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Swansea City 2-2 Bournemouth

By Dafydd PritchardBBC Wales Sport
Dan Gosling challenges Ki Sung-Yueng
Swansea have not won at home since beating Manchester United in late August

Swansea City fought back from 2-0 down to claim a thrilling draw against Bournemouth.

Joshua King and Dan Gosling put the visitors in control to increase the pressure on Swans manager Garry Monk.

Andre Ayew's backheel and Jonjo Shelvey's penalty brought Swansea level at the end of a breathless first half.

Bournemouth dominated after the break but the point keeps them in the relegation zone, while Swansea remain 14th.

Although the Swans remain five points clear of the bottom three, a run of one victory in nine Premier League games keeps the focus on Monk's future.

Pressure on Monk

Garry Monk
Monk became permanent Swansea manager in May 2014 after an initial spell as caretaker boss

Monk had been under intense scrutiny prior to this match, with the 36-year-old claiming reports he was facing the sack were driven by people with an "agenda".

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In an attempt to arrest his side's slump, he dropped four first-team regulars - Federico Fernandez, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Jefferson Montero and Bafetimbi Gomis making way for Kyle Bartley, Leon Britton, Wayne Routledge and Eder.

One of those recalled was at fault for the opening goal, as Bartley's clearance hit Ki Sung-Yueng and fell to Junior Stanislas, who squared for King to slide in.

Swansea were ragged defensively and, after Stanislas had a goal disallowed for offside, the hosts were soon punished again as Gosling rifled the ball high into the net to double Bournemouth's advantage.

First-half turnaround

Gosling's goal prompted boos from the home fans, but they were soon replaced by roars of encouragement as Ayew's audacity halved their deficit.

Heat maps Swansea v Bournemouth
The heat maps for Swansea's Wayne Routledge (left) and Bournemouth's Matt Ritchie show their contrasting influences on the game on their respective right flanks

Found by Shelvey's header in the box, Ayew had time to turn but instead backheeled the ball into the net.

The Ghanaian also played a prominent role in the equaliser, as he ran on to Britton's through-ball and was adjudged to have been tripped by Simon Francis - although replays suggested Ayew fell over his own feet.

Shelvey confidently converted the penalty and, with his team level and the home fans behind them, Monk seemed a little more at ease on the touchline.

Bournemouth frustrated

Bournemouth had won only one of their nine league fixtures prior to this match but, given he is in charge of a newly-promoted side, manager Eddie Howe is under minimal pressure when compared to Monk.

Matt Ritchie and Neil Taylor of Bournemouth and Swansea
Bournemouth were thwarted in their bid to win for the first time since 19 September

The Cherries were still in need of a victory, however, and started the second half as they did the first, controlling possession and pinning Swansea back in their own half.

Defender Steve Cook had their best chance, volleying wide from a corner, but in the closing stages it was the hosts who looked likelier to score.

Man of the match - Andre Ayew

Andre Ayew
Swansea were desperate for victory but, were it not for Ayew's goal and his role in their penalty, it could have been much worse

What they said

Swansea manager Garry Monk: "To be 2-0 down, the players showed great bravery and fantastic spirit to get back. You could feel that tension, it affected us with the ball and our confidence. We need to build that side of it by putting a run of results together.

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"This is a point gained and a result to put us on the road to getting our confidence. Overall we have to be happy with a point."

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe: "We should be standing here with three points. We're disappointed but there were a lot of positives.

"The players are beginning to believe in themselves a lot more, they know they have nothing to fear. I'm very proud to be Bournemouth manager tonight."

On Swansea's penalty: "He [Andre Ayew] has induced the penalty but the referee has fallen for it."

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  • Joshua King scored his first Bournemouth goal in his 11th Premier League appearance for the Cherries. He is the 35th different Norwegian to score in the division
  • Since the start of last season, only Cesc Fabregas (20) has provided more assists than Matt Ritchie (19) in the top four tiers of English league football
  • Eddie Howe's side have shipped 27 goals in the Premier League this season, more than any other team

What next?

Swansea have a challenging trio of fixtures coming up, starting with a trip to Liverpool, followed by the visit of surprise high-flyers Leicester to the Liberty Stadium. It concludes with a meeting with Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.

Bournemouth host Everton next, then visit Chelsea before facing Manchester United on home soil.

Line-ups

Swansea

  • 1Fabianski
  • 26Naughton
  • 27BartleyBooked at 72mins
  • 6Williams
  • 3Taylor
  • 7BrittonSubstituted forG Sigurdssonat 70'minutesBooked at 87mins
  • 4Ki Sung-yueng
  • 15RoutledgeSubstituted forMonteroat 70'minutes
  • 8ShelveyBooked at 87mins
  • 10A Ayew
  • 17Macedo LopesSubstituted forGomisat 73'minutes

Substitutes

  • 18Gomis
  • 20Montero
  • 22Rangel
  • 23G Sigurdsson
  • 24Cork
  • 25Tremmel
  • 33Fernandez

Bournemouth

  • 23Federici
  • 2Francis
  • 3S Cook
  • 25Distin
  • 11Daniels
  • 30RitchieBooked at 30minsSubstituted forA Smithat 80'minutes
  • 6Surman
  • 4Gosling
  • 19StanislasBooked at 51mins
  • 8ArterSubstituted forMacDonaldat 90'minutes
  • 17KingSubstituted forMurrayat 86'minutes

Substitutes

  • 15A Smith
  • 16MacDonald
  • 18Kermorgant
  • 21Allsop
  • 27Murray
  • 32O'Kane
  • 38Cargill
Referee:
Andre Marriner
Attendance:
20,878

Match Stats

Home TeamSwanseaAway TeamBournemouth
Possession
Home43%
Away57%
Shots
Home11
Away16
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home4
Away5
Fouls
Home8
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Swansea City 2, Bournemouth 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Swansea City 2, Bournemouth 2.

  3. Post update

    Andrew Surman (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Kyle Bartley (Swansea City).

  5. Post update

    Foul by Simon Francis (Bournemouth).

  6. Post update

    Jefferson Montero (Swansea City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Bournemouth. Shaun MacDonald replaces Harry Arter.

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Dan Gosling (Bournemouth) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right.

  9. Booking

    Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea City) is shown the yellow card.

  10. Booking

    Gylfi Sigurdsson (Swansea City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  11. Post update

    Harry Arter (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Gylfi Sigurdsson (Swansea City).

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Bournemouth. Glenn Murray replaces Joshua King.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Steve Cook.

  15. Post update

    Attempt blocked. André Ayew (Swansea City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jefferson Montero with a cross.

  16. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  17. Post update

    Delay in match Harry Arter (Bournemouth) because of an injury.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Neil Taylor.

  19. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Gylfi Sigurdsson.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Bournemouth. Adam Smith replaces Matt Ritchie.