Revitalised Swansea frustrated by battling Aston Villa

Written by: @GrantMilesFF

Aston Villa stopped a four game losing streak by picking up a valuable point as they drew 1-1 against Swansea at Villa Park, yet the visitors will go back to South Wales disappointed not to have taken all three points.

The Villains took the lead through Gabriel Agbonlahor on 7 minutes as he struck the ball into the bottom left hand corner after a well timed through ball from Andreas Weimann but from then on the home side couldn’t assert their authority on Swansea.

Swansea completely dominated the proceedings from this point, monopolising the play and having a staggering 73% possession. They deservedly equalised as Roland Lamah headed from close range from a Pablo Hernandez cross on 35 minutes.

Lamah was booked for his excessive celebration, but from then on the Welsh side couldn’t break the deadlock to secure victory they more than warranted. They had an all too familiar story of simply not getting enough shots on goal, to cause damage, as they had 17 attempts yet on 3 hit the target. Jonathan De Guzman had a free kick which went close but wasn’t able to test Brad Guzan.

Wilfried Bony returning and playing 84 minutes was extremely positive for the Swans and manager Michael Laudrup, but this won’t cover up the disappointment that his side couldn’t beat Aston Villa.

Paul Lambert will be relieved to pick up a point and will be pleased with his team’s battling qualities but the pressure is mounting as this is still only 1 point in 5 games. Agbonlahor and Weimann looked in desperate need of some inspiration from another striker and Kozak wasn’t able to have a clear impact despite coming on for 30 minutes.