Who Hit The Target - Aston Villa 0-3 Swansea City
Swansea City romped their way into the 4th round of the FA Cup with a convincing 3-0 win at Villa Park. As Swansea look ahead to the 4th round draw, Bet UK take a look at 3 players who impressed us against Villa.
Mike van Der Hoorn
The imposing Dutch centre half has been a rock at the back this season. Time and time again, van Der Hoorn has been dependable in defence and is one of the few ever presents in Swansea’s side. But in recent matches, it has been his attacking prowess that has been a key part of Swansea’s play. 2 goals in his last 2 games were followed up with an assist for Courtney Baker-Richardson’s opener on Saturday. After Villa failed to clear a corner, the ball fell to van Der Hoorn on the edge of the box. The centre half played a low cross into Baker-Richardson, who bundled the ball over the line. Back in defence, van Der Hoorn was as impressive as ever and limited Scott Hogan to half chances on a frustrating afternoon for the Villa attack.
Fer was at his very best on Saturday and completely ran the match from midfield. At every turn, Fer was available for the pass and each time Villa advanced, he was as close as anyone to winning the ball back. As Villa threatened an equaliser, Fer helped to extend Swansea’s lead with a perfectly weighted through ball for Nathan Dyer. Thanks to Fer’s pass, Dyer had plenty of time to control the ball and finish past Lovre Kalinic. It was Fer again who created Swansea’s third goal. Fer’s tenacity won the ball back for Swansea in the box, before sliding a pass into Jay Fulton who slipped the ball into the far corner.
Alongside Mike van Der Hoorn, Joe Rodon has impressed in the centre of defence for Swansea. Rodon was born in Swansea and grew up supporting the side, a trait that shows with his determination on the pitch. A vital block in the first half denied Anwar El Ghazi from equalising for Villa, as well as another last ditch tackle on Scott Hogan. Rodon is only 21 and has already committed his future to the Swans. If he can continue his impressive partnership with Mike van Der Hoorn, then Swansea could have their central defenders for the next few years.
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