Premier League: Swansea and Man City in goalless draw at Liberty Stadium
Last Updated: 04/05/13 11:12pm
Jonathan De Guzman: Tangles for the ball with Gareth Barry
Poor finishing saw Swansea and Manchester City play out an entertaining 0-0 stalemate at the Liberty Stadium.
Michu for Swansea and substitute Edin Dzeko for Man City both missed glorious chances to score but with little to play for neither side had the cutting edge needed to find the breakthrough.
Swansea began the brighter of the two teams with the visitors looking lethargic in the early stages and it was the home side that carved out the first few openings.
Best of the match:
- Miss of the match: Take your pick. Michu should have done better early on but Edin Dzeko wasted an easier volley late on.
- Man of the match: Ashley Williams produced a series of characteristic blocks and clearances for the home team.
- Talking point: Will Manchester City be able to raise their performance levels for the FA Cup final next week?
Good work from Angel Rangel and Nathan Dyer allowed the latter to cut the ball back for Pablo Hernandez but the Spanish winger could only loft his shot over the bar when well placed.
Michu had an even better opportunity to open the scoring after 20 minutes but skewed his sidefoot volley wide of the far post after another measured cross from the right by Dyer.
The high-profile visitors had barely got started at that point but they did manage to force Michael Vorm into action 10 minutes before the interval when Samir Nasri volleyed straight at the keeper.
Vorm produced another smart save just before the break as he smothered Sergio Aguero's effort from close range after Ashley Williams had done brilliantly to block from David Silva.
By that point, Swansea were cursing their luck after being denied a penalty for what seemed a clumsy challenge in the area by Matija Nastasic as he clattered into the unlucky Michu.
Roberto Mancini introduced Dzeko for Yaya Toure for the second half and, curiously, this appeared to help the visitors dominate the midfield through Gareth Barry and James Milner.
Dzeko could have been awarded a penalty just after the hour mark when he went down under a challenge from Chico Flores that would surely have resulted in a free-kick elsewhere on the pitch.
If Dzeko was feeling sorry for himself then he had nobody else to blame when he missed the target from close range inside the final 10 minutes after good work from Pablo Zabaleta.
Silva also had the opportunity to break the deadlock late on but placed his sidefooted effort wide and such wayward finishing meant the two teams were forced to settle for a point apiece.
Mancini was pleased with the performance of his team but was left frustrated by the finishing that cost them all three points.
"We missed some incredible chances," he told Sky Sports. "In the second half we dominated this game so I am happy with the performance but unhappy with the goal we are missing."
Swansea boss Michael Laudrup was more upbeat with a result that means his side are still on course for a top-half finish.
He told Sky Sports: "A draw with the champions from last season means we can still reach that target of a top-10 finish and I think that would be fantastic."
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