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Swansea City praised by Aston Villa's Gabriel Agbonlahor

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: December 30, 2013

  • Jonathan de Guzman leaps over Brad Guzan.

  • Dwight Tiendalli drives the Swans forward.

  • Ashley Williams beats Wilfried Bony to the ball.

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GABBY Agbonlahor paid tribute to "outstanding" Swansea City after their 1-1 draw with Aston Villa this weekend.

Agbonlahor put Villa in front early on against Michael Laudrup's men, but dominant Swansea levelled through Roland Lamah and ought to have won the game.

"It's disappointing not to win the game after being a goal up, but it's another point on the table," said the Villa skipper.

"We didn't deserve to win the game, but we shut up shop and got the point against a Swansea side who are a really good team.

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"The way they passed the ball, I thought they were outstanding."

Villa boss Paul Lambert admitted his side had "to fight tooth and nail" for the draw — but pointed out that keeper Brad Guzan was not troubled much.

Lambert's men ended a run of four successive defeats after scoring at home for only the second time in seven games on their own patch.

Agbonlahor's eighth-minute goal — their first in the first half of a home game all season — was cancelled out as the visitors controlled large swathes of the contest, enjoying a whopping 73 per cent possession.

"Swansea are a good side who pass the ball really well, as everybody knows," said Lambert.

"They came here and played some nice football, but Brad Guzan didn't have too many saves to make and I am delighted with the effort and commitment of my players.

"We have had some games where we've played well and got nothing, and there are others where you have to fight tooth and nail to get a result. We have certainly done that here.

"We are without the spine of the team — there's no (Christian) Benteke or (Ron) Vlaar — and that is a big hit for us.

"We are a young side who are developing and I always knew the first couple of years were going to be difficult for us.

"But we have stopped the losing run with this draw, which is vital, and we now have 20 points.

"It's a big point for us and, when you look at the table, we are halfway there."

Villa were booed off after their latest home struggle, and there were questions about Lambert's future after the game.

"I have got a good relationship with (owner) Randy Lerner, but you never think you're immune," the former Norwich manager said.

"I always have that fear.

"I had it as a player and I have had it at every club where I have been manager."

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  • nettevaughan  |  December 30 2013, 11:04AM

    we will finish mid table.proud of the squad at villa.bony needs more shooting ptactise in traing. swans 2 man city 1

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