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15 September 2012
• Villa Park, Birmingham
Referee: L. Mason
• Attendance: 34005
M. Lowton 16'
C. Benteke 88'
Laudrup's side will look to overcome the loss next Saturday as they host Everton, who face Newcastle on Monday. Meanwhile Lambert's men will look to take their winning momentum to St Mary's where they face Southampton.
The debut of Benteke had given Villa more options as he was able to effectively pair with Bent and conducted a series of clever link-up play. It was a dream debut for former Genk striker as he was able to deliver a clever finish after a defensive mishap from Swansea.
Swansea City looked promising during the first half but Lambert got his tactics spot on as Villa were able to prevent Laudrup's men from hitting the back of the net. The Swans lost their edge in the second half as Villa improved their creativity going forward.
Villa Park roars as they gain their first victory since March as Benteke and Lowton give each other a celebratory handshake as theie team applaud the fans.
90' + 3'
Acting captain Vlaar clears the ball to mark his fantastic display wearing the armband.
90' + 1'
Four minutes of added time, which sees Villa looking to get a third as they bomb forward down the left.
Goal Christian Benteke
Benteke wraps up the game with a goal on his debut! Swansea unable to deal with a headder forward from Bent as the number 20 takes the ball well to flick over Vorm.
Lambert's team have done a great job to shut down Swansea, this half they have also been able to create more chances.
Hernandez with a nice ball into the box but the scramble leaves three Swansea players in an offside position.
Yellow Card Eric Lichaj
Third and final change for Villa as Holman makes his way for Charles N'Zogbia, a display of Lambert urging to improve his attack as the game enters the final ten minutes.
Bent with a clever pass forward for Benteke but Williams able to just intercept as the ball goes out for a corner.
Benteke gets right into the action as his cross attempt goes out for a corner, which sees Clark's header also go out after a great attempt.
More debuts for Ashley Westwood and Christian Benteke as they come on for Ireland and Weimann respectively.
New man Hernandez leads an attack, that sees Dyer go down in the box but referee Lee Mason waves play on.
David intercepts a ball to Bent to build an attack, which Dyer is unable to continue on as his long ball falls to Villa.
Holman with a slick pass to Bent as he crosses in but Rangel able to header away for them to build up an attack.
Villa attempt a counter from Swansea's attack but they lose the bal as Swansea go back at them, the end-to-end play is stopped as Ireland fouls in the middle of the pitch.
Swansea City debut for Pablo Hernandez as Routledge makes his way for the signing from Valencia.
A perfectly placed Britton is able to block the ball on the line from a clever strike on the turn by Weimann
Captain Williams heads the ball out for another corner after Bannans cross in.
Clark's close range effort is saved by Vorm and goes for another corner that Bannan takes but is cleared by Swansea.
Corner for Villa as Holman's passing effort goes out after a fantastic ball from Bannan
Guzan able to clear from a mistake by El Ahmadi as the ball goes out for a throw in at the half way line.
We begin the seconf half with a tussle in the midfield as both teams are raring to go.
Villa were able to score from the few great chances that they had and will look to maintain their lead by stopping Swansea's attack before they reach the penalty box as sooner or later they will be able to take their opportunities.
There were many instances of vintage Swansea build ups with short, effective passing that was able to split the Villa defence but Guzan and his defence were able to halt Dyer and his comrades from finishing.
The Swansea players walk off with agitation as they were unable to capitalise on their many fantastic opportunities.
45' + 2'
The home fans clap after the whistle blows as goalscorer Lowton and his teammates make their way to the tunnel.
45' + 1'
Two minutes of added time as the ball goes out for a goal kick after Rangel is unable to finish off from a Swansea quick burst forward.
Swansea so close to equalising as Dyer's short cross just goes behind the legs of Graham!
Yellow Card Michu
Yellow card for Michu as the number 9 trys to get get an attack before the end of the first half.
Beautiful one-touch football from villa at the edge of the box but Vorm is able to parry away for a corner.
Yellow Card Matthew Lowton
Yellow card for Lowton as the goalscorer sticks it leg out to give Swansea a free kick around the half way line.
Graham latches onto a ball from Michu but there is no support in the box as he crosses from the left of the box.
Swansea look to counter with Routledge leading down the left but the former Villa winger loses the ball.
Free kick as Williams leg trips Bent to give Villa a chance to capitalise from the edge of the box.
Holman's equally as ambitious chip also goes into the stand, this time behind Vorm's goal.
An ambitious volley from Michu is seen flying over the crossbar of Guzan and into the stands of Villa Park.
Yellow Card Ciaran Clark
Clark is given a yellow card for his clumsey slide tackle, giving Swansea a free kick that is handles calmly by Guzan.
The game has slowed down as Swansea's midfield patiently build with short passes across the pitch.
The Villa plans to a minute clap for Stiliyan Petrov in support for the the club captain's who is battling against leukaemia.
Goal Matthew Lowton
Goal!!!! Lowton's sweet left-foot strike is blasted into the back of the net following a Villa corner.
Darrent bent just unable to latch onto the final ball as Swansea clear for a corner.
Corner for Villa is headed out as Swansea look to atack but Holman is quick to the ball and recovers control.
Great spell of pressure by Swansea, keeping Guzan busy, now Villa are able to build from the back again.
Another Swansea City corner as Dyer's attack is squashed. Williams then hits the post before Dyer's fantastic effort is hit away by Guzan!
Swansea go for a slow build up with some nice quick passing between Michu and his counterparts but Villa are yet again effective defending in the final third.
Swansea charge forward but thanks to some tidy defending from Villa the ball has gone for a throw in.
We kick off as Swansea City go for the attack, but Villa quickly corner and the ball goes out for a Goal Kick.
Swansea City: Vorm, Rangel, Tate, Williams, Davies, Britton, de Guzman, Michu, Dyer, Routledge, Graham. Subs: Tremmel, Hernandez, Schechter, Moore, Sung-Yueng, Agustien, Richards.
Aston Villa: Guzan, Lowton, Clark, Vlaar, Lichaj, Holman, El Ahmadi, Ireland, Bannan, Weimann, Bent. Subs: Given, N'Zogbia, Agbonlahor, Westwood, Benteke, Bowery, Bennett.
Swansea City however have got their season off with a cracker and will look to maintain their position at second place in the league.
Aston Villa have not won a league game in their last 13 attempts, which is a club record in the Premier League. Paul Lambert's men will look to get their season on the right track with a win here.
Good afternoon and welcome to Goal.com's lve commentary of Aston Villa against Swansea City at Villa Park. My name is Sumit Rehal and I'll be announcing all the action through what looks to be a tight game!
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