Saturday September 15, 2012 Day 4 Finished Villa Park

Aston Villa 2 - 0 Swansea City

  • Lowton 16’
  • Benteke 88’

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  1. Dominant Villa outclass Swansea

    Dominant Villa outclass Swansea

    Paul Lambert claimed his first Premier League win as Aston Villa manager after a dominant 2-0 victory over Swansea at Villa Park. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Aston Villa
    • Swansea City
    • - Don't forget you can watch highlights of this match, along with every Premier League game, from 00:01 on Monday morning (UK only).
    • 90+4' That's it! An impressive Villa side claim a 2-0 win as Lambert gets his first Premier League victory as manager.
    • 90+2' Swansea have reacted well to the second goal but it is too little too late.
    • 90' There will be four minutes of added time here. Ron Vlaar has been rock solid for Villa today and is my man-of-the-match.
    • 87' GOAL! ASTON VILLA 2-0 SWANSEA. Benteke latches onto a calamitous back header from Williams, lobs the ball over Vorm, and knocks it over the line to seal a dream debut!
    • 86' Moore gets a clear header on goal but it is straight at Guzan!
    • 85' That miss was something of a howler from Benteke by the way.
    • 84' Moore receives a pass from Davies but curls well wide of Guzan's goal.
    • 83' Benteke completely misses his kick in front of goal and passes up the chance to make it a dream debut!
    • 82' Fine effort from El Ahmadi who forces a diving save from Vorm after collecting a layoff from Benteke.
    • 81' The flag goes up for offside against Shechter as Moore tries to get a shot in on goal.
    • 80' Lichaj is booked for a cynical foul on Dyer.
    • 79' Deadline day signing Itay Shechter replaces Britton for Swansea.
    • 78' Charles N'Zogbia replaces the hardworking Holman for Villa.
    • 77' Benteke passes up a decent opportunity as his shot is deflected wide by Williams after he collects a pass from Bent.
    • 76' Swansea have not been fluent in their passing in this second-half. They have lacked a certain spark.
    • 75' Hernandez's pass through to Moore is just overhit. The Spaniard has made a real difference.
    • 73' Clark's header is tipped over the bar by Vorm. Clark is a real threat in the opposition box.
    • 72' Dyer tries to clip the ball through to Michu but the ball is intercepted.
    • 71' Swansea make a substitution as Graham makes way for former Villa striker Luke Moore.
    • 70' Ireland is replaced by Ashley Westwood who makes his debut for Villa. Weimann makes way for Christian Benteke.
    • 69' Dyer goes down under a challenge from Lowton in the area but Lee Mason waves play on!
    • 67' Lowton and Holman have worked well together down the right hand side for Villa today.
    • 66' Lovely pass from Hernandez to Davies but the defender just takes the ball out of play. Goal kick Villa.
    • 64' Vlaar has taken a knock and is now receiving treatment.
    • 63' Tate gets an excellent header on a superb Bent cross. Great defending. Lovely ball from Holman to start the move.
    • 61' Villa have enjoyed 71% of the possession in this second-half!
    • 60' Dyer's deep cross is well claimed by Guzan who has had a solid game for Villa.
    • 59' The ball breaks for Graham in the area but it is scrambled away by Clark.
    • 58' Dyer just delays his pass and a promising move breaks down. There was a nice touch from Hernandez there.
    • 56' There is a debut for new Swansea signing Pablo Hernandez who replaces the disappointing Wayne Routledge.
    • 55' It looked like the right decision from Lee Mason. Swansea survive by the skin of their teeth.
    • 54' Villa are appealing for handball on the line as Britton blocks Weimann's goalbound shot but the referee waves play on!
    • 53' Weimann goes down on the edge of the area but the ball falls to Bent whose shot deflects over the bar.
    • 52' Clark flicks the ball goalwards and Vorm has to be on his mettle to push the ball away at the near post.
    • 51' Williams blocks Bannan's cross and the ball goes out for a corner.
    • 49' Given looking a bit put out on the bench. It may be a while before he gets back in the side...
    • 48' Michu plays the ball into Graham on the edge of the area but the striker can't control.
    • 47' Dyer crosses the ball in but Clark gets it away with his head. The cross failed to get past the first man.
    • 46' We are off and underway in the second-half.
    • 45+2' That's half-time. Villa lead thanks to that volley from Lowton.
    • 45+1' Villa have had six goal attempts to Swansea's three.
    • 45' There will be two minutes of added time.
    • 43' Dyer delivers a teasing ball into Graham but the striker can't connect! Excellent run from Dyer who has been lively today again.
    • 42' Villa have improved as the half has gone on. Swansea have not threatened since those two fine saves from Guzan.
    • 41' Vlaar does well to block a pass from Graham into the feet of Michu.
    • 39' Michu is booked after committing a foul. He may have talked himself into the book there. Lee Mason obviously didn't like what he heard.
    • 38' Weimann receives the ball from Bent before curling in a well struck low effort that Vorm palms behind.
    • 36' Lowton is booked for bringing down Ben Davies. A good tactical foul, that.
    • 35' Villa enjoying a concerted period of possession. Respite for Lambert's side who havenot seen much of the ball.
    • 34' Michu makes a good run down the left but there is no one to get on the end of his ball in the box.
    • 33' Dyer is crowded out in the Villa box and Clark hacks the ball away.
    • 32' Lichaj gets a low cross in which is cleared away by Alan Tate for a Villa throw.
    • 31' The free-kick ultimately comes to nothing.
    • 30' Bent goes down under a challenge by Ashley Williams and Villa have a free-kick with Bannan will bend in.
    • 30' Graham is back up on his feet and the game continues.
    • 29' Danny Graham is down injured after taking a painful blow from Vlaar on the knee.
    • 28' Holman attempts a chip which sails well over the bar.
    • 27' STAT: Villa won the first seven home league games against Swansea without conceding a goal, but the Welsh side broke that run last season with a 2-0 win at Villa Park.
    • 26' Michu connects with a loose ball in the area but fires well over the bar.
    • 25' Routledge wins a corner off Clark as Swansea look to react to going a goal down.
    • 24' Late tackle by Clark who slides in on Rangel and is booked by referee Lee Mason.
    • 23' Swansea continue to weave pretty patterns but are not threatening goal at the moment.
    • 22' Rangel's cross is overhit and drifts out for a throw.
    • 21' That was Lowton's first ever Premier League goal and what an important one it could be for Lambert who is still looking for his first win as Villa manager.
    • 19' STAT: All 10 of Swansea’s goals have been netted from open play so far.
    • 18' Swansea had enjoyed the better of the opening stages but find themselves behind here.
    • 16' It was superb technique from the defender and the swerve deceived Vorm who nonetheless should have done better.
    • 15' GOAL! ASTON VILLA 1-0 SWANSEA. Matthew Lowton pounces on a loose ball on the edge of the area and volleys spectacularly beyond Vorm!
    • 14' Swansea passing it around with confidence in these early stages.
    • 13' Holman looks for Bent in the middle but his cross is blocked.
    • 12' Interesting to note that Ron Vlaar is captain today despite Darren Bent being on the pitch for Villa.
    • 11' Villa picked up a point at Newcastle in their last match but are still looking for the first win of what looks to be a long, hard season ahead.
    • 10' Ashley Williams forces a fine save from Guzan as he gets a bullet header on a De Guzman corner before Dyer forces the American goalkeeper to tip the ball over the bar with a curling effort! Two wonderful saves.
    • 9' Dyer's cross deflects off Bannan for another corner. It's been a promising start at Villa Park.
    • 7' Weimann makes a mess of a presentable opportunity as he blazes the ball high over the bar after a good run down the left by Lichaj.
    • 6' Nice little flick by Michu that Nathan Dyer can't quite latch onto. Swansea on top here.
    • 5' Angel Rangel's cross is blocked Eric Lichaj at the expense of a corner which comes to nothing.
    • 4' Danny Graham attempts to carry the ball into the box but Ciaran Clark gets across to dispossess the striker.
    • 3' Michu wins the free kick after a little shirt pull by Barry Bannan.
    • 2' Andeas Weimann gets an early shot in on goal but it is deflected up into the air and Michel Vorm gathers.
    • 1' We are off and underway at Villa Park!
    • 14:55 Swansea manager Laudrup on his side’s chances today: “I don’t know if we’re favourites, but I don’t think we should be against a big club away from home. They did not do great last season and have not started well, but they had a good draw at Newcastle before the break. So it becomes a very important test for us – and every time we have these tests we will be better for the experience.”
    • 14:50 Lambert on his new signings: "The Premier League is unforgiving. The opportunity is there for them, now they have to go and do it. You have to have someone who has the belief in you to give you that opportunity. I was in the same boat myself as a player. I needed someone to give me an opportunity, and you will never know until you do that. I'm all for giving people opportunities to do the business."
    • 14:45 Manager Michael Laudrup appears to have picked up where Brendan Rodgers left off as Swansea continue to exhibit a style of football that is pleasing on the eye.
    • 14:40 Swansea have started the season strongly, with new signing Michu’s four goals helping the club to seven points from three games.
    • 14:35 Aston Villa have picked up just one point from three matches under new manager Lambert. The former Norwich boss is attempting to turn Villa into a more fluent passing unit and few teams typify this approach more than today’s opponents Swansea.
    • 14:30 Ben Davies and Alan Tate come into the Swansea back four as Michael Laudrup is forced to shuffle his back with Neil Taylor out for the season with a broken ankle sustained in the draw with Sunderland and Chico Flores starting a three-match ban after being sent-off in that game. New signing Ki Sung-yueng is named amongst the substitutes, with Danny Graham flanked by Wayne Routledge and Nathan Dyer, and Michu playing in a withdrawn role.
    • 14:25 For Aston Villa, new recruits Christian Benteke, Ashley Westwood, Joe Bennett and Jordan Bowery all start on the bench as Paul Lambert names an unchanged side from the one which drew 1-1 at Newcastle before the international break.
    • 14:20 ASTON VILLA: Guzan, Lowton, Vlaar, Clark, Lichaj, Holman, El Ahmadi, Ireland, Bannan, Weimann, Bent. Subs: Given, Bowery, Agbonlahor, N’Zogbia, Benteke, Westwood, Bennett. /// SWANSEA CITY: Vorm, Rangel, Tate, Williams, Davies, Britton, DeGuzman, Michu, Routledge, Dyer, Graham. Subs: Pablo, Shechter, Moore, Ki, Agustien, Richards, Tremmel.
    • 14:15 Welcome to our LIVE coverage of Swansea City’s trip to Villa Park to face Aston Villa.
  • Summary

    • 87' GOAL! ASTON VILLA 2-0 SWANSEA. Benteke latches onto a calamitous back header from Williams, lobs the ball over Vorm, and knocks it over the line to seal a dream debut!
    • 86' Moore gets a clear header on goal but it is straight at Guzan!
    • 83' Benteke completely misses his kick in front of goal and passes up the chance to make it a dream debut!
    • 82' Fine effort from El Ahmadi who forces a diving save from Vorm after collecting a layoff from Benteke.
    • 77' Benteke passes up a decent opportunity as his shot is deflected wide by Williams after he collects a pass from Bent.
    • 73' Clark's header is tipped over the bar by Vorm. Clark is a real threat in the opposition box.
    • 69' Dyer goes down under a challenge from Lowton in the area but Lee Mason waves play on!
    • 63' Tate gets an excellent header on a superb Bent cross. Great defending. Lovely ball from Holman to start the move.
    • 54' Villa are appealing for handball on the line as Britton blocks Weimann's goalbound shot but the referee waves play on!
    • 43' Dyer delivers a teasing ball into Graham but the striker can't connect! Excellent run from Dyer who has been lively today again.
    • 38' Weimann receives the ball from Bent before curling in a well struck low effort that Vorm palms behind.
    • 15' GOAL! ASTON VILLA 1-0 SWANSEA. Matthew Lowton pounces on a loose ball on the edge of the area and volleys spectacularly beyond Vorm!
    • 10' Ashley Williams forces a fine save from Guzan as he gets a bullet header on a De Guzman corner before Dyer forces the American goalkeeper to tip the ball over the bar with a curling effort! Two wonderful saves.
    • 7' Weimann makes a mess of a presentable opportunity as he blazes the ball high over the bar after a good run down the left by Lichaj.
    • 14:20 ASTON VILLA: Guzan, Lowton, Vlaar, Clark, Lichaj, Holman, El Ahmadi, Ireland, Bannan, Weimann, Bent. Subs: Given, Bowery, Agbonlahor, N’Zogbia, Benteke, Westwood, Bennett. /// SWANSEA CITY: Vorm, Rangel, Tate, Williams, Davies, Britton, DeGuzman, Michu, Routledge, Dyer, Graham. Subs: Pablo, Shechter, Moore, Ki, Agustien, Richards, Tremmel.
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