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Nathan Baker manages to make a clearance.
The referee signals the end of the game.
Gabriel Agbonlahor has an effort at goal and missed to the right of the goal.
Unfair challenge on Nathan Baker by Alvaro Vazquez results in a free kick.
Clearance by Chico.
The ball is delivered by Antonio Luna.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Karim El Ahmadi on Pablo Hernandez.
Fabian Delph takes the chance to get an effort at goal. A parry by Gerhard Tremmel prevents the goal.
Alvaro Vazquez concedes a free kick for a foul on Marc Albrighton.
Chico Chico takes the free kick.
Ben Davies manages to make a clearance.
Ciaran Clark booked for unsporting behaviour.
Ashley Williams makes a clearance.
The referee blows for offside against Alvaro Vazquez.
Marc Albrighton challenges Pablo Hernandez unfairly and gives away a free kick.
Alvaro Vazquez on for Wilfried Bony.
Ciaran Clark manages to make a clearance.
Chico manages to make a clearance.
Libor Kozak challenges Chico unfairly and gives away a free kick.
Andreas Weimann goes off and Marc Albrighton comes on.
The ball is sent over by Jonjo Shelvey.
Libor Kozak gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Angel Rangel.
Bradley Guzan restarts play with the free kick.
Angel Rangel goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.
Jonjo Shelvey crosses the ball.
Shot by Wilfried Bony. Nathan Baker gets a block in.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Ashley Westwood on Alejandro Pozuelo.
Clearance made by Ashley Williams.
Karim El Ahmadi challenges Pablo Hernandez unfairly and gives away a free kick.
Gabriel Agbonlahor takes a shot and missed to the right of the goal.
The offside flag is raised against Wilfried Bony.
(Aston Villa) makes a substitution, with Karim El Ahmadi coming on for Leandro Bacuna.
Leandro Bacuna fouled by Jonathan de Guzman, the ref awards a free kick.
Antonio Luna takes the free kick.
Roland Lamah goes off and Alejandro Pozuelo comes on.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Jonathan de Guzman on Fabian Delph.
Pablo Hernandez delivers the ball.
Jonjo Shelvey takes a shot. Antonio Luna gets a block in.
Corner taken by Ashley Westwood from the left by-line.
Angel Rangel manages to make a clearance.
Clearance by Ashley Williams.
(Aston Villa) makes a substitution, with Libor Kozak coming on for Aleksandar Tonev.
Nathan Baker fouled by Chico Chico, the ref awards a free kick.
Angel Rangel takes a shot. Nathan Baker gets a block in.
Jonathan de Guzman has an effort at goal. Blocked by Fabian Delph.
Andreas Weimann crosses the ball.
Matthew Lowton makes a clearance.
Ciaran Clark challenges Wilfried Bony unfairly and gives away a free kick.
Bradley Guzan manages to make a clearance.
The ball is swung over by Roland Lamah.
Chico makes a clearance.
Angel Rangel comes on in place of Dwight Tiendalli.
Shot by Wilfried Bony went wide of the right-hand post.
Strike comes in from Jonathan de Guzman from the free kick. Bradley Guzan parries the ball away.
Unfair challenge on Jonjo Shelvey by Ashley Westwood results in a free kick.
Clearance by Matthew Lowton.
Free kick taken by Bradley Guzan.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Pablo Hernandez on Gabriel Agbonlahor.
Antonio Luna delivers the ball.
The game restarts for the second half.
Fabian Delph produces a cross.
The match has reached half-time.
Clearance by Nathan Baker.
Roland Lamah takes a shot and went wide right of the target.
Shot by Wilfried Bony. Blocked by Ciaran Clark.
Matthew Lowton manages to make a clearance.
Roland Lamah is shown a yellow card.
Roland Lamah grabs a goal with a headed effort. Aston Villa 1-1 Swansea.The assist for the goal came from Pablo Hernandez.
Ashley Westwood makes a clearance.
The ball is delivered by Pablo Hernandez.
Ashley Westwood takes a shot and went wide of the right hand post.
Jonjo Shelvey takes a shot. Blocked by Nathan Baker.
Wilfried Bony fouled by Ciaran Clark, the ref awards a free kick.
Leandro Bacuna produces a cross.
Andreas Weimann has an effort at goal. Blocked by Chico.
Jose Alberto Canas fouled by Gabriel Agbonlahor, the ref awards a free kick.
Shot by Roland Lamah. Nathan Baker gets a block in.
Jose Alberto Canas restarts play with the free kick.
Aleksandar Tonev makes a clearance.
Corner taken by Jonathan de Guzman.
The ball is crossed by Jonjo Shelvey.
Clearance made by Nathan Baker.
Corner from the left by-line taken by Jonathan de Guzman.
The ball is delivered by Andreas Weimann.
Corner from the left by-line taken by Ashley Westwood.
Dwight Tiendalli manages to make a clearance.
Aleksandar Tonev crosses the ball.
Foul by Chico Chico on Gabriel Agbonlahor, free kick awarded.
Jonathan de Guzman restarts play with the free kick.
Gabriel Agbonlahor scores a right footed goal. Aston Villa 1-0 Swansea.Assist on the goal came from Andreas Weimann.
Dwight Tiendalli has an effort at goal. Blocked by Fabian Delph.
Nathan Baker restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Wilfried Bony on Fabian Delph.
Antonio Luna restarts play with the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Gabriel Agbonlahor by Chico Chico results in a free kick.
Aleksandar Tonev sends in a cross.
The game gets underway.
Lambert: We're a million miles off
Paul Lambert admitted Aston Villa are "a million miles away" from where he wants the club to be.
Lambert's side head into Saturday's clash with Swansea looking to halt a run of four successive defeats that has seen them slide to within three points of the Barclays Premier League relegation zone.
Home form has been the biggest problem, with Villa picking up only seven points and scoring just six goals, the worst record in the top four divisions.
They have found the net in only one of their last six home matches and the fans made their feelings clear as Villa slumped to a 1-0 defeat by Crystal Palace on Boxing Day.
Lambert conceded expectations are not making life easier, saying: "The lads are edgy on certain things but we have to work on that.
"You can't turn round and be critical of the crowd, that's for sure. It's too big a club.
"It's probably not helping in terms of us trying to play our game at certain times but they pay their money and they're entitled to voice their opinion.
"Football is about giving people something to cheer. We're doing everything we can to keep building what we want to try and do. I'm a million miles short of what I want to do with the club.
"Personally I know what it's like because I've played with big clubs as a footballer. I was never exempt from criticism.
"I remember my first few games at Celtic, I lost them. People were saying go back to Dortmund, 60,000 or whatever it was. Until I bedded myself in and got a grip of it, then it went reasonably okay.
"I know criticism. For the team, when they're young, they need that support through thick and thin.
"Some people talk about bravery of going in for a tackle that's 10 feet high and blood, guts and thunder. Bravery's taking the ball in front of 40,000 or 50,000 in an area where people will just shy away from it.
"As long as they never do that - that's the one thing I can't accept, trying to hide. As long as they keep trying to do the right things, then I'll never criticise them.
"I don't want to be sitting like this every time. It's a challenge I'm not going to wilt under. I've never wilted. You fight it, you don't run away from it."
Michael Laudrup's Swansea sit a point above Villa and are also not in good form having gone five matches without a victory.
"Even if you don't win in one, there's pressure," said Lambert. "Football now, you get one or two games. If you've not won two games, there's a crisis, it's getting shorter and shorter.
"Swansea are on that same kind of run, I'm pretty sure if you asked Michael he'd say the exact same thing. It's a big game for both teams."
Midfielder Ashley Westwood returns from suspension but Lambert is limited in his options, with top scorer Christian Benteke and defender Ron Vlaar still injured.
Meanwhile, captain Ashley Williams has called on Swansea to turn the momentum in their favour before the year's end when they visit Villa.
A 1-0 loss at Chelsea on Boxing Day followed a defeat to Everton and means Swansea have one win in six Barclays Premier League matches and 10 points from the last 10 games.
The 11th-placed Swans are just four points better off than 18th-placed Fulham, who occupy the final place in the relegation zone, entering their second match in 48 hours against a Villa side beaten at home by Crystal Palace on Thursday. Villa, who are one point behind Swansea in 13th, have lost their last four games.
"We have lost the last two, so it's going to be a massive game for both teams," defender Williams said on swanseacity.net.
"It's very important. Every game is in this league.
"They lost to Palace at home on Boxing Day, and they will be desperate to make up for that particularly as they are at home again.
"Villa Park is a very tough place to play but we know we are capable of winning there and bouncing back from these back-to-back defeats."
Swansea boss Michael Laudrup will make changes for the trip.
Striker Michu, midfielder Nathan Dyer (both ankle) and goalkeeper Michel Vorm (knee) missed the Boxing Day loss at Chelsea, along with defender Garry Monk (knee).
Leon Britton returned from a broken toe and could continue.
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