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The Liberty Stadium (ATT 20,527) 3rd November 2012 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: K Friend

Swansea Swansea City vs Chelsea Chelsea

Swansea 1

P Hernandez (88)

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Chelsea 1

V Moses (61)

Pablo Hernandez strikes late as Swansea hold Chelsea in Premier League

Last Updated: 05/11/12 4:31pm

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Pablo Hernandez (left): Struck late to earn Swansea a merited point against Chelsea

Pablo Hernandez (left): Struck late to earn Swansea a merited point against Chelsea

Under-scrutiny Chelsea had to settle for a point as Pablo Hernandez struck two minutes from time to earn Swansea a 1-1 draw at the Liberty Stadium.

Best of the Match

  • Man of Match: Swansea centre-back Ashley Williams did not put a foot wrong and kept Fernando Torres and Oscar quiet.
  • Goal of the Match: Pablo Hernandez's late equaliser was a nice strike from 20 yards, although it did possibly take a nick off John Obi Mikel.
  • Tactic of the Match: Why did Eden Hazard persist with near post corners when Gary Cahill was dominant in the air and set up Chelsea's goal at the back post?
  • Talking Point: Chelsea are wobbling and were poor going forward. Torres, especially, was again a disappointment and a striker in January is essential.

Victor Moses's 61st-minute header looked to have capped a workmanlike, if not sparkling, performance but a Hernandez strike from the edge of the area foiled the visitors' bid to regain top spot.

Victory would have provided a welcome distraction while storm clouds from the Mark Clattenburg allegations still hover but Swansea, as awkward opponents here as they were against Manchester City last week, did not deserve another defeat.

It was a match that held promise for the purists and there was pep to both sides' early play, Oscar and Eden Hazard dangerous on the edge of the area and Swansea keen to counter down the right.

A third-minute break saw Hernandez send Angel Rangel through, albeit from an angle, but defensive caution kicked in and the pull-back to Michu meant the chance was wasted.

The visitors played keep-ball tidily but too often wove patterns too elaborate, Michu's first-time volley from a Hernandez chip over the top a rare act of decisiveness (13).

Chelsea's threat came chiefly from set-pieces but Leon Britton was on the line to stop Branislav Ivanovic sliding in at the back post and Fernando Torres saw a couple of headers land safely in Gerhard Tremmel's gloves.

Di Matteo might have been aggrieved to see Ashley Williams not punished for a clumsy tangle with Hazard soon before the break but the first half had been even, the killer pass elusive for both teams.

Di Matteo - We were so close

On came Ramires with licence to feed the forward line and he looked to have stirred some impetus when Moses followed up Hazard's low drive with a header that dropped narrowly over the bar.

But Michu provided a scare at the other end before the former Wigan man finally made the breakthrough with another header, only the deftest of touches needed to direct Gary Cahill's flick-on past Tremmel.

Michael Laudrup turned to Danny Graham and Nathan Dyer as the hail pummelled the turf, the latter's cross-cum-shot making Cech backtrack.

But the hosts finally profited when Itay Shechter teed up Swansea's record signing to drill low into the corner, the point lifting Laudrup's side towards the tantalising comfort of mid-table.

The Blues drop to second following the draw which came on the back of a tough few days which saw referee Clattenburg accused of making inappropriate comments towards John Obi Mikel in the Premier League defeat by Manchester United.

Mikel, though, turned in a fine performance given the storm he has found himself at the centre of, while wingers Wayne Routledge and Hernandez were at the heart of many of Swansea's best moments.

Swansea CityTeam StatisticsChelsea
1Goals1
01st Half Goals0
3Shots on Target5
4Shots off Target2
4Blocked Shots4
8Corners6
12Fouls10
2Offsides2
4Yellow Cards1
0Red Cards0
87.8Passing Success86
19Tackles22
78.9Tackles Success54.5
52.2Possession47.8
48.7Territorial Advantage51.3
484Total Passes442
20Total Crosses18
131Lost Balls128
40Recoveries46
47.41st Half Poss.52.6
582nd Half Poss.42

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Barclays Premier League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Liverpool 34 77
2 Chelsea 34 75
3 Manchester City 33 71
4 Arsenal 34 67
5 Everton 34 66
6 Tottenham Hotspur 34 60
7 Manchester United 33 57
8 Southampton 34 48
9 Newcastle United 34 46
10 Stoke City 34 43
11 Crystal Palace 34 40
12 West Ham United 34 37
13 Hull City 33 36
14 Aston Villa 33 34
15 Swansea City 34 33
16 West Bromwich Albion 33 33
17 Norwich City 34 32
18 Fulham 34 30
19 Cardiff City 34 29
20 Sunderland 33 26

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