Swansea City 0-0 Sheff Wed
13th March 2010
Swansea City had to settle for a point this afternoon in a disappointing goalless draw at home to Sheffield Wednesday.
Paulo Sousa's side were looking to close the gap on the teams above us today but we struggled to break down a resilient Wednesday side.
The Swansea manager made some more changes to his starting line-up. Reverting back to his usual 4-5-1 formation, Craig Beattie led the attack after a lengthy spell out with an injury, while David Cotterill gave us a boost following his return from a hamstring problem, Nathan Dyer was on the bench.
The first half was a rather uneventful one in terms of chances created for either side. We dominated possession as we normally do but we couldn't create any clear-cut opportunities in front of goal, as both goalkeepers had very little to do in the opening exchanges.
Cotterill was the only Swansea City player willing to have a shot on goal, most went harmlessly off target but Grant had to pull one decent save to deny the Welsh international.
Craig Beattie was having no support up front, and our usual driving force in midfield - Darren Pratley was having little impact in our attacking play. Usually our full backs like to help in the attack and link up with the wingers but today that just didn't happen. Tom Butler is nowhere near good enough as a back-up winger and Cotterill struggled to beat his man.
Following's a poor first half, Sousa made a double change at the start of the second half and brought on Shefki Kuqi and Cedric Van der Gun in an attempt to improve our attacking threat. Both players did help us improve - we began creating more chances but our finishing let us down on more than one occassion.
Van Der Gun gave us a much bigger threat down the right wing after replacing Tom Butler, and Shefki Kuqi proved to be a handful for the Sheffield Wednesday defence.
The two subs linked up inside the box to create a chance as Kuqi knocked a ball through to van Der Gun but he was beaten to the ball by the keeper, whilst Ashley Williams also had the chance late on to clinch the win with a header.
Our best chance of the entire game though fell to our third substitute Lee Trundle. He was given all the time and space he would have wanted inside the box, but somehow from 10 yards or so, he dragged a low shot wide of the target.
Chance after chance was being wasted and as the game went on it became more and more frustrating for the 14,000 home fans, as we all knew Sheffield Wednesday were there for the taking.
For the first time ever in a Swansea City match I've known, we had 7 minutes of added time to be played, plenty to get a winning goal but you just knew by then it wasn't going to come. It didn't and we had to settle for a share of the points.
It was a disappointing match and a poor performance really from the Swans. One of the dullest home games in recent months and the pressure is on now to get a better result on Tuesday night when we host 2nd-placed West Brom at the Liberty Stadium.