Swansea 0-0 West Ham: Both sides wasteful despite need to win

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Swansea and West Ham each have not won since October 24. They both came into the Liberty Stadium desperately needing three points. They both leave the Stadium without the prize.

Both sides proved risk-averse and wasteful as they crawled towards a 0-0 draw on Sunday.

They each bunkered down early, and while Swansea began the more innovative of the teams, but the opening 25 minutes saw few chances on goal. Both teams seemed to have an uneasiness about them, and while the midfield proved physical, there were few risks taken.

The best chance came five minutes from halftime as a wild shot from Bafetimbi Gomis trickled to Jack Cord who backheeled to Andre Ayew. The Ghanan poked an effort on goal but it spun just wide, possibly clipping off a defender.

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The game continued to work in Swansea’s favor as West Ham was forced to defend in bunches, and the home side nearly went ahead as Cork on the hour mark unleashed a monstrous volley destined for the top corner that forced a fantastic save by Adrian.

A minute later Swansea played a beautiful one-two between Gylfi Sigurdsson and Ki Sung-Yeung, and the latter pumped a shot that seemed to deflect off the hand of James Collins before falling wide. The Swans implored referee Lee Mason to award them a penalty, but he refused.

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West Ham had a moment of creativity as Alex Song played a delicious ball up the left edge but the cross was too close to Lukasz Fabianski who collected. Swansea brought on Jonjo Shelvey with 18 minutes to go, the first appearance for the England international in a month. Enner Valencia, off the bench at the hour mark, forced a stellar save from Fabianski when he dipped inside to shake Ashley Williams and fired a shot that the Swansea keeper could only leap to keep out.

With seven minutes to go Nikica Jelavic appeared to be through two-on-one but instead crashed straight into Williams in his attempt to go around the defender.

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The teams scratched and clawed their way to the final whistle, neither side able to find a way through. Despite the chance to pull themselves out of the relegation zone, Swansea instead find themselves still two points shy of Newcastle in 17th. West Ham’s defensive game plan saw them draw for the fourth match in a row – three of which finished 0-0 – and a failure to turn one point into three points has them still in eighth, unable to keep pace with Watford who are three points clear in seventh.