Date:Saturday April 26 2014
26th April 2014
Jonjo Shelvey scored a wonder goal from 45 yards to help Swansea City beat Aston Villa 4-1 at home - guaranteeing their Premier League status for next season.
Shelvey slipped a ball through for Bony to slot past the visitor's goalkeeper, before volleying home an absolute screamer to restore the host's lead after Villa struck back with a quick equaliser.
The Swans were looking for back to back wins for the first time in 17 months, and head coach Garry Monk felt no need to make any changes from last week's eleven that beat Newcastle United 2-1 at St James' Park.
Aston Villa did the same, as Paul Lambert kept the same team that managed a point against Southampton, but their fans were left questioning the manager's decision following a poor performance against the Saints.
Villa looked to make a positive start to the game, they played a lot of football early on, but their game plan went out the window after just 10 minutes. The Swans had created nothing up until this point, but the visitor's weak defence was undone easily. It was split with a pass through from Shelvey, and in the form he's in, Bony was never going to miss a one on one.
Monk's side weren't in front for too long though, as Villa leveled the scores 12 minutes later as Agbonlahor converted a low cross from the right wing.
Villa's tails were up at this point as the hosts were struggling in possession, managing just 135 successful passes and 75% accuracy in the opening 45 minutes.
But this proved that it's not always about making four or five hundred passes a game with 86% accuracy. They made half as many in the game as they would normally, but still managed 10 shots, of which 4 were goals of course.
4 minutes after equalising, Villa goalkeeper Guzan put one of his defensive team-mates under pressure with an awkward pass. Shelvey quickly pounced, and volleyed the ball back goalwards from around 45 yards out, flying and swerving over Guzan's head and into the top corner of the net. An incredible strike from the talented, young midfielder. His quick vision and technique to volley the ball home was simply magnificent and no doubt it's a strong contender for Premier League goal of the season.
The Swans were in front but they still needed to show some improvement in the second half, as you expected Villa to push on from the restart in search to level the scores once again.
Villa still had lots of possession and managed to get the ball into the final third, but when they got there they struggled to create many clear cut chances, as their vocal, travelling fans began to get more and more frustrated with their side's lack of quality and attacking creativity.
While Villa kept searching for an equaliser with little troubling the Swans defence and goalkeeper, the hosts were the team to take their chances when they came along.
Psblo Hernandez, who made just one inaccurate pass all game, got a goal he deserved and the goal the Swans really needed to give themselves some breathing space.
Shelvey was involved yet again, this time, picking out the Spaniard - free inside the box, and he curled the ball into the corner to make it 3-1.
There was then a late repeat of last week's game. Marvin Emnes came on once more to win a penalty. Having already been fouled just outside the box, the striker caused more problems, this time inside the box, as Baker nudged him over whilst challenging for an aerial ball. Of course, Bony converted from the spot. Guzan dived the right way but the club's top goalscorer tucked the ball tight into the corner to make it 4-1.
Villa fans' frustrations grew and grew through the second half. After Swansea's third, they simply asked their players what it was that they were witnessing, before a late fourth inevitably brought on the Lambert Out chants.
Villa fans wanted 'their Villa' back. Paul Lambert has seemingly sucked the life and soul out of them, and once again they will avoid relegation for just about doing enough.
Swansea meanwhile increase their points tally to 39, guaranteeing their status which will surely give Garry Monk the manager's job on a permanent basis.
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Date:Saturday April 26 2014
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