Villa pays price for errors in defeat by Swansea
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
Swansea moved up to 11th in the table, while Villa slipped to
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
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
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.