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2017/2018 English Premier League
  • Jordan Ayew (11')

Huddersfield fail to break down 10-man Swansea

Swansea's 10 men defended heroically to frustrate relegation rivals Huddersfield in a goalless stalemate at the John Smith's Stadium.

High expectation among the home fans following the early dismissal of Swansea forward Jordan Ayew gave way to frustration as the visitors repelled wave after wave of attacks.

Swansea goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski produced a world-class save to keep out striker Steve Mounie's second-half volley, while Tom Ince's last-minute header bounced against a post.

Swansea, who had collected 17 points from their previous nine league games, looked well-organised and resolute in the early stages.

But Huddersfield's task appeared to have been made a whole lot easier in the 11th minute when the Welsh side were reduced to 10 men.

Ayew lunged in studs up on Jonathan Hogg, catching the Terriers midfielder halfway up his shin, and referee Michael Oliver did not take long to brandish a straight red card.

Town looked to capitalise and Hogg's shot was blocked before Christopher Schindler's header went over.

Ince spurned a decent chance by dithering inside the penalty area and Mounie's improvised header from Aaron Mooy's raking cross flew narrowly over.

For all the Terriers' dominance, Ince's 45th-minute free kick -- easily held by Swansea goalkeeper Fabianski -- was their first effort on target.

Hogg crashed a low 30-yard shot just wide soon after the restart as Huddersfield resumed their siege on the Swansea goal.

Town left-back Scott Malone wasted the game's best chance when he completely missed the excellent Florent Hadergjonaj's cross from in front of goal.

Mounie twice went close in quick succession, firing Hadergjonaj's cutback into the side netting before forcing Fabianski into a brilliant reaction save with a volley from inside the area.

Hadergjonaj curled a shot agonisingly wide from Mooy's low corner, Mounie directed another header off target and Malone's shot was blocked by Swans centre-half Mike van der Hoorn.

Swansea, buoyed by last week's biggest win of the season against West Ham, hardly set foot out of their own half but refused to buckle.

Huddersfield, hoping to make their top-flight status as secure as possible before a daunting run-in, never took their foot off the pedal.

Swansea, beaten only once now in 14 matches, were content to let the home side have the ball and, save for a handful of clear chances, held on for the point they travelled north for.

English Premier League Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Manchester City 33 +68 87
2 Manchester United 34 +39 74
3 Liverpool 34 +43 70
4 Tottenham Hotspur 34 +35 68
5 Chelsea 34 +25 63
6 Arsenal 33 +17 54
7 Burnley 34 +3 52
8 Leicester City 34 +2 44
9 Everton 34 -15 42
10 Newcastle United 33 -7 41
11 AFC Bournemouth 35 -17 38
12 Watford 34 -18 37
13 Brighton & Hove Albion 34 -15 36
14 West Ham United 33 -18 35
15 Huddersfield Town 34 -27 35
16 Crystal Palace 34 -18 34
17 Swansea City 33 -19 33
18 Southampton 34 -20 29
19 Stoke City 34 -33 28
20 West Bromwich Albion 34 -25 24

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