• 27 September 2014
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The result and reaction of a football match is often decided in moments that last mere seconds. A much better performance, but little if anything has changed on the back of it.

Had Connor Wickham or Steven Fletcher buried their header I'd be praising a solid performance polished off by a good result. As it stands we draw yet another blank in front of goal and in truth other than those two chances (maybe a couple more) we looked laboured in the final third as we failed to find that little bit extra quality.

Both sides started trying to wrestle the initiative from each other and the first 30 minutes or so were some of the dullest you can imagine. From then on we were in control of the game in the main as we won what felt like a hundred corners on the bounce. Some were good, leading to chances for Connor Wickham and particularly Santiago Vergini who forced a smart save from Lukas Fabianski.

Adam Johnson looked lively and nearly caught the Swans keeper out as he faked a cross before firing low forcing another good save and another corner.

The second half followed a similar pattern that most games do when we dominate possession. Not a lot happened. Plenty of endeavour and some decent football, but not many chances.

Wickham had by far and away the best chance of the game. He was picked out with such precision he didn't even have to jump for the cross. Six yards out, free header and he probably would have scored if FIFA had introduced 50ft goals. Jozy Altidore was on the bench, fresh from a cracking goal against Stoke on Tuesday, just saying.

Fletcher came on for Wickham and leaped well only to nod his own six yard header wide and Ricky Alvarez couldn't squeeze his effort past the diving Swansea defence late on. That was after Angel Rangel was sent off rather harshly, though he had just been warned for his conduct moments earlier which probably forced the referee's hand.

A word on the ref, I was under the impression officials were advised to try and let games flow. There were so many nominal fouls being given against both sides which could have been let go. Very frustrating.

It would be really easy to dismiss the game and look at just the negatives, but this was a much better performance than the Burnley one and most others this season. Our defence also kept a very competent Swansea side quiet (although Gomis helped us out with that being Kenwyne Jones-esque).

But, here we are, another game gone and still no victory.

Vito Mannone
John O'Shea
Santiago Vergini
Billy Jones
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Patrick van Aanholt
Lee Cattermole
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Jack Rodwell
Jordi Gomez (58)
Sebastian Larsson
Will Buckley
Adam Johnson
Ricky Alvarez (66)
Connor Wickham
Steven Fletcher (78)

Costel Pantilimon
Liam Bridcutt
Jordi Gomez
Jack Rodwell (58)
Charis Mavrias
Ricky Alvarez
Adam Johnson (66)
Steven Fletcher
Connor Wickham (78)
Jozy Altidore
Lukasz Fabianski
Federico Fernandez
Ashley Williams
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Angel Rangel
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Ki Sung-Yeung
Jonjo Shelvey
Gylfi Sigurdsson
Ashley Richards (82)
Wayne Routledge
Nathan Dyer
Jefferson Montero (66)
Bafetimbi Gomis
Wilfred Bony (73)

Gerhard Tremmel
Ashley Richards
Gylfi Sigurdsson (82)
Kyle Bartley
Jefferson Montero
Nathan Dyer (66)
Tom Carroll
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