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Swansea scrap for Villa win

Gylfi Sigurdsson's stunning free-kick gave Swansea a hard-fought 1-0 Premier League victory over Aston Villa at the Liberty Stadium.

Swansea, who travel to face Liverpool on Monday evening, looked as if they would be able to build on Sigurdsson's 13th-minute strike with Ecuador winger Jefferson Montero causing Villa problems whenever he had the ball. But Montero's departure to a hamstring injury halfway through the first period tilted the balance of power and Villa will consider themselves hugely unlucky not to return home to the Midlands with at least a point.

Villa, who face a home clash with Sunderland tomorrow, might well have had a 72nd-minute penalty when Gabriel Agbonlahor was shoved in the back by Ashley Williams, the striker getting his shot away but the intervention of the Swansea skipper clearly enough to hamper him.

Palace fans turn on boss Warnock

Southampton's resurgence continued in style at Selhurst Park as Ronald Koeman's side moved back into the top four of the Premier League on an afternoon when Crystal Palace fans turned on Neil Warnock.

Saints, who face title favourites Chelsea at St Mary's tomorrow, brought a miserable run of five straight defeat to an end against Everton last weekend and impressively racked up another big win on a wet day in south London, where Sadio Mane, Ryan Bertrand and Toby Alderweireld netted in a 3-1 victory, which saw Scott Dann score a late consolation.

The defeat means Palace have won just one of their last 12 top-flight matches - and resulted in a large number of supporters audibly turn on Warnock as a chorus of "you don't know what you're doing" echoed around Selhurst Park.


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