September 15, 2012
Lambert lands first Villa win
Goals from newcomers Matthew Lowton and Christian Benteke earned Aston Villa its first Barclays Premier League win under Paul Lambert -- and ended Swansea's unbeaten start to the campaign -- as Villa triumphed 2-0 at Villa Park.
Right-back Lowton broke the deadlock with a 20-yard first-half volley and substitute Benteke wrapped up the points with two minutes left.
It was another encouraging performance from a new-look Villa side being assembled by Lambert after a 1-1 draw at Newcastle.
Lambert had promised to entertain and this Villa side look more likely to create opportunities than the dour football served up under former manager Alex McLeish.
After a promising start, the Swans seldom looked like adding to the 10 goals netted in their opening three games despite the promptings of Jonathan De Guzman in midfield.
It needed two superb reflex saves in the space of 60 seconds from Guzan, again preferred to Shay Given, to prevent Swansea from breaking the deadlock.
First the United States international reacted quickly to turn over a powerful close-range header by Ashley Williams from a De Guzman corner.
Then Guzan went full length to finger-tip a dipping 20-yard drive from Dyer over the bar.
Villa retaliated and a superb strike from Lowton provided the lead after 16 minutes.
Clark became the first player to be yellow-carded after lunging in at Swansea defender Angel Rangel.
Lowton and Miguel Michu were also cautioned for fouls on Ben Davies and Eric Lichaj respectively.
Vorm reacted sharply to turn aside a first time attempt from Andreas Weimann after being set up by Bent.
But on the stroke of half-time Graham failed to make contact with a low cross from Dyer with the goal at his mercy after a late run into the danger area.
Swansea was having problems coping with set pieces and a Bannan corner at the start of the second period found its way to Clark at the far post and his shot struck the legs of Vorm.
Leon Britton then headed a Weimann shot on the turn off the line after the visitors failed to deal with another Bannan centre.
Lambert was increasingly animated on the touch-line reminiscent of the manager he calls 'gaffer' in former Villa boss Martin O'Neill.
Villa's transfer deadline day signing, Benteke, came on for Weimann and instantly had a shot deflected wide.
Bannan's corner again troubled the Swans with Clark's header tipped over by Vorm.
Villa ended on top and Karim El Ahmadi was denied by Vorm before Benteke wrapped up the points.
Williams headed back pass fell short of Vorm and Benteke nipped in to lob the ball over the keeper before applying the finishing touch.
|Aston Villa||Swansea City|
|22 Brad Guzan||1 Michel Vorm|
|6 Ciaran Clark||6 Ashley Williams|
|4 Ron Vlaar||5 Alan Tate|
|30 Eric Lichaj||33 Ben Davies|
|34 Matthew Lowton||22 Angel Rangel|
|8 Karim El Ahmadi||9 Michu|
|7 Stephen Ireland||7 Leon Britton|
|25 Barry Bannan||20 Jonathan De Guzman|
|14 Brett Holman||15 Wayne Routledge|
|26 Andreas Weimann||10 Danny Graham|
|9 Darren Bent||12 Nathan Dyer|
|15 Ashley Westwood||Luke Moore 19|
|1 Shay Given||Kemy Agustien 26|
|10 Charles N'Zogbia||Pablo 11|
|11 Gabriel Agbonlahor||Gerhard Tremmel 25|
|20 Christian Benteke||Ki Sung-Yueng 24|
|21 Jordan Bowery||Ashley Richards 29|
|27 Joseph Bennett||Itey Shechter 17|
|Christian Benteke for Andreas Weimann (71)||Pablo for Wayne Routledge (58)|
|Ashley Westwood for Stephen Ireland (71)||Luke Moore for Danny Graham (71)|
|Charles N'Zogbia for Brett Holman (79)||Itey Shechter for Leon Britton (80)|
|Ciaran Clark (25)||Michu (40)|
|Matthew Lowton (37)|
|Eric Lichaj (80)|
|· Squads: Aston Villa | Swansea City|