Aston Villa's four-match losing run in the Premier League came to an end as they battled to a draw against a Swansea side which failed to make the most of their dominance at Villa Park.

Villa went ahead through a well-taken Gabriel Agbonlahor strike.

But Swansea monopolised possession and deservedly equalised when Roland Lamah headed home a Pablo Hernandez cross.

The visitors were unable to secure the winner, though, with a Jonathan De Guzman free-kick the closest they got.

Paul Lambert says it is a 'positive' point

Both managers would have been hoping to end 2013 with a victory which would have stopped them entering the new year nervously looking down towards the bottom end of the table.

Instead, Villa are now just four points away from the bottom three and the boos which echoed around Villa Park at the final whistle suggests the home fans are unsatisfied.

Villa manager Paul Lambert is becoming accustomed to such jeers ringing in his ears, with his team also heckled after the 1-0 Boxing Day defeat by Crystal Palace, which was their fourth straight loss.

But at least the draw has stopped Villa from plummeting further down the table, although their home form will still be a concern to many. The hosts have gained just eight points from their 10 Premier League home games this season and continue to lack spark on their own patch.

Agbonlahor strikes

  • Gabriel Agbonlahor has scored just three times in his last 30 Premier League appearances at Villa Park.
  • Agbonlahor has now scored against 33 of the 34 teams he has faced in the Premier League. He has failed to score against Crystal Palace.

Swansea, who are a point above Villa in the table in 11th, should have left the Midlands with a victory, but the Welsh team have not been prolific in front of goal of late. Even the return of record signing Wilfried Bony to lead the attack could not fill the void left by the absence of injured striker Michu.

Villa made the perfect start when Andreas Weimann surged forward and found Agbonlahor, who coolly placed the ball beyond Gerhard Tremmel for his 65th Premier League goal.

The hosts have had little to cheer of late so it was understandable that the entire team sprinted towards the dugout to celebrate what was only their seventh league goal at Villa Park this season.

However, the optimism soon drained away from the hosts as Swansea, dictating the tempo of the game, set up camp in the Villa half.

Michael Laudrup's men went close through Ben Davies and De Guzman before Lamah nodded in to restore parity.

Swansea lost two points - Laudrup

Jonjo Shelvey's cute pass set Hernandez loose down the left and the Spaniard presented the Belgian with the easiest of opportunities to score from just two yards out.

The hosts left the field at the break to more boos and those grumbles of discontent turned into cries of frustration from the home fans as they attempted to encourage their team to create something of note in the second half.

Swansea had chances to clinch the victory, with a De Guzman free-kick forcing Guzan into a save while Angel Rangel was inches from connecting with a lovely Shelvey cross.

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert: "We are without big players, it is too much for us to carry at times. We are only 18 months into our project, I knew the first few years would be tough.

"We are sitting not too bad at the moment. Last year was the toughest I have ever encountered, the results were horrendous.

"We knew we had to stick with it, and we never flinched from it and will not do so again.

"The game is about putting the ball into the net, Brad Guzan had few saves to make. We stopped the source and it is something to build on."

Swansea manager Michael Laudrup: "We got a point but I think we lost two points.

"In the first half we created the chances. We made it a little difficult for ourselves giving away the early goal but came back and dominated completely.

"In the second half we had the ball but didn't create that much. The possession in the first half was followed up by chances and good play and we should have scored more than once."

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Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (6)

Aston Villa

  • 01 Guzan
  • 34 Lowton
  • 14 Luna
  • 15 Westwood
  • 06 Clark Booked
  • 02 Baker
  • 07 Bacuna Booked (El Ahmadi - 70' Booked )
  • 16 Delph
  • 11 Agbonlahor
  • 10 Weimann (Albrighton - 79' )
  • 24 Tonev (Kozák - 61' )

Substitutes

  • 08 El Ahmadi
  • 09 Helenius
  • 12 Albrighton
  • 13 Steer
  • 18 Sylla
  • 21 Bowery
  • 27 Kozák

Swansea City

  • 25 Tremmel
  • 19 Tiendalli (Rangel - 55' Booked )
  • 33 Davies
  • 21 Cañas
  • 04 Chico
  • 06 Williams
  • 11 Hernández
  • 20 De Guzmán
  • 10 Bony (Alvaro - 84' )
  • 08 Shelvey
  • 14 Lamah Booked (Pozuelo - 68' )

Substitutes

  • 02 Amat
  • 07 Britton
  • 15 Routledge
  • 22 Rangel
  • 24 Pozuelo
  • 26 Alvaro
  • 45 Zabret
Ref: Roger East
Att: 37,028

Match Stats

Shots

7 17

On target

3 3

Corners

2 8

Fouls

13 9

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Aston Villa 1, Swansea City 1.

90:00 +4:06 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Aston Villa 1, Swansea City 1.

90:00 +2:36

Attempt missed. Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Libor Kozák with a headed pass.

90:00 +2:04

Foul by Álvaro (Swansea City).

90:00 +2:04

Nathan Baker (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

89:43 Booking

Booking Karim El Ahmadi (Aston Villa) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

89:36

Pablo Hernández (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

89:36

Foul by Karim El Ahmadi (Aston Villa).

89:23

Attempt saved. Fabian Delph (Aston Villa) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Ashley Westwood.

88:38

Foul by Álvaro (Swansea City).

88:38

Marc Albrighton (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

88:24

Offside, Aston Villa. Nathan Baker tries a through ball, but Libor Kozák is caught offside.

85:05 Booking

Booking Ciaran Clark (Aston Villa) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

85:01

Offside, Swansea City. Jonjo Shelvey tries a through ball, but Álvaro is caught offside.

83:55

Pablo Hernández (Swansea City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

83:55

Foul by Marc Albrighton (Aston Villa).

83:12 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Swansea City. Álvaro replaces Wilfried Bony.

79:34

Chico (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

79:34

Foul by Libor Kozák (Aston Villa).

78:41 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Aston Villa. Marc Albrighton replaces Andreas Weimann.

77:30

Angel Rangel (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

77:30

Foul by Libor Kozák (Aston Villa).

76:16 Booking

Booking Angel Rangel (Swansea City) is shown the yellow card for hand ball.

76:05

Hand ball by Angel Rangel (Swansea City).

74:59

Attempt blocked. Wilfried Bony (Swansea City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

73:48

Álex Pozuelo (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

73:48

Foul by Ashley Westwood (Aston Villa).

71:18

Pablo Hernández (Swansea City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

71:18

Foul by Karim El Ahmadi (Aston Villa).

70:35

Attempt missed. Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Karim El Ahmadi.

69:44

Offside, Swansea City. Ashley Williams tries a through ball, but Wilfried Bony is caught offside.

69:11 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Aston Villa. Karim El Ahmadi replaces Leandro Bacuna.

68:38 Booking

Booking Leandro Bacuna (Aston Villa) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

68:28

Jonathan De Guzmán (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

68:28

Foul by Leandro Bacuna (Aston Villa).

67:41

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

67:38 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Swansea City. Álex Pozuelo replaces Roland Lamah.

66:47

Delay in match Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea City) because of an injury.

66:15

Foul by Jonathan De Guzmán (Swansea City).

66:15

Fabian Delph (Aston Villa) wins a free kick on the left wing.

64:47

Attempt blocked. Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Pablo Hernández.

63:06

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Angel Rangel.

60:54 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Aston Villa. Libor Kozák replaces Aleksandar Tonev.

60:38

Dangerous play by Chico (Swansea City).

60:38

Nathan Baker (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

59:54

Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Nathan Baker.

59:53

Attempt blocked. Angel Rangel (Swansea City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Chico.

59:32

Attempt blocked. Jonathan De Guzmán (Swansea City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Roland Lamah.

58:10

Wilfried Bony (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

58:10

Foul by Ciaran Clark (Aston Villa).

55:47

Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Ciaran Clark.

54:29

Attempt saved. Andreas Weimann (Aston Villa) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

54:09 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Swansea City. Angel Rangel replaces Dwight Tiendalli.

53:46

Attempt missed. Wilfried Bony (Swansea City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Ben Davies.

51:44

Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Brad Guzan.

51:42

Attempt saved. Jonathan De Guzmán (Swansea City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

50:40

Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

50:40

Foul by Ashley Westwood (Aston Villa).

48:40

Foul by Pablo Hernández (Swansea City).

48:40

Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00

Second Half begins Aston Villa 1, Swansea City 1.

45:00 +1:05 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Aston Villa 1, Swansea City 1.

43:39

Attempt missed. Wilfried Bony (Swansea City) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jonathan De Guzmán with a cross.

38:15

Attempt missed. Roland Lamah (Swansea City) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jonathan De Guzmán following a corner.

37:46

Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Ciaran Clark.

37:45

Attempt blocked. Wilfried Bony (Swansea City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

36:16 Booking

Booking Roland Lamah (Swansea City) is shown the yellow card for excessive celebration.

35:42 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Aston Villa 1, Swansea City 1. Roland Lamah (Swansea City) header from very close range to the top right corner. Assisted by Pablo Hernández with a cross.

34:41

Attempt missed. Jonathan De Guzmán (Swansea City) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

29:41

Attempt missed. Ashley Westwood (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

29:04

Attempt blocked. Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jonathan De Guzmán.

28:38

Wilfried Bony (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

28:38

Foul by Ciaran Clark (Aston Villa).

28:05

Attempt blocked. Andreas Weimann (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ashley Westwood.

27:11

José Cañas (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

27:11

Foul by Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa).

25:55

Attempt blocked. Roland Lamah (Swansea City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jonjo Shelvey.

22:26

José Cañas (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

22:26

Foul by Ashley Westwood (Aston Villa).

22:00

Attempt blocked. Jonathan De Guzmán (Swansea City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Pablo Hernández.

21:42

Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Leandro Bacuna.

19:35

Attempt missed. Ben Davies (Swansea City) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Jonathan De Guzmán with a cross following a corner.

19:15

Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Nathan Baker.

16:40

Attempt saved. Pablo Hernández (Swansea City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Roland Lamah.

13:53

Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Leandro Bacuna.

10:32

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Dwight Tiendalli.

9:48

Foul by Chico (Swansea City).

9:48

Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

9:11

Wilfried Bony (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

9:11

Foul by Ciaran Clark (Aston Villa).

6:59 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Aston Villa 1, Swansea City 0. Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Andreas Weimann with a through ball.

5:30

Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Fabian Delph.

5:29

Attempt blocked. Dwight Tiendalli (Swansea City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Pablo Hernández.

4:22

Foul by Wilfried Bony (Swansea City).

4:22

Fabian Delph (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

2:06

Foul by Chico (Swansea City).

2:06

Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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