Date: 26th December 2018 at 7:20pm
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Orjan Nyland was the hero for Aston Villa after saving a late penalty against Swansea City to ensure the Midlands outfit took all three points on Boxing Day.

Villa beat the Swans 1-0 at the Liberty Stadium and nearly threw their narrow lead away late in the game after conceding a spot-kick in injury time. Nyland stopped Wilfried Bony’s effort, however, and was lauded by some supporters as a result.

The 28-year-old has struggled for consistency ever since he made the move from FC Ingolstadt over the summer, but Nyland proved his worth to the supporters and his manager with his showing on Wednesday.

Nyland picked up his first clean sheet since December 1 against Middlesbrough and only his sixth of the season. After Villa shipped seven goals in three games, shutting out Swansea was a big achievement and fans thanked the goalkeeper for his contribution.

Nyland’s place in the side is uncertain, however, with Dean Smith signing Villa’s most expensive goalkeeper in Lovre Kalinic earlier in December. The Croatian international won’t be available to play until January and Nyland has made the most of what few opportunities he may have left between the sticks.

Crippy Cooke’s previous article

‘Quality performance’, ‘best player’ – some fans praise Aston Villa man after Swansea win