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Aston Villa 0-1 Swansea City

By Michael EmonsBBC Sport
Swansea
Swansea have now got 43 points in the Premier League - their highest ever total is 47
  • 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.

Aston Villa 0-1 Swansea: Major setback for Villa - Tim Sherwood

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.

Aston Villa 0-1 Swansea: Garry Monk praises 'fantastic' Swans

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
HomeAway
7 April v QPR4 April v Manchester United
2 May v Everton11 April v Tottenham
9 May v West Ham25 April v Manchester City
24 May v Burnley16 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."

Scott Sinclair
Aston Villa's Scott Sinclair scored 36 goals in 91 games for Swansea, including a play-off final hat-trick in 2011
Christian Benteke
Christian Benteke has only scored five Premier League goals this season
Tom Clevereley
Aston Villa midfielder Tom Cleverley went off injured in the first half
Aston Villa
Aston Villa have played in the top flight of English football for every season since 1988-89

Line-ups

Aston Villa

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Guzan
  • 7Bacuna
  • 5Okore
  • 6Clark
  • 21Hutton
  • 28N'ZogbiaSubstituted forWestwoodat 68'minutes
  • 8CleverleySubstituted forC Sánchezat 25'minutes
  • 16Delph
  • 9Sinclair
  • 20BentekeSubstituted forWeimannat 75'minutes
  • 11Agbonlahor

Substitutes

  • 10Weimann
  • 15Westwood
  • 24C Sánchez
  • 25Gil
  • 26Kinsella
  • 31Given
  • 40Grealish

Swansea

Formation 4-1-2-1-2

  • 1Fabianski
  • 26Naughton
  • 33Fernandez
  • 6Williams
  • 3Taylor
  • 24Cork
  • 4Ki Sung-yueng
  • 8ShelveySubstituted forDyerat 85'minutes
  • 23G SigurdssonSubstituted forMonteroat 64'minutes
  • 15Routledge
  • 18GomisSubstituted forOliveiraat 90+3'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Amat
  • 12Dyer
  • 17Oliveira
  • 20Montero
  • 22Rangel
  • 25Tremmel
  • 56Fulton
Referee:
Robert Madley
Attendance:
35,598

Match Stats

Home TeamAston VillaAway TeamSwansea
Possession
Home43%
Away57%
Shots
Home12
Away9
Shots on Target
Home3
Away6
Corners
Home4
Away9
Fouls
Home13
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Aston Villa 0, Swansea City 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Aston Villa 0, Swansea City 1.

  3. Post update

    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.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Kyle Naughton.

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Swansea City. Nélson Oliveira replaces Bafétimbi Gomis.

  6. Post update

    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.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Ashley Williams.

  8. Post update

    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.

  9. Post update

    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.

  10. Goal!

    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.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Swansea City. Nathan Dyer replaces Jonjo Shelvey.

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Fabian Delph (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Ashley Westwood.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Jack Cork (Swansea City).

  14. Post update

    Leandro Bacuna (Aston Villa) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  15. Post update

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

  16. Post update

    Bafétimbi Gomis (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Ashley Westwood (Aston Villa).

  18. Post update

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

  19. Post update

    Foul by Leandro Bacuna (Aston Villa).

  20. Post update

    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.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Chelsea28197258233564
2Man City30187562283461
3Arsenal30186658312760
4Man Utd29168550262456
5Liverpool29166743301354
6Southampton30165942212153
7Tottenham3016595045553
8Swansea30127113438-443
9West Ham30119104037342
10Stoke30126123437-342
11Crystal Palace3099123641-536
12Newcastle3098133348-1535
13West Brom3089132739-1233
14Everton29710123641-531
15Hull29610132637-1128
16Aston Villa3077161939-2028
17Sunderland30414122344-2126
18Burnley30510152649-2325
19QPR2964193052-2222
20Leicester2947182748-2119
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