Swansea stop rot on Bradley’s home de­but

Kuwait Times - - SPORTS -

Swansea City are still with­out a win since the open­ing day of the sea­son but did take a step in the right di­rec­tion by draw­ing 0-0 at home to Wat­ford on Bob Bradley’s home de­but.

The re­sult ended a se­quence of four con­sec­u­tive de­feats for the strug­gling Swans, in­clud­ing their 3-2 loss at Arse­nal last week­end in Bradley’s first game at the helm. How­ever, the Welsh side have now gone eight matches with­out a vic­tory and re­main in the rel­e­ga­tion zone, two points from safety. In con­trast, Wat­ford are still in the top half hav­ing been beaten only once in their last six games af­ter this stale­mate at the Lib­erty Sta­dium.

Swansea had not won in front of their own fans since May and in an at­tempt to kick-start his new team’s sea­son Amer­i­can boss Bradley made five changes to the side beaten nar­rowly by Arse­nal.

Among the changes, young de­fender Alfie Maw­son, a £5 mil­lion ($6.1m, 5.6m eu­ros) sum­mer sign­ing from sec­ond-tier Barns­ley, came in to make his Premier League de­but.

The big cen­tre-back helped Swansea frus­trate Wat­ford’s pow­er­ful strike pair­ing of Troy Deeney and Odion Ighalo, al­though the Hor­nets al­most got a lucky break­through just be­fore the in­ter­val.

Deeney nudged a free-kick 30 yards out into the path of Younes Kaboul and his shot took a mas­sive de­flec­tion off the Swansea wall only to loop nar­rowly over with Lukasz Fabi­an­ski beaten. The hosts should have been in front just af­ter the hour mark, but when Mike van der Hoorn stretched to meet a Gylfi Sig­urds­son free-kick five yards out, Heurelho Gomes made a fan­tas­tic save.

The lively Modou Bar­row then set up Sig­urds­son for a shot from just out­side the area that beat Gomes but came back off the post with seven min­utes left.

It was a frus­trat­ing fin­ish for Swansea, and Bradley will now hope to over­see a first win when his team visit an im­prov­ing Stoke City next week­end. — AFP

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