BLAST FROM THE PAST: Aston Villa v Swans
20th March 2015
Aston Villa 0-2 Swansea City
Barclays Premier League - Monday, 2 January 2012
The Swans claimed their first away win in the Premier League thanks to goals from Nathan Dyer and Wayne Routledge.
The last time Swansea had tasted victory away from home in the top-flight was back in 1982 when a brace from Robbie James claimed a win at Nottingham Forest.
But it took just four minutes for the visitors to open the scoring at Villa Park as Nathan Dyer capitalised on a mistake from Stephen Warnock before driving forward and firing a low shot past Brad Guzan.
Andrea Orlandi, making his first Premier League start, almost doubled the lead moments later as his left-foot shot whistled past the left-hand post.
Villa's chances were limited as James Collins header failed to test Michel Vorm, while Danny Graham wasted two good openings to extend the lead at the other end.
But just two minutes after the interval the Swans doubled their advantage as Graham hassled Guzan into a hurried clearance before seeing his initial shot saved before Wayne Routledge fired home for his first ever Premier League goal.
Villa did respond and it needed a good block to send Stephen Ireland's shot spiralling away from goal, while Richard Dunne looped his header over the crossbar from the resulting corner.
It took until the last minute of injury time for Villa to produce their only really threatening attack on the Swansea goal, but Charles N'Zogbia's thunderous shot instead found the woodwork.
ASTON VILLA: Guzan, Warnock, Dunne, Collins, Clark (Bannan, 85), Cuellar (Hutton, 55), Ireland (Albrighton, 68), N'Zogbia, Petrov, Bent, Agbonlahor.
SWANS: Vorm, Rangel, Caulker, Williams, Taylor, Britton, Orlandi (Allen, 58), Dyer (Sinclair, 78), Routledge, Agustien, Graham.