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Swansea City 4-1 Aston Villa

Jonjo Shelvey scored a wonder goal as Swansea all but guaranteed their Premier League status and left Aston Villa in danger of relegation.

Wilfried Bony put Swansea ahead, slotting the ball past Brad Guzan.

Gabriel Agbonlahor converted Marc Albrighton's cross to equalise before Shelvey volleyed home from the centre circle.

Pablo Hernandez curled in a third before Bony scored his second with an injury-time penalty.

The result leaves Villa just four points above the relegation zone with three games to go.

Swansea's first back-to-back wins in the Premier League since December 2012 means they are 12th in the table, eight points clear of the bottom three.

Whilst Garry Monk's men can potentially be caught by teams in the relegation zone, their goal difference - the best in the bottom half - is effectively worth an extra point.

Their impressive victory at a wet and windy Liberty Stadium means Paul Lambert's visitors are far from safe.

The nature of their loss and poor run of form will be a cause for concern for the club.

They have now lost five of their last six matches. Two of their three remaining fixtures are away at Manchester City and Tottenham.

Villa were behind early on when Shelvey's superb long pass put Bony clear and the Ivory Coast striker slotted the ball past the advancing Guzan.

The visitors pressed in a bid to get back into the game, crossing the ball into the box at every opportunity.

Karim El Ahmadi put Albrighton into space out wide and the winger's cross was smashed into the net from inside the six yard area by Agbonlahor.

It was the England international's first goal since the New Year's Day win at Sunderland.

Villa's revival was short lived and less than four minutes later Ron Vlaar's poor clearance fell straight to Shelvey on the edge of the centre circle, just inside the Villa half.

The Swansea midfielder controlled the ball before volleying a dipping shot over Guzan into the top corner of the goal.

The strike seemed to take the momentum away from Villa as Swansea finished the half strongly.

Villa pressed after the break but created little of note to threaten Michel Vorm's goal.

Shelvey's low shot from just outside the area was tipped around the post by Guzan as Swansea pushed forward.

The killer blow was finally delivered by Hernandez. Shelvey's cross found the Spaniard in space inside the area and the former Valencia winger curled the ball high into the corner of the net.

Late on Villa defender Nathan Baker was judged to have fouled Marvin Emnes inside the area whilst challenging for a ball in the air.

Bony fired home from the spot to send Swansea fans home happy while Villa were booed off the pitch by their travelling supporters.

Line-ups

Swansea

  • 1Vorm
  • 22RangelSubstituted forTaylorat 77'minutes
  • 33Davies
  • 8Shelvey
  • 2AmatBooked at 77mins
  • 6Williams
  • 11Hernández
  • 7Britton
  • 10Bony
  • 20De GuzmánSubstituted forFultonat 83'minutes
  • 15RoutledgeSubstituted forEmnesat 88'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Taylor
  • 12Dyer
  • 25Tremmel
  • 26Alvaro
  • 27Bartley
  • 56Fulton
  • 57Emnes

Aston Villa

  • 1Guzan
  • 7BacunaSubstituted forLowtonat 45'minutes
  • 23Bertrand
  • 15WestwoodBooked at 90mins
  • 4Vlaar
  • 2BakerBooked at 90mins
  • 8El AhmadiSubstituted forHoltat 75'minutes
  • 16Delph
  • 11Agbonlahor
  • 12AlbrightonBooked at 89mins
  • 10WeimannSubstituted forRobinsonat 67'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Clark
  • 13Steer
  • 18Sylla
  • 24Tonev
  • 29Holt
  • 34Lowton
  • 37Robinson
Referee:
Mark Clattenburg
Attendance:
20,701

Match Stats

Home TeamSwanseaAway TeamAston Villa
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home11
Away11
Shots on Target
Home8
Away3
Corners
Home9
Away6
Fouls
Home9
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Swansea City 4, Aston Villa 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Swansea City 4, Aston Villa 1.

Goal!

Goal! Swansea City 4, Aston Villa 1. Wilfried Bony (Swansea City) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Booking

Matthew Lowton (Aston Villa) is shown the yellow card.
Penalty conceded by Nathan Baker (Aston Villa) after a foul in the penalty area.
Penalty Swansea City. Marvin Emnes draws a foul in the penalty area.
Attempt saved. Pablo Hernández (Swansea City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jonjo Shelvey.

Booking

Nathan Baker (Aston Villa) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Nathan Baker (Aston Villa).
Marvin Emnes (Swansea City) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Nathan Baker (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Wilfried Bony (Swansea City).
Offside, Aston Villa. Brad Guzan tries a through ball, but Grant Holt is caught offside.
Ron Vlaar (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Pablo Hernández (Swansea City).

Booking

Marc Albrighton (Aston Villa) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Marc Albrighton (Aston Villa).
Ben Davies (Swansea City) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Marc Albrighton (Aston Villa).
Wilfried Bony (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Grant Holt (Aston Villa).
Ben Davies (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Swansea City. Marvin Emnes replaces Wayne Routledge.
Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Michel Vorm.
Attempt missed. Wilfried Bony (Swansea City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.
Attempt saved. Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Leon Britton.

Substitution

Substitution, Swansea City. Jay Fulton replaces Jonathan De Guzmán.
Foul by Ashley Westwood (Aston Villa).
Jonathan De Guzmán (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Attempt missed. Marc Albrighton (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Ashley Westwood.
Attempt saved. Ashley Westwood (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Booking

Jordi Amat (Swansea City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Jordi Amat (Swansea City).

Substitution

Substitution, Swansea City. Neil Taylor replaces Angel Rangel because of an injury.
Delay over. They are ready to continue.
Delay in match Angel Rangel (Swansea City) because of an injury.
Foul by Grant Holt (Aston Villa).
Ashley Williams (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Angel Rangel.

Substitution

Substitution, Aston Villa. Grant Holt replaces Karim El Ahmadi.
Offside, Swansea City. Michel Vorm tries a through ball, but Wilfried Bony is caught offside.

Goal!

Goal! Swansea City 3, Aston Villa 1. Pablo Hernández (Swansea City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Jonjo Shelvey with a cross.
Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Nathan Baker.
Attempt blocked. Pablo Hernández (Swansea City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Aston Villa. Callum Robinson replaces Andreas Weimann.
Foul by Nathan Baker (Aston Villa).
Wilfried Bony (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt missed. Jonathan De Guzmán (Swansea City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Wayne Routledge.
Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Brad Guzan.
Attempt saved. Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.
Foul by Nathan Baker (Aston Villa).
Wilfried Bony (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Ron Vlaar.
Foul by Matthew Lowton (Aston Villa).
Wilfried Bony (Swansea City) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Nathan Baker.
Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Fabian Delph.
Foul by Ashley Westwood (Aston Villa).
Pablo Hernández (Swansea City) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Attempt blocked. Fabian Delph (Aston Villa) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ashley Westwood.
goal

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