15' Dyer running at Warnock on the right. He gets to the corner of the box and hits a dipping shot just wide of the far top corner! /// J: "Aston Villa 2-3 Swansea - Swans have an awesome keeper!"
    • 14' Quick throw to an unmarked Ireland on the right byline, who turns and hooks a cross straight behind. Nice idea but poor execution.
    • 13' Swansea defend a third corner in succession but Villa retain the ball in defence.
    • 12' Another corner won by England attacker Agbonlahor as he looks to cross from the right. Dunne makes a poor connection but the ball drops to Ireland 18 yards out, whose shot is deflected for another corner. It was heading wide.
    • 11' Agbonlahor wins a corner. N'Zogbia bends it to the back stick and Cuellar and Bent are both there, but the Swans somehow scramble it away.
    • 10' With Swansea penned back, Petrov looks to spread play to the right and Carlos Cuellar - but his pass is straight into touch.
    • 9' Swansea have failed to score in three of their last four Premier League away games. Not today!
    • 8' Orlandi with space in the middle, coming forward and unleashing a low drive that beats Guzan and is inches wide of the far post!
    • 7' Charles N'Zogbia battles to win the ball off Dyer on the left and crosses with his left foot - Agbonlahor at the far post meets it but not cleanly and the ball comes back across the face of the goal.
    • 6' Villa press from kick-off, earning a throw-in after Bent attacked a near-post ball.
    • 5' Shocker from Stephen Warnock - he was put under pressure near halfway and miskicked a pass back to a retreating Richard Dunne, allowing Dyer to pick it up and run at the box. His shot from the edge of the area took a deflection off Dunne and flew into the far corner.
    • 5' GOAL FOR SWANSEA! Nathan Dyer into the bottom corner!
    • 3' Swansea play it forward but Wayne Routledge runs out of pitch and Villa have a throw.
    • 2' Brad Guzan, still deputising for Shay Given in the home goal, closed down and clears quickly - straight out of play.
    • 1' Gabriel Agbonlahor with an early cross from the right that bounces awkwardly, but Swansea deal with it before it can reach Darren Bent.
    • 1' Villa kick us off in this first game of 2012 for these clubs. They will attack the goal to our left. Latest Premier League scores and scorers
    • 14:57 Andrea Orlandi makes a first Premier League start for the Welsh club in their quick-passing midfield.
    • 14:55 The players emerge to a rapturous reception on this Bank Holiday Monday.
    • 14:51 I gave man of the match to Stephen Ireland at the Bridge, but the whole of the Villa midfield played well. /// jeff_dkedd: "This result depends entirely on who comes into the game­ with more momentum from their previous good result. I'll go on a limb, villa to win 2-0. And­ I'll anti-jinx Ireland again, he's going to­ have a STINKER!!!" Drop me a line on Twitter @jonathansymcox
    • 14:51 Alex McLeish: "It's my most satisfying day so far [beating Chelsea], but I'm hoping there are many more to come. I'm a guy who perseveres, who gets back up after being knocked down pretty regularly. The players can enjoy this - I don't mean going out on the town, but in terms of confidence levels."
    • 14:50 Brendan Rodgers: "For Spurs to arrive here with their form and quality and for us to play as we did against a top side shows growth. To show that level of performance against a top team, to come from behind when we could have felt sorry for ourselves was fantastic. What this does is it gives us the confidence we can stay in the league, our objective was to stay at this level because it is such an exciting league."
    • 14:45 Opta Joe reports: Aston Villa are unbeaten in their last 10 opening matches of the New Year, winning six and drawing four. Swansea City last lost their opening match of the year in 2004.
    • 14:40 Aston Villa have won just four of their last 12 Premier League home games (W4 D4 L4), losing four of their last five and the last three in a row. Villa results and fixtures
    • 14:35 Swansea have the worst away record in the Premier League with just three points from nine games. Swansea results and fixtures
    • 14:33 BREAKING NEWS: Swansea have signed midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson on loan from Hoffenheim until the end of the season, the Bundesliga club have confirmed. Swans swoop for Sigurdsson
    • 14:30 Villa have failed to score in five of their last eight Premier League games, while Swansea have failed to score in more games than any other team in the top flight (9).
    • 14:29 Danny Graham and Leon Britton come in for the Swans, while on-loan defender Steven Caulker returns after being ineligible to face parent club Tottenham in the 1-1 draw on Saturday.
    • 14:27 Villa captain Stiliyan Petrov has made it after limping off late in the 3-1 win at Chelsea soon after scoring. Darren Bent, who scored the third goal after returning from injury as a substitute at Stamford Bridge while fit-again Emile Heskey is on the bench. Petrov pipes up in support of Ireland
    • 14:25 Aston Villa: Guzan, Cuellar, Collins, Dunne, Warnock, Ireland, Petrov, Clark, N'Zogbia, Agbonlahor, Bent; subs: Marshall, Hutton, Albrighton, Heskey, Bannan, Weimann, Gardner /// Swansea: Vorm, Rangel, Caulker, Williams, Taylor, Britton, Agustien, Orlandi, Dyer, Graham, Routledge; subs: Tremmel, Sinclair, Monk, Lita, Moore, Allen, Richards
    • 14:20 Swansea have visited Villa Park on seven occasions and suffered seven defeats without netting a single goal. Swansea team page
    • 14:15 Welcome to coverage of Aston Villa v Swansea in the Premier League. Kick-off is at 15:00.
  • Summary

    • 90+5' N'Zogbia crashes a half-volley off the inside of the post from just inside the box! It is not Villa's day.
    • 87' Sinclair on the counter... he slips in Allen down the channel and he looks to round Guzan but the keeper bravely saves!
    • 47' ROUTLEDGE WITH A SECOND FOR SWANSEA! 2-0. He tucks the ball into the far corner from an acute angle.
    • 35' Petrov's kick is headed away by Swansea, who counter through Dyer... Graham gives it to Orlandi, who attacks the left byline and pulls back to the striker - his first-time placed finish is just wide of the far post!
    • 29' A long diagonal ball to the right is controlled brilliantly by Dyer to cut inside and leave Warnock on his backside... he finds Danny Graham whose first-time shot is gratefully smothered by Guzan.
    • 22' Agbonlahor with his back to goal inside the box. He goes down under the challenge of Neil Taylor! No penalty, says referee Anthony Taylor. The gloved defender had hold of his hand, but it was not enough to see him fall over or win a penalty.
    • 15' Dyer running at Warnock on the right. He gets to the corner of the box and hits a dipping shot just wide of the far top corner! /// J: "Aston Villa 2-3 Swansea - Swans have an awesome keeper!"
    • 8' Orlandi with space in the middle, coming forward and unleashing a low drive that beats Guzan and is inches wide of the far post!
    • 5' Shocker from Stephen Warnock - he was put under pressure near halfway and miskicked a pass back to a retreating Richard Dunne, allowing Dyer to pick it up and run at the box. His shot from the edge of the area took a deflection off Dunne and flew into the far corner.
    • 5' GOAL FOR SWANSEA! Nathan Dyer into the bottom corner!
    • 14:33 BREAKING NEWS: Swansea have signed midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson on loan from Hoffenheim until the end of the season, the Bundesliga club have confirmed. Swans swoop for Sigurdsson
    • 14:25 Aston Villa: Guzan, Cuellar, Collins, Dunne, Warnock, Ireland, Petrov, Clark, N'Zogbia, Agbonlahor, Bent; subs: Marshall, Hutton, Albrighton, Heskey, Bannan, Weimann, Gardner /// Swansea: Vorm, Rangel, Caulker, Williams, Taylor, Britton, Agustien, Orlandi, Dyer, Graham, Routledge; subs: Tremmel, Sinclair, Monk, Lita, Moore, Allen, Richards

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