Date: 20th October 2018 at 5:08pm
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Aston Villa
1 – 0
Swansea City

Villa Park


20/10/2018 3:00 pm

Attendance: 41326

Referee: Madley

Aston Villa Swansea City
Abraham (8)
Nyland Nordfeldt
Hutton Rodon
Tuanzebe van der Hoorn
Chester Harries 50
Taylor Roberts
Elmohamady 64 Fulton
Bjarnason Fer 70
Adomah 74 McKay 65
Grealish 83 Celina
Abraham McBurnie


Whelan Carroll 65
Hogan Carter-Vickers
Bolasie 64 James 50
Hourihane 83 Grimes 70
Jedinak Mulder
Kodjia 74 Naughton
Bunn Byers

Game Statistics

11 Goal attempts 15
5 On Target 4
3 Corners 8
13 Fouls 8
1 Yellow Cards 1
0 Red Cards 0
47 % 53

New Aston Villa head coach Dean Smith was in the dugout for the first time today as we welcomed relegated Swansea City to Villa Park.

Plenty of new faces in the dugout saw a largely unchanged team in fairness take to the pitch, although Neil Taylor and Albert Adomah would’ve been delighted to get a start in a reasonably more balanced 4411 lineup.

The match did see the perfect start as on-loan Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham gave us the lead in the eighth minute of the game, but scoring hasn’t been that much of an issue – conceding goals has been more of a concern.

Smith’s start to life at Villa Park sees the return of all three points though and a clean sheet which will significantly boost Orjan Nyland and our defence given our struggles so far.

Although Swansea had opportunities and the better of the game on a stats front, the victory could’ve been more comfortable given the chances that fell our way but most were probably going into the game just looking to ensure we didn’t suffer a defeat, so you have to take the positives.


4 Replies to “Smith Begins Life At Aston Villa With A Win – Apparently They Are Possible After All”

  • Getting to games for me is both time consuming and costly. For the first time in long time, today was well worth it.
    We actually, for most of the game, played good attacking and entertaining football. Intelligent substitutions which gave the impression that we were trying to win the game rather than not lose it. I thought that Taylor had a very good game and McGinn was outstanding – what a fabulous player ..
    Still a long way to go but at last we seem to be on the right track.
    Thanks Dean Smith & RIP Sir Doug.

  • A vital win and a very positive start considering they have only had a few training sessions and this was DS first look at the team on a game day. Seemed to be more effort and drive going forward , McGinn in particular was like a terrier all afternoon. Think they all faded in the 2nd half but they will work on that I’m sure.
    So a big thumbs up and hope we can do well in the away fixtures coming up.

  • Still quite a way to go, but a win with a clean sheet should breed confidence. Some shooting & crossing practice needed on the training ground me thinks, but at least for a good two thirds of the game they were attacking & trying to get the second goal instead of sitting back & trying to defend what we had. However it was a marked improvement on the dross we watched under Bruce, i’m sure things will get better as the players gain confidence &they realise that the shackles are off & they can all start playing free flowing football. For me yesterday’s game was about confidence, you could see that at times no one was prepared to shoot so the ball got passed again & the chance was lost. At the end of the day 3 points in the bag so well done Dean. UTV

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