Wasn't at fault for the opening goal and then managed to make a couple of crucial saves to keep the score at 1-0.
Looked as if he needed help in shielding the defence for large periods as Orlandi and Kemy Augustien enjoyed too much space. Was given a rollicking by Alex McLeish for not offering an option at a throw in.
Looked to support Agbonlahor at every opportunity and, although he didn’t look 100% comfortable on the ball he kept the ball moving along for the home side.
Struggled at times to deal with the movement and pace of Danny Graham and Andrea Orlandi.
Was uncharacteristically shaky on the ball throughout the game and looked hurried in possession. Won every header that came his way though.
Was given a torrid time by Nathan Dyer and was completely at fault for the Swansea goal. In truth, he never really recovered from that moment.
had a bright start to the game, moving off Darren Bent nicely but drifted out of the match as it wore on. Was guilty of misplacing a few passes by being a bit too neat.
Was the team’s heartbeat for the much of the game and was always trying to be positive on the ball. His final ball often lacked though, which could have been because Bent was so isolated up front.
As we have come to expect from the French winger he tried to commit his marker throughout. He could have helped out his beleaguered team-mate Stephen Warnock defensively as Dyer had the beating of him too often. Was very unlucky not score in the dying moments, instead seeing his shot strike the post.
As he has so often this season, cut a rather frustrated figure alone up front as the rest of the team lacked the urgency to try and chase the game.
The England forward started the game brightly was kept largely at bay by the impressive Neil Taylor. Often looked to cut inside to try and see more of the ball but struggled for penetration.
Had too little to do for an away goalkeeper in the Premier League as Swansea kept Aston Villa at bay for large periods of the game. Was the subject of much anger from the home fans as he took to time wasting from midway through the first half.
Made a number of crucial headers to prevent Villa crosses meeting Darren Bent’s head and also looked comfortable on the ball throughout the game.
Quietly went about his business without many people really noticing such was the skill of Nathan Dyer throughout on the right hand side. Defended solidly when called upon to keep N’Zogbia quiet.
Provided an outlet on the left hand side to supplement the threat of Routledge down the left and kept Agbonlahor quiet for the most part, which is no mean feat.
Always happy to receive the ball at his feet and looked to try and support any attacks with his forward runs. Didn’t lose a header all game against the lonesome Darren Bent.
Really impressive performance from the young Italian who was allowed to float around the pitch and was given too much time on the ball. Showed glimpses of some excellent vision before being substituted.
The winger was the standout performer for Swansea as his pace, power and movement caused Warnock trouble all afternoon. He took advantage of a mistake from the full-back to score the first goal of the game.
Shepherded the defence pretty solidly throughout the game and kept the ball moving onto the impressive wingers whenever he got on the ball. Tackled hard and deserved his booking for a challenge on Stephen Ireland in the first half.
Recovered from a quiet first 20 minutes or so to provide some real attacking impetus on the left-hand side for the Swans and deserved his first ever Premier League goal in the second half.
doing the shielding job alongside Augustien very well. Read the game superbly and made a number of important interceptions as the Villa midfield was given very little to feed off throughout.
Lead the line well for the Swans and had a positive link up with Orlandi, Routledge and Dyer throughout. He was at times wasteful with his finishing though.
- 33 A. Marshall
Replaced Cuellar midway through the second half to try and add some attacking impetus but all of his, and everyone else's, crosses came to nothing because of great defending.
Looked dangerous after coming on but too often struggled to beat the first man with his crosses.
- 38 G. Gardner
- 25 B. Bannan
- 18 E. Heskey
- 26 A. Weimann
- 25 G. Tremmel
- 29 A. Richards
- 16 G. Monk
Was brought on to tighten the team up and protect their lead and was very good in possession, allowing the runners of Routledge and Dyer to prosper.
Continued the good work of Dyer after coming on and nearly made a goal for Joe Allen in the final few minutes.
- 18 L. Lita