Vital Football

Latest Swansea City News

Swansea City 0-0 Sheff Wed

Swansea City
0 - 0
Sheffield Wednesday

Liberty Stadium

13th March 2010

Attendance: 14,167

Referee:

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.


Win FREE pizza with Vital Football!
Select your team and get 50% off if they score twice.
www.papajohns.co.uk/football

Writer:VitalSwansea
Date:Saturday March 13 2010
Time: 6:22PM

Login to post a comment

Site Journalists

VitalSwansea
Editor email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Vote for your man of the match vs Liverpool
Suggested By:
Fabianski3%
Rangel2%
Williams2%
Amat6%
Taylor2%
Cork65%
Britton4%
Routledge0%
Montero0%
Sigurdsson2%
Ayew14%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
C Leicester City 36 22 11 3 77 30
2 Spurs 36 19 13 4 70 39
3 Arsenal 36 19 10 7 67 25
4 Man City 36 19 7 10 64 30
5 Man Utd 35 17 9 9 60 12
6 West Ham 35 15 14 6 59 17
7 Southampton 36 16 9 11 57 14
8 Liverpool 35 15 10 10 55 11
9 Chelsea 35 12 12 11 48 7
10 Stoke 36 13 9 14 48 -14
11 Everton 35 10 14 11 44 6
12 Watford 35 12 8 15 44 -6
13 Swansea 36 11 10 15 43 -13
14 WBA 36 10 11 15 41 -14
15 AFC Bournemouth 36 11 8 17 41 -20
16 Crystal Palace 36 10 9 17 39 -10
17 Newcastle 36 8 9 19 33 -25
18 Sunderland 35 7 11 17 32 -18
19 Norwich 35 8 7 20 31 -26
R Aston Villa 36 3 7 26 16 -45
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Recent Swansea City Results (view all)

Swansea City Fixtures (view all)

May 7 2016 3:00PM : West Ham United (a)
Barclays Premier League
May 15 2016 3:00PM : Manchester City (H)
Barclays Premier League

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.Phil W2
2.Vital Swansea City1
3.Andyjack781