Swansea City vs. Aston Villa: Final Score 2-2, Villa get ill-deserved point from wasteful Swans

Stu Forster

Swansea could have ran up a cricket score against Aston Villa, but were fortunate to get a point in the end as the wasted a ridiculous number of chances against a rotten Villa defence.

Swansea City and Aston Villa drew 2-2 in a crazy game that finished with huge two twists, as the Swans failed to put an awful Villa side away before somehow finding themselves behind, and then snatching a draw at the death. If it is possible for both teams to lose a football match, this was it.

Swansea started as they meant to go on, immediately putting Villa under pressure and creating chances as Wayne Routledge, Michu, Pablo Hernandez and Danny Graham wreaked havoc in the Villa defence. They could have had several goals in the first few minutes, but Brad Guzan managed to deny several one-on-ones for the Swans, most notably when Wayne Routledge had run clean through.

Shortly afterwards, however, the exact same chance occurred again, Pablo Hernandez slotting Routledge clean through past the stationary Villa defence, and the winger made sure on the second time of asking, rounding Guzan and slotting into the net.

Villa were all over the place and by 10 minutes, Swansea could have been out of sight. Michu managed to get clean through but uncharacteristically skewed his shot onto the post, before another usually-reliable finisher, Danny Graham, drilled a shot wide after easily escaping the Villa centre-backs.

After the opening few minutes, Villa did manage to regain some composure, and even showed some of their own goal threat as Christian Benteke fired a shot which Michel Vorm held, but they were soon back under pressure. Michu, incredibly, hit the post once again after he produced a magnificent touch to bamboozle his markers, but Brad Guzan was able to tip his effort onto the woodwork before Pablo Hernandez had his follow-up blocked on the line.

Amazingly, however, Villa would go in level - Christian Benteke did well to collect the ball and play in Andreas Weimann, and the youngster produced a fine finish to produce an equaliser that couldn't have been more against the run of play.

Swansea will have been furious to go in level after the number of chances they had, but the second half continued in much the same fashion. Pablo Hernandez had another chance to punish a woeful Villa defence, but missed his shot at the back post, before Michu saw a header from a good move saved by Guzan. Swansea then even had a penalty turned down after the ball was flicked onto Joe Bennett's hand inside the area, only for a free-kick to be awarded.

You could say that with so many chances spurned, it was inevitable that Swansea would pay for it, but Aston Villa scoring the next goal still seemed phenomenally unlikely. Yet with the game almost up, Nathan Dyer brought down Andreas Weimann in the area and Christian Benteke dispatched the penalty to give the away side an incredible lead.

There was one more twist to come however, as Swansea replied by immediately swarming at the Villa goal, and eventually they got their breakthrough right at the end, Danny Graham seeing one effort blocked before sweeping home the loose ball on the follow-up to complete a remarkable game of football.

Villa will be smarting from a cruel blow at the end, but they will also know that it was remarkable they didn't lose the game by five or six goals given their defending. The results have improved, but this performance was easily on the level of their recent humiliations. Paul Lambert probably won't pay for his job just yet thanks to the point, but on the basis of the performance, it would be no surprise. Swansea will probably not reflect for too long on a game where their finishing was uncharacteristically poor, but Laudrup will feel, as at other times this season, that his team have allowed easy points to slip from their grasp.

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