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Played
January 1, 2013 3:00 PM GMT
Liberty Stadium — Swansea
Referee:‬ M. Halsey‎
Attendance:‬ 20406‎
 
90+5′ Danny Graham
C. Benteke 84′ (PG)
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Swansea 2-2 Aston Villa

The beleaguered Villans came from behind at the Liberty Stadium but were cruelly denied all three points by Swans striker Danny Graham's 90th-minute equaliser

By Tim Poole

  • Michel Vorm
    4
    0
    2.50

    Michel Vorm

    Did not have much to do but was beaten by Weimann in what was Aston Villa's first real chance of the game and could not do anything to stop Benteke's penalty.

  • Chico
    2
    0
    3.00

    Chico

    Made good challenges to win the ball back for his side and didn't make any blunders during an astute defensive performance.

  • Ashley Williams
    2
    0
    3.00

    Ashley Williams

    Dealt with everything Villa threw at him and looked calm whenever he faced pressure.

  • Ángel Rangel
    2
    0
    2.50

    Ángel Rangel

    Made surging runs into the box and delivered several crosses but, in the end, had to settle for one of his less notable performances in a Swansea shirt.

  • Ben Davies
    2
    0
    2.50

    Ben Davies

    Virtually non-existent throughout but did not produce any major errors in what proved to be an adequate defensive performance.

  • Leon Britton
    2
    0
    3.00

    Leon Britton

    Made important challenges at the back and retained the ball well in a performance that saw Swansea dominate possession.

  • Michu
    7
    4
    3.00

    Michu

    The creative spark behind Swansea's attacking threat, the Spaniard hit the post twice and posed problems whenever he was on the ball. Displayed great skill in flashes but ultimately was too wasteful to ensure his team got all three points.

  • Pablo Hernández
    4
    2
    3.00

    Pablo Hernández

    Made surging runs into the box and got himself onto the end of dangerous crosses and passes. Failed to make a decisive impact but was also incisive when he was placed deeper in the opposition half.

  • Wayne Routledge
    5
    0
    3.50

    Wayne Routledge

    Rounded the keeper and produced a fine finish to open the scoring. Involved in plenty of other chances and gave the Villa backline no rest, showing real intelligence to drop into space at the right times. Came off on 66 minutes.

  • Jonathan De Guzmán
    3
    3
    3.00

    Jonathan De Guzmán

    Controlled affairs in the middle of the park alongside Britton and produced a professional performance devoid of significant errors. Was substituted after an hour's play.

  • Danny Graham
    5
    4
    3.50

    Danny Graham Top of the Match

    Rewarded manager Michael Laudrup for retaining faith in him with a lively performance. Scored a late, late equaliser and got himself involved in the build-up play of most of Swansea's chances.

Substitutions

  • Nathan Dyer
    2
    6
    2.00

    Nathan Dyer Flop of the Match

    Despite demonstrating his raw pace on several occasions, was wasteful in attack and gave the penalty away for Villa's second goal.

  • Sung-Yong Ki
    13
    9
    2.50

    Sung-Yong Ki

    Was full of energy after coming on as a second-half substitute but was by no means a game-changer and gave the ball away on the odd occasion.

  • Kemy Agustien
    2
    2

    Kemy Agustien

    Did not transform the game but didn't put a foot wrong during his 10 minutes on the pitch as a late substitute.

  • Bradley Guzan
    7
    0
    3.00

    Bradley Guzan

    Had little to do in the second half but stood his ground in the first, getting a touch to several Swansea shots and producing an adequate overall performance.

  • Ciaran Clark
    4
    0
    2.50

    Ciaran Clark

    Struggled to deal with the attacking threat shown by the home team in the first half but grew into the game, skippering his side effectively despite receiving a first-half booking.

  • Joseph Bennett
    2
    0
    2.50

    Joseph Bennett

    Was fortunate not to concede a penalty when he handled the ball in the area on the hour mark but was adjudged to have committed the offence outside the box. Made a limited contribution for the rest of the 90 minutes.

  • Enda Stevens
    2
    1
    2.50

    Enda Stevens

    One of four Villa players to receive a first-half booking and produced little else of note during the game. Did do his bit to limit Swansea's goal tally, however, and was substituted after 68 minutes.

  • Matthew Lowton
    2
    0
    3.00

    Matthew Lowton

    Was unnoticeable throughout, partly due to a lack of notable movement, but also through effective positioning that ensured his job was done in an efficient, workman-like fashion.

  • Marc Albrighton
    2
    0
    2.50

    Marc Albrighton

    Had a quiet, occasionally sloppy game and will feel he could have contributed more. Still yet to score or provide an assist this season - a significant underachievement considering the 23-year-old's pace and ability to whip in a dangerous cross.

  • Ashley Westwood
    1
    0
    2.50

    Ashley Westwood

    Did not put a foot wrong but did not light up the Liberty Stadium either. Paul Lambert will expect more from the 22-year-old in future.

  • Fabian Delph
    1
    0
    2.00

    Fabian Delph

    Was often caught in possession and was cautioned in the first half for a silly challenge. Did not influence the game as he is capable of doing.

  • Chris Herd
    2
    0
    3.00

    Chris Herd

    Could not handle the problems posed by Michu, Routledge and Graham early on but established himself to produce a competent defensive performance after the opening period.

  • C. Benteke
    17
    0
    3.50

    C. Benteke

    Did his utmost to make an impression despite limited service and got his chance with the second- half penalty, which he neatly dispatched without hesitation.

  • Andreas Weimann
    5
    0
    3.50

    Andreas Weimann

    Received an unnecessary booking for dissent at the end of the first half but unleashed a fantastic finish for the equaliser just minutes later and won Villa a penalty.

Substitutions

  • Brett Holman
    2
    0
    2.50

    Brett Holman

    Gave his side more impetus in attack but was often sloppy on the ball and in challenges.

  • Barry Bannan
    2
    0

    Barry Bannan

    Took the corner that led to the penalty but did little else in the 15 minutes he had on the field.

  • Jordan Nathaniel Bowery
    1
    0

    Jordan Nathaniel Bowery

    Failed to produce a noteworthy performance but only had 10 minutes on the pitch.

Results
 
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