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The Liberty Stadium (ATT 17,603) 26th December 2008 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: S Tanner

Swansea Swansea City vs Coventry City Coventry

Swans frustrated by Coventry

Hosts have to settle for point despite dominating

Last Updated: 26/12/08 6:36pm

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Scotland: Unable to break deadlock

Scotland: Unable to break deadlock

Swansea dominated proceedings against Coventry at the Liberty Stadium but were forced to settle for a point.

Roberto Martinez's men creating the majority of the goalscoring opportunities but could not break the deadlock and have now drawn seven games in succession.

Swansea named an unchanged line-up from the side which drew with Blackpool last weekend, while Sky Blues boss Chris Coleman called up Marcus Hall and Michael Doyle in place of Daniel Fox and Jay Tabb.

The home side had the first chance of the match, Tom Butler cutting in from the left-hand side and curling a shot into the hands of Coventry goalkeeper Keiren Westwood.

The Swans forward Jason Scotland then created a chance from nothing, jinking his way past two defenders but his shot was blocked by Ben Turner.

Butler had his second chance of the game after 17 minutes when he ran at the defence at pace and curled a shot towards the top corner, but Westwood was equal to it and tipped the ball over the bar.

The game failed to pick up any pace with both sides failing to stamp their authority on the game and a poor effort from long range from Joe Allen for the Swans was easily collected by Westwood.


Coventry continued to reduce the hosts to long-range chances with Darren Pratley and Scotland both dragging shots wide from outside the area.

The visitors had a fine chance after 32 minutes as Freddie Eastwood found himself free in the area but his shot was palmed away by Dorus De Vries.

Swansea started the second half brightly and Jordi Gomez tested Westwood with a free-kick from 20-yards although the ball went straight into the stopper's hands.

A quick break from the hosts saw Butler charge down the left-hand side and pull the ball across for Gomez but his shot crept wide of the upright as Martinez's men started to take control.

Martinez brought Gorka Pintado on as his side went in search of an opening goal and Pintado set Gomez away, but his third shot of the game again flew wide as frustrations began to show for the home side.

Scotland came close after turning on the edge of the area and his powerful shot was punched wide by Westwood as the Sky Blues keeper continued to keep his side on level terms.

Coventry substitute Leon Best had a half-chance but he flashed his shot straight at De Vries in the closing stages as both sides had to settle for a point.

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