Swansea show some fight to rescue a point at home to Bournemouth
Published 21/11/2015 | 17:16
Andre Ayew came to Garry Monk's rescue as Swansea fought back from a two-goal deficit to draw 2-2 with Bournemouth at the Liberty Stadium.
Swansea were second-best for long periods and the manner of the performance will not convince the doubters that manager Monk can stop the club's alarming slide.
But at least Monk's men showed plenty of spirit after Joshua King and Dan Gosling had fired Bournemouth into a commanding lead after 26 minutes to give the Cherries hope of a first win in eight games.
Ayew pulled a goal back within two minutes of Gosling's strike with a classy back-heel and then won a penalty, albeit in dubious circumstances, which Jonjo Shelvey stroked home before the break.
Monk had responded to Swansea's run of one win in nine games by making four changes - regulars Federico Fernandez, Jefferson Montero, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Bafetimbi Gomis all dropping out - but the hosts were out of sorts and a long way removed from the side which finished eighth last season.
Bournemouth's bright start was rewarded after 10 minutes when Kyle Bartley's attempted clearance struck Ki Sung-yueng and fell into the path of Junior Stanislas.
The winger intelligently cut the ball back for an unmarked King to finish for his first goal since February and his first for the Cherries in 13 attempts.
Swansea hit back instantly and Adam Federici was forced to deny Wayne Routledge and Eder in quick succession but Bournemouth were creating danger almost at will.
Leon Britton's slip allowed King to bear down on goal and Lukasz Fabianski saved and Stanislas saw his effort rightly ruled out for offside.
But there was no escape for Swansea when Charlie Daniels surged through a timid Swansea midfield and Gosling helped it onto Matt Ritchie.
Swansea seemed as if they had stopped the danger but Ritchie picked out Gosling who finished with a delightful shot high past Fabianski.
There were jeers in the stands but two minutes later they turned to cheers as Daniels climbed above Eder to meet Neil Taylor's cross but only directed it towards Shelvey.
The England midfielder headed it forward to Ayew who had stayed onside to cleverly back-heel the ball past Federici for his sixth Swansea goal.
Ayew was also heavily involved in Swansea's equaliser as referee Andre Marriner felt Simon Francis had brought him down in the penalty area, despite the Ghanaian appearing to trip himself.
Shelvey stepped up to plant the ball firmly past Federici's outstretched left hand and Swansea were incredibly level after being disjointed for so much of the first period.
Bournemouth could count themselves unlucky to be level but they continued to take the game to Swansea in the second half with Harry Arter testing Fabianski from distance and Steve Cook flashing wide a far-post volley.
Swansea briefly stirred towards the end when Montero made an impact from the bench, but Bournemouth will leave south Wales feeling they let two points slip through their grasp.
TWEET OF THE MATCH
26 mins Swansea 0 - 2 Bournemouth. 38 mins Swansea 2 - 2 Bournemouth. Well that escalated quickly... #SWABOU - Bookmakers Ladbrokes (@Ladbrokes) on the hectic 12-minute turnaround from Swansea
Lukasz Fabianski: 6 (out of 10)
Kyle Naughton: 5
Ashley Williams: 5
Kyle Bartley: 5
Neil Taylor: 5
Leon Britton: 5
Ki Sung-yueng: 5
Jonjo Shelvey: 6
Wayne Routledge: 5
Andre Ayew: 7
Jefferson Montero: 6
Gylfi Sigurdsson: 6
Bafetimbi Gomis: 6
Adam Federici: 6
Simon Francis: 8
Steve Cook: 7
Sylvain Distin: 7
Charlie Daniels: 7
Dan Gosling: 7
Andrew Surman: 7
Harry Arter: 8
Junior Stanislas: 8
Matt Richie: 7
Joshua King: 7
Adam Smith: 6
Glenn Murray: 6
Shaun MacDonald: 6
Harry Arter: Strong midfield presence as Bournemouth enjoyed long periods of supremacy and kept Swansea on the backfoot with his perpetual motion. Always probed for an opening and not afraid to shoot from distance, testing Lukasz Fabianski in the Swansea goal with one firm second-half effort.
MOMENT OF THE MATCH
Difficult to pick out one in a contest of so many attacking moments but Andre Ayew's backheel summed up the Ghanaian's class. Shelvey's header came to him quickly but the finish was instinctive and powerful enough to give Adam Federici no chance in the Cherries goal. Also silenced the Swansea natives who were restless after falling 2-0 behind.
VIEW FROM THE BENCH
Swansea manager Garry Monk was facing what many felt was a defining day with his job under increasing scrutiny after a desperate run of one win in nine games. Monk must have feared the worst after falling 2-0 down but Ayew got them back in the game and they got a break with the penalty. Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe must wonder how they failed to pick up three points after a dominant display, but will no doubt have been pleased with the performance from the first minute to the last.
MOAN OF THE MATCH
Sounds picky after such an entertaining contest which had the crowd on their feet throughout, but the standard of defending by both sides left a lot to be desired. Swansea's centre-backs Ashley Williams and Kyle Bartley looked what they were, an unfamiliar partnership, and if Bournemouth's defence were better than the hosts they also had their uncomfortable moments.
WHO'S UP NEXT?
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