Premier League
25 November 2017
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Liberty Stadium (Swansea)


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Late surges from both sides fall short as Swansea and Bournemouth settle for a point at the Liberty Stadium. It's a deserved result for both sides, who each had their chances to break the deadlock, Swansea coming especially close through Leroy Fer late on, but the draw is fair in the end.
90'+4 Bournemouth finishing strongly here, and a final change of the match sees Arter give way for Lewis Cook.
90'+3 SO CLOSE! Daniels twists and turns in the area before dragging a cross-cum-shot inches wide of the woodwork! It was so nearly met by Afobe at the near post as well, but winds up safely behind for a goal-kick, much to the relief of Swansea.
90'+2 Bony mistimes a challenge on Arter near the halfway line, immediately acknowledging his mistake, but his remorse is not enough to spare him a yellow card.
90' Abraham makes a terrific run but just loses his balance at the vital moment, as the board goes up to indicate five added minutes - which is met by a welcome reception at the Liberty Stadium!
88' Dan Gosling is introduced for the final minutes, with Ibe giving way for the visitors.
King goes into the book here for a late challenge.
86' It's really picking up in the dying moments now as both sides showing plenty of urgency. Where was this in the first 80 minutes? There's no telling which way this could go, and for the first time now it looks as though we just might get a goal here at the Liberty Stadium.
STAT: Swansea City have lost four successive Premier League matches – they haven’t lost five in a row within the English top-flight in their history.
84' Swansea finally bring on Tammy Abraham, but is it too late for him to have a real impact? Ayew is the man replaced.
83' HOW HAS THAT NOT GONE IN?! Sensational, probing run from Fer, who skips through the Bournemouth defence at will! He bursts into the area, but Begovic denies his initial effort, before Fer clips his follow-up over the bar!
81' Bournemouth in the ascendency now as we enter the final 10 minutes. They're committing more bodies forward in search of a winner, something they have been very reluctant to do for the greater part of this match.
79' Last week's hat-trick hero Callum Wilson gives way following a much quieter match, with Benik Afobe taking his place.
78' Mesa finally makes his way off, but that's not the end of this break as Bournemouth have a substitution readied.
76' Mesa goes down in need of attention, as the training staff comes out to bandage up his head, and this will result in a lengthy stoppage.
75' Ibe is also issued a yellow.
Ki is booked for his role in the altercation, and he's a bit lucky that wasn't worse.
Three yellows handed out here by the referee to those involved, the first issued to Olsson.
74' TEMPERS BOILING OVER! Olsson shoves Ibe twice in quick succession, and for some reason Ki sprints across and gets himself involved, actually shoving referee Stuart Attwell inadvertently. That prompts a full coming together near the halfway line.
73' The match opens up a bit now following a great chance wasted by Bournemouth on the break, as Wilson selfishly goes for goal and sees his shot blocked, instead of playing through King who had busted his gut to join the counter.
71' The first change of the match comes here as Swansea introduce Leroy Fer, with Renato Sanches going off to a spirited ovation.
70' Arter chips a delicious ball into the centre, following a lovely touch from Surman to spring him into space, but Mawson produces a vital defensive header to clip the ball clear at the far post, before Ibe's follow-up is collected by Fabianski.
69' A late foul from Mesa sees him into the book, the first player to be shown yellow on the afternoon.
68' Bournemouth are starting to enjoy a bit more possession, but their lack of urgency has seen them live dangerously at the back, as they have created some unnecessary stress at the back as they struggle to consistently deal with Swansea's high pressure.
66' STAT: Tammy Abraham has had a hand in the highest percentage of his team’s goals in the Premier League this season (71% - 4 goals, 1 assist). He was second in this regard in the Championship last season at Bristol City, scoring or assisting 26 of their 60 goals (43%, behind only Chris Wood at Leeds).
64' Bournemouth's attacking influence has been practically non-existent in this second half. They have to start taking one or two chances here. A point wouldn't be a bad thing for them, but they can afford to commit bodies forward and go for the win as they can handle a defeat. Swansea certainly cannot.
62' Abraham is warming up for Swansea and you have to think he would make sense as a substitute here, especially given the fact that he's unable to play against his parent club Chelsea in midweek. Swansea remain the more positive side, but they're lacking the quality in that final third.
60' Both sides have prominent attacking options on the bench, and you have to wonder at what point these managers decide to make a switch. Leroy Fer and Tammy Abraham both have goals in them off the bench for Swansea, while Benik Afobe is an intriguing option for Bournemouth, especially with Callum Wilson struggling.
58' Bournemouth have seen aside the pressure, as we get back to a cagey affair with the ball being contained predominantly in midfield. Swansea look the side with the greater desire at the moment, but they have yet to carve out a clear-cut chance in this second half.
56' STAT: Bournemouth have allowed their opponents 19 shots in the six-yard box this season in the Premier League; more than any other side.
54' You can sense something building here for the Swans! Sanches picks out Bony, who tees up Ayew with a wonderfully cushioned header, but Ake does excellently to get across and block his effort behind for a corner.
52' Good pressure again from Swansea as Olsson picks out Bony with a cross, but the striker tries to take a touch off his chest first instead of having a go at goal, which helps Bournemouth snuff it out. Sanches is there to follow up, but he lifts an effort over the bar.
50' The sooner we get an opening goal, the sooner this game can really kick off. Until then, we can expect much more of the same. The long it stays scoreless, the more tense and timid it's looking like it will get.
48' Swansea look the more threatening side at the start of this second half, albeit only slightly, while Bournemouth enjoy more possession. Nothing has changed since the first half, essentially - at least not yet.
46' Back underway at the Liberty Stadium!
Nothing to separate the sides heading into the break at the Liberty Stadium, where the scoreline is an accurate reflection of how the first half unfolded. Joshua King came close for Bournemouth and Wilfried Bony had a goal controversially disallowed, both chances coming late on in what was otherwise an opening 45 minutes bereft of much attacking quality.
DISALLOWED! A deflected effort from Sanches bounces in the area and falls for Bony, who finishes confidently from close range, but it's been called back as Ayew is penalised for a questionable foul as he may have shoved aside a defender to prevent him from getting to that ball first!
45' There will be just one minute added on at the end of this first half.
43' HAS TO BE BETTER! That's thebest chance of the match, bar none, as Pugh tees up King with a delicious pull-back in the penalty area, as Mesa neglects to stick with the attacker, affording him a shot at goal from point-blank range, but he sends his strike straight at Fabianski!
41' STAT: Swansea are winless in their last three home league games against Bournemouth (D1 L2), since a 4-2 victory in League One in November 2006.
39' Pressure on! Swansea really growing in the ascendency here, with the likes of Sanches and Carroll starting to take over in midfield. An Olsson cross hangs up for Bony, but he mistimes his jump, before an effort from Mesa lifts over the bar.
37' BETTER! Best moves of the day from the hosts, as Carroll picks out an incisive throughball for Olsson, who smashes an effort into the side netting. Seconds later they are in again as Sanches picks out Ayew, but he too finds the wrong side of the post, failing to ever threaten the goal.
35' This match desperately needs a goal to help open things up. Until then we can expect plenty more of the same, with Swansea clearly under the belief that they cannot keep up with Bournemouth in a back and forth affair. It speaks to the current confidence levels of the Swans.
33' Again Swansea have taken the tempo out of the match, as clearly they have no desire to play a fast-paced game. They're showing little to no urgency when in possession and doing their best to clog up the midfield third when Bournemouth have the ball, which has been over 60 per cent of the time thus far.
31' A real chance squandered by Swansea on the break! Sanches surges forward and has the chance to take on a defender in an advanced position, or cut inside and have a shot, but he inexplicably sends a cross in for no one, as Bournemouth are let off the hook.
29' It's plenty cagey in midfield. Bournemouth are doing their best to try and pass it around, but Swansea are making life difficult on them. The positive signs of intent are all being shown by the visitors, with the Swans instead focused more on disrupting Bournemouth's rhythm on the ball.
27' STAT: The Cherries have won three of their last four Premier League games (W3 D0 L1) and collected as many points in this run as they had in their previous 11 league games combined (9).
25' Bournemouth enjoy another spell in attack, but can do little to attack a pair of deliveries thrown into the area, including one from a corner. Swansea are looking more assured now in defence.
23' Momentum is evenly split now as Bournemouth's early dominance has faded with nothing to show for it. These home supporters are growing in voice, and it's sparking the energy levels in the Swansea side.
21' Much better here from the hosts as they enjoy a prominent spell of possession inside the attacking third, showing good intent as they try and feed Bony in the centre. Bournemouth deal with the initial threat, before Begovic collects a cross to snuff out the threat. Still, encouraging signs for Swansea.
19' Swansea have done well here to take the sting out the match and relieve the pressure on their back line. That's job one accomplished, for the time being, but they need to now focus on building on that and generating some buzz at the other end.
17' STAT: Bournemouth haven’t conceded in their last two Premier League games and will be looking to keep three successive clean sheets in the Premier League for the first time ever.
15' A weak foul on Naughton relieves the pressure on the Swansea goal, but the hosts are showing little in possession. They need more movement off the ball to start asking questions of this Bournemouth defence. Where's the width? Where's the desire?
13' The seas part for Surman, who is able to take a clean look at goal from 25 yards and line up a strike, but he would have wanted to do better with that opportunity as he sends a relatively straightforward strike into the waiting arms of Fabianski.
11' More pressure here from the visitors, as they get forward with every opportunity. Swansea are struggling to keep the ball when they win it back, and they're dropping deeper in defence, which is allowing Bournemouth to commit plenty of bodies forward.
9' Swansea's confidence is fragile, and this slow start has done nothing to inspire. The life will be sucked out of this stadium should they concede first here today, and you can sense the tension in the stands as Bournemouth continue in the ascendency.
7' STAT: Bournemouth have scored at least twice in seven of their last eight league encounters against Swansea, including each of the last four in Wales.
5' The pace of Bournemouth on the break is on full display in these opening stages, as Swansea struggle to cope. The visitors are beaming with confidence following their lopsided victory last weekend, while Swansea are playing a bit tense, the pressure on as they try and pull out of the bottom three.
3' Bournemouth start excellently, and there's a lovely tempo to the match here early on. King makes a delicious run down the left and pulls it back admirably for Pugh, but the midfielder scuffs his first-time effort.
1' AND THEY'RE OFF! Swansea in white as they get the match underway, attacking right to left, with Bournemouth in black.
After picking up a red card in last weekend's 4-0 win over Huddersfield Town, skipper Simon Francis misses out today through suspension, the lone amendment made to the side by manager Eddie Howe, as he's replaced by Adam Smith.
Paul Clement makes five changes from Swansea's 2-0 defeat at Burnley last weekend. Wilfried Bony leads the line, replacing Tammy Abraham, while Tom Carroll flanks him along with Jordan Ayew, ahead of Nathan Dyer. Leroy Fer and Sam Clucas drop to the bench as Roque Mesa and Ki Sung-yeung are restored in midfield, while Mike van der Hoorn replaces Federico Fernandez in defence.
SUBS: Boruc, Gosling, Afobe, Cook, Fraser, Mousset, Simpson.
BOURNEMOUTH (4-5-2): Begovic; Smith, Cook, Ake, Daniels; Pugh, Arter, Surman, Ibe; King, Wilson.
SUBS: Fer, Abraham, Dyer, Nordfeldt, Routledge, Clucas, Rangel.
SWANSEA (4-3-3): Fabianski; Naughton, Van der Hoorn, Mawson, Olsson; Mesa, Ki, Sanches; Carroll, Ayew, Bony.
This match starts a string of important matches against relegation-threatened clubs, with Southampton, Crystal Palace, West Ham and Everton coming up before 2018, while daunting dates with Manchester United, Liverpool and Manchester City all mixed in there.
Bournemouth were faced with a similar predicament not too long ago, but they have found a way to dig themselves out with victories from three of their last four, all coming against sides that were ahead of them in the table at the time.
There has to be a fix soon for the Swans, who continue to struggle mightily in front of goal, being held scoreless seven times in 12 matches this season – and that’s largely why they find themselves second from the bottom, two points clear of safety.
Swansea have hit a rough patch with four successive defeats, but despite the results, Paul Clement remains confident in the performances his side are putting in and insists the points are following not too far behind.
Hello and welcome to the Liberty Stadium for live coverage of this big six-pointer towards the bottom of the Premier League table as Swansea City host Bournemouth!


Ł. Fabiański
W. Bony
S. Cook
Ki Sung-Yeung
N. Aké
M. van der Hoorn
A. Surman
A. Mawson
M. Pugh
H. Arter
C. Daniels
C. Wilson
T. Carroll
A. Smith
M. Olsson
J. King
J. Ayew
K. Naughton
A. Begović
J. Ibe
Renato Sanches
Roque Mesa

Additional info

S. Attwell
A. Nunn
Fourth official
G. Scott


Match Stats

Swansea City AFC Bournemouth
43 Attacks (Dangerous) 34
4 Corners 5
18 Fouls 5
8 Free Kicks 21
6 Goal Kicks 11
3 Offsides 2
0 Shots (blocked) 2
8 Shots (off target) 3
7 Shots (on target) 9
0 Shots (woodwork) 0
23 Throw Ins 21

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