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Aston Villa 1-0 Swansea City: Tammy Abraham nets as Dean Smith makes winning start

Swansea City goalkeeper Kristoffer Nordfeldt could do nothing about Tammy Abraham's towering header creeping into his bottom right corner
Swansea City goalkeeper Kristoffer Nordfeldt could do nothing about Tammy Abraham's towering header creeping into his bottom right corner

New boss Dean Smith was pleased for Aston Villa's home fans after beating Swansea City in his first game in charge in front of a full-to-capacity 41,326 Villa Park crowd.

"It was great to win it for the fans," said the lifelong Villa supporter. "It was one of the biggest crowds of the day, including the Premier League.

"It just shows what can happen at this club if we have a plan to move forward."

On a day when Villa officially marked last week's death of former chairman Sir Doug Ellis, on-loan Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham made it a happy start to Smith's new era by getting the only goal of the game.

From Ahmed Elmohamady's eighth-minute right-wing cross, Abraham rose highest to head home from close range against the club where he spent last season on loan.

It was a fourth goal in seven games for Abraham - and he might have had more.

Swansea keeper Kristoffer Nordfeldt - who had also done well to save Albert Adomah's deflected shot on 28 minutes - denied Abraham a second on 62 minutes, shortly after the striker had headed over from three yards.

"Tammy put in a hell of shift up front on his own and proved that he is a fine player. He is a handful," added Smith. "But he knows better than me that he should have been walking away with the match ball."

While Villa picked up their first win in five games to move within three points of the play-offs, Swansea had chances after the break to avoid a third game without a win.

Bersant Celina shot just wide and Jay Fulton's header was well saved by Villa keeper Orjan Nyland.

All of Tammy Abraham's 32 league goals have been scored from inside the 18-yard box.
All of Tammy Abraham's 32 league goals have been scored from inside the 18-yard box

But, boosted by the return of their captain, Wales defender James Chester, who was banned for the 2-1 loss at Millwall (Villa's first game after Steve Bruce's sacking), the hosts crucially kept a clean sheet for only the second time this season.

"The clean sheet is a big thing for us, having conceded a lot of goals this season," said Smith. "My goalkeeper made some very good saves. He can take a lot from this game."

Victory meant new head coach Smith succeeded where Alex McLeish, Paul Lambert, Tim Sherwood, Remi Garde, Roberto Di Matteo and Bruce all failed and became the first Villa boss to win his opening league match since Gerard Houllier against Wolves in September 2010.

In their first game since the death of Ellis, aged 94, eight days previous, Villa paid a heartfelt pre-match tribute to their former chairman.

Swansea manager Graham Potter:

"With the emotion of Sir Doug passing it was always going to be a challenging environment.

"We are playing some good football but we need to turn that into goals and wins. It's one of those first halves we'll look back on and probably learn a lot from.

"Aston Villa are a big club. There's no disgrace in losing here but we want to improve our performance and do better."

New Villa head coach Dean Smith and his assistant John Terry were among the 41,326 who paid tribute to the late Sir Doug Ellis at a capacity Villa Park
New Villa head coach Dean Smith and assistant John Terry were among the 41,326 who paid tribute to the late Sir Doug Ellis at a sold-out Villa Park

Line-ups

Aston Villa

  • 1Nyland
  • 21Hutton
  • 4Tuanzebe
  • 5Chester
  • 3Taylor
  • 27El MohamadySubstituted forBolasieat 64'minutes
  • 20Bjarnason
  • 7McGinnBooked at 85mins
  • 37AdomahSubstituted forKodjiaat 74'minutes
  • 10GrealishSubstituted forHourihaneat 83'minutes
  • 18Abraham

Substitutes

  • 6Whelan
  • 9Hogan
  • 11Bolasie
  • 14Hourihane
  • 15Jedinak
  • 26Kodjia
  • 31Bunn

Swansea

  • 1Nordfeldt
  • 22RodonBooked at 27mins
  • 5van der Hoorn
  • 50HarriesSubstituted forJamesat 50'minutes
  • 23Roberts
  • 27Fulton
  • 8FerSubstituted forGrimesat 70'minutes
  • 3Olsson
  • 19McKaySubstituted forCarrollat 65'minutes
  • 10Celina
  • 9McBurnie

Substitutes

  • 14Carroll
  • 17Carter-Vickers
  • 20James
  • 21Grimes
  • 25Mulder
  • 26Naughton
  • 28Byers
Referee:
Andy Madley
Attendance:
41,326

Match Stats

Home TeamAston VillaAway TeamSwansea
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home11
Away15
Shots on Target
Home5
Away5
Corners
Home3
Away8
Fouls
Home13
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Aston Villa 1, Swansea City 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Aston Villa 1, Swansea City 0.

Hand ball by Tammy Abraham (Aston Villa).

Attempt missed. Jay Fulton (Swansea City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Oliver McBurnie with a headed pass.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Martin Olsson (Swansea City) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Bersant Celina (Swansea City) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is close, but misses to the left following a corner.

Attempt saved. Mike van der Hoorn (Swansea City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Matt Grimes with a cross.

Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Neil Taylor.

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Martin Olsson.

Foul by Oliver McBurnie (Swansea City).

Birkir Bjarnason (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

John McGinn (Aston Villa) is shown the yellow card.

Matt Grimes (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by John McGinn (Aston Villa).

Substitution

Substitution, Aston Villa. Conor Hourihane replaces Jack Grealish.

Attempt missed. John McGinn (Aston Villa) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Jonathan Kodjia.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match John McGinn (Aston Villa) because of an injury.

Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Neil Taylor.

Attempt blocked. Connor Roberts (Swansea City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Tom Carroll.

Attempt missed. Oliver McBurnie (Swansea City) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Daniel James with a cross.

Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Birkir Bjarnason.

Martin Olsson (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Yannick Bolasie (Aston Villa).

Substitution

Substitution, Aston Villa. Jonathan Kodjia replaces Albert Adomah.

Foul by Martin Olsson (Swansea City).

Albert Adomah (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Mike van der Hoorn (Swansea City) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Bersant Celina with a cross following a set piece situation.

Martin Olsson (Swansea City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Alan Hutton (Aston Villa).

Substitution

Substitution, Swansea City. Matt Grimes replaces Leroy Fer.

Attempt missed. Oliver McBurnie (Swansea City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Daniel James with a cross.

Attempt saved. Jay Fulton (Swansea City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Tammy Abraham (Aston Villa) header from the right side of the six yard box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Yannick Bolasie with a cross.

Attempt missed. Bersant Celina (Swansea City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Leroy Fer.

Substitution

Substitution, Swansea City. Tom Carroll replaces Barrie McKay.

Substitution

Substitution, Aston Villa. Yannick Bolasie replaces Ahmed El Mohamady.

Oliver McBurnie (Swansea City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by James Chester (Aston Villa).

goal

As It Stood

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2Sheff Utd138142215725
3West Brom1373331181324
4Leeds1365223111223
5Derby136341714321
6Norwich136341716121
7Blackburn135621616021
8Wigan136251516-120
9Nottm Forest134721815319
10Bristol City135441714319
11Sheff Wed135442020019
12Brentford134632015518
13Aston Villa134632120118
14Birmingham133821412217
15Swansea134541210217
16QPR135261119-817
17Stoke134451719-216
18Bolton134451116-516
19Reading133371821-312
20Rotherham133371020-1012
21Preston132471925-610
22Millwall132471422-810
23Hull132381120-99
24Ipswich131661120-99
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