Aston Villa manager Dean Smith has hailed goalkeeper Orjan Nyland after he saved Wilfried Bony’s 90th minute penalty in their 1-0 win at Swansea.
Conor Hourihane’s goal secured a tight win for Smith’s side at The Liberty Stadium, but not without Nyland’s late intervention to superbly save from Bony after Anwar El Ghazi felled Nathan Dyer in the box.
“Orjan [Nyland] has been doing very well of late. Credit to him and the goalkeeping department because they do a lot of work on penalties and they’d predicted Bony would go that way.’’ Smith told Sky Sports after the game.
”He’s ended up making a good save which has won us the game. We showed another side to our game here with grit, defensive resilience, and I thought our shape was good too.”
“For the first 25 minutes Swansea were much the better side, but we changed the shape and we have now lost just one of the last eight from what has been a difficult run. It’s very pleasing, but I’m not looking too much at the rest of the table or other results.”
The win lifts Villa to within three points of the play-off places, ahead of their trip to face Preston on Saturday.