Slack Villa slumps to Swansea defeat
Aston Villa paid for the price for mistakes in each half as the Midlands club went down 2-0 at home to Swansea in the Premier League on Monday.
Nathan Dyer scored after just four minutes at Villa Park and fellow midfielder Wayne Routledge added his first goal for Swansea within two minutes of the restart to give the Welsh club its first away victory in the Premier League.
The result brought Alex McLeish's Villa back down to earth after a shock 3-1 win at Chelsea on New Year's Eve, while Swansea built on Saturday's 1-1 draw with Tottenham with another impressive performance.
Swansea moved up to 11th in the table, while Villa slipped to 12th.
Having finished 2011 on such a high, Villa made a terrible start to the new year as the visitors snatched an early lead following a blunder by Stephen Warnock. The defender needlessly lost possession in his own half and Dyer took full advantage, collecting the loose ball, driving into the box and firing a shot into the corner of the net.
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The hosts looked to make a quick response, but Gabriel Agbonlahor appeared to be put off by his teammate Darren Bent as he headed Charles N'Zogbia's cross wide. Swansea then went close to doubling its advantage, Andrea Orlandi given the space to advance before flashing a strike across Brad Guzan's goal.
The pressure was all coming from Swansea and Villa struggled to muster much in way of reply.
Two minutes into the second half, the hosts fell further behind, with another error playing a role.
Guzan sent his goal-kick to a white shirt and the ball came to former Villa man Routledge, who burst forward, laid on a pass for Graham and then reacted swiftly when the striker hit the post, tucking away the rebound to register his first goal for Swansea.
There was no let up, with Orlandi almost slipping in Graham, while Richard Dunne summed up Villa's frustrations when he shoved over Dyer, picking up a booking in the process.
N'Zogbia nearly pulled one back for Villa at the very end, but his shot hit the goal frame and the boos rang out around the ground at the final whistle as another home loss was confirmed.