Premier League

  • A. Williams 27’
1 Half Time 0
Premier League
Liberty Stadium
Attendance 20,430


    • KICK OFF
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      WIDE FROM DEENEY AND THAT SHOULD DO IT! He can't direct his shot on target from inside the area, sending it whizzing wide of the near post and behind for a goal kick. Swansea have only a few more seconds to see out!
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      Sigurdsson is shown a yellow card for time wasting.
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      UNBELIEVABLE! OFF THE WOODWORK! What a terrific bit of running from Gomis inside the area to twist and turn his way into space, somehow getting a shot off, but it smacks off the inside of the far post! Half an inch to the right and Swansea are two goals to the good.
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      That's all for our live coverage from the Liberty Stadium. Good bye!
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      FULL TIME: SWANSEA 1-0 WATFORD. Skipper Ashley Williams inflicts a fourth-successive league defeat on the Hornets, pulling the Swans out of the relegation zone with new coach Francesco Guidolin watching on.
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      Quique Sanchez Flores makes three changes following their defeat to Southampton, in an attempt to get back in the win column. Nathan Ake returns from a three-match suspension, replacing Jose Holebas at left-back, while Craig Cathcart gets the nod ahead of Sebastian Prodl in the centre of defence. Va
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      Kyle Naughton is available and starts after winning his appeal against the red card picked up midweek against Sunderland, meaning Alan Curtis makes just one change to the team which lost to Sunderland, calling upon Jack Cork for some added stability in midfield in place of Modou Barrow.
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      SUBS: Prodl, Oulare, Paredes, Guedioura, Anya, Abdi, Arlauskis.
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      WATFORD (4-4-2): Gomes; Nyom, Cathcart, Britos, Ake; Behrami, Capoue, Watson, Jurado; Ighalo, Deeney.
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      SUBS: Amat, Emnes, Nordfeldt, Gomis, Montero, Rangel, Barrow.
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      SWANSEA (4-3-3): Fabianski; Naughton, Fernandez, Williams, Taylor; Britton, Cork, Ki; Sigurdsson, Routledge, Ayew;
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      Watford have dropped three in a row after their impressive showings against Liverpool and Chelsea. They conceded late in defeats to Tottenham and Manchester City, before Southampton made them look very average midweek. This slide has seen them drop from fifth place all the way to 12th. It’s not time
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      Of course Alan Curtis has taken a step back once again with the club announcing today they have appointed Francesco Guidolin as Head Coach, with the final say on player selection. The Italian has not been working since leaving Udinese in 2014 after four years in charge of the Serie A club, and tonig
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      Hello and welcome to live coverage of Watford’s trip to the Liberty Stadium to take on Swansea City, with the both sides hoping to end their Premier League slide. Swans interim boss Alan Curtis has put a lot of pressure on his side heading into this Monday night fixture, stressing the need to pick u
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      Underway at the Liberty Stadium!
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      OFFSIDE! The interplay there from Swansea in attack was a real joy to watch, capped off by a delicious back-heel from Sigurdsson to spring Routledge through on goal. The forward just drifted a yard or two offside, however, and it was spotted accordingly by the linesman.
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      Swansea are not lining up in a 4-3-3 a was originally indicated. They actually have instilled a diamond in midfield, with Sigurdsson at the top of it in the number 10 role, while Cork has been tasked with providing cover for the back line. Routledge and Ayew are roaming freely up top.
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      STAT: Watford won 1-0 when the teams met in September - securing their first Premier League victory of the season since returning to the top flight.
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      The hosts have enjoyed the bulk of possession but they really seem to be lacking ideas in attack, throwing balls aimlessly into the area with the hopes of getting a lucky bounce or a stroke of genius from Ayew or Routledge. They don't have the height in the centre to be throwing balls into the box l
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      Watford's main focus seems to be on keeping their shape and remaining disciplined at the back, before trying to break with pace on the counter. Their two strikers are more than willing to put in the work, though the midfield has yet to really produce much for the likes of Deeney or Ighalo to chase.
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      CLOSE CALL! That's a very tight decision for the linesman who flags Sigurdsson for offside after a clever routine worked by the Swans following a corner. Had the flag stayed down, and it very well could have, the Iceland international could have been into the box with a real opportunity to carve out
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      A mistake from Ake awards the Swans yet another corner as the pressure begins to build on the Watford goal. They have defended capably up to this point, but the rest of the team needs to start doing their part to provide the back four with a bit of respite.
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      STAT: Since beating Manchester United at the end of August, Swansea have won just once at home in the Premier League (W1, D4, L4).
    • 19'
      Bravely done by Gomes! There are a lot of eyes on the keeper, despite the fine season he's had to date, with Costel Pantilimon on his way to Vicarage Road from Sunderland. The ex-Tottenham keeper does really well here though in coming off his line to sniff out a through ball intended for Britton, wh
    • 21'
      It's almost as it Watford haven't been told they're playing a game tonight. They have been very poor in every facet of the pitch. A large reason for their success this season can be attributed to how hard they work collectively, but we have not seen that just yet.
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      Jurado drags down Routledge in midfield and Michael Oliver brings play to a halt once he realises there is no advantage to be had - and the Spaniard is issued a yellow card.
    • 24'
      We have entered a bit of a cagey period with the ball largely being contained in midfield. The hosts are still by far the more positive side in possession, but it all seems to be fizzling out for them once they enter the final third.
    • 26'
      Terrific bit of play from Ayew! A pass is absolutely drilled towards him and somehow he manages to control it, while fending off Cathcart. He keeps play alive and works a tidy one-two with Sigurdsson before forcing Gomes into action with a decent strike from 15 yards out.
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      G A. Williams Assist Sung-Yong Ki
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      Ki was instrumental in the buildup, peeling off to the right to get into space before delivering a inviting cross into the area.
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      THE BIG MAN PRODUCES A BIG GOAL FOR SWANSEA! The Swans send plenty of men into the box for a corner, and although the ball is initially cleared, they manage to keep the pressure on. Ki sends a terrific cross in from the right and there's Ashley Williams to rise and meet it, sending a thumping header
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      STAT: Ahead of MD22, Swansea had conceded the opening goal 14 times this season, only Villa (15) had done so more often this season.
    • 31'
      The Swans have not let up since scoring, back on the front foot and looking for more. The club is in a very fragile state right now, so it's important for them to keep their focus and not let Watford grow into the game, because if they concede it could really deal a blow to morale.
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      No question that's a foul as Routledge escapes onto the left flank to get on the end of a pass from Ki and knock the ball beyond Nyom, before the right-back takes him to ground. A yellow is issued to the defender, but the free kick will be more of a worry for the Hornes.
    • 35'
      It has been all Swansea in this second half and there is no indication of that changing right now. Ake is the latest to commit a foul, in a similar position on the opposite flank. Sigurdsson's last delivery was beaten away by Gomes, so he will be hoping to do a bit better with this one.
    • 37'
      Watord are desperately in need of a late push to end this first half. A goal seems to be out of the question, but they have to find a way to tilt the tides a bit or change momentum into the half, or they could be staring a fourth consecutive league defeat in the face.
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      STAT: Watford have not lost four successive Premier League games since May 2000. After winning four games in a row in the Premier League, Watford have now picked up just one point in their four games following this streak (W0, D1, L3).
    • 41'
      The Hornets are trying to muster a bit of possession, but Swansea are playing with great confidence. They have plenty of energy off the ball and more than enough depth in defence to deal with the movement of Ighalo and Deeney, who have been starved of service in this first half.
    • 43'
      Swansea have had close to 70 per cent possession in this first half, but perhaps the most telling stat is that 55 per cent of all possession has been in the midfield third. Neither side have spent a great deal of time in attack, in what has been a relatively uninspiring opening 45 minutes.
    • 45'
      The Swans head into the interval with a slender advantage thanks to a goal from their skipper Ashley Williams, in what has been a rather uneventful 45 minutes of football at the Liberty Stadium with both sides in desperate need of points to halt their respective skids.
    • 45'
      There will be just one minute added on at the end of the first half, as play is brought to a halt with Williams down injured after an innocent coming together with Behrami in midfield. This does appear a bit of a worry for the defender, who remains down as the training staff comes out to have a look
    • 46'
      Back underway in Wales!
    • 48'
      Williams was walking very gingerly at the end of the first half and was especially struggling as he made his way towards the tunnel, but the training staff seems to have worked a miracle on him as he's back out for this second half and moving without any noticeable infringements as Watford ask a few
    • 50'
      STAT: Swansea are 11 points worse off after 21 games this season (19) than they were in 2014-15.
    • 52'
      Not a bad effort! Jurado is quickly growing into Watford's best attacking outlet and has been head over heels their most direct midfielder in possession. He works a little one-two with Deeney to line up a shot, but his curled effort drifts a couple yards wide of the top corner from range.
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      SPLENDID DELIVERY! Watson whips in a tremendous free kick from the left flank which Britos rises to meet, between Williams and Sigurdsson. He glances a tidy header at goal from close range, but it crashes onto the roof of the net!
    • 56'
      This is exactly what Alan Curtis would have warned his team about at the break. Watford have come out of the interval with a spring in their step, as was to be expected, and Swansea are struggling a bit to keep pace. They need to weather this storm and get back to the form they showed in the first h
    • 58'
      Better from Swansea as they start to pass the ball around a bit better. They had no issue working it around in midfield in the first half but the same has not been true of the second. Sigurdsson is starting to get on the ball a bit more and that's exactly what the hosts need.
    • 60'
      Speculative effort in the end from Cork as he skews a half-volley wide from 20 yards after Ayew did so well to knock the ball down for him, winning a header inside the area. You get the sense that Swansea may need a second goal if they are to snatch all three points.
    • 62'
      Cynical handball from Britton who knew every bit what he was doing there, taking one for the team to stop what was turning into a promising attack for Watford. He will not escape a booking for that, however.
    • 64'
      STAT: The Hornets have lost just one of their last five competitive away games against the Swans (W2 D2 L1).
    • 66'
      SI M. Barrow SO Sung-Yong Ki
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      Routledge has put in a good shift tonight for the Swans and receives an appropriate ovation as he makes his way off for the final 25 minutes, to be replaced by Modou Barrow.
    • 68'
      Watford continue to grow into the game, and they seem to have developed more of an idea on how they want to attack. Jurado sprints forward and spots Ighalo, who gifts the midfielder a return pass, but the Spaniard's shot curls beyond the far post.
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      CRUCIAL BLOCK! Sigurdsson amazes with his skill, dribbling his way beyond a couple of defenders before picking out Ki with a pullback. The midfielder takes the chance first time, but his strike is turned aside smartly by Watson.
    • 72'
      Slowly but surely the tempo is starting to pick up a bit with Watford beginning to throw caution to the wind. They will have little hesitation in sending bodies forward in search of an equaliser, though that won't serve much purpose if they can't start to get their front men some service.
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      SI J. Paredes SO Sung-Yong Ki
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      The first change for Watford isn't really an attacking one as Nyom, who is on a yellow, is replaced by Juan Carlos Paredes in what is a like-for-like swap.
    • 76'
      STAT: Watford have scored exactly one goal in each of their last four visits to the Liberty Stadium across all competitions.
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      Watford are completely out of ideas and are sorely lacking in creativity as they try and break this Swansea resistance. They have Almen Abdi waiting in the wings and you have to wonder why he hasn't been brought on yet. The Swiss midfielder has created 28 chances for the Hornets this season.
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      DREADFUL EFFORT! Watson is more than capable of sweetly striking a set piece, and he has his chance from 20 yards out, just to the left of goal. Anticipation builds as he gets set to take, but his final effort is a letoff for the Swans as it smacks off the bottom of the wall before being cleared.
    • 82'
      SI B. Gomis SO Sung-Yong Ki
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      Swansea make a second change, with Ayew giving way after putting in a tireless shift up top. He's replaced by Bafetimbi Gomis, who will be hoping to punish Watford on the break as the Hornets start to throw men forward.
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      STRAIGHT AT FABIANSKI! A careless bit of defending sees Swansea fail to convincingly clear their lines following a corner, and Jurado latches onto the loose ball. He volleys at goal and makes decent contact, but hits it directly at the keeper.
    • 86'
      Another Watson set piece is dealt with easily by the Swans. This doesn't seem to be Watford's night. Swansea have not broken their focus since the opening kick and they appear determined to keep all three points - which would be good enough to take them back out of the relegation zone.
    • 87'
      SI Jordi Amat SO Sung-Yong Ki
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      SI O. Oularé SO Sung-Yong Ki
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      Watford use the stoppage to make their second change as well, with forward Obbi Oulare replacing Behrami.
    • 87'
      Alan Curtis makes his final personnel decision as interim manager as the Swans use their third substitution. Jordi Amat is introduced as an extra body in defence, at the expense of Ki.
    • 89'
      Another Jurado strike drifts just beyond the post with Fabianski struggling to get across. The pressure stays on, however, and Ake's cross is forced behind by Naughton for a corner. Watson delivers, but again Fabianski is wise to it, coming off his line and getting great distance behind his punch.
    • 90'
      There will be three minutes added on at the end of the match. Is there a twist in the tale?

    Line Up




    Steve Cooper
    Francisco Javier Muñoz Llompart



    Possession 0% 0%
    Effective Chances 0 0
    Shots on Target 0 0
    Turnovers 0 0


    Passes 0 0
    Passing Accuracy 0% 0%
    Passing Accuracy in opponent’s half 0% 0%
    Crosses 0 0
    Crossing accuracy 0% 0%


    Shots 0 0
    Shots outside the box 0 0
    Shots inside the box 0 0
    Shooting accuracy 0% 0%


    Tackles 0 0
    Effective Tackles 0% 0%
    Blocked Shots 0 0
    Clearances 0 0
    Saves 0 0


    Fouls Conceded 8 11
    Yellow Cards 2 2
    Red Cards 0 0
    Offsides 0 0

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