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Swansea   0 - 0   Ipswich

Swansea 0-0 Ipswich

Swansea 0-0 Ipswich


Ipswich's Jon Walters challenges Swansea's Andrea Orlandi for the ball
Ipswich's Jon Walters challenges Swansea's Andrea Orlandi for the ball

Play-off chasing Swansea City's winless run stretched to five after being held by draw specialists Ipswich in a largely uninspiring encounter.

The Swans started brightly and Nathan Dyer hit the post after sliding in to meet Cedric van der Gun's ball.

But chances after that were few and far between with Mark Gower and Ipswich's Grant Leadbitter trying for openings.

Shefki Kuqi could have claimed the points for Swansea with a minute to go but headed just wide from a corner.

The Swans have now won just once in seven attempts and it was not the result they were hoping for following their shock 5-1 defeat at Blackpool in midweek.

But while they plugged the defensive gap to equal a club-record 22nd-clean sheet, the fifth-placed Swans saw the chasing pack close the gap on the play-offs to five points.

Boss Paulo Sousa was looking for a reaction and Dyer almost gave the hosts the perfect start after two minutes when he slid in at the far post to meet Van der Gun's ball in, but he was denied by the upright.

It sparked hopes of a lively encounter, but that never materialised as both sides cancelled each other out in a drab first 45 minutes.

Grant Leadbitter did test Dorus de Vries in the Swansea goal in a rare Town attack midway through the first half, but the Dutchman easily collected.

The Swans did come out after the break with a bit more urgency

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and Gower tried his luck from 35 yards which was never going to trouble former Swans keeper Brian Murphy.

On-loan Sunderland striker Daryl Murphy had a chance to put Ipswich in front but failed to beat De Vries from an acute angle.

And then the home supporters were left furious when a clearly offside Jon Walters was allowed to race into the box and cut the ball back for Murphy, whose shot was tipped around the post by the alert De Vries.

But it was Swansea who had the chance to wrap up the points with Ashley Williams and Kuqi both coming close with headers.

Roy Keane's Ipswich will be satisfied with the point that equals their club-record 18th draw of the season, and edges them closer to Championship safety.


No complaints over draw - Sousa

Swansea City manager Paulo Sousa:

"Ipswich were well organised and our minds were not fresh so at the end of the game I am happy with a point.

"I am very glad that we are now through a difficult month and can refresh ourselves before next Saturday's derby at Cardiff.

"We need to be ready for them but we have shown we are a good side as we have been in the play-off positions for a long time.

"We now have 22 clean sheets this season to equal the club record but we must find more ways of scoring goals and we have the possibility of doing that during training this week.

"We want to create a strong foundation here and improve as a club and I'm very confident and happy that we will do just that."

Ipswich manager Roy Keane:

"We could have done more with the possession but our work rate was good and now we can look forward to next week.

"We are disappointed that we never had a cutting edge but to keep a clean sheet is always good.

"We are looking for a bit more consistency as we have dropped a lot of points against teams near the bottom of the division and today we had to be a bit more negative to get anything out of this game."

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Saturday, 27 March 2010

Championship

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Swansea 0-0 Ipswich FT
(HT 0-0)

      Swansea

      • 01 De Vries
      • 02 Williams
      • 05 Tate
      • 22 Rangel
      • 43 Edgar
      • 07 Britton (Trundle 75)
      • 08 Pratley yellow card
      • 10 Orlandi (Allen 66)
      • 11 Van der Gun
      • 12 Dyer (Gower 46)
      • 42 Kuqi

      Substitutes

      • 17 Cornell,
      • 24 Allen,
      • 27 Gower,
      • 49 Cotterill,
      • 18 Pintado,
      • 19 Trundle,
      • 23 Bauza

      Ipswich

      • 26 Murphy
      • 02 Wright
      • 03 Delaney
      • 04 McAuley
      • 06 Leadbitter
      • 10 Norris
      • 12 Peters
      • 17 Colback
      • 30 O'Connor (Edwards 57)
      • 19 Walters
      • 21 Murphy

      Substitutes

      • 28 Lee-Barrett,
      • 22 Rosenior,
      • 35 Smith,
      • 07 Garvan,
      • 23 Edwards,
      • 09 Counago,
      • 20 Healy
      Ref: PawsonAtt: 14,902
      SWANSEA
      IPSWICH

      Possession

      • Swansea 59%
      • Ipswich 41%

      Attempts on target

      • Swansea 2
      • Ipswich 5

      Attempts off target

      • Swansea 4
      • Ipswich 3

      Corners

      • Swansea 4
      • Ipswich 3

      Fouls

      • Swansea 9
      • Ipswich 9
      • Final Result
      • Full Time
      • 90:00+3:07 The final whistle goes and the game is over.
      • 89:44 Free kick awarded for a foul by Ashley Williams on Jonathan Walters. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Grant Leadbitter, save by Dorus De Vries.
      • 88:52 Outswinging corner taken by Mark Gower, Ashley Williams has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the target.
      • 87:18 The official flags Daryl Murphy offside. Free kick taken by David Edgar.
      • 86:38 Unfair challenge on David Wright by Cedric Van der Gun results in a free kick. Brian Murphy takes the free kick.
      • 85:03 Shefki Kuqi fouled by David Norris, the ref awards a free kick. Mark Gower restarts play with the free kick.
      • 83:54 Corner taken right-footed by Mark Gower from the left by-line, save made by Brian Murphy.
      • 82:30 Shot from just outside the area by Grant Leadbitter misses to the left of the target.
      • 82:17 Shot from 20 yards from Grant Leadbitter. Blocked by Joe Allen.
      • 77:53 Alan Tate challenges Daryl Murphy unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed by Jack Colback, save made by Dorus De Vries.
      • 75:41 Corner taken by Mark Gower, Gareth McAuley makes a clearance.
      • 74:44 Substitution Lee Trundle is brought on as a substitute for Leon Britton.
      • 74:00 Foul by Darren Pratley on Jaime Peters, free kick awarded. Brian Murphy restarts play with the free kick.
      • 73:21 Mark Gower crosses the ball.
      • 70:34 Joe Allen concedes a free kick for a foul on David Norris. Grant Leadbitter takes the direct free kick.
      • 66:38 Shefki Kuqi is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Brian Murphy takes the indirect free kick.
      • 66:15 Daryl Murphy concedes a free kick for a foul on Angel Rangel. Direct free kick taken by Angel Rangel.
      • 65:23 Substitution Joe Allen comes on in place of Andrea Orlandi.
      • 62:03 Unfair challenge on Darren Pratley by Jaime Peters results in a free kick. Andrea Orlandi delivers the ball, Headed effort on goal by Ashley Williams from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the goal.
      • 60:29 Shefki Kuqi produces a header from inside the area that goes over the bar.
      • 58:11 Shot by Daryl Murphy. Save by Dorus De Vries. Inswinging corner taken by Grant Leadbitter from the left by-line played to the near post, save made by Dorus De Vries. David Norris has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the target.
      • 56:35 Substitution Shane O'Connor goes off and Carlos Edwards comes on.
      • 54:44 Mark Gower takes a shot from 25 yards. Save by Brian Murphy.
      • 50:00 Grant Leadbitter concedes a free kick for a foul on Leon Britton. Free kick taken by Ashley Williams.
      • 47:46 Daryl Murphy takes a shot. Dorus De Vries makes a save. Grant Leadbitter decides to take a short corner.
      • 45:01 The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.
      • 45:01 Substitution (Swansea) makes a substitution, with Mark Gower coming on for Nathan Dyer.
      • Half Time
      • 45:00+2:26 The ref blows to signal half-time.
      • 45:00+2:23 Corner taken by Darren Pratley, Brian Murphy makes a clearance.
      • 45:00+2:01 Andrea Orlandi delivers the ball.
      • 44:51 Booking The referee books Darren Pratley for unsporting behaviour.
      • 44:45 Darren Pratley challenges David Norris unfairly and gives away a free kick. Brian Murphy restarts play with the free kick.
      • 44:20 Free kick awarded for a foul by David Norris on Darren Pratley. Leon Britton takes the direct free kick.
      • 38:14 Grant Leadbitter has an effort at goal from 25 yards. Save made by Dorus De Vries.
      • 36:44 Unfair challenge on Andrea Orlandi by Jack Colback results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Leon Britton.
      • 35:39 David Norris has a shot on goal from outside the box which misses left.
      • 32:24 The official flags Jonathan Walters offside. Ashley Williams restarts play with the free kick.
      • 31:35 Grant Leadbitter takes a short corner.
      • 26:42 Grant Leadbitter fouled by Angel Rangel, the ref awards a free kick. Brian Murphy takes the free kick.
      • 24:07 Andrea Orlandi challenges Jack Colback unfairly and gives away a free kick. Damien Delaney takes the free kick.
      • 23:52 David Norris challenges Darren Pratley unfairly and gives away a free kick. David Edgar takes the free kick.
      • 20:49 The assistant referee flags for offside against Grant Leadbitter. Dorus De Vries takes the free kick.
      • 20:09 Darren Pratley gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jack Colback. Damien Delaney delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right channel, clearance made by Alan Tate.
      • 19:15 Foul by Daryl Murphy on Darren Pratley, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Andrea Orlandi.
      • 6:43 Darren Pratley has an effort at goal from 25 yards. Blocked by David Norris.
      • 2:29 Shot from close in by Nathan Dyer strikes the post.
      • 1:08 David Norris gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Darren Pratley. Leon Britton takes the free kick.
      • 0:00 The game begins.

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      Championship table snapshot

      As it stood on 27 Mar 2010 23:59 UK

      Position Team P GD PTS
      1 Newcastle 38 44 80
      2 West Brom 40 35 79
      3 Nottm Forest 39 23 70
      4 Cardiff 39 17 62
      5 Swansea 40 2 62
      6 Leicester 39 9 61
      7 Blackpool 40 12 57
      8 Doncaster 40 4 55
      9 Middlesbrough 40 9 54
      10 Sheff Utd 39 3 54
      11 Reading 38 -2 52
      12 Coventry 40 -8 52
      13 Bristol City 40 -9 52
      14 Preston 40 -10 49
      15 Barnsley 39 -13 49
      16 Ipswich 40 -8 48
      17 Derby 40 -10 48
      18 QPR 39 -5 47
      19 Sheff Wed 40 -17 44
      20 Scunthorpe 38 -19 44
      21 Watford 38 -9 43
      22 Crystal Palace 39 -5 39
      23 Plymouth 39 -17 37
      24 Peterborough 40 -26 30


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