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Swansea 0-0 Aston Villa: Match Review

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Tributes paid to Gary Speed. (©GettyImages)
Tributes paid to Gary Speed. (©GettyImages).

Swansea and Aston Villa played out a sombre 0-0 draw at the Liberty Stadium in a game that was overshadowed by the news that broke earlier today after the tragic death of Wales manager Gary Speed.

The former Leeds, Newcastle and Everton midfielder, who won 85 international caps for his country, was found dead at his Cheshire home early on Sunday morning.

The two side's held a minute's silence prior to kick-off, impeccably observed before fans spontaneously broke out in respectful applause and chants of 'there's only one Gary Speed'.

Villa goalkeeper Shay Given - a former teammate and close friend of the Wales boss - was visibly moved by the tribute, and broke down in tears before proceedings got underway, and the Republic of Ireland stopper can be proud of his performance with a number of point-blank saves to earn his side a point.

Danny Graham was withdrawn mid-way through the second half through injury for the Swans, and his replacement Leroy Lita had the best two chances of the game, but couldn't convert from close-range.

The draw lifts Brendan Rodgers' side to 13th in the table, while Villa are up to 8th, six points behind Liverpool who host Manchester City at Anfield later this afternoon.

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