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Instant recap: Villa fall to Swansea

Despite an intriguing and promising start, Villa once again succumbed to defeat as Swansea insured Premier League safety.

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Villa started well enough - for the entirety of the first half, Villla was undoubtably the better team as Swansea struggled to assert any significant possession or threatening opporunities on goal. Jordan Ayew cut out a opening with less than 10 minutes on the clock, but fired his shot over the bar, failing to test Swansea goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski. Ciaran Clark was then presented with two free headers but disappointingly failed to put either on target.

Swansea, however, were able to survive Villa's probing and eventually were put in front after a trademark Guzan error - a Sigurdsson free kick entered the 6 yard box at chest level, inspiring Guzan to flail purposelessly towards the ball as he presented Swansea defender Federico Fernandez with an open goal. The old pattern held true once more as Villa lost all energy and desire after going behind. Swansea were lucky to have near hand ball waved off, although Villa were similarly lucky to not have Aly Cissokho sent off after a second yellow card worthy offense was left unpunished.

It's quite clear that even against other relegation strugglers, this team lacks any belief and Remi Garde looks checked out. His passiveness is rubbing off on the rest of the team, and without belief from neither the manager nor the players, any hope of even a decent run of form looks unlikely. Once again, Villa's performance and the scoreline were exactly what everyone expected before kick-off.