Swans and Hornets in goalless stalemate

Moment of the Matchday – Matchday 12

Swansea City were held to a 0-0 draw by a resilient Watford defence in manager Bob Bradley's first game at the Liberty Stadium.

  • Swansea 0 Watford 0
  • Goalless at HT
  • Sigurdsson hits the post
  • Watford move up to ninth
  • Barrow handed MOTM award

Match summary

In a game devoid of real quality Swansea did manage to create the better chances of the two sides in manager Bob Bradley's home debut.

However, the result sees the Swans remain in the bottom three in 19th spot, while Watford move up to ninth.

Full report

After the 3-2 loss against Arsenal in his first game, manager Bob Bradley made the bold decision to hand a first-team debut to centre-back Alfie Mawson who kept the Hornets duo Odion Ighalo and Troy Deeney quiet all game.

The off-season signing from Barnsley held his own amongst the top-flight stars but in essence – neither side was truly tested in an uninspiring display of football.

There was little for either goalkeeper to do and chances were at a premium, with only one effort apiece on target.

A shock for both sides who don't usually keep clean sheets.

In the second half Mo Barrow looked to take the game to Walter Mazzarri's men and nearly made inroads when he squared the ball perfectly to star playmaker Gylfi Sigurdsson. 

The Iceland international was standing on the six-yard line in the centre of the goal but only managed to curl his effort past Heurelho Gomes, and against left-hand post.

Gomes also made another fine save to deny Mike van der Hoorn five yards out after the Dutchman got on the end of a Sigurdsson free-kick.

However, that was as good as it got for the hosts, while Deeney and co looked to be happy with securing the point that moved them into ninth spot in the league.