Made great save from a close-range deflected effort from Agbonlahor during Villa’s first attack on the Swans’ goal and another from the same attacker in the second half, albeit with a little less conviction. Despite being offside, kept out Bent’s only chance of the game well from close range.
The ever present defender for the Swans put in a strong effort, staying well positioned during set-pieces and was never shy in the tackle. Was nearly caught out by N’Zogbia in the second half in his own box, but the midfielder couldn’t make use of the defender’s misjudgement.
The centre-back did well to keep Villa’s attacks as subdued as possible and stayed strong throughout.
Backed up Sinclair well in the Swans’ attacks and did his fair share of defending also, keeping Heskey at an arm’s length and making sure his flank was one of the least successful points of attack for Villa.
The full-back looked to be putting on an encouraging display, before a loss of footing caused the defender to have a problem with his ankle and was eventually forced off after no more than 25 minutes on the pitch.
Kept up with the pacey start to Swansea’s game, but never really offered too much in a way of helping the attacking members of the hosts’ line-up.
Not a bad showing from the midfielder, contributing to his side’s attacking plays and passed well during such phases.
An energetic display and some attractive football from the midfielder who contributed well down the right side, threatening Warnock on a constant basis, but the full-back was able to keep the winger at bay on his fair share of occasions.
One of Swansea’s more quieter individuals, the midfielder did his share of passing and running, but never really lit up on the pitch apart from one killer ball to Lita, who should have scored with the opportunity.
The winger’s agility and speed was put on show from the start, as Sinclair began his bolts down the flanks from the off to intimidate the Villa defence. An equally early booking after cutting down Herd in the opening moments put him on thin ice for most of the match, but did well regardless with his constant running and dangerous movement.
The striker didn’t do too much with the opportunities given to him as Swansea’s record signing failed to take advantage of their dominance. Was brought off with an apparent knee injury early in the second half.
The former Newcastle man was another that would have been deeply affected by the untimely death of Speed, but the keeper kept his focus on the game and was mercifully given little to do in the first half, despite Swansea’s dominance. Was only really called upon once in the second, making a stunning save from an effort from Lita.
A strong showing from the Irishman, if a little overly aggressive at times, but halted Swansea’s momentum down the middle, forcing their attacks out wide.
A quiet but competent performance at the back. His team-mates would have possibly preferred the former Liverpool man get forward a bit more, but the full-back seemed preoccupied with the constant advancements of the Swansea attackers, where he did a good job in keeping the opposition at bay and forcing them to attack at the other side of the pitch.
The Welshman put on a solid display, despite the announcement of his national manager’s death the same day, with the centre-back engaging in a great deal of successful challenges.
An aggressive display from the Scotsman at right-back, as the former Spurs man threw in the tackles from kick-off, with a couple of clumsy ones in the process. Struggled with the speed and movement of Sinclair and his back-up Taylor.
A decent game for the young Australian, who offered a good range of passing, but was occasionally outdone by the likes of Sinclair and Swansea’s other more awkward attackers.
Playing back-up to the likes of Bent, Heskey and Agbonlahor, the former Wigan man passed well and did a decent amount of running, but rarely offered the killer ball for the strikers ahead to latch onto.
Started the game by getting almost immediately booked following a rather late challenge. His passing was good, but offered little in the way of creating opportunities.
A quiet first half from the former Sunderland man left his fellow attackers doing most of the hard work up top for Villa. His only decent chance was ruled offside wrongly, but was denied anyway by a great save from Vorm.
Villa’s best player and created their first solid chance after bursting into the Swans’ box from the left and smashed a low shot Vorm’s way, with the Dutch keeper making an improvised save from the deflected effort. Had another great chance in the second half with a curing effort that caught out the Swans keeper who made a less than convincing save.
Had a couple of chances from Villa’s numerous corners, but failed to really test Vorm with any opportunities that came his way and was eventually substituted.
- 25 G. Tremmel
Came on for the injured Rangel and did a solid job.
- 44 V. Moras
Came on late and didn’t offer much.
Arrived on the scene early in the second half, replacing the injured Graham, with the striker unable to convert a great chance to put his side ahead with a clear opportunity after a great turn on the ball to allow himself an open shot on goal, pulling it wide instead. Denied by Given minutes later after good running into the box.
- 14 S. Dobbie