Swansea City 2-2 Bournemouth: Cherries impress, Swans battle back
- King, Gosling put Cherries 2-0 up
- Swans score through Ayew, Shelvey
- Controversy surrounds Swans goals
- 1 win in 9 for Swansea
Bournemouth and Swansea City played out an entertaining 2-2 draw at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday with the away side racing into a 2-0 lead but the Swans salvaged a point.
Goals from Joshua King and Dan Gosling put the Cherries in dreamland but Jordan Ayew and Jonjo Shelvey scored before half time to make it 2-2 at the break and despite Bournemouth controlling possession they couldn’t find a winner.
With the point Swansea stay in 13th place, while Bournemouth remain in the bottom three on nine points.
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Early on Bournemouth started well and after a flowing move Gosling curled the ball just over the bar. The Cherries were ahead after 10 minutes as Stanislas broke free down the left and his pull back found King who slotted home under no pressure. 1-0.
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Swansea went close to equalizing straight away but Bournemouth then had another chance in a frantic start with King forcing Lukasz Fabianski into a save as he just couldn’t get enough power on his effort. Soon enough, the Cherries doubled their lead in the 26th minute when Matt Ritchie cut the ball back to Gosling and he finished superbly from the edge of the box to put Bournemouth 2-0 up.
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Moments after Bournemouth went 2-0 up, Swansea pulled it back as Ayew finished after some slack defending from Bournemouth in the box but the Ghanaian striker seemed to be in an offside position. Game on. Before half time things were level as the Swans were awarded a penalty kick by Andre Marriner but in truth it was highly dubious as Ayew ran into the box and clipped Simon Francis’ heels before falling to the ground. Shelvey stepped up and tucked away the spot kick to make it 2-2 at half time, but Bournemouth will feel aggrieved that with the spot kick decision.
In the second half the game, predictably, calmed down but Bournemouth looked the more likely to score as the Swans brought on Gylfi Sigurdsson and Jefferson Montero jumping off the bench to try and spark some life into the Welsh side.
5 - Bournemouth have scored five goals in the opening 15 minutes of Premier League games this season; more than any other team. Blocks.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) November 21, 2015
Gosling and Arter went close for Bournemouth but Eddie Howe’s men had to settle for a point as question marks continue to linger around Garry Monk and his Swansea side who looked out of sorts once again.