Match ends, Aston Villa 0, Swansea City 1.
Aston Villa 0-1 Swansea City
- Gomis scores his second Premier League goal of 2015
- Aston Villa remain three points above relegation zone
- Swansea City move up to eighth in Premier League
- Villa fail to score for 17th time in the league this season
Aston Villa remain in relegation trouble as Bafetimbi Gomis's late goal gave Swansea a dramatic victory.
The French striker had earlier had two shots saved by home goalkeeper Brad Guzan, while team-mate Wayne Routledge had a shot cleared off the goalline.
Gomis then scored with only three minutes left when he held off Ciaran Clark to convert from 12 yards after Jefferson Montero's flicked pass.
Scott Sinclair fired a volley over but Villa could not force an equaliser.
It was a deserved win for the Swans on a disappointing day for their hosts, who remain 16th and only three points above the relegation zone.
While the visitors had more chances, Villa still looked like picking up a crucial point until a counter-attack from Swansea saw substitute Montero flick the ball with the outside of his right foot to Gomis, who netted only his second Premier League goal in 18 matches.
The victory takes Swansea up to eighth in the table as they continue their push for their highest finish in English football since they came sixth in the old Division One in 1981-82.
|Villa struggle again|
|Aston Villa are the lowest scorers in the Premier League. They have only scored 11 goals in 15 home matches.|
They finished ninth in the Premier League two seasons ago, but are on course to better that in Garry Monk's first full season in charge and should have been ahead at Villa well before the 87th minute.
Gomis had a good chance after only five minutes when he was found unmarked after Neil Taylor's run, but his shot was blocked by Guzan's legs.
The American again denied Gomis from a tight angle before Routledge was unlucky not to score when his shot was cleared off the line by Clark.
Villa, 4-0 victors at Sunderland last Saturday, came back into the match as Fabian Delph's effort from a tight angle was saved by Lukasz Fabianski and Scott Sinclair and Delph both shot off target.
But those misses proved costly as Gomis won it to end Villa's winning run of three straight victories in all competitions.
|Aston Villa's remaining matches|
|7 April v QPR||4 April v Manchester United|
|2 May v Everton||11 April v Tottenham|
|9 May v West Ham||25 April v Manchester City|
|24 May v Burnley||16 May v Southampton|
Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood said:
"Obviously it's disappointing to lose late on. It's the second time we've done that since I've been here and it's a major setback for us.
"In the first half they were the better side and we showed them too much respect, but in the second half it looked like we might nick a goal. There's a lot of hard work to do and this is a reality check for us but we're still confident we're going to be OK. We don't think it's done yet.
"It's difficult to not be down-hearted, but when I took over we were in a hole, there were no smiles and morale was low. The spirit is a lot better in the camp and we have to make sure we don't take this defeat too hard."
Swansea City manager Garry Monk said:
"In the first half I thought we were fantastic and we should've scored one or two goals. The second half was much more even but we got the goal.
"If we had scored in the first half it would've made it more comfortable but we showed character.
"We have got a fantastic group of players and a real determination to keep going. It's a tough place to come but we showed real bravery and we deserved to score so it was pleasing for us."
- 28N'ZogbiaSubstituted forWestwoodat 68'minutes
- 8CleverleySubstituted forSánchezat 25'minutes
- 20BentekeSubstituted forWeimannat 75'minutes
- 4Ki Sung-yueng
- 8ShelveySubstituted forDyerat 85'minutes
- 23SigurdssonSubstituted forMonteroat 64'minutes
- 18GomisSubstituted forOliveiraat 90+3'minutes
- Robert Madley
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Aston Villa 0, Swansea City 1.
Attempt missed. Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Ashley Westwood with a cross following a corner.
Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Kyle Naughton.
Substitution, Swansea City. Nélson Oliveira replaces Bafétimbi Gomis.
Attempt saved. Wayne Routledge (Swansea City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Nathan Dyer.
Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Ashley Williams.
Attempt blocked. Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Alan Hutton with a headed pass.
Attempt missed. Scott Sinclair (Aston Villa) right footed shot from the right side of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Fabian Delph.
Goal! Aston Villa 0, Swansea City 1. Bafétimbi Gomis (Swansea City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jefferson Montero.
Substitution, Swansea City. Nathan Dyer replaces Jonjo Shelvey.
Attempt missed. Fabian Delph (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Ashley Westwood.
Foul by Jack Cork (Swansea City).
Leandro Bacuna (Aston Villa) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Offside, Swansea City. Jonjo Shelvey tries a through ball, but Ashley Williams is caught offside.
Bafétimbi Gomis (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Ashley Westwood (Aston Villa).
Jefferson Montero (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Leandro Bacuna (Aston Villa).
Attempt saved. Scott Sinclair (Aston Villa) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Andreas Weimann.
Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Jores Okore.
Substitution, Aston Villa. Andreas Weimann replaces Christian Benteke.
Hand ball by Jefferson Montero (Swansea City).
Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Ciaran Clark.
Attempt blocked. Bafétimbi Gomis (Swansea City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jefferson Montero.
Attempt missed. Scott Sinclair (Aston Villa) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Fabian Delph.
Offside, Aston Villa. Ashley Westwood tries a through ball, but Christian Benteke is caught offside.
Substitution, Aston Villa. Ashley Westwood replaces Charles N'Zogbia.
Offside, Swansea City. Ki Sung-yueng tries a through ball, but Wayne Routledge is caught offside.
Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Jores Okore.
Substitution, Swansea City. Jefferson Montero replaces Gylfi Sigurdsson.
Ashley Williams (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Christian Benteke (Aston Villa).
Foul by Kyle Naughton (Swansea City).
Scott Sinclair (Aston Villa) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Delay over. They are ready to continue.
Delay in match Christian Benteke (Aston Villa) because of an injury.
Offside, Swansea City. Jonjo Shelvey tries a through ball, but Ki Sung-yueng is caught offside.
Attempt saved. Jores Okore (Aston Villa) header from very close range is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Charles N'Zogbia with a cross.
Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Neil Taylor.