London - There were no goals in a dull 0-0 draw between Swansea City
and Bournemouth, although it was not without controversy.
Wilfried Bony had the ball in the back of the net just
before the end of the first half, but it was ruled out for an earlier foul.
the 90th minute Tammy Abraham believed he was tripped in the box, but the
referee waved away the appeal, and with it the last chance for either side to
break the deadlock.
The Cherries were the better side early on, passing the ball
around mellifluously, but for the most part the match was scrappy, with neither
side capable of creating any clear-cut goal scoring opportunities.
Around the half-hour mark there were a couple of chances for
the Swans, but Martin Olsson was unable to control Carroll’s pass, before
Renato Sanches hit the side netting when he probably should have fired it
Joshua King should have put the Cherries ahead just before
the halftime break when Marc Pugh fed it through for him, but his low effort
was straight at Lukasz Fabianski.
The first half ended with Swansea feeling they were denied a
legitimate goal after Wilfried Bony had put the ball in the net, only for the
ref to pull it back for an earlier foul by Andre Ayew on Nathan Ake.
The second half saw Swansea in the ascendency, hogging the
possession while Bony and Ayew caused problems up front, but their play lacked
a cutting edge.
As the match the 70-minute mark the temperature of the match
increased, with both sides flying end-to-end before an altercation between Ibe
and Olsson led to Ki inadvertently laying hands on the ref, for which he
received a yellow card.
Leroy Fer could well have won the match for the Swans in the
83 minute, when he was able to beat Adam Smith with ease to go through on goal.
His first shot was saved by Begovic, before firing wide on the rebound.
Tammy Abraham though he should have had a late penalty when
he cut inside and seemed to have his feet clipped, but the ref was giving
nothing away, and the match finished goalless.