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

Villa Park

Championship

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
McGinn
 
Olsson
Adomah 74 McKay 65
Grealish 83 Celina
Abraham McBurnie

Substitutes

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.

 

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