On This Day | Shelvey stunner sinks Villa
Jonjo Shelvey scored a wonder goal as Swansea City all but secured their Premier League status with a commanding 4-1 victory over Aston Villa on April 26, 2014.
The midfielder’s stunning 45-yard volley – a contender for goal of the season – was the pick of the goals, while Wilfried Bony struck twice and Pablo Hernandez was also on the scoresheet as the Swans moved eight points clear of the relegation zone.
Garry Monk’s side went ahead after just 10 minutes at the Liberty when Shelvey’s neat through ball sent Bony clear, and the Ivorian made no mistake in slotting home his first Liberty goal since January.
Villa hit back 12 minutes later with Gabriel Agbonlahor applying the finish touch to Marc Albrighton’s low cross from inside the six-yard box.
However, the Swans were back in the ascendancy within four minutes. Ron Vlaar’s poor clearance went straight to Shelvey, who controlled on his chest on the edge of the centre circle inside Villa’s half, before unleashing a fierce volley that flew into the net over a helpless Brad Guzan.
Shelvey was involved again as the hosts established breathing space 17 minutes from time. His deep cross was met by Hernandez, who skipped inside a challenge before sending a curling shot into the far corner.
And the victory was completed in the first minute of stoppage time when Bony calmly slotted past Guzan from the penalty spot after Nathan Baker had barged into Marvin Emnes.