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Game #5276

Aston Villa

Friday, 26 December 2014

Lost

13th (-1)

Last 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ

Premier League

Attendance: 20,683

Swansea City

Liberty Stadium

Villa lose for the second time in three as they are beaten at Swansea to leave them with two wins in fourteen under Paul Lambert.

Swansea City

1-0

Aston Villa

Assist(s) | None

KEY MAN

Christian Benteke and Villa battle in weather as miserable as life under Paul Lambert to lose for the second time in three and leave them with two wins in their last fourteen, Friday, 26 December 2014.

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MATCH TIMELINE

Friday, 26 December 2014

๐Ÿฅ… | 13โ€™ Goal, 0-1, (Swansea City), Gylfi Sigurรฐsson
๐ŸŸจ | 36โ€™ Booking, Carlos Sรกnchez
๐Ÿ•’ | HT Swansea City 1-0 Aston Villa
๐Ÿ” | 46โ€™ Sub off, Aly Cissokho, Sub on, Andreas Weimann
๐ŸŸจ | 49โ€™ Booking, Ciaran Clark
๐ŸŸจ | 76โ€™ Booking, Jores Okore
๐Ÿ” | 77โ€™ Sub off, Tom Cleverley, Sub on, Jack Grealish
๐ŸŸจ | 89โ€™ Booking, Gabriel Agbonlahor
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Swansea City 1-0 Aston Villa

ON THIS DAY

Paul Lambertโ€™s Villa lose their eighth Premier League game in eighteen and fail to score for the ninth time as they fall to 13th in the table.

Aston Villa

European Cup / Champions League: ๐Ÿ†
League Champions: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
FA Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
League Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
Last Trophy: 1995-96

Swansea City

European Cup / Champions League: โŒ
League Champions: โŒ
FA Cup Winners: โŒ
League Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†
Last Trophy: 2012-13

FIXTURE HISTORY

Swansea City

Previous 5 vs. Swansea: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ

FIXTURE DETAILS

Season | 2014-15 |
Matchday | #19 |
League Game | #18 |
Manager Game | #106 |
Friday, 26 December 2014

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: Paul Lambert | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | Glasgow, 2012-2015
Referee: Roger East | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Wiltshire, 2006-2019
Kick off: 3.00pm
HT Score: ๐ŸŸฅ 0-1
FT Score: ๐ŸŸฅ 0-1
FT Result: ๐ŸŸฅ Lost
Last 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ

MANAGERIAL RECORD

Paul Lambert | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |

GAMES | WINS | DRAWS | LOSSES | POINTS PER GAME

๐Ÿ•’ 106 | ๐ŸŸฉ | 32 ๐ŸŸจ | 24 ๐ŸŸฅ 50 | 1.13

Career Form:

Bottom 8

Paul Lambert | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Roger East | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Wiltshire, 2006-2019
Previous 5: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ
Last Match: ๐ŸŸจ 28 Dec 13, Villa 1-1 Swansea (h)
Cards: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ
Assistants: Derek Eaton, Ron Ganfield

Roger East

CARDS

Villa

๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

Swansea City

๐ŸŸจ

TEAM NEWS

Tom Cleverley and Alan Hutton replace Matt Lowton and Andreas Weimann.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 26.99 |

Oldest Player |
GK Brad Guzan | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ | 30.32 |

Youngest Player |
CB Jores Okore | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ | 22.39 |

MANAGER

MANAGER

Paul Lambert | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |

Garry Monk | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

Aston Villa

GK Brad Guzan | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ |
CB Ron Vlaar | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |
CB Jores Okore | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ | ๐ŸŸจ |
CB Ciaran Clark | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | ๐ŸŸจ |
RB Alan Hutton | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |
RB Aly Cissokho | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | ๐Ÿ” |
M Carlos Sรกnchez | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ด | ๐ŸŸจ |
M Fabian Delph | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Tom Cleverley | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
F Gabriel Agbonlahor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
CF Christian Benteke | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช |

Swansea City

GK ลukasz Fabiaล„ski | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ |
LB Neil Taylor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ |
CB Ashley Williams | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ |
CB Federico Fernรกndez | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท |
RB ร€ngel Rangel | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ |
M Sung-yeung Ki | ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ท |
M Jonjo Shelvey | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ | ๐Ÿ” |
M Gylfi Sigurรฐsson | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ธ | โšฝ | ๐Ÿ” |
W Jefferson Montero | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡จ | ๐Ÿ” |
W Nathan Dyer | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF Wilfried Bony | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฎ |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” CF Andreas Weimann | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น | for RB Aly Cissokho | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | 46โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” M Jack Grealish | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for M Tom Cleverley | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 77โ€™ |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” | M Jonjo Shelvey | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | (M Tom Carroll | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |)
๐Ÿ” | M Gylfi Sigurรฐsson | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ธ | โšฝ | (CF Marvin Emnes | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |)
๐Ÿ” | W Jefferson Montero | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡จ | (W Wayne Routledge (ex) | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |)

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Shay Given | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
RB Matt Lowton | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Leandro Bacuna | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ผ |
M Chris Herd | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ |
W Charles Nโ€™Zogbia | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Gerhard Tremmel | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช |
CB Kyle Bartley | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Jazz Richards | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ |
CF Bafetimbi Gomis | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |

SQUAD STATS

1st XI: ยฃ36.72m
Home Nation ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง : 4/11
Homegrown: 2/11

Squad:
Home Nation ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง : 6/18
Homegrown: 5/18

MATCHDAY SQUAD

SQUAD STATS

Team Cost: ยฃ58.73m

1st XI:
Home Nation ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง : 4/11

Squad:
Home Nation ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง : 8/18

MATCHDAY SQUAD

UNAVAILABLE

Injury | 5 |
CF Libor Kozรกk | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ |
CB Nathan Baker | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Philippe Senderos | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ |
M Joe Cole | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Ashley Westwood | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

Suspension | 1 |
LB Kieran Richardson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

Out on Loan | 11 |
CF Nicklas Helenius | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ | Aalborg BK
M Yacouba Sylla | ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | Kayseri Erciyesspor
LB Antonio Luna | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ | Hellas Verona
W Aleksandar Tonev | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ | Celtic
RB Janoi Donacien | ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡จ | Tranmere
LB Joe Bennett | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Brighton
M Gary Gardner | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Brighton
GK Jed Steer | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Yeovil
LB Enda Stevens | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | Doncaster
F Daniel Johnson | ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ฒ | Oldham
F Darren Bent | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Brighton

UNAVAILABLE

Not Recorded

Player Positions:

โ€‹

GK : Goalkeeper
CB, D, B : Centre Back, Defender, Back
FB, LB, RB, WH : Full Back, Left Back, Right Back, Wing Back, Wing Halfโ€จ

M, CH, LH, RH : Midfielder, Centre Half, Left Half, Right Half
W, OL, OR : Winger, Outside Left, Outside Right
F, IF, IL, IR : Forward, Inside Forward, Inside Left, Inside Right, Second Striker, False 9
CF : Centre Forward

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Match Symbols:

โ€‹

โšฝ | Goal
๐Ÿ”ฅ | Assist
๐Ÿ” | Substitution

๐ŸŸจ | Booking

๐ŸŸฅ | Sending off

๐Ÿ†˜ | Poor refereeing performance
๐ŸŸข : Debut ๐Ÿ”ด : Final Game

DEBUT APPEARANCES

FINAL APPEARANCES

MATCH STATS

Possession F | 53%
Possession A | 47%
Shots F | 4
Shots A | 11
Shots on Target F | 1
Shots on Target A | 3
Corners F | 0
Corners A | 4
Fouls F | 12
Fouls A | 16

TABLE

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PROGRAMME

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MATCHDAY QUOTES

โ€œWeโ€™re very pleased with how we played. I thought we were fantastic throughout the game. I thought we passed the ball excellently and the goalkeeper kept them in the game.

โ€œIf you ask the lads in the dressing room, they want the games to come quickly because theyโ€™re playing well.

โ€œThe way weโ€™re playing is really pleasing. Weโ€™ve changed the way weโ€™ve played over the last three to four weeks and the lads have been brilliant with it.โ€

Paul Lambert, Friday, 26 December 2014.

*The Guardian*
Friday, 26 December 2014

A match that started with Gylfi Sigurdsson demonstrating why he is such a class act when it comes to the art of taking free-kicks ended with Lukasz Fabianski, another of Swansea Cityโ€™s excellent summer signings, enhancing his status as one of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League.

With Aston Villa pressing for the equaliser they deserved, Fabianski produced an outstanding one-handed save to repel Christian Bentekeโ€™s far-post header in injury time. Both sets of supporters were still catching their breath when opportunity knocked for Gabriel Agbonlahor, only for Fabianski instinctively to stick out a boot.

It was that sort of game for Villa who had the majority of possession (57%), 14 attempts on goal to Swanseaโ€™s nine, but once again failed to score. As much as Paul Lambertโ€™s new philosophy has made them easier on the eye, the absence of a goal threat continues to handicap them. Villa have scored only 11 times in 18 league games this season.

โ€œWeโ€™re proud of [the players] for the way we played,โ€ the Villa manager said. โ€œWe probably did to Swansea what they do to most teams coming here. I thought we outpassed them and hemmed them in. I go away from here disappointed to lose but delighted with the way weโ€™re playing at the minute.โ€

Swansea had no reason to feel guilty about hanging on for three points. A couple of weeks ago they were on the receiving end of an injustice here when Tottenham Hotspur pilfered a late winner. Back-to-back 1-0 victories have softened that blow and lifted the Welsh club to within four points of Southampton in fourth place. Garry Monk, who felt that Swansea โ€œcreated enough chances to get that second goal and make it more comfortableโ€, refused to get carried away with the performance of Fabianski, who has kept eight clean sheets in the league.

โ€œIt was a good save [from Benteke] at the end but thatโ€™s his job,โ€ the Swansea manager said. โ€œI donโ€™t think he had too much to do throughout the game but at that critical moment right at the end, thatโ€™s what you need him for, so the concentration level shows what a good professional he is.โ€

Sigurdssonโ€™s goal was out of keeping with the miserable conditions as rain lashed down from start to finish. Striking the ball with his right boot from 20 yards out and slightly to the left, the Icelander found the top corner. Brad Guzan, however, was covering that side of the goal. โ€œI think Brad will probably be disappointed,โ€ Lambert said.

Without Jefferson Montero, who limped off with a hamstring problem midway through the first half, Swansea no longer carried the same threat going forward. Villa got better and better as Lambert switched from 5-3-2 in the first half to 4-3-3 after the break.

Andreas Weimann got in a couple of promising positions and failed to make the most of them before Ki Sung-yueng squandered a chance to double Swanseaโ€™s lead following a superb flick from Sigurdsson. Then Fabianski thwarted Benteke and Agbonlahor in the frantic finale.

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