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Shelvey revels in wonder goal

Swansea City 4 Aston Villa 1

Swansea City's Jonjo Shelvey celebrates scoring against Aston Villa at the Liberty Stadium
Swansea City's Jonjo Shelvey celebrates scoring against Aston Villa at the Liberty Stadium
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Aston Villa's Fabian Delph tackles Swansea City's Jonathan de Guzman
Swansea City's Wayne Routledge and Aston Villa's Marc Albrighton battle for the ball
Aston Villa's goalkeeper Bradley Guzan reacts after Swansea City's Jonjo Shelvey scores his team's second goal

JONJO Shelvey marched into the changing room at the Liberty Stadium yesterday claiming he had scored the "goal of the season".

Buzzing after lobbing Brad Guzan with a 45-yard volley midway through the first half, the 21-year-old midfielder made sure his team-mates and boss Garry Monk knew how proud he was of his strike.

Speaking after the result that, barring something remarkable, has secured the Welsh side's top-flight status, Monk said: "He came in shouting 'goal of the season' – typical Jonjo. He's got that in the locker. It was a fantastic finish and the thing that pleased me most about it was that it was an important goal at an important time of the match."

As well as scoring his side's second, Shelvey teed up Wilfried Bony for the opener after 10 minutes and provided the cross that led to a goal from Pablo Hernandez.

Monk believes Shelvey is the type of player who could one day be considered by England.

"People have been talking about his potential for years but you forget he's only 21," Monk added. "If it's not now, it should be later if he carries on progressing as he should be."

The Swans are now up to 12th in the table, eight points clear of the relegation zone.

Top scorer Bony continued his deadly form with his second brace in as many weeks, taking him to 24 in all competitions.

But it was Shelvey's 45-yard volley that had Monk – and the Swansea faithful – purring. After chesting down Villa captain Ron Vlaar's clearance kick, he lobbed the unsuspecting Guzan with pace and precision.

But for a good 20-minute period in the first half capped by an equaliser from Gabriel Agbonlahor, Villa rarely looked like scoring – as has been the case regularly recently.

Down to 16th and only four points above the drop, the Villa players were booed off the pitch by their fans.

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