GRAHAM STRIKES LATE TO DENY VILLA 3 VITAL POINTS
Article By AnneMc2 Comments »Jan 1, 2013
Once again, Villa got off to the worst possible start with Wayne Routledge opening the scoring after just nine minutes.
The home side was very much the dominant one throughout the first half, missing a glut of chances as Routledge saw another shot saved and Michu hit the post twice. Villa’s youngsters were clearly becoming rather frustrated and four of them picked up unnecessary yellow cards.
Swansea wasted several other chances before Weimann scored just before the break after racing to meet Benteke’s pass and firing the ball into the bottom corner of Vorm’s net.
After the break, Swansea found fewer opportunities to score. They had a call for a penalty turned down by Mark Halsey after he decided the ball had struck Bennett outside the box. It was a close call for the referee but I think he got it right as Bennett’s feet were definitely outside the box.
It was another penalty that broke the deadlock in the 84th minute: Dyer twisted with Weimann and this time Halsey pointed to the spot. Benteke stepped up and calmly sent Vorm the wrong way, putting Villa 1-2 ahead with six minutes to play, much to the delight of the vocal travelling fans.
Villa defended the precious lead solidly but Halsey’s decision to add 5 minutes led to a few raised eyebrows.
In the 94th minute, the ever-dangerous Danny Graham somehow struck through a packed penalty area to secure the draw and break claret and blue hearts.