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Match Report: Aston Villa 0-2 Swansea (Swansea Fan's Perspective)

Monday 2nd January 2012
At last Swansea have their first Premier League away win of the season, with a 2-0 victory over Aston Villa. Both teams came into the game with confidence high from shock results against top six teams - yet Swansea hadn't won or scored in their seven previous trips to Villa Park.

The deadlock between the two sides was broken within the first five minutes. Stephen Warnock was closed down by Nathan Dyer, the Villa full-back made a sloppy pass and Dyer pounced on it. He carried the ball forwards to score from about 15 yards out. From there on out, Aston Villa knew they'd have to work hard if they wanted a victory.

Just minutes later Andrea Orlandi, making his first ever Premier League start, nearly doubled Swansea's lead but his shot from outside the box went just wide of the Villa goal. Stephen Ireland then saw his shot cleared for a corner by Orlandi before Dyer saw his cross/shot, or as I like to call it 'shoss', drop just past the far post.

Steven Caulker was booked for a late challenge on Stephen Warnock. James Collins then headed Charles N'Zogbia's corner straight at Michel Vorm. An outstanding first touch by Dyer took him past Warnock, he made it look effortless before squaring the ball to Danny Graham, whose effort was saved by Brad Guzan in the Villa goal.

Kemy Augustein was then booked for a late tackle on Ireland. Nothing came from the Villa free-kick but Swansea went on a counter attack. Orlandi passed the ball to Graham, he shot and the ball hit the far post. James Collins was then booked for a late challenge on Andre Orlandi.

The second half started like the first - within two minutes of the kick-off, Swansea had doubled their lead. Neil Taylor played a ball down the wing and Wayne Routledge latched onto it, ran past Carlos Cuellar and played the ball on to Graham, whose shot hit the post again. The ball found its way back to Routledge who slotted the ball home for his first ever Premier League goal - a goal he had waited ages for, over 100 appearances in fact.

Just a few minutes later, Cuellar made it clear he was in some sort of discomfort and was substituted by Alan Hutton. After that, Orlandi was given a yellow card but taken off to be replaced by Joe Allen. Just a minute later, Richard Dunne fouled Nathan Dyer which provoked a bit of conflict between the pair. Dunne pushed Dyer and his actions got him a yellow card.

Stephen Ireland was then taken off and replaced by Marc Albrighton. Although the Aston Villa fans are keen admirers of Albrighton, they didn't want Ireland to be taken off and if I'm honest I don't understand why Alex McLeish took him off either.  My man of the match Dyer was brought off and replaced by Scott Sinclair. In the 82nd minute, Graham got a ball through from Augustein but his shot got nipped by Dunne and it landed in the keeper's arms comfortably.

A minute later, Warnock played a long ball up into the Swansea penalty area. Dunne got his head to it, but the ball went just wide of the target. Three minutes before the end of normal time, Swansea had a penalty appeal turned down when it looked like Allen's shirt was tugged as he ran onto a ball. However, he continued his run but accidentally collided with the Villa keeper, cutting his nose open and needing medical attention. In Villa's last attack to get a goal from the game, the ball came out to N'Zogbia who struck the ball and it bounced off the post.

Overall, I think we deserved the three points. We put in a great performance and Villa weren't at their best. I think the early goals in each half helped us settle down and control the game. We continued playing to our philosophy and it finally worked away for us.
Lucy Mackennall

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