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Free kick awarded for a foul by James Collins on Leroy Lita. James Collins is cautioned. Free kick taken by Mark Gower.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ashley Richards by Charles N'Zogbia. Ashley Richards takes the free kick.
The ball is swung over by Wayne Routledge, Richard Dunne makes a clearance.
Foul by Richard Dunne on Wayne Routledge, free kick awarded. Garry Monk restarts play with the free kick.
Corner taken left-footed by Barry Bannan.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Scott Sinclair on Alan Hutton. Free kick crossed left-footed by Barry Bannan, Mark Gower manages to make a clearance.
The ball is delivered by Gabriel Agbonlahor.
Corner taken left-footed by Barry Bannan from the right by-line, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Chris Herd misses to the right of the target.
Gabriel Agbonlahor takes a shot. Leon Britton gets a block in.
Wayne Routledge crosses the ball, save by Shay Given.
The ball is swung over by Ashley Richards, James Collins manages to make a clearance.
Centre by Alan Hutton, Ashley Williams manages to make a clearance.
The ball is delivered by Charles N'Zogbia, clearance made by Ashley Williams.
Inswinging corner taken by Mark Gower from the left by-line played to the near post, Chris Herd makes a clearance.
Wayne Routledge on for Nathan Dyer.
Leroy Lita takes a shot. Save made by Shay Given.
Darren Bent is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Michel Vorm takes the free kick.
Barry Bannan on for Fabian Delph.
Scott Sinclair takes a shot. Blocked by James Collins.
Mark Gower produces a cross, save by Shay Given.
Effort from deep inside the area by Leroy Lita misses to the right of the target.
Alan Hutton crosses the ball.
Jermaine Jenas replaces Emile Heskey.
Emile Heskey delivers the ball, save by Michel Vorm.
Foul by Garry Monk on Darren Bent, free kick awarded. Garry Monk is cautioned. Direct free kick taken by Stephen Warnock.
Joe Allen has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide right of the goal.
Stephen Warnock produces a cross, clearance by Leon Britton.
The ball is crossed by Charles N'Zogbia.
The ball is sent over by Gabriel Agbonlahor, save by Michel Vorm.
Centre by Chris Herd, Foul by Stephen Warnock on Nathan Dyer, free kick awarded. Michel Vorm takes the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Leroy Lita by Chris Herd results in a free kick. Ashley Williams takes the free kick.
Darren Bent is caught offside. Michel Vorm restarts play with the free kick.
Leroy Lita concedes a free kick for a foul on James Collins. Free kick taken by Richard Dunne.
Corner taken by Charles N'Zogbia from the right by-line, Foul by James Collins on Garry Monk, free kick awarded. Michel Vorm restarts play with the free kick.
Gabriel Agbonlahor takes a shot. Michel Vorm makes a save.
Danny Graham leaves the field to be replaced by Leroy Lita.
Effort on goal by Alan Hutton from just inside the area clears the bar.
Ashley Richards produces a cross, clearance by Alan Hutton.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Chris Herd on Mark Gower. Mark Gower takes the direct free kick.
Charles N'Zogbia delivers the ball, Headed from the edge of the area by Emile Heskey goes wide of the left-hand post.
Darren Bent takes a shot from just outside the penalty area which clears the crossbar.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Ashley Richards on Fabian Delph. Ashley Richards is booked. Stephen Warnock takes the direct free kick.
Chris Herd concedes a free kick for a foul on Scott Sinclair. Mark Gower takes the direct free kick.
Fabian Delph concedes a free kick for a foul on Nathan Dyer. Mark Gower takes the free kick.
Corner taken right-footed by Mark Gower from the right by-line, James Collins manages to make a clearance.
Corner from the left by-line taken by Mark Gower, clearance made by Richard Dunne.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Danny Graham by Richard Dunne. Richard Dunne is booked. Mark Gower takes the direct free kick.
The offside flag is raised against Emile Heskey. Free kick taken by Michel Vorm.
Gabriel Agbonlahor produces a cross, Garry Monk manages to make a clearance.
Joe Allen gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Chris Herd. Free kick taken by Alan Hutton.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Richard Dunne on Scott Sinclair. Direct free kick taken by Leon Britton.
Stephen Warnock sends in a cross.
Nathan Dyer gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Stephen Warnock. (Swansea) makes a substitution, with Ashley Richards coming on for Angel Rangel. Free kick taken by Shay Given.
Mark Gower sends in a cross, Richard Dunne makes a clearance.
Neil Taylor produces a cross, clearance made by Alan Hutton.
Neil Taylor crosses the ball.
Fabian Delph crosses the ball, Mark Gower makes a clearance.
Outswinging corner taken by Fabian Delph from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance by Mark Gower.
Gabriel Agbonlahor takes a shot. Blocked by Garry Monk.
Shot from just outside the area by Scott Sinclair misses to the left of the target.
Charles N'Zogbia concedes a free kick for a foul on Joe Allen. Free kick taken by Leon Britton.
Corner taken by Fabian Delph from the right by-line played to the near post, Richard Dunne has a headed effort from close in and clears the bar.
The ball is crossed by Stephen Warnock, Neil Taylor makes a clearance.
The ball is delivered by Neil Taylor, James Collins makes a clearance.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Neil Taylor by Alan Hutton. Alan Hutton goes into the book for unsporting behaviour. Free kick taken by Mark Gower.
Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Fabian Delph, clearance by Ashley Williams.
Alan Hutton sends in a cross, clearance by Garry Monk.
Stephen Warnock sends in a cross, clearance by Neil Taylor.
Mark Gower takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, Gabriel Agbonlahor manages to make a clearance.
The ball is sent over by Nathan Dyer, Richard Dunne makes a clearance.
Fabian Delph fouled by Danny Graham, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Chris Herd.
Scott Sinclair concedes a free kick for a foul on Chris Herd. Scott Sinclair is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Shay Given takes the direct free kick.
Joe Allen takes a shot. James Collins gets a block in.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nathan Dyer by Stephen Warnock. Nathan Dyer takes the free kick.
Angel Rangel fouled by Emile Heskey, the ref awards a free kick. Michel Vorm takes the free kick.
The ball is sent over by Alan Hutton.
Centre by Joe Allen.
Foul by Stephen Warnock on Nathan Dyer, free kick awarded. Mark Gower restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Chris Herd by Mark Gower. Free kick taken by James Collins.
Fabian Delph gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Leon Britton. Fabian Delph receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Garry Monk takes the direct free kick.
Villa are in `transition` - McLeish
Alex McLeish admits Aston Villa are in a period of transition and that the club has to "run within its means" after chief executive Paul Faulkner set his sights on securing European football.
McLeish has had no discussions with Faulkner or club owner Randy Lerner about whether money will be available for new players in January, and is aware that Villa's wage bill has to be reduced further.
But the Scot will do everything possible to keep Villa at the top end of the Barclays Premier League, even though he feels Faulkner's European hopes do not necessarily relate to the current campaign.
McLeish said: "We're in eighth position so the European positions are not too far away. But I think Paul means ultimately (in the future) when he says that.
"Of course I don't wake up any morning thinking `My team are going to be beat.' I'm always very positive about the outcome and looking to finish as high as we can up the table.
"But we aren't as strong in terms of experienced players as we were last season so, as I keep saying, we are going through a transitional period at the club.
"I know every single Villa fan expects us to be fighting for Europe every year of Villa's existence and I accept those expectation levels.
"Villa fans would be of that mindset because of the history and the heritage so I'll just keep fighting.
"I'm a rottweiler, I don't give up easily and I'll try and keep the club in a very good stable position and try and get as high up the table as we can with the resources that we've got."
Asked about his January transfer plans, McLeish said: "At the moment we've not had that discussion about whether we will be in the market to bring new players in.
"Randy (Lerner) and the board want to drive the wages down, in terms of the Financial Fair Play (rules), but also in the way that the club is run and not to be doing a Leeds United.
"That's the state of affairs at the moment. It depends where we're at. If we're in a really healthy position. we'll probably not look to do anything."
McLeish confirmed midfielder Barry Bannan will be available for Sunday's clash at Swansea after his 18-month driving ban.
Bannan pleaded guilty to drink-driving and three other motoring offences at Nottingham Magistrates Court and was also fined #4,500 in addition to being disciplined by the club.
On-loan midfielder Jermaine Jenas will return to the Villa squad. Jenas was ineligible to face his parent club Tottenham when Villa went down 2-0 at White Hart Lane on Monday. He has yet to start a game for Villa.
But skipper Stiliyan Petrov (hamstring) and fellow midfielder Chris Herd (leg) are battling to be fit to face the Swans.
Villa have yet to record an away win in the Premier League this season but Swansea goalkeeper Michel Vorm is taken nothing for granted ahead of the clash at the Liberty Stadium.
McLeish's side lie eighth in the table but have picked up just one win from their last five games.
They have also failed to land all three points in their six away fixtures to date, having played out four draws and two defeats, but Dutch goalkeeper Vorm says any side containing the likes of Darren Bent and Gabriel Agbonlahor, who have 10 goals between them this season, will be a force to be reckoned with.
The former Utrecht stopper said: "I have seen some highlights of them and away from home they have not won this season.
"But they are a team with great players like Darren Bent, who always scores 15 to 20 goals a season and if we make a mistake like we did against Manchester United he is someone that can finish it.
"Agbonlahor and Bent are big threats. Bent has scored so many goals and has the kind of qualities that don't disappear just because you have had one or two defeats.
"We have to be careful, especially if you have a lot of possession in the game. You still always have to watch out for these kind of players because they only need one chance.
"It will be tough but if we play like we did in the second half against United, or for the whole game against Liverpool, we can beat anybody."
Vorm, 28, has proven to be one of the bargain buys of this campaign after turning in a string of excellent performances since his #1.5million summer move.
His athleticism and agility have seen him make several outstanding saves and helped Swansea to concede just two goals at their Liberty Stadium home.
But he has no intention of resting on his laurels, and says continued focus from him and his defence will be vital if Swansea are to get a result against Villa, and ultimately retain their top-flight status.
"I don't think being relaxed is a good attitude to have. We've won our games and got clean sheets because of our good attitude and focus, so we have to keep that because when that happens it's hard to beat us," he said.
Swans boss Brendan Rodgers is set to restore midfielder Joe Allen to his starting line-up.
Wales international Allen, who has won plaudits for his superb form so far this term, had to settle for a place on the bench against Manchester United due to a calf problem but is likely to return to the side at the Liberty Stadium.
Centre-half Steven Caulker has returned to training after his knee injury, but is not likely to be risked.
Stalemate at Swansea
Swansea and Aston Villa played out a subdued goalless draw at the Liberty Stadium in a game overshadowed by the death of Wales manager Gary Speed.
The death of the 42-year-old was confirmed just over an hour before kick-off and a minute's silence was announced as the two sides lined up on the field, which quickly gave way to a spontaneous round of applause and chants of "there's only one Gary Speed".
There were four members of the Wales national squad involved in the game as Ashley Williams, Neil Taylor, Joe Allen and James Collins started for their respective clubs.
Villa goalkeeper Shay Given, who had played with Speed at Newcastle, was in tears prior to kick-off.
Given the overwhelming sense of sadness it was perhaps no surprise that the match was a drab affair. Substitute Leroy Lita fired narrowly wide with Swansea's best chance, while man-of-the-match Gabriel Agbonlahor was twice denied by Michel Vorm and Chris Herd headed wide.
After the fitting pre-match tributes to Speed, Wales' most-capped outfield player, the action got under way with Villa intent on jolting Swansea out of their familiar passing rhythm.
Fabian Delph became the first man in the book after just two minutes for a crude challenge on Leon Britton.
Alan Hutton quickly followed Delph into the book after a poor challenge on Taylor that left the full-back needing prolonged treatment on his ankle.
Swansea had enjoyed an early spell of pressure but it was Villa who had the first meaningful effort on goal when Agbonlahor forced Vorm to beat away his angled drive after good work by Charles N'Zogbia.
Swansea were dealt a blow when full-back Angel Rangel was forced off after 26 minutes with an ankle problem, with Wales Under-21 captain Jazz Richards replacing the Spaniard.
Agbonlahor's pace was proving to be a real threat and he teed up Stephen Warnock for the full-back to miscue a cross narrowly over Vorm's bar.
Scott Sinclair dragged an effort wide and although Swansea were having more of the ball they were proving to be uncharacteristically wasteful in possession, allowing Villa to capitalise by launching sharp counter-attacks.
And another lapse allowed Darren Bent the space to blaze over the bar before Villa had half-hearted appeals for a penalty for handball by Williams turned away.
Hutton blazed a volley over the bar as the second half opened in the same scrappy vein as the first.
Swansea were dealt another injury blow when striker Danny Graham was forced off, with Lita taking his place, and the hosts were fortunate not to fall behind when Vorm failed to get a convincing touch on an Agbonlahor shot, barely doing enough to get the ball over the bar.
Swansea enjoyed a brief bright passage as Allen flashed an effort wide from distance at the other end as the hosts strung together their first incisive attack of the half.
And their best chance of the game quickly followed as Mark Gower fed Lita in the box and the striker expertly turned Collins but fired narrowly wide of the right-hand post.
Wales defender Collins recovered from that misjudgement to redeem himself moments later with an excellent block after Sinclair had outpaced Hutton down the Swansea right.
Bent then had an effort well saved by Vorm after a superb pass by Jermaine Jenas, although it would not have counted after the striker was incorrectly adjudged to have been offside.
Herd wasted a great chance to steal the points when he headed wide from barely six yards out with just five minutes remaining.
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