BBC pundit Alan Tate makes bold statement when comparing Swansea and Villa

Swansea Liberty Stadium

Swansea City defeated Aston Villa 1-0.

Former player Alan Tate believes the only real difference between Swansea City and Aston Villa is defensively the latter ship more goals, he told the BBC.

The Swans boosted their Premier League survival hopes with a 1-0 victory over the league’s bottom-placed side, with Federico Fernandez grabbing the only goal of the game via second-half strike.

It certainly won’t win any contest for game of the season, and at times it appeared 0-0 was the most likely score-line after a flat first-half with very few chances.

With Swansea starting the day having accumulated more than double the points of Villa, one could suggest there is a clear difference in quality between the two ahead of their Liberty Stadium clash.

Yet the game itself was fairly even and former player Alan Tate believes there isn’t much to choose between the sides, pinpointing to the hosts’ defence as the only reason why they appear safe from relegation.

"The only difference between Swansea and Aston Villa is that Villa ship more goals. Swansea have survived this season because they are tight at the back, but they have no goalscorers,” he explained.

The numbers do back up Tate’s claims, with Villa having conceded a whopping 57 goals this season while Swansea have fared much better at the back, letting in 40 having kept eight clean sheets.

Defence isn’t a big problem for the Welsh side, and in some respect their summer transfer dealings should be fairly simple as a new goal scorer and a creative midfielder must be considered top priorities.

As for Villa, defensively they’ve been a mess and again they were their own worst enemies as goalkeeper Brad Guzan was largely at fault for Swansea’s goal, coming for a cross and getting nowhere near it.

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