Swansea 1-0 Watford (18.01.2016) Live Commentary

Today’s game has been very poor. There hasn’t been many thrilling moments. The performances of the both teams were more or less balanced. Both sides tried to combine well and to keep the ball on their feet.
Nothing more will happen in this game because it is over.
Troy Deeney (Watford) strikes a shot towards goal from the edge of the penalty box, but the ball flies just wide of the left post.
Yellow card! It’s like Gylfi Sigurdsson (Swansea) was asking for a caution with his behaviour. Michael Oliver agrees and books him.
A horde of the players are waiting inside the penalty area for a cross from the corner, but Gylfi Sigurdsson (Swansea) takes it with a short pass.
Bafetimbi Gomis (Swansea) weaves through the defence with ease and gets into a good position in front of the goal. He pulls the trigger, trying to beat the keeper, but fails as the ball hits the left post and ricochets away.
3 additional min. will be played.
Ben Watson (Watford) whips in a cross from the corner, but Lukasz Fabianski (Swansea) is well prepared and punches the ball away.
Nathan Ake (Watford) produces a cross into the box. The opposition’s defence clears the ball to safety. The ball goes out for a corner. Watford can continue in their attacking effort.
Jose Manuel Jurado (Watford) smashes the ball towards goal from the edge of the penalty box, but his effort flies just a few inches wide of the right post.
The referee stops play so that a substitution can be made and Obbi Oulare (Watford) comes onto the pitch for Valon Behrami.
Alan Curtis prepares a substitution. Sung-Yong Ki is replaced by Jordi Amat (Swansea).
Ben Watson (Watford) produces a poor lofted pass into the penalty box. His attempt is easily thwarted by the defence.
Federico Fernandez (Swansea) acted too fiercely in his attempt to get the ball from his opponent and Michael Oliver calls for a foul. A free kick to Watford. They can move closer towards the goal.
The corner from Ben Watson (Watford) is intercepted by the defence.
Valon Behrami (Watford) crosses into the box from near the side line, but he doesn’t hit it as he wanted, and it’s averted by the well-organized defence. Watford force a corner. They send men into the box.
Bafetimbi Gomis (Swansea) finds himself beyond the last defender, but the game is stopped by the referee after the linesman signals for offside.
It’s time for a substitution. Bafetimbi Gomis (Swansea) comes on in place of Andre Ayew.
Ben Watson (Watford) attempts to curl the ball over the defensive wall from the free kick, but his effort fails to reach the goal.
Federico Fernandez (Swansea) clearly holds his opponent to prevent him from getting the ball and the referee blows his whistle for a foul. Watford win a free kick. A promising situation for a direct shot.
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Nathan Ake (Watford) makes a rough challenge and Michael Oliver blows his whistle for a foul.
That’s the end of the game for Allan Nyom, who is replaced by Juan Carlos Paredes (Watford).
Gylfi Sigurdsson (Swansea) takes the corner, but the opposition’s defence is ready to clear the ball to safety.
Modou Barrow (Swansea) produces a solo run, but he fails to create a chance as the opposition player cuts him out. The ball goes out-of-play. Swansea have been awarded a corner kick.
An unsuccessful cross into the box by Gylfi Sigurdsson (Swansea). The opponent’s defence clears the ball away to safety.
Allan Nyom (Watford) is penalised for holding. Michael Oliver signals for a set piece.
Andre Ayew (Swansea) seems to be alright and is okay to carry on.
Andre Ayew (Swansea) requires medical treatment, so the referee stops play and signals for the physio to come onto the pitch.
Here’s the change. Wayne Routledge left the pitch, and Modou Barrow (Swansea) came on as a substitute.
Jose Manuel Jurado (Watford) shoots after receiving a good pass. His effort from the edge of the box goes just wide of the right post.
Michael Oliver rightly pulls out a yellow card and shows it to Leon Britton (Swansea).
Jack Cork (Swansea) receives a reproachful look from Andre Ayew (Swansea). He latches on to his pass, but the effort from the edge of the box sails well wide of the right post.
Nathan Ake (Watford) whips the ball into the penalty area, but one of the defenders is alert and spanks it away.
Michael Oliver calls for a foul. Troy Deeney (Watford) comitted a foul as he was too aggressive in the battle for the ball.
A pass by Wayne Routledge (Swansea) ends up in no man’s land, and the attacking effort comes to an end.
Great ball in from Ben Watson (Watford). Miguel Angel Britos Cabrera (Watford) should really do better with a close-range header, but he heads it by a whisker over the crossbar.
Jose Manuel Jurado (Watford) unleashes a shot from 20 metres out but is unable to find the target, it goes well wide of the right post.
Jose Manuel Jurado (Watford) finds Etienne Capoue (Watford) with a nice pass so he can go on towards the goal.
Wayne Routledge (Swansea) is adjudged offside.
Jose Manuel Jurado (Watford) receives a pass and decides to smash the ball from long range. His poor effort sails far wide of the right post.
We are entering into the second half.
We have been witnesses to an ordinary game without many breathtaking situations, but there is still space for improvement in the second half. Swansea dominated the opening period, they have had more of the chances. The players of the home side keep possession of the ball by producing short passes, while the visitors are waiting to open the opposition’s defence to hit them swiftly on the break.
The referee blows his whistle for half-time, so nothing more will happen in the first half of this match.
Ashley Williams (Swansea) hasn’t suffered any serious injury which wouldn’t allow him to stay on the pitch. He’s back in the game now.
Looks like Ashley Williams (Swansea) is struggling after picking up a knock. We will see if he can run that off.
Fourth official shows 1 min. of added time.
Leon Britton (Swansea) produces a long-range cannon of a shot after a nice pass. The ball goes in the direction of the middle of the goal, but it is easily stopped by a save from Heurelho Gomes (Watford), and the score doesn’t change.
A crossfield pass from Craig Cathcart (Watford) failed to find any of his teammates.
Ben Watson (Watford) with the corner, but it is intercepted by the defender.
Allan Nyom (Watford) is trying to send the ball in front of the goal, but the opposition’s defence averts the threat. Corner kick. Watford will have an opportunity.
The ball is cleared after Odion Ighalo (Watford) attempted to dribble past an opposing player.
Jack Cork (Swansea) skips past his man but can’t keep the ball in play.
Sung-Yong Ki (Swansea) takes a mid-range shot, but the ball sails high over the bar.
Today’s clash hasn’t been extremely attractive up to now, but it hasn’t been totally boring either. There have been a few nice movements on both sides.
This foul is worthy of a card! And it is a yellow shown by referee Michael Oliver to the guilty Allan Nyom (Watford).
Sung-Yong Ki (Swansea) sends a pass which fails to reach any of his teammates.
Gylfi Sigurdsson (Swansea) swings in the corner, but it’s comfortably cleared away.
Andre Ayew (Swansea) sends a sweet pass into the penalty area, but one of the defenders averts the danger. The assistant referee makes a right call and Swansea will have a corner.
A perfect lofted pass from Sung-Yong Ki finds Ashley Williams (Swansea), who jumps highest and steers a close-range header into the right side of the goal. His effort was both strong and precise, and Heurelho Gomes had no chance of stopping that. 1:0.
This corner kick is taken with a short pass by Gylfi Sigurdsson (Swansea).
Leon Britton (Swansea) attempts to send a pass but the effort is blocked. The ball goes behind for a corner. Swansea will have an opportunity to endanger the opposition’s goal.
Andre Ayew (Swansea) has a good chance to score with a mid-range attempt after collecting a pass. He fires to the right side of the goal, but he can’t generate enough power to trouble Heurelho Gomes.
Wayne Routledge (Swansea) slides a pass forward, but one of the defenders cuts it out.
Jose Manuel Jurado (Watford) can’t expect anything else than a yellow card for his hard tackle. And a yellow it is. Michael Oliver doesn’t think twice to pull it out of his pocket.
Ben Watson (Watford) sends a lofted cross into the box which is headed clear.
2:2 – this is the current statistic of shots on target.
Leon Britton (Swansea) and Andre Ayew combine well with a quick one-two pass and their attacking move continues.
The resulting corner from Gylfi Sigurdsson (Swansea) is cleared by the defence.
Jack Cork (Swansea) sends a cross into the box, but the opposition’s defence quickly intercepts the ball. The main referee and one of his assistants signal for a corner kick. It will be taken by Swansea.
Gylfi Sigurdsson (Swansea) times his run too early, and the assistant referee raises his flag, offside. The opposition will take an indirect free kick.
This corner is not going into the box. Gylfi Sigurdsson (Swansea) decides to take it with a short pass.
Wayne Routledge (Swansea) delivers a fine lofted cross into the penalty area which is cleared by an opposing player. The ball goes out-of-play. Swansea are awarded a corner kick.
Andre Ayew (Swansea) looks to break free, but his touch lets him down and loses the ball.
Sung-Yong Ki (Swansea) makes a run beyond the last defender, but he is offside.
Sung-Yong Ki (Swansea) sends a cross into the box that is cleared.
Jack Cork (Swansea) gets the ball and drives a shot from the edge of the area which goes high over the bar.
A lofted cross from Andre Ayew (Swansea) was unsuccessful as the opponent’s defence quickly gets the ball out of the penalty area.
Flag up against Wayne Routledge (Swansea). He had space to move into behind the defence, but he went too soon.
Neil Taylor (Swansea) looks to break free, but an opposing player clears.
The first half has just begun.
Watford will kick the game off.
Michael Oliver will accompany the players on the pitch as the main referee today.
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