Aston Villa secured their first win of the season on Saturday 15 September thanks to strikes from Matthew Lowton and Christian Benteke.

The feel-good factor is officially back at Villa Park after a late splurge in the transfer window and patience awarded to manager Paul Lambert.

The tempo is excellent, the effort admirable. Villa aren't playing long-ball to Darren Bent's head with every chance they get, but moving the ball sensibly and with purpose.

Weeks of hard work under Lambert's stewardship paid off as the Villans deservedly overcame the previously unbeaten Swansea City.

Here's the top three players in a Villa shirt from this weekend's clash.

3. Christian Benteke

Sneaking in at number three is debutant Benteke. He only played 18 minutes, but made a phenomenal impact upon the game. He received 18 passes in Swansea's half, showed a neat touch, created one chance and should have scored two.

The goal he did get was classy and eased any inevitable nerves creeping up in the final few minutes.

2. Brad Guzan

"Little Brad" put in a phenomenal performance between the sticks today and Shay Given will be worried he won't get his place back any soon.

The Irishman is rightfully on the bench though: his clanger against Everton combined with Guzan's solidity against Newcastle means Lambert has an easy choice right now.

1. Ron Vlaar

They don't call him "Concrete Ron" for nothing, do they? This guy is a brilliant signing and has formed an admirable partnership with Ciaran Clark already.

He was impeccable in defence, dominant in the air and positionally perfect. He even embarked upon a few surging runs forward and showed tremendous strength and determination.

Keep it up Ron, you've got the potential to become Villa Park's next Martin Laursen.

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