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Aston Villa 0-3 Swansea City in FA Cup third round

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FA Cup: Aston Villa 0-3 Swansea City highlights

Swansea City produced a superb away performance to knock an unusually lacklustre Aston Villa side out of the FA Cup in the third round.

Courtney Baker-Richardson bundled in the opener from close range inside two minutes and the visitors were effective on the counter-attack thereafter.

Nathan Dyer doubled the lead with a crisp finish shortly after half-time.

The Swans' place in round four was sealed when Jay Fulton tapped in the third in the closing stages.

The defeat saw seven-time winners Villa knocked out at the third-round stage for a third consecutive season.

On-loan Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham, who is expected to complete a loan move to Wolves next week, was not involved for the hosts, and his replacement Scott Hogan went closest to scoring for Villa.

He was denied by a fine save from Swans keeper Erwin Mulder in the first half, with two-time semi-finalists Swansea otherwise creating the better openings in this all-Championship tie.

Dyer's well-taken goal was his first since an FA Cup match in February 2018, the 31-year-old firing in from Leroy Fer's excellent ball.

Villa, who were 1-0 winners at Swansea on Boxing Day to complete a league double over the Welsh side, gave a debut to Croatia keeper Lovre Kalinic, but he conceded quickly when Baker-Richardson netted his second senior goal.

And it was ultimately a fine day for Swans boss Graham Potter - a former player for Villa's local rivals Birmingham City - who was taking charge of his first FA Cup game as a manager.

Swansea City manager Graham Potter said: "It was a fine performance to get off to a great start to score within two minutes and then Erwin Mulder made a fantastic save.

"It goes to show that even in a good overall performance there is always a moment you have to survive.

"But when you look at the game over 90 minutes we generally had control and scored some good goals at the right times. As such we dampened any momentum Villa picked up in the second half.

"I am delighted with my players. Their attitude and desire to try was fantastic. We had some good quality and it was a fine win."

Aston Villa boss Dean Smith said: "I never saw this defeat coming. It is the first game in which the lads have not shown enough energy, commitment or desire.

"We made a good start but Swansea then took control, looked sharper, much brighter and passed the ball with more energy. I made some changes but we didn't take our chances."

Line-ups

Aston Villa

  • 28L Kalinic
  • 16Bree
  • 24Elphick
  • 21Hutton
  • 3TaylorBooked at 86mins
  • 38O'HareSubstituted forKodjiaat 55'minutes
  • 6WhelanSubstituted forLansburyat 60'minutesBooked at 71mins
  • 7McGinn
  • 37Adomah
  • 9HoganSubstituted forDavisat 72'minutes
  • 22El Ghazi

Substitutes

  • 8Lansbury
  • 12Steer
  • 17Davis
  • 20Bjarnason
  • 26Kodjia
  • 27El Mohamady
  • 39Revan

Swansea

  • 25Mulder
  • 26Naughton
  • 5van der HoornSubstituted forHarriesat 87'minutes
  • 22Rodon
  • 23Roberts
  • 8FerBooked at 90mins
  • 21Grimes
  • 12DyerSubstituted forJamesat 72'minutes
  • 10Celina
  • 15Routledge
  • 46Baker-RichardsonSubstituted forFultonat 71'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Nordfeldt
  • 11Narsingh
  • 19McKay
  • 20James
  • 27Fulton
  • 28Byers
  • 50Harries
Referee:
Gavin Ward
Attendance:
30,572

Match Stats

Home TeamAston VillaAway TeamSwansea
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home10
Away14
Shots on Target
Home2
Away7
Corners
Home9
Away5
Fouls
Home9
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Aston Villa 0, Swansea City 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Aston Villa 0, Swansea City 3.

Booking

Leroy Fer (Swansea City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

John McGinn (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Leroy Fer (Swansea City).

Attempt missed. John McGinn (Aston Villa) left footed shot from outside the box is too high following a set piece situation.

Henri Lansbury (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Daniel James (Swansea City).

Alan Hutton (Aston Villa) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Wayne Routledge (Swansea City).

Bersant Celina (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by James Bree (Aston Villa).

Substitution

Substitution, Swansea City. Cian Harries replaces Mike van der Hoorn.

Booking

Neil Taylor (Aston Villa) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Neil Taylor (Aston Villa).

Bersant Celina (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Albert Adomah (Aston Villa) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner.

Attempt missed. John McGinn (Aston Villa) left footed shot from outside the box is too high following a corner.

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Joe Rodon.

Goal!

Goal! Aston Villa 0, Swansea City 3. Jay Fulton (Swansea City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Leroy Fer.

Neil Taylor (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Daniel James (Swansea City).

Attempt saved. Daniel James (Swansea City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Albert Adomah (Aston Villa).

Kyle Naughton (Swansea City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Tommy Elphick (Aston Villa) header from very close range is close, but misses to the right following a corner.

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Joe Rodon.

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Mike van der Hoorn.

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Kyle Naughton.

Substitution

Substitution, Aston Villa. Keinan Davis replaces Scott Hogan.

Substitution

Substitution, Swansea City. Daniel James replaces Nathan Dyer.

Substitution

Substitution, Swansea City. Jay Fulton replaces Courtney Baker-Richardson.

Booking

Henri Lansbury (Aston Villa) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Nathan Dyer (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Henri Lansbury (Aston Villa).

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Mike van der Hoorn.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Matt Grimes (Swansea City) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Henri Lansbury (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Alan Hutton (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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