Sunday, March 22, 2015
Aston Villa 0 Swansea City 1
Neil Taylor of Swansea and Christian Benteke in action yesterday.
We went to Villa yesterday with some expectations yesterday, after a good run of results and no Lambert we had some optimism for the first time in ages, but unfortunately we went home disappointed.
Swansea started off the brighter of the two teams, and Okore, Hutton and above all Ciaran Clark were on fine form in defence. Bacuna looked good going forward and Delph was showing why he is in the England squad. The midfield in general weren't in top form and it was a relief when Cleverley had to go off early in the game, as he had been horrendous. Unfortunately, his replacement Carlos Sanchez found it hard to slot in and although he found his way later in the game he looked a bit flat footed at times. Scott Sinclair was eager to show his old club what they were missing, but he was overkeen and his final pass and shot were leaving a bit to be desired. Gabby wasn't at his sharpest and spurned a few chances too. Benteke was clearly playing injured. He still caused problems for Swansea, but was not at the top of his game.
Villa had the lion's share in the second half, but couldn't force the issue with Swansea and when Benteke came off for Weimann it seemed hard to see where a goal would come from. Unfortunately, it was Swansea who made the breakthrough with 3 minutes left when Gomis scored a wonderful goal that Clark and Guzan couldn't do anything about. After theis Gabby and Sinclair had some decent chances, but failed to find the back of the net. Villa didn't really deserve to leave the game with nothing, but luck and bad refereeing did them in the end.