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Swansea City 0-0 West Bromwich Albion: Visitors knocked off top spot in draw

By Gareth VincentBBC Sport Wales at Liberty Stadium
Swansea's Joe Rodon receives treatment to a head injury
Swansea's Joe Rodon receives treatment to a head injury against West Bromwich Albion

West Bromwich Albion were knocked off the top of the Championship after a goalless draw at Swansea City.

Slaven Bilic's team were leapfrogged by Leeds United as play-off hopefuls Swansea deservedly claimed a share of the spoils.

Albion had hoped to respond after suffering a first defeat in seven league games against Wigan Athletic.

But they struggled to break down a Swansea side who created the game's clearest opportunities.

Albion remain six points clear of third-placed Fulham with nine games to play this season, while the draw sees Steve Cooper's Swansea close the gap on the top six to three points even though they slip to 11th in the table.

It was Swansea who threatened first as defender Joe Rodon saw a header blocked after rising high to meet a Conor Gallagher free-kick, while Andre Ayew could not divert Rhian Brewster's drive goal-wards.

Albion were probing at the other end, but the team who began the day as the division's leading scorers struggled to open Swansea up.

Freddie Woodman was forced into action just once before the break, the on-loan Newcastle goalkeeper diving to his left to save Callum Robinson's shot after Swansea had given the ball away on the edge of their own box.

The breakthrough might have come seconds after the restart as Matt Grimes' drive was parried by Albion keeper Sam Johnstone and Jay Fulton sliced the rebound over the bar.

A low Grimes free-kick saw Fulton send another effort over the top before Romaine Sawyers' deflected long-ranger whistled over Woodman's goal.

Ayew then saw an overhead kick drift too high before Albion skipper Jake Livermore shot wastefully off target in the dying minutes.

Swansea head coach Steve Cooper said:

"We don't want to sing and dance about a draw at home, but at the same time there were a lot of positives to come out of the game that can help us in the final run-in.

"We can be optimistic. We are down a place in the league and a point closer to the play-offs - that sums up the Championship doesn't it?

"It's nine games to go, three points away from getting over the dotted line.

"There are worse places to be. I think about some of the teams who are below us who would do anything to be in the position we are in. We are only thinking really positively and we are going for this."

West Brom manager Slaven Bilic said:

"We aren't over the moon, but it's a tough place to come because they have a team who have been very unlucky with recent results.

"It's good to get the clean sheet with a solid performance and to more or less control the game, but we know have to be better in terms of quality in the final third. That's what was missing today.

"I would love to be on the top spot but it doesn't worry me. The results apart from Leeds and Brentford were okay. At this stage of the season, the results around you affect the valuation of the point.

"Considering the bigger picture, this was a good point."

Line-ups

Swansea

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 27Woodman
  • 26Naughton
  • 44Cabango
  • 4Rodon
  • 24Bidwell
  • 6Fulton
  • 8Grimes
  • 18KaluluBooked at 61minsSubstituted forDyerat 67'minutes
  • 33Gallagher
  • 22A Ayew
  • 19Brewster

Substitutes

  • 12Dyer
  • 20Wilmot
  • 21Dhanda
  • 23Roberts
  • 25Mulder
  • 32Cullen

West Brom

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Johnstone
  • 27O'SheaBooked at 20mins
  • 6Ajayi
  • 5BartleySubstituted forFurlongat 59'minutes
  • 14Townsend
  • 19Sawyers
  • 8Livermore
  • 7Krovinovic
  • 12Costa PereiraSubstituted forEdwardsat 78'minutesBooked at 87mins
  • 4Robson-Kanu
  • 47RobinsonSubstituted forGrosickiat 58'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Furlong
  • 3Gibbs
  • 13Grosicki
  • 15Austin
  • 16Harper
  • 21Edwards
  • 23Bond
Referee:
Robert Jones
Attendance:
16,788

Match Stats

Home TeamSwanseaAway TeamWest Brom
Possession
Home36%
Away64%
Shots
Home9
Away10
Shots on Target
Home2
Away1
Corners
Home3
Away4
Fouls
Home9
Away18

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Swansea City 0, West Bromwich Albion 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Swansea City 0, West Bromwich Albion 0.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Kyle Edwards (West Bromwich Albion).

  4. Post update

    Jay Fulton (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Hal Robson-Kanu (West Bromwich Albion).

  6. Post update

    Ben Cabango (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jake Livermore (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Darnell Furlong (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Filip Krovinovic.

  9. Booking

    Kyle Edwards (West Bromwich Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Kyle Edwards (West Bromwich Albion).

  11. Post update

    Conor Gallagher (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  12. Post update

    Romaine Sawyers (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Foul by André Ayew (Swansea City).

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. André Ayew (Swansea City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Jake Bidwell with a cross.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Hal Robson-Kanu (West Bromwich Albion).

  16. Post update

    Joe Rodon (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Jake Livermore (West Bromwich Albion).

  18. Post update

    Nathan Dyer (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

    Dara O'Shea (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Rhian Brewster (Swansea City).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leeds37218856302671
2West Brom371913564372770
3Fulham371810952381464
4Brentford371791164333160
5Nottm Forest371612948381060
6Preston37168135045556
7Bristol City371510125153-255
8Millwall37131594440454
9Cardiff37131595250254
10Blackburn3614111152421053
11Swansea371314104645153
12QPR37148155862-450
13Reading37139154642448
14Derby361212124649-348
15Sheff Wed37139154649-348
16Birmingham371211144857-947
17Stoke37126194955-642
18Huddersfield37119174558-1342
19Middlesbrough37914143747-1041
20Wigan371011163850-1241
21Hull37118184963-1441
22Charlton37109184454-1039
23Luton37105224371-2835
24Barnsley37810194262-2034
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