A poor performance and a deserved loss. It was bound to happen at some point, although we hoped it would be slightly later on in the year. If it helps, I almost got my match prediction right...
After a bright opening quarter, Swansea conceded the first goal when a shot from Matthew Lowton sailed past Vorm, via a deflection from Alan Tate. Otherwise the first half was very promising, with three great chances from the Swans. On 45 minutes it was still anyone's game.
Now, I'm not sure what was said in the dressing room at half-time, but it didn't help.
In the second half Swansea tried to play their usual game, but simply made too many mistakes - losing the ball through loose passes and allowing Villa to dispossess them too easily. Clearing the box also proved to be a rare difficulty today, and allowed the home side to pile on pressure.
The players all tried (or looked like they were trying), but it just didn't work out for them. Michu was as feisty as usual - picking up a yellow card - but looked clumsy at times and wasn't as effective. Jonathan de Guzman didn't offer as much support up front as last time. Pablo Hernandez looked more effective than Routledge when he came on - I wish he had come on sooner. Luke Moore came on late, but made something of himself and had the most shots out of any other Swans player (four, with one on target).
Alan Tate, who needed a good game, had a decent one. He never strikes me with pure confidence, but he made a block, a few successful clearances and won most of his aerial battles.
For me Nathan Dyer was the man-of-the-match (for Swansea at least), with plenty of tireless running. He seemed to take a more central role at times, which allowed him a few shots (including a rocket in the first half). He worked hard and tried to win the team a penalty (which - correctly by the referee - wasn't given), and caused havoc as always.
A blunder, a boob, a fault - call it what you will, but Ashley Williams certainly made the biggest mistake of the day. A casual header back to Vorm allowed Christian Benteke to take it away and knock it in. Williams made a similar error earlier in the game, but saved himself. No such luck the second time. Despite a generally superb start of the season for Swansea, Williams has struggled and made more mistakes than usual. Still, he's a vital name on the team sheet and concerned us all when he began limping around in the second half. Needless to say, Swansea do not need any more defensive injuries!
Apart from creating a few good chances in the first half, there are not many positives to take away from this game. Such a shame there was no end product to some of the exciting counter-attacking. Still, after four games, Swansea are in fifth place in the Premier League! That makes it all better.
Elsewhere, all credit to Aston Villa who didn't do anything amazing, but strung together some attractive passes and really capitalised on every one of Swansea's mistakes. This result surely kick-starts their season.
All in all, it really was one to forget today! Onto next Saturday, where the team can redeem themselves against Everton back on home soil.
really enjoyable game at Villa Park, good synopsis (as a Villa fan, you could have easily drawn, glad you didn't though!). You look a decent team, and we finally got a clean sheet and looked dangerous going forward. But for Guzan it could have been different, however think both sides will do decently this season.ReplyDelete
On another note delighted for the reception of Luke Moore, and the response of Swansea fans the applause for petrov.
Cheers for the comment - I don't think any Swans fans enjoyed the game, ha ha! I had a feeling Villa would win it before the match. It's probably better Swans get their first loss, just to remind the players that they aren't invincible and 5-0 victories are rare!Delete
great display by the villa, no deflection from matty lowtons goal, picked up where we left off from st james park, could be hard season ahead for the swans, you should be ok, home points a must, see you new years day .swansea villans utv.ReplyDelete
Thanks for the comment - I didn't see the replay of the Lowton goal, just went with what I saw initially! It was a good goal then from Lowton!Delete
I think Swans will do well this season - just need to ensure no more injuries while Taylor, Flores and Bartley are all out!