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Published: 19:29 | 19/3/16

Swansea beat Villa to climb to 15th

Federico Fernandez with the only goal for the Swans

A scrappy goal from Federico Fernandez helped Swansea move 11 points clear of the Premier League relegation zone after they beat Aston Villa 1-0 at the Liberty Stadium.

In truth, it was a dire game with neither side really deserving to win the game, but it was Swansea who had that little bit more and took advantage of a goalkeeping mistake to claim a much needed three points.

Aston Villa started with a real purpose as they looked to salvage some pride from their dismal season and they were first to threaten after five minutes.

From a corner, the ball fell to Joleon Lescott at the back-post, the defender controlled well before dragging his effort past the post when he could have done a lot better.

Villa were much the better side in the opening exchanges as Swansea struggled to get going and it was the visitors who threatened again after 21 minutes.

From a corner, Ciaran Clark rose highest and powered a header inches over the Swans bar.

The game was rather tepid after this as the sides failed to create another real chance and they went in goalless at the break.

The second half started in much the same fashion as the first with Villa looking the more likely, but it was Swansea who broke the deadlock with their first real chance after 54 minutes.

Gylfi Sigurdsson whipped in a free-kick from the right that was completely misjudged by Brad Guzan who missed the ball completely. The ball then came off the shoulder of Fedreico Fernandez and ricocheted into the Villa net.

The goal really failed to spark any life into the game as Swansea began to dominate possession without threatening the Villa goal.

Villa continued to plug away and they went close to an equaliser with 20 minutes remaining when Lescott met a corner six yards from goal, but his header was easily held by Lukasz Fabianski.

This was as close as Villa came to creating a chance until the final minute when Andre Green beat his man and drilled a ball towards Gestede, but his attempt at a strike was superbly blocked by Fernandez.

Villa threw men forward in injury time as they finally showed some urgency, but they were unable to find a way past a stubborn Swansea defence as the hosts held on to seal a 1-0 win.

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