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Stephen Warnock produces a cross, clearance by Angel Rangel.
Caution for Michel Vorm.
Darren Bent concedes a free kick for a foul on Steven Caulker. Michel Vorm takes the direct free kick.
A cross is delivered by Marc Albrighton, Darren Bent takes a shot. Save by Michel Vorm.
Corner taken left-footed by Alan Hutton to the near post, Danny Graham manages to make a clearance.
Alan Hutton produces a cross.
Barry Bannan joins the action as a substitute, replacing Ciaran Clark.
Close range header by Richard Dunne misses to the right of the target.
Corner taken right-footed by Marc Albrighton, clearance by Steven Caulker.
Charles N'Zogbia sends in a cross, clearance made by Neil Taylor.
Danny Graham takes a shot. Save by Bradley Guzan.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Marc Albrighton, save made by Michel Vorm.
Foul by Wayne Routledge on Alan Hutton, free kick awarded. Bradley Guzan restarts play with the free kick.
The offside flag is raised against Wayne Routledge. (Swansea) makes a substitution, with Scott Sinclair coming on for Nathan Dyer. Bradley Guzan takes the free kick.
A cross is delivered by Marc Albrighton, clearance by Danny Graham.
Short corner taken by Marc Albrighton from the left by-line.
The ball is swung over by Marc Albrighton, clearance made by Steven Caulker.
Unfair challenge on Joe Allen by Marc Albrighton results in a free kick. Kemy Agustien takes the free kick.
Marc Albrighton produces a cross, Ashley Williams manages to make a clearance.
The ball is sent over by Marc Albrighton, Leon Britton manages to make a clearance.
Unfair challenge on Kemy Agustien by Marc Albrighton results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Steven Caulker.
Marc Albrighton is brought on as a substitute for Stephen Ireland.
Centre by Stephen Warnock.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nathan Dyer by Ciaran Clark. Direct free kick taken by Steven Caulker.
Corner taken by Stephen Ireland, Richard Dunne produces a header from inside the area that goes over the bar. Nathan Dyer challenges Stephen Warnock unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Stephen Warnock from left wing, Angel Rangel makes a clearance.
Stephen Ireland produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the goal.
Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Charles N'Zogbia played to the near post, clearance made by Steven Caulker.
Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Charles N'Zogbia, clearance made by Leon Britton.
Richard Dunne concedes a free kick for a foul on Nathan Dyer. Richard Dunne goes into the book. Free kick taken by Kemy Agustien.
Joe Allen on for Andrea Orlandi.
Andrea Orlandi is booked.
Outswinging corner taken by Charles N'Zogbia from the left by-line, clearance by Steven Caulker.
The ball is sent over by Gabriel Agbonlahor.
Danny Graham challenges Stiliyan Petrov unfairly and gives away a free kick. Alan Hutton is brought on as a substitute for Carlos Cuellar. Direct free kick taken by Stiliyan Petrov.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kemy Agustien by Darren Bent. Free kick taken by Ashley Williams.
Effort from deep inside the area by Ciaran Clark clears the bar.
Danny Graham takes a shot from close in that bounces off the post. Wayne Routledge finds the net with a goal from close in to the bottom right corner of the goal. Aston Villa 0-2 Swansea.Assist on the goal came from Danny Graham.
Centre by Carlos Cuellar.
Centre by Charles N'Zogbia.
The ball is sent over by Stephen Ireland, Steven Caulker makes a clearance.
Free kick awarded for a foul by James Collins on Wayne Routledge. Caution for James Collins. Steven Caulker restarts play with the free kick.
Corner taken left-footed by Charles N'Zogbia from the left by-line, Steven Caulker makes a clearance.
Danny Graham produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the right-hand post.
Foul by Kemy Agustien on Stephen Ireland, free kick awarded. Kemy Agustien is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Stiliyan Petrov from right channel, Steven Caulker makes a clearance.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Leon Britton on Gabriel Agbonlahor. Charles N'Zogbia produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick.
Nathan Dyer produces a cross, Ciaran Clark makes a clearance.
Richard Dunne challenges Danny Graham unfairly and gives away a free kick. Leon Britton restarts play with the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Wayne Routledge by Carlos Cuellar results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Ashley Williams.
The ball is crossed by Nathan Dyer, Danny Graham takes a shot. Save made by Bradley Guzan.
The ball is sent over by Angel Rangel, clearance made by Richard Dunne.
The ball is swung over by Nathan Dyer, clearance by James Collins.
Richard Dunne crosses the ball, Ashley Williams manages to make a clearance.
Outswinging corner taken by Charles N'Zogbia from the left by-line, James Collins takes a shot. Save by Michel Vorm.
Corner taken right-footed by Stephen Ireland to the near post, clearance made by Danny Graham.
Foul by Steven Caulker on Stephen Warnock, free kick awarded. Steven Caulker goes into the book. Free kick crossed left-footed by Charles N'Zogbia, clearance by Ashley Williams.
Gabriel Agbonlahor crosses the ball.
Nathan Dyer produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the left of the goal.
Effort from the edge of the box by Stephen Ireland goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Inswinging corner taken by Charles N'Zogbia. Charles N'Zogbia takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post.
Corner taken left-footed by Charles N'Zogbia from the right by-line, Kemy Agustien makes a clearance.
Darren Bent gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kemy Agustien. Ashley Williams takes the free kick.
Effort from outside the area by Andrea Orlandi goes wide right of the goal.
Charles N'Zogbia crosses the ball, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Gabriel Agbonlahor misses to the left of the goal.
The ball is crossed by Carlos Cuellar.
Nathan Dyer fires in a goal from the edge of the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Aston Villa 0-1 Swansea.
The ball is delivered by Gabriel Agbonlahor, clearance by Angel Rangel.
Petrov pipes up in support of Ireland
Stiliyan Petrov insisted Aston Villa's players never stopped believing Stephen Ireland would come good after the midfielder put his Twitter troubles behind him to inspire their shock victory at Chelsea.
Saturday saw Ireland deliver the perfect response to manager Alex McLeish's demand for him to make headlines on the field after making more waves off it over Christmas.
Days earlier, Ireland's girlfriend posted a photograph of the 25-year-old smoking a Shisha pipe on Twitter, something that clearly irked McLeish.
But that did not stop the Scot recalling the controversial midfielder on Saturday, a decision that paid off spectacularly as Villa won at Stamford Bridge for the first time in almost a decade.
Ireland delivered a man-of-the-match display, scoring his first goal for the midlanders and first for more than two years, as well as setting up their game-clinching third in a 3-1 victory.
Despite struggling to make an impact at Villa Park since his #8million move from Manchester City, Ireland never lost the confidence of his team-mates, according to captain Petrov.
"A lot of people have given up on Ireland but we haven't," said Petrov, who scored Villa's second goal.
"We can see him every day in training, what kind of player he is, and he came in under a lot of pressure and put in a very fine performance."
McLeish challenged Ireland to reproduce that standard in every game, warning he could be soon out of the side again if not.
"I can't say to players, `I'll give you five games', if we're going to get beaten in those five games," McLeish said.
"We need instant performances from my players."
McLeish has vowed to do everything in his power to ensure Petrov is fit for Villa's game against Swansea.
Captain Petrov limped off at Chelsea and manager McLeish was planning to pull out all the stops to ensure he did not miss Villa's first match of 2012.
Darren Bent could start after netting on his return from injury as a substitute at Stamford Bridge, while fellow forward Emile Heskey may be on the bench having shaken off an Achilles problem.
Meanwhile, Swansea manager Brendan Rodgers believes his side's performance in the 1-1 draw against Tottenham will act as a huge psychological boost in their bid to retain their top-flight status - and hopefully help them end their wait for an away win.
Scott Sinclair's late equaliser gave the Swans a deserved share of the spoils against Harry Redknapp's title hopefuls and moved them five points clear of the relegation zone at the halfway stage of the season, after being roundly tipped to go down.
"That was as good a performance as we have produced against a real top side," said Rodgers.
"For Spurs to arrive here with their form and quality and for us to play as we did against a top side shows growth. I am very proud of the players.
"To show that level of performance against a top team, to come from behind when we could have felt sorry for ourselves was fantastic.
"Many sides after playing that well for 43 minutes and then going a goal down could have got down, Tottenham can run over teams like that and win 3-0 or 4-0.
"But we showed resolve and resistance as well as quality. Hopefully that provides that extra boost of confidence for the second half of the season.
"What this does is it gives us the confidence we can stay in the league, our objective was to stay at this level because it is such an exciting league.
"This was a brilliant day for supporters and journalists to see our minnows facing such quality players, but to be the better side shows how the squad and club has grown."
Rodgers is likely to make several changes to his starting line-up.
Rodgers made six changes to his side for the draw with Tottenham, and is likely to again freshen up his starting line-up as they face the challenge of playing twice in 48 hours.
Loan signing Steven Caulker was ineligible to face his parent club on Saturday but is set to come in for Garry Monk, while Danny Graham and Leon Britton are in line to replace Luke Moore and Stephen Dobbie. Full-back Angel Rangel could also start after featuring off the bench against Spurs.
Swans end away drought
Swansea deservedly claimed their first away win in the Barclays Premier League with a 2-0 triumph as Aston Villa's troubles at home continued.
The Welsh side went ahead in the fourth minute when Stephen Warnock got in a mix-up and gave the ball straight to Nathan Dyer, who took it on before firing past Brad Guzan.
Wayne Routledge then made it 2-0 shortly after half-time, pouncing when Danny Graham hit the post, to seal a maiden victory on the road for the Swans since their promotion to the top flight last summer and condemn their opponents to a fourth successive defeat at Villa Park.
The result brought Alex McLeish's team crashing back down to earth after their shock 3-1 win at Chelsea on New Year's Eve and sees them slip to 12th in the table, overtaken by Swansea, who are up to 11th after building on Saturday's 1-1 draw with Tottenham with another impressive performance.
As anticipated, Swans boss Brendan Rodgers refreshed his side again by making a host of adjustments from the Spurs game, restoring the likes of Graham, Leon Britton and Angel Rangel to the starting line-up.
Villa's record signing Darren Bent, who had come off the bench to score against Chelsea after missing three matches with a thigh problem, came in for Marc Albrighton in what was the only change for the midlanders.
Having finished 2011 on such a high, Villa made a terrible start to the new year as Swansea snatched an early lead following a blunder by Warnock.
The defender needlessly lost possession in his own half and Dyer took full advantage, collecting the loose ball, driving into the box and firing a shot into the corner of the net.
The hosts looked to make a quick response, but Gabriel Agbonlahor appeared to be put off by his team-mate Bent as he headed Charles N'Zogbia's cross wide, and Swansea then went close to doubling their advantage, Andrea Orlandi given the space to advance before flashing a strike across Guzan's goal.
Stephen Ireland saw an effort deflected behind and James Collins a header saved as Villa attempted to get back on level terms, but a cross-cum-shot from Dyer in between issued another warning at the other end.
Warnock suffered more embarrassment just before the half hour mark as he was left for dead by Dyer, whose cut-back was met by Graham to bring a stop out of Guzan.
N'Zogbia blazed a free-kick over the bar and Swansea were soon breaking forward again, this time Orlandi teeing up Graham, who sent his shot just wide.
Villa struggled to muster much in way of reply and were grateful that the damage was not greater by the time the interval came.
Within just two minutes of the restart, though, the hosts had fallen further behind, with another error on their part playing a role.
Guzan sent his goal-kick to a white shirt and the ball came to former Villa man Routledge, who burst forward, laid on a pass for Graham and then reacted swiftly when the striker hit the post, tucking away the rebound to register his first goal for Swansea.
There was no let-up, with Orlandi almost slipping in Graham, and Richard Dunne summed up Villa's frustrations when he shoved over Dyer, picking up a booking in the process.
After N'Zogbia's shot was blocked and Dunne headed over, it was then the Villa fans who vented their anger, making their displeasure known at McLeish's decision to substitute Ireland for Albrighton.
Ciaran Clark tried to turn and shoot in the Swansea box, but the ball was taken away from him before he could pull the trigger.
The visitors continued to threaten, with Dunne doing just enough to ensure Graham's shot could not trouble Guzan and the goalkeeper then managing to stop Joe Allen squeezing through.
N'Zogbia nearly pulled one back at the death, but his shot hit the goal frame and the boos rang out around the ground from Villa fans at the final whistle as another home loss was confirmed.
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