Aston Villa 0 Swansea 2: It’s like Aston Villa are the promoted side

We were not beaten by a side full of superstars today, they hadn't won away all season. We were beaten by a side of what many would consider average players. the difference was footballing philosophy and it showed what is possible.

I write 'what is possible' because Brendan Rodgers only took control of Swansea in July 2010 and in that time he has taken them from the Championship to the Premier League and got them playing football the right way.


It is about keeping the ball. It is about movement and it is about not giving the ball away easily. It was best summed up for me when Swansea had a free kick in our half and instead of launch it into the box - they played short and kept it. If that was us - it would have been launched into the box and it then becomes a 50/50 ball.

Swansea and more importantly Brendan Rodgers know the value of possession. It really isn't rocket science and well, it just goes to show that the result against the worst Chelsea side for a number of seasons, was luck.

You don't know what you're doing

The result tells you what you need to know and I'm not going to go on about how Swansea looked good going forward and how their movement was at a different level to ours - you probably saw the match and if you didn't, you'll see it later.

What I am going to write about now is the reaction the manager got when he took off Stephen Ireland with twenty-odd minutes to go. First there were boos, for the manager, then a round of applause for the player very quickly followed by a short rendition of 'you don't know what you're doing' directed very specifically at the manager.

At the end of the day

Swansea scored very early at the start of each half and for the last 25 minutes they sat back and we had a lot more of the ball, but they defended well and when they wanted to, they took the ball back and again, showed us how to play with the ball.

They also move above us on goal difference and you know what, it is embarrassing. I don't know what else to say about it - Alex McLeish has made me embarrassed of the football Aston Villa is serving up. He has to go.

As for the title of the post - it comes from Dean Sturridge who was commenting on the game today. I don't know what else to write - it is a joke and I'm fed up of it.

Man of the match vote to the right fairly soon and I'd like to say that I'm going to take a beer, but I'm on the water. How depressing is that?