The Debut of Joey Barton
This was the moment I'd been waiting for. I couldn't wait to show the Swansea fans what tricks I had up my sleeve. They were all going to respect me once they saw how I crushed my first opponent... Aston VIlla
1' - Hello everyone, and welcome to the Liberty Stadium! Today marks the debut of former Queens Park Rangers midfielder Joey Barton in his managerial role at Swansea. His formation for this match seems oddly similar to the playing styles Roberto Martinez and Brendan Rodgers had previously implemented into the team.
- Not a good start for Barton and Swansea at all. Charles N'Zogbia lobs the ball up to Darren Bent who fires in a shot. It is saved by Michel Vorm but the Dutch keeper fumbles it, and Bent has a second chance on goal, which he takes with ease.
13' - El Ahmadi feeds the ball up to Darren Bent and he looks set to score again, but this time the post saves the Swans.
14' - Bent heads the ball into goal, but he's off-side. A great spell of dominance from Aston Villa.
45' - HT: Swansea 0-1 Aston Villa. Not a good start and knowing Barton's temper I think the Swansea boys are in for a lecture in the dressing rooms.
45' - Nathan Dyer is on for Pablo Hernandez, who has been terrible on the wing for the first 45 minutes. Ademilson also makes his official Swansea debut, coming on for Danny Graham.
72' - Jonathan de Guzman has gotten himself injured, and it'll be Ki Sung-Yeung on to replace him, as well as making his Swansea debut.
- What a goal! Neil Taylor has the ball on the left and he crosses it beautifully for Nathan Dyer! Dyer rounds it past the keeper and slots it into the back of the net. Swansea draw level!
85' - Unlucky for Aston Villa, as Gardner's swinging corner ball is met by the head of Ciaran Clark, but it bounces off the post for the second time today.
90' - FT: Swansea 1-1 Aston Villa. Barton secures a point for the Swans on his debut as manager, but the fans will no doubt be wanting more from the youngest manager in the Premier League.