By Rhonda Richards | In Match Reports - Home Games
Aston Villa suffered another defeat that left them at the foot of the Premier League, this time a 2-1 loss to Swansea City in what proved to be manager Tim Sherwood’s final game in charge.
Both sides went into the game needing a win, Villa on the back of five straight losses and Swansea hunting their first victory since August, but having gone in front, the hosts were once again unable to close out the game and saw Swansea hit two to walk away with the three points.
A feisty encounter saw Federico Fernandez go close after 13 minutes, with the Swansea man involved in the only other action of real note as he clashed with Micah after half an hour. The intervening Ashley Williams and Micah received yellow cards as the tension eased for the time being.
Gabby Agbonlahor was sent through minutes after the restart only to fire wide, whilst Swansea’s Andre Ayew forced a fine save from Brad Guzan from point blank range. However, it was the other Ayew on the pitch – Andre’s brother Jordan – who broke the deadlock, heading in after a fine break by Agbonlahor to make it 1-0.
The lead, however, lasted just six minutes when Micah brought down Gylfi Sigurdsson 25 yards out, and the midfielder stepped up to curl home a delightful free-kick and level proceedings.
Andre Ayew would have the final say, breaking Villan hearts by latching on to Kyle Naughton’s cross and tapping home to make it 2-1.
Such was the drama of the game, frustration appeared to boil over after the final whistle, but when the dust had settled, the loss proved to be the nail in the coffin for Sherwood who was sacked 24 hours later.