Report: Swansea City 0-0 Blues

Report: Swansea City 0-0 Blues

Blues picked up a point on the road against Swansea City in the Sky Bet Championship on Saturday afternoon.

Juninho Bacuna fired over from close range with Blues' best opening in the first-half, before Maxime Colin cannoned an effort off the post from a set-piece in the second period.

Swansea's opportunities were limited throughout, with Joel Piroe's attempt in the final ten minutes causing no problems for Neil Etheridge.

TEAM NEWS:

Lee Bowyer made five changes to the side that lost to Middlesbrough on Tuesday night. One was enforced with Maxime Colin replacing the injured Teden Mengi. Elsewhere, there were returns for Ivan Sunjic, Juninho Bacuna, Tahith Chong and Scott Hogan.

Tahith Chong returned to the starting XI.

Tahith Chong returned to the starting XI.

MAIN EVENT:

It was Blues who created the first big opportunity of the encounter. Bacuna, on his return to the starting team, flicked the ball over the top of the Swansea defence and found Tahith Chong.

The loanee advanced into the area and cut the ball back to the midfielder, who skied his effort from the edge of the six-yard box.

Then, Gary Gardner received a similar ball over the top and broke free of Ben Cabango, but his strike was well saved by Andy Fisher in the Swans' net.

Gary Gardner saw his first-half chance saved by Andy Fisher.

Gary Gardner saw his first-half chance saved by Andy Fisher.

HALF-TIME: Swansea City 0-0 Blues

It was again the combination of Bacuna and Chong that brought Blues their first opportunity of the second-half. The midfielder's ball found the Dutchman, but his powerful drive was parried by Fisher.

Bacuna was then the provider for Blues' next chance. His in-swinging corner found the run of Colin, who had escaped his marker at the back post, but his effort from close range cannoned back off the woodwork.

Jordan Graham provided a trademark cross onto the head of Scott Hogan, but his flicked header was comfortably claimed by Fisher.

Swansea's first real opportunity of the second period came when substitute Nathanael Ogbeta created space down the left, his low delivery was only cleared as far as the hosts' top scorer Piroe. However, his tame effort was easily gathered by Neil Etheridge.

Tahith Chong came close in the second-half, but Blues could not find the opener.

Tahith Chong came close in the second-half, but Blues could not find the opener.

KEY MOMENT:

Bacuna's first-half chance from just outside the six-yard box was one of a number of chances that Blues were left ruining.

FINAL OUTCOME:

Blues picked up a point on the road to take their total to 42 points from 39 Sky Bet Championship games.

MATCH DETAILS:

Swansea City (3-5-2): Andy Fisher, Kyle Naughton, Ben Cabango, Finley Burns (Joel Latibeaudiere 46), Cyrus Christie, Matt Grimes (captain), Olivier Ntcham, Hannes Wolf (Kyle Joseph 80), Korey Smith (Nathanael Ogbeta 63), Michael Obafemi, Joel Piroe.

Substitutes not used: Ben Hamer, Cameron Congreve, Jay Fulton.

Blues (3-5-2): Neil Etheridge, Maxime Colin, Marc Roberts, Nico Gordon, Jorda Graham, Gary Gardner (captain), Ivan Sunjic, Juninho Bacuna (Taylor Richards 75), Onel Hernandez, Tahith Chong, Scott Hogan.

Substitutes not used: Zach Jeacock, Marcel Oakley, Jeremie Bela, Jordan James, Ryan Woods, Lukas Jutkiewicz.

Referee: Jeremy Simpson

Attendance: 18,620

NEXT UP:

After the two week international break, Blues return to action on Sunday 3 April against West Bromwich Albion at St. Andrew's, kick-off at 3pm. They are then back on the road with a trip to the East Midlands to face play-off chasing Nottingham Forest at the City Ground, kick-off 3pm.