Game #5516

Seasons | 2018-19 |

Matchday | #26 |
League Game | #24 |
Manager Game | #12 |
Wednesday, 26 December 2018
Football League | Championship | Away | Swansea City | Liberty Stadium | 20,775 |

Game Summary

Manager | Dean Smith | 

KO | 15.00 |
Referee | Roger East | 

 HT Score | 0-0 | 

 FT Score | 1-0 | 
 FT Result | Won | 

Last 5 Games | WDDLW | 

Scorers | Conor Hourihane | 65’ |

Assists | Alan Hutton | 65’ |

 League Position | 9th | +2 | 

Line Up |

GK Ørjan Nyland |
RB Ahmed El Mohamady |
RB Alan Hutton |
ASSIST | 65' |
RB James Bree |
CB James Chester |
M John McGinn |
BOOKED | 80' |
M Conor Hourihane | GOAL | 65' | SUB OFF | 90'+3 |
M Glenn Whelan | BOOKED | 21' |
W Yannick Bolasie | SUB OFF | 76' |
W Anwar El Ghazi |
CF Tammy Abraham |
SUB OFF | 88' |

Substitutes |

W Albert Adomah for W Yannick Bolasie | 76’ | 
CF Jonathan Kodija for CF Tammy Abraham | 88’ | 
M Birkir Bjarnason for M Conor Hourihane | 90’+3 |

 

Unused Substitutes |

GK Mark Bunn
F Scott Hogan
CF Keinan Davis
CB Dominic Revan

Cards |

 Yellow | Glenn Whelan for a bad foul | 21’ |

 Yellow | John McGinn | 80’ |

Team Stats |

Starting XI Average Age | 27.85 | 

Oldest Player | M Glenn Whelan | 34.98 |

Youngest Player | RB James Bree | 21.05 |

Unavailable | 

Injury |

M Henri Lansbury |

M Mile Jedinak |

LB Neil Taylor |

M Jack Grealish |

CB Axel Tuanzebe | 


Loaned Out |

M Gary Gardner | Birmingham City | 9 August 2018 - 31 May 2019 |

GK Jed Steer | Charlton Athletic | 10 August 2018 - 31 December 2018 |

RB Mitchell Clark | Port Vale | 16 August 2018 - 31 May 2019 |

CB Easah Suliman | FC Emmen | 17 August 2018 - 28 December 2018 |

M Aaron Tshibola | Kilmarnock | 29 August 2018 - 31 May 2019 |

W André Green | Portsmouth | 29 August 2018 - 17 January 2019 |

CB Tommy Elphick | Hull City | 31 August 2018 - 29 December 2018 | 

RB Richie De Laet | Melbourne City | 14 September 2018 - 31 May 2019 |

CF Ross McCormack | Central Coast Mariners | 19 September 2018 - 5 January 2019 |

GK Matija Šarkić | Stratford Town | 20 December 2018 - 13 January 2019 |

Match Stats |

Possession F | 41
Possession A | 59
Shots F | 13
Shots A | 19
Shots on Target F | 5
Shots on Target A | 5
Corners F | 4
Corners A | 9
Fouls F | 11
Fouls A | 8

Match Report

BBC Sport

Wednesday, 26 December 2018

Orjan Nyland saved a 90th-minute penalty from Wilfried Bony to earn Aston Villa victory at Swansea City.*
 

Although the hosts controlled things in a goalless first half, Villa improved after the break and, after cranking up the pressure with several chances, Conor Hourihane headed them in front.


However, Swansea were awarded a late penalty when Nathan Dyer was bundled over by Anwar El Ghazi.
 

But substitute Bony’s low spot-kick was superbly pushed away by Nyland.
 

The win lifts Villa up to 10th in the Championship, within three points of the play-off places.
 

For the Swans, meanwhile, a second successive defeat sees them drop down to 13th.
 

Both sides had succumbed to late comebacks in their previous outings, Villa squandering a 2-0 lead to lose 3-2 at home to Leeds and Swansea beaten by the same score at Hull having been 1-0 in front.
 

The Swans dominated that encounter but were undone by an inability to take their chances, and there was a similar theme to their first-half display against Villa.
 

Graham Potter’s players monopolised possession and worked their way into several promising positions but struggled to create many genuine scoring opportunities.
 

The visitors, by contrast, were without the ball for long periods but did fashion the best chance of the opening 45 minutes as former

Swan Tammy Abraham nodded the ball down to John McGinn, whose powerful close-range effort was somehow saved by Erwin Mulder.
 

If that was a little against the run of play, it was a different story after the interval.
 

Villa played with far more attacking intent and at a much quicker tempo, with Hourihane twice testing Mulder with well-struck free-kicks.
 

Dean Smith’s side came at their opponents in waves and the pressure led to the winning goal after 65 minutes as Alan Hutton’s cross was headed in by Hourihane, via the crossbar and a touch from Mulder.
 

Villa deserved their lead, though they lived dangerously in the closing stages.
 

Mike van der Hoorn was close to equalising for Swansea when he headed against the post, and then the home side were handed a golden opportunity to level when El Ghazi clumsily felled Dyer as a cross came into Villa’s box.
 

However, it was Villa who were given the final reprieve as Bony’s firmly struck penalty was superbly pushed away by Nyland to prompt ecstatic celebrations among the travelling supporters.
 

*Swansea City manager Graham Potter said:*
 

“Obviously we are disappointed with the result, we really put a lot into the game.
 

“I thought we had enough, we may have lacked something in the final areas - a couple of times I’m waiting for the net to ripple, and it hasn’t.
 

“To get there though I thought we did well, the boys tried, they tried their best, they left everything on the pitch, and in the end we came up short. I feel for the players and I feel for the supporters.”
 

*Aston Villa manager Dean Smith said:*
 

“I thought we showed another side to our game, which has been questioned at times - our grit and defensive resilience.
 

“He [Orjan Nyland] has been doing very well of late. Everyone knows we’ve signed another goalkeeper [Lovre Kalinic] to put competition in an area we want to strengthen, and that’s what it’s doing for Orjan.
 

“Credit to him and the goalkeeping department because they do a lot of work on penalties and they’d predicted he [Bony] would go that way. He’s ended up making a good save which has won us the game.”