As of the end of the 2014-15 season, Aston Villa have spent the 104 seasons in the top tier of English football; the only club to have spent longer in the top flights are Everton, with 112 seasons. They are one of an elite group of seven clubs that has played in every Premier League season, the other six being Arsenal, Chelsea, Everton, Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham since it first started in 1992-93. Furthermore, they have the fifth highest total of major honours won by an English club with 21 wins and are one of five English teams to have won the European Cup when they did so back in 1982 in Rotterdam with a 1-0 win over Bayern Munich.
Now during the 2015-16 season it makes very easy reading for Aston Villa who sit rock bottom of the Premier League and 8 points away from their nearest rivals Newcastle (who play tomorrow and also have a game in hand).
With very few chances in the first half at the Liberty Stadium and the majority of them falling to Aston Villa, it looked like they were going to put in a very confident and spirited performance away from home. At half time something had to change for Swansea in order for them to get a foot hold in the match and with tough home games fast approaching (Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City) they really needed a win in order for them to not get dragged into the relegation battle. Sung Yeung Ki was replaced by Leon Britton and with 8 minutes being played in the second half, a lack in concentration in defence lead to a Gylfi Sigurdsson free kick being headed in by centre-back Federico Fernandez for his first goal of the season. You have to question the marking from the Aston Villa defenders as Fernandez was unmarked while some of the Villa players were left ball watching. You also have to question the role of Brad Guzan, the Aston Villa goal keeper. When you’re a goal keeper in those situations and you come out to punch the ball, you have to show authority and be 100% certain you’re going to make contact with the ball. In this case, Guzan makes no contact with the ball leaving an open goal and the simplest of headers for Fernandez.