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Ash: It was two points dropped

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07:00 2nd January 2013

. . . as the Swans have to settle for draw against Villa


Ashley Williams believes it was two points dropped for the Swans as they rescued a late draw against struggling Aston Villa at the Liberty.

The home side raced out of the blocks and took a deserved lead through Wayne Routledge, before going on to spurn some golden chances to extend their lead.

That allowed Villa to level on the stroke of half time as Andreas Weimann beat Michel Vorm with a cool finish.

The visitors looked to have grabbed all three points when Christian Benteke scored from the spot with six minutes to play, but Danny Graham popped up to volley past Brad Guzan in the fourth minute of stoppage time.

“It was frustrating, and it’s two points dropped” said Ash. “When you have so many great chances, you always feel that they will get one at the other end because this is the Premier League.

“They took their chance before half time and we were always battling to get another goal after that.

“But fair play to Danny for getting his goal. We know what qualities he’s got and he has worked ever so hard in training and we’re delighted for him.”

Villa arrived in SA1 on the back of three straight defeats, including their record Premier League defeat – an 8-0 reverse against Chelsea in December.

And it looked like they would extend their winless run as Swansea carved out numerous openings in the first half, despite scoring just the one goal.

But Paul Lambert’s side – galvanised by the talented Benteke – got a foothold in the game after half time and can feel disappointed not to have taken all three points as the game ticked into added time.

But it was left to Danny Graham to grab a point for the Swans, who are now four games unbeaten in the Premier League as they rose to 8th in the table.

“I don’t think we played that well on the whole,” said Ash. “We huffed and puffed a bit, our movement wasn’t right and our spacing wasn’t the best.

“But in the end we are celebrating a draw. It’s unbelievable.”

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