Swansea City – 0
Nottingham Forest – 0
Finally the travelling Forest fans got to see free-flowing, attacking and decisive football – unfortunately it was the Swans who provided it – whilst it could be argued a third consecutive goalless draw is a bad thing, but considering the performance of our hosts to suggest that we ‘got away with it’ would be the biggest understatement of the season. In previous games it was our toothlessness upfront that lead to a 0-0 scoreline.
Today it was our resolute defending, goalkeeping, and certainly a huge slice of luck, that kept the scoreline level – which, whilst not glossing over our inadequacies going forward – does bring me pleasure. To hear that Smith played a blinder and Wilson and Morgan played well in the middle is great news, afterall, you can’t lose if you don’t concede (yes, I know – you can’t win if you don’t score!), but with Agogo getting 90 minutes under his belt along with Grant, hopefully we will start to have more options going forward.
Swansea threw the kitchen sink, fridge, washing machine, cooker and dishwasher at Forest from the off, the dangerous Scotland creating the first chance for Robinson saved by Smith – not the first action the Forest ‘keeper would see today. Robinson again brought a stunning save after his 25 yard shot looked destined for the top corner. Bodde had the next chance, but dragged his shot wide, before Rangel unleashed a piledriver from an angle for Smith to save.
It took half an hour for Forest to forge a chance, Agogo volleying but blocked by a defender. Grant couldn’t quite get a shot away shortly after before Monk slid in to claim th eball for Swansea. It wasn’t to be long before the Swans were back on top, Lawrence played Scotland clean through and fortunately for us, he opted to blast it and miskicked, thus missing the target with undoubtedly the best chance of the game so far.
Similar to the Bournemouth game, Forest’s best chance came when Sammy Clingan drove the ball low from 25 yards, this time he was fully on target, unfortunately De Vries dived low to make an excellent save. Half time came, and despite a couple of forays forward, Forest were very fortuante to still be level with their rampant hosts.
The second half started less frenetically, although Swansea soon started to gain the ascendancy again – Scotland hit the post from 10 yards, Pratley’s drilled cross across the danger zone could have been put in by Duffy, but for the attentions of Luke Chambers. Shortly after this Kris Commons – who you might note has not been mentioned yet! – was withdrawn for the youngster Matt Thornhill.
Thornhill was quickly in the thick of it, combining with Junior Agogo to create a decent opportunity that didn’t quite end with a chance on goal. Swansea got forward again and Bodde thought he’d converted a header only for it to hit Wilson – a contender for Forest man of the match – and then deflect onto the post. Smith again kept us in it, saving a shot from Rangel with such ferocity that it knocked him over, however he was able to recover and get up to claim the loose ball.
Sinclair was a late addition for Agogo, but presumably purely to waste time as the youngster didn’t even get a touch. If you read the stats, they’re misleading – Swansea had 5 shots on goal, we had 3, we had 50:50 possession, but then there’s the more believable ones – 11 shots off target for the Swans to our 5, 12 corners to our 5, and all in all, I think we should all be very happy with a point.
And so, another clean sheet – another blank drawn at the other end of the pitch. It’s certainly not panic stations just yet, but it’s concerning nonetheless. With Agogo and Grant getting a game under their belt (with Grant still limping a bit) it gives us more opportunities up front – we just desperately need our creative forces in midfield to start providing chances for them to tuck away, which will hopefully become more apparent when the likes of Davies and Cohen are back from injury.
All in all, I’d have taken a draw at kick off, so I’m happy with this result, if not with all aspects of the performance.