Swansea City vs. Aston Villa  2 - 2

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Premier League: Swansea City 2 Aston Villa 2

1 January 2013 18:26

Danny Graham struck a last-minute equaliser to earn Swansea City a 2-2 draw against Aston Villa at the Liberty Stadium on Tuesday.

Goals from Andreas Weimann and a late penalty from Christian Benteke appeared to have sealed a comeback victory for Villa, who had fallen behind to an early goal from Wayne Routledge.

But a last-gasp strike from Graham saved a deserved point for the hosts, who had dominated much of the match and missed a number of goal-scoring opportunities.

It was almost 1-0 within three minutes when Routledge got the better of Chris Herd and was clean through on goal before he failed to beat Brad Guzan one-on-one, the Villa goalkeeper staying big to make the block.

Routledge made no mistake moments later though, rounding Guzan after receiving Pablo Hernanez's pass and firing home from a tight angle

Michu struck the inside of the post and Danny Graham somehow failed to hit the target from eight yards with a presentable chance as the Swans absolutely dominated the early stages.

They should have added to their tally as Michu hit the woodwork after a sharp turn and shot saw him find a post after good work from Routledge and Ashley Williams.

As the half progressed, Villa slowly gained a foothold in the game, but their equaliser on the stroke of half-time still came as a surprise.

A good ball from Benteke and Williams' missed interception gave Weimann the chance to net, the Austrian taking the chance brilliantly with a superb first-time strike to get the better of Michel Vorm.

After the break there were less clear-cut opportunities, although Guzan had to save strongly from a Michu header on the hour mark.

At the other end, an acrobatic attempt by Benteke deflected into the path of Weimann, who almost found the target to complete an unlikely turnaround.

But Villa did get that breakthrough with just six minutes remaining. Benteke's header was cleared off the line by Nathan Dyer but as the rebound fell to Weimann, Dyer fouled and conceded a penalty.

Benteke stepped up to send Vorm the wrong way from the spot and it looked like the visitors had held on to secure a priceless three points.

However, in the fourth minute of stoppage-time Dyer crossed into a chaotic penalty box and Graham stayed calm to slot home a deserved equaliser.

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Premier League preview: Swansea v Aston Villa

30 December 2012 13:06

Paul Lambert will be desperately looking for some answers in a bid to restore pride in his youthful Aston Villa side for the visit to South Wales.

Villa have leaked 15 goals in their past three matches to slump perilously close to the relegation zone once again.

It is not quite panic stations at Villa Park but pressing that button cannot be too far away if the slide continues at such a rate.

The last league win for the Midlanders must seem like light years away but it was only on December 15 and at Anfield - a 3-1 win over Liverpool.

But since that win, Villa have looked a shambles in defence and that would seem unlikely to change against Michael Laudrup's side.

Swansea returned to winning ways with a 2-1 win at Fulham on Saturday.

It was Swansea's first win in five league games and it was achieved without top scorer Michu who missed the match with an ankle injury.

But the Spaniard, who has scored 13 times in the league this season, could be in line for a speedy return, even though his replacement, Danny Graham, gave the Swans a first-half lead at Craven Cottage.

Things cannot get more desperate, meanwhile, for the Villans whose injury woes underline the seriousness of the situation for manager Lambert.

Lambert will be, once again, without Nathan Baker (hamstring), Richard Dunne (hip), Ron Vlaar (calf), Gary Gardner (knee), Andreas Weimann (calf), Gabby Agbonlahor (hip), and Darren Bent (hamstring) through injury.

But it is not all doom and gloom with midfielder Fabian Delph having completed his suspension and Charles N'Zogbia expected to be fit after knee problems.

"We know we're having to bring in some lads who are younger than the ones we’ve already got, but that’s the game," Lambert said.

"You have to get the best out of everyone. The injury list is what it is, you can't do anything about that."

Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 38 +43 89
2 38 +32 78
3 38 +36 75
4 38 +35 73
5 38 +20 72
6 38 +15 63
7 38 +28 61
8 38 -4 49
9 38 -4 46
10 38 -8 46
11 38 -17 44
12 38 -10 43
13 38 -11 42
14 38 -11 41
15 38 -22 41
16 38 -23 41
17 38 -13 39
18 38 -26 36
19 38 -30 28
20 38 -30 25