Swansea City fall to defeat at Aston Villa
SWANSEA City fell to their first defeat of the Premier League season as they lost 2-0 away at Aston Villa.
The hosts’ goals came courtesy of a first-half volley from Matthew Lowton and a late strike from debutant Christian Benteke.
The Swans are still second in the Premier League table, though they were left to rue a host of missed chances early in the game.
Ashley Williams had a firm header saved by Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan after ten minutes and, seconds later, the American tipped over a fine curling effort from Nathan Dyer.
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The effervescent visitors dominated the early exchanges, but they went behind against the run of play after 16 minutes.
Williams could only clear Barry Bannan’s corner into the path of Lowton, who chested the ball and hit a swerving, 20-yard volley which flew past a wrong-footed Michel Vorm.
Swansea threatened again as the first half progressed – Michu and Dyer combined beautifully in midfield – but they trailed 1-0 at the interval.
Michael Laudrup’s men struggled to play with the same cohesion in the second period, though they came close to a penalty with 20 minutes left.
Dyer latched on to a loose ball in the box and fell to the ground following a challenge from Lowton, but referee Lee Mason waved play on.
By this point, Villa were increasingly comfortable and began to exert their own pressure.
As the game wore on they introduced transfer deadline day signing Benteke, and he had an immediate impact.
Williams misjudged a header back to Vorm, and the Belgian striker intervened to round the stranded goalkeeper and tap into an empty net for a simple debut goal.
Swansea substitute Luke Moore threatened late on, but Guzan had little to do as the home side held on for their first win of the season.