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Swansea 0 - Bristol City 0

Liberty Stadium

26th Nov 2006

Attendance: 15,531

Swansea 0-0 Bristol C

Swansea City remain in 6th place in League One after drawing 0-0 with rivals Bristol City at the Liberty Stadium today.

In an entertaining game, Kenny Jackett and his side must have thought they should have won a game in which they had the more possession and goal opportunities.

Kenny Jackett made two changes to last week's side that beat Port Vale. Willy Gueret returned from injury to replace Oakes in goal and Pratley was back in midfield alongside Alan Tate.

There was still no place though for Izzy Iriekpen who's been punished lately for his arrest a few weeks ago. It was definately a bad decision leaving him out of the starting 11 though as Lawrence and Amankwaah especially were woeful.



Amankwaah was continually out of position leaving space on the right while Lawrence was just losing out to Bristol's attackers as Gueret made a few good saves early on to keep the scores level.

Marcos Painter looked a promising player though and was our only defender playing well in the opening half. Andy Robinson however wasn't supporting him on the left as he kept drifting inside, which was no surprise.

Lee Trundle looked to have had a boost in confidence and he went close a few times early on. A free-kick went just wide while Tate had our best chance but his effort was cleared off the line.

His striker partner Rory Fallon meanwhile was mostly anonymous during the first 45 minutes, winning a few flick-ons but he hardly supported our attacks.



Leon Britton was also looking lively out wide on the right and he had a chance as his shot got deflected onto the post.

Both sides were playing well and contributing to an entertaining first half of football.

We were looking good so far but we needed a goal before half time to settle us down. Our urgency failed to pay off though as the two sides went in at the break with the scores unchanged.

Thankfully, Jackett realised a change was needed at the back as Iriekpen replaced Dennis Lawrence.

The second half wasn't eventful as the first however as the tempo of the game started to drop.

Lee Trundle continued to make chances for more himself than anyone else but sometimes a pass or an earlier shot was the better option to take.

Alan Tate put through a good pass through to the striker, but he was brought down later after taking too much time to get a shot at goal. We were never going to get a penalty despite appeals were being made, he managed to get up and get a shot at goal but he blazed his volley sky high into the South Stand.



Jackett made another good change midway through the second half was Amankwaah came off as Craney made his debut while Tate moved to right back.

The Accrington Stanley player looked impressive as well, he showed a lot of pace and made some good challenges and attacking passes.

We still had more of the possession but we simply couldn't convert this into a goal as time began to run out. Corners were (as always) useless with poor deliveries and crosses were never being met by Swansea players as we weren't getting enough numbers into the 6-yard area.



Jackett used up his last substitute as Fallon came off for Akinfenwa, a decision that should have been made earlier on in the game.

After some good skill from Bayo, his finishing let him down as he scuffed his shot well over the bar.

As full time approached, Bristol City had a good chance to steal all three points as Myrie-Williams burst forward. Austin was never going to catch up and he brought him down on the edge of the area as the ref put his name in the book. Lee Johnson shot wide from the resulting free-kick.

Swansea also had a chance to win the game in injury time as Lee Trundle got into some space in the penalty area. He drilled a low powerful shot which was well saved, Britton headered the rebound which Basso saved again.

The ref blew his whistle for full time as both sides must have thought at the end that they should have won. Chances were created at both ends throughout the 90 minutes but neither side showed that cutting edge to win.

MATCH PHOTOS HERE

Swansea: Gueret, Amankwaah (Craney 61), Austin, Lawrence (Iriekpen 46), Painter, Tate, Britton, Pratley, Robinson, Trundle, Fallon (Akinfenwa 73).
Subs Not Used: Oakes, Butler.

Booked: Robinson, Austin.

Bristol City: Basso, Fontaine, McCombe, McAllister, Keogh, Skuse, Showunmi, Russell (Murray 73), Johnson, Brooker (Woodman 80), Jevons (Myrie-Williams 56).
Subs Not Used: Weale, Orr.

Booked: Jevons, McAllister.

Att: 15,531

Ref: P Taylor (Hertfordshire).

Star Player

LEON BRITTON: Lee Trundle was the man of the match according to the Stadium PA but I thought Leon Britton definately deserved it over the striker. He caused problems throughout the game on the right wing and nearly scored right at the end.

Player Ratings


Willy Gueret - 7

Consistently very good all game. Made some good saves thanks to poor defending, especially in the first half.

Kevin Amankwaah - 5

Poor positioning and just a woeful performance by him. Deserved to go off along with Lawrence at half time.

Kevin Austin - 6

Decent game by Austin, good in the air but as you'd expect his lack of pace let him down.

Dennis Lawrence - 5

That's a generous rating. Was very poor, gave them too much space and deserved to be replaced.

Marcos Painter - 7

Looks a good promising player. Solid all game and contributed well to our attacks.

Leon Britton - 8

See star player.

Darren Pratley - 7

Maybe Craner should have played instead of him. He has only just returned from injury and looked off the pace. Still a decent performance though.

Alan Tate - 7

I prefer him at right back, he seemed to improve as soon as went back in defence.

Andy Robinson - 6

He's annoying at left wing. Was hardly ever there, we had no width on the left apart from when Painter went forward. He was always coming into the centre leaving our left side exposed. Butler at left wing please.

Rory Fallon

Hardly contributed to the game at all. A few flick-ons and lay offs but that was it.

Lee Trundle - 7

Should have scored at least one of those chances. Didn't deserve man of the match but the good thing is I suppose he was creating a lot of chances for HIMSELF.

Subs round-up:

Akinfenwa deserves to replace Fallon, he showed some good skill surprisingly but his finishing is poor. Craner looks like an excellent prospect and Izzy improved our defence in the second half.

Kenny Jackett:

"I can't really complain about the performance but it is frustrating to draw a home game especially when we have hit the post in both halves.

"I have got to say Bristol City defended their box very well and were hard to break down."

Gary Johnson:

"This was a superb performance and although me and Kenny are both disappointed not to have picked up three points I think we are quietly happy with one.''




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