Monday 20 January 2020

Swansea v Watford - story of the match

Watford pair Younes Kaboul (left) and Heurelho Gomes (right) were stand-out performers in the Hornets' 0-0 draw at Swansea.
Watford pair Younes Kaboul (left) and Heurelho Gomes (right) were stand-out performers in the Hornets' 0-0 draw at Swansea.

Swansea failed to mark Bob Bradley's first home game with victory as Watford held them to a goalless draw at the Liberty Stadium.

The result leaves Swansea in the Premier League's relegation zone, but new manager Bradley will be able to draw positives from a performance which almost saw one point turn into three when Gylfi Sigurdsson struck a post late on.

This was Swansea's first clean sheet since the opening day of the season and there was plenty of attacking intent, particularly in the second half when, unlike in the final days of Francesco Guidolin's managerial reign, they kept the foot on the accelerator.


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Younes Kaboul

The burly Frenchman proved a formidable barrier for Swansea to pass as Watford kept a clean sheet for the second consecutive game. Swansea created little of note in the first half as Kaboul marshalled the Hornets' defence well. Swansea upped the tempo after the break and put the squeeze on Watford. But Kaboul was in the right place time and again to thwart Swansea and earn his side a precious point.


Heurelho Gomis' second-half save from point-blank range to stop Swansea defender Mike van der Hoorn from opening the scoring. How much the Brazilian knew about it is unclear, but he got his legs in the way to keep out the Dutchman from just a few yards out after Gylfi Sigurdsson had whipped a wicked cross into the Watford box.


Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins was perhaps fearing a frosty reception after the Supporters' Trust t criticised the board in midweek for not consulting them over talks to sell the club to American pair Jason Levien and Steve Kaplan. The Americans duly apologised in their programme notes for the lack of consultation with the Trust over the appointment of new boss Bob Bradley - and the focus of the crowd turned on the new manager. Bradley was suited and booted for the occasion after Gary Lineker had criticised his black jumper at Arsenal last weekend.



Lukasz Fabianski 7 (out of 10)

Kyle Naughton 7

Mike van der Hoorn 7

Alfie Mawson 7

Stephen Kingsley 7

Leon Britton 7

Ki Sung-yueng 6

Wayne Routledge 6

Modou Barrow 6

Gylfi Sigurdsson 6

Borja Baston 6


Fernando Llorente (for Routledge) 6


Heurelho Gomes 7

Sebastian Prodl 7

Miguel Britos 7

Younes Kaboul 8

Jose Holebas 6

Valon Behrami 7

Etienne Capoue 6

Juan Zuniga 6

Roberto Pereyra 6

Troy Deeney 7

Odion Ighalo 7


Nordin Amrabat (for Zuniga) 7

Adlene Guedioura (for Capoue) 6


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