Swansea frustrated by Middlesbrough in goalless encounter

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03 April, 2017

It has seen them dragged back towards the bottom three, with Boro under the charge of caretaker boss Steve Agnew, one place off the foot of the table and five points behind their hosts.

Swansea have the most porous defence in the Premier League but there was no way through for Middlesbrough's shot-shy attack.

Swansea City and Middlesbrough were forced to share the spoils after they played out a boring scoreless draw at the Liberty Stadium.

It is an opportunity for Swansea to put further distance between themselves and Middlesbrough, who are now five points worse off with a game in hand and the lowest scorers in the Premier League.

"They are encouraged to do that and play with no fear".

There was no shortage of endeavour or commitment as would be expected in a classic relegation six-pointer, but neither team could provide the defining moment of quality which would have meant so much.

With Llorente out with a calf injury, Ayew was up top with Narsingh and Sigurdsson either side.

Middlesbrough showed heart in their last league game against Manchester United but that kind of performance is not going to keep them in the Premier League.

Boro's threat was also fleeting in a first period that started brightly but quietened down as both teams began to settle.

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They looked to utilise the frightening pace of Adama Traore on the break, one such lightning raid ending with Leroy Fer cautioned for a cynical trip.

But referee Bobby Madley frustrated Clement and the majority of fans inside the Liberty Stadium crowd when he pointed for a corner rather than to the penalty spot.

Swansea midfielder Tom Carroll went close to breaking the deadlock with a 25-yard drive that whistled past a post.

The game's most risky moments centred around the two best players, Sigurdsson and Traore.

Middlesbrough nearly snatched three points right at the end as Gestede headed a great chance wide at the far post, but overall, the nil-nil scoreline was a fair reflection of the quality on show.

Boro too had a last-ditch chance and might have snatched an unlikely victory when striker Alvaro Negredo picked out Rudy Gestede with an outside-of-the-boot cross, only for the substitute to head wide.

Middlesbrough's Fabio Pereira da Silva receives medical attention during their English Premier League soccer match at the Liberty Stadium in Swansea, England, Sunday April 2, 2017.

There were five minutes remaining when Gylfi Sigurdsson's goalbound free-kick struck the arm of Adam Forshaw in the Middlesbrough wall.


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