Saturday, 27 August 2011

Match Report: Swansea 0 Sunderland 0

It finished all square at the Liberty Stadium as Swansea and Sunderland created chances but couldn't find the back of the net. The home side enjoyed the better of the first-half opportunities, while the Black Cats arguably shaded the second half. Sunderland hit the ground running as they started brightly. Debutant John O'Shea saw his header clip the crossbar, while Swansea keeper Michel Vorm made a great save to keep out Stephane Sessegnon. Swansea began to find their way back into the game and Scott Sinclair shook the crossbar with a 35-yard thunderbolt. Nathan Dyer also went close but saw his header fly inches wide of the upright. Shortly before the break Danny Graham should have given the home side the lead but put a free header the wrong side of the post. Sunderland went closest to breaking the deadlock after half time. O'Shea provided the ammunition with a cross but Craig Gardner had to stretch to get to the ball and his diving header flew over the bar. Meanwhile, Asamoah Gyan saw his effort saved by Vorm after a swift break from Steve Bruce's men. At the other end Simon Mignolet pulled out a superb point-blank stop from Graham in what was the Swans best opportunity of the second 45 minutes. The result leaves both sides on two points from their opening three games, but of the two managers Steve Bruce may be the one feeling a touch more pressure after Sunderland's busy summer in the transfer market.

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