Game #5297

Season | 2013-14 |

Matchday | #38 |
League Game | #35 |
Premier League Match-week | #38 |  
Manager Game | #84 |     
Saturday, 26 April 2014
Premier League | Away | Swansea City | Liberty Stadium | 20,701 | 

Game Summary

Manager | Paul Lambert | 

KO | 15.00 |
Referee | Mark Clattenberg | 

HT Score | 1-2 |
FT Score | 1-4 |

FT Result | Lost |

Last 5 Games | LLLDL | 

Scorers | Gabby Agbonlahor | 22’ |
Assists | Marc Albrighton | 22’ |

League Position | 16th | -1 |

Line Up |

GK Brad Guzan |
LB Ryan Bertrand |
CB Nathan Baker |
BOOKED | 90' |
CB Ron Vlaar |

M Leandro Bacuna | SUB OFF | 46' |
M Karim El Ahmadi | SUB OFF | 75' |
M Ashley Westwood | BOOKED | 90' |
M Fabian Delph |
W Marc Albrighton |
ASSIST | 22' | BOOKED | 89' |
F Gabby Agbonlahor | GOAL | 22' |
F Andreas Weimann | SUB OFF | 67' |

Substitutes |

RB Matt Lowton for M Leandro Bacuna | 46’ | 
F Callum Robinson for F Andreas Weimann | 67’ | 
CF Grant Holt
FINAL | for M Karim El Ahmadi | 75’ |


Unused Substitutes |

GK Jed Steer
M Yacouba Sylla
CB Ciaran Clark
W Aleksandar Tonev

Cards |

 Yellow | Marc Albrighton | 89’ |

 Yellow | Nathan Baker | 90’ |

 Yellow | Ashley Westwood | 90’ |

Team Stats |

Starting XI Average Age | 25.62 | 

Oldest Player | GK Brad Guzan | 29.65 |

Youngest Player | M Leandro Bacuna | 22.70 |

Unavailable |

Injury |

W Charles N’Zogbia |

CB Jores Okore |

RB Chris Herd |

CF Libor Kozák |

F Nicklas Helenius |

M Karim El Ahmadi |

CF Christian Benteke |

M Gary Gardner |

LB Joe Bennett | 

Bomb Squad |

GK Shay Given | 

Loaned Out |

F Darren Bent | Fulham | 16 August 2013 to 31 May 2014 |

M Jack Grealish | Notts County | 13 September 2013 to 4 May 2014 |

D Enda Stevens | Doncaster Rovers | 28 November 2013 to 31 May 2014 |

CF Nathan Delfouneso | Coventry City | 30 January 2014 to 31 May 2014 |

RB Alan Hutton | Bolton Wanderers | 28 February 2014 to 4 May 2014 |

Match Stats |

Possession F | 50
Possession A | 50
Shots F | 7
Shots A | 6
Shots on Target F | 3
Shots on Target A | 4
Corners F | 6
Corners A | 9
Fouls F | 10
Fouls A | 10

 On this day 26 April 2014 

Centre forward Grant Holt made his final appearance for Villa of his loan spell from Wigan Athletic. Holt made 10 appearances, 7 as substitute and scored once.

Match Report

The Telegraph

Saturday, 26 April 2014

Unbounded joy on three sides of the Liberty Stadium but deep anger amongst the visiting fans after Jonjo Shelvey’s 45-yard wonder goal set Swansea City on the way to victory and left Aston Villa to lament another afternoon of careless errors.

Wilfried Bony, with the first and last of Swansea’s goals, and Pablo Hernandez completed the rout to make it two wins in a row for interim coach Garry Monk. It was not only the first time in 16 months the club had won back-to-back games in the Premier League, but a comfortable victory that leaves them safe, for another season at least.

Unfortunately, there were no such celebrations in the Aston Villa changing room or on the coaches home, where questions were once again being posed after Paul Lambert’s side failed to win for the sixth game in a row. It’s now one point in 18 for a side who are just four points above the drop zone and with three difficult games to come.

A difficult pill for Lambert to swallow considering his side had dominated the first half, in particular, for long periods. Still, if they continue to make the kind of errors that cost them any chance of a rare victory away from Villa Park, their Premier League status will remain under severe threat.

Lambert said; “The first half we played well and deserved to get back in it. Their second goal was a wonder goal but it was an error on our part. Brad Guzan had been magnificent for me and I am not going to criticise him, but the goal was a major turning point in the game.

“I have been down here a few times and you don’t get much of the ball but today we did, especially in the first half.

I can’t fault their effort and for 70 minutes I thought the lads did really well.” Lambert understood the fans’ response at the end of the game and added; “It’s a huge football club and we have take the criticism. It’s never nice, but I’m the manager and I will take it. And as long as that protects the lads.” Having started well and without any apparent anxiety, Villa fell behind in the 10th minute when

Bony sprang the offside trap to beat the advancing Guzan and score for the first time on home soil since February.

It should have been the signal for Monk’s side to push on. However, having taken their foot off the pedal, they found themselves level when Marc Albrighton’s precise cross from the right was stabbed home, on the volley, by Agbonlahor.

Step forward Shelvey. With the home support urging greater control, Swansea recovered the lead in the 26th minute in the most spectacular fashion. A miscued clearance from Ron Vlaar was expertly controlled by Shelvey who looked up and beat Guzan from all of 45 yards.

Monk said: “We started well and got the goal but that’s when they came back into it. They got a deserved equaliser but it took a spectacular goal to get back our confidence and then after that we were totally dominant.

“Jonjo came in after the game shouting ’Goal of the Season’ but that’s just Jonjo. However, he does have that in his locker and it’s great to see. What pleased me most is that it was at an important part in the match.

“I am not going to disrespect England and say what players they should be picking but Wayne [Routledge] has been playing so well and Jonjo too. If they continue to work hard and play like that, I am sure they will get their chance at some stage.” Swansea’s biggest failing this season has been their inability to play with as much guts and gusto after the interval as they have before it. On this occasion, however, there were no such issues and though Villa had their moments, Hernandez made it 3-1 in the 73rd minute, with a shot that Ryan Bertrand headed into the roof of his own net before Bony converted a late penalty.

Pressure off for Monk, who will meet chairman Huw Jenkins this week to discuss his future. For Villa, it promises to be a nervous week as they bid to tackle another potentially sticky ending.

*Swansea City* (4-2-3-1): Vorm 6; Rangel 6 (Taylor 77,5), Amat 6, Williams 6, Davies 6; Britton 7, Shelvey 8; Hernandez 6, De Guzman 6 (Fulton 83,5), Routledge 7 (Emnes 87,5); Bony 7.*Subs*Taylor, Tremmel (g), Dyer, Bartley, Alvaro*Booked*Amat


*Aston Villa* (4-4-2) Guzan; Bacuna (Lowton 45), Vlaar, Baker, Bertrand; Albrighton, Westwood, El Ahmadi (Holt 75,5), Delph; Agbonlahor, Weimann (Robinson 67,5).*Subs*Clark, Steer, Sylla, Tonev*Booked*Lowton, Baker, Albrighton

*Referee* M Clattenburg (County Durham)