Swansea City 1-0 Aston Villa

Federico Fernandez scores the winner for Swansea

Aston Villa have not won away from home in the league since the opening day of the season

Swansea took a significant stride to securing Premier League survival as they ground out a win against bottom side Aston Villa.

Villa dominated but failed to capitalise on a lethargic Swans display in a goalless first half.

The visitors were made to pay for their profligacy early in the second when Federico Fernandez bundled in.

Swansea are now 11 points clear of the relegation zone, while Villa remain 12 points adrift of safety.

A third win in four matches made it a happy return to the dugout for Swans head coach Francesco Guidolin, who had missed their last three fixtures with a chest infection.

And despite the unconvincing manner of victory, they will be increasingly confident of a sixth season in the Premier League with seven games of this campaign to go.

For Villa, meanwhile, a sixth successive league defeat makes relegation almost inevitable.

Relive Swansea’s 1-0 win over Aston Villa

Villa’s familiar failings

Aston Villa had endured another turbulent week typical of a miserable season, with chief executive Tom Fox and sporting director Hendrik Almstadt both leaving the club.

Despite their dismal recent form, Remi Garde’s side started the strongest at the Liberty Stadium as Joleon Lescott and Jordan Ayew missed the target with the game’s first two shots.

Ciaran Clark then headed narrowly over from a corner, though there was a sinking familiarity to Villa’s inability to make their dominance count.

More to follow.

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