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Villa Park (ATT 34,005) 15th September 2012 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: L Mason

A Villa Aston Villa vs Swansea City Swansea

A Villa 2

M Lowton (16)
C Benteke (88)

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Lowton and Benteke bury Swans

Villa's summer signings score in each half to secure three points

Last Updated: 19/09/12 4:00pm

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Aston Villa claimed their first league win of the season and their first at home since March thanks to goals from new signings Matthew Lowton and Christian Benteke against Swansea.

Man of the match: 'Ooh ah Ron Vlaar' as the Aston Villa fans were singing was outstanding and the newly installed skipper held the backline together throughout a tough afternoon. Sub of the match: Christian Benteke came onto the field with 20 minutes to go and he made an immediate impact, scoring a vital second goal with minutes remaining. The stiker was immediately mobbed by the home players. Save of the match: Brad Guzan was in fine form and he made a stunning double save to deny Ashley Williams and then Nathan Dyer early in the first half. Gaffe of the match: Michel Vorm was clearly at fault for Villa's opening goal as he dived to his right with Matthew Lowton's volley ending up in the middle of the goal. Stat of the day: On home soil, the Villans have now won two of their last 15 Premier League games (W2 D5 L8), but their first under Paul Lambert. Meanwhile, Swansea have only won four of their 17 league meetings with Villa.

Victory for Paul Lambert's side ended Swansea's unbeaten start to the campaign and it was the hosts who made the perfect start.

Former Sheffield United defender Lowton collected Barry Bannan's corner-kick on his chest before his firm left-foot volley deceived Michel Vorm to break the deadlock.

Although the visitors had chances of their own, Brad Guzan, who was again preferred to Shay Given between the sticks, was in fine form for Villa.

Substitute Benteke wrapped up the points with two minutes left as he latched onto a poor back header from Ashley Williams' to slot the ball past the onrushing Vorm.

Promising

After a promising start, the Swans seldom looked like adding to the 10 goals netted in their opening three games despite the promptings of Jonathan De Guzman in midfield.

Villa started on the offensive and a shot on the turn from Andreas Weimann was blocked by Alan Tate.

But Swansea were soon into their stride and Clark produced two fine tackles to halt runs from Danny Graham and Nathan Dyer.

It needed two superb reflex saves in the space of 60 seconds from Guzan, again preferred to Given, to prevent Swansea from breaking the deadlock.

First the United States international reacted quickly to turn over a powerful close-range header by Williams from a De Guzman corner.

Then Guzan went full length to finger-tip a dipping 20-yard drive from Dyer over the bar.

Villa retaliated and a superb strike from Lowton put them in front after 16 minutes.

Ben Davies was forced to concede a corner after a good move involving Holman, Stephen Ireland and Darren Bent.

Bannan's resulting cross was headed out by Williams but Lowton brought the ball under control and volleyed an unstoppable shot past Michel Vorm from just inside the area.

Clark became the first player to be yellow-carded after lunging in at Swansea defender Angel Rangel.

Lowton and Miguel Michu were also cautioned for fouls on Ben Davies and Eric Lichaj respectively.

Vorm reacted sharply to turn aside a first time attempt from Andreas Weimann after being set up by Bent.

But on the stroke of half-time Graham failed to make contact with a low cross from Dyer with the goal at his mercy after a late run into the danger area.

Animated

Swansea were having problems coping with set pieces and a Bannan corner at the start of the second period found its way to Clark at the far post and his shot struck the legs of Vorm.

Leon Britton then headed a Weimann shot on the turn off the line after the visitors failed to deal with another Bannan centre.

Lambert was increasingly animated on the touch-line reminiscent of the manager he calls 'gaffer' in former Villa boss Martin O'Neill.

Villa's £7million transfer deadline day signing, Benteke, came on for Weimann and instantly had a shot deflected wide.

Bannan's corner again troubled the Swans with Clark's header tipped over by Vorm.

Villa ended on top and Karim El Ahmadi was denied by Vorm before Benteke wrapped up the points.

Williams headed back pass fell short of Vorm and Benteke nipped in to lob the ball over the keeper before applying the finishing touch.

Aston VillaTeam StatisticsSwansea City
2Goals0
11st Half Goals0
8Shots on Target3
3Shots off Target4
5Blocked Shots3
10Corners4
13Fouls4
2Offsides1
3Yellow Cards1
0Red Cards0
70Passing Success82.8
18Tackles19
50Tackles Success73.7
42.9Possession57.1
56.9Territorial Advantage43.1
327Total Passes459
28Total Crosses24
177Lost Balls178
58Recoveries42
41.51st Half Poss.58.5
41.72nd Half Poss.58.3

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