Sunday 25 February 2018

Sunderland fans give Graham frosty reception

Sunderland 0
Swansea City 0

Luke Edwards

Danny Graham may wish to reconsider his request to leave Swansea City for Sunderland this week after he was booed by sections of the home crowd during this tedious stalemate.

Graham, a vocal Newcastle United supporter in the past, had hoped to move back to the region after Sunderland made a bid for him earlier this month.

The 27-year-old even told Swansea manager Michael Laudrup of his desire to go back to his native North East, yet there are some Sunderland fans who have no intention of welcoming him.

Sunderland have not increased their £4m offer and, as things stand, there is a lot of negotiating to be done over the next 48 hours for the deal to go through.

In the game itself, neither were willing to throw enough men forward to risk leaving themselves exposed at the back, which made it easier for both defences.

The home crowd were far from impressed with their efforts, the booing of Graham indicative of their negative mood.

It could have been even worse, Swansea missing the one clear chance of the second period when the lively Dyer side-footed Michu's cross wide. It also needed a superb block from Titus Bramble on Michu in stoppage time to secure a barely appreciated point.

Irish Independent

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