Date: 22nd September 2018 at 5:19pm
Written by:
Middlesbrough
0 – 0
Swansea City

Riverside Stadium

Championship

22/09/2018 3:00 pm

Attendance: 22881

Referee: Simon Hooper

Middlesbrough Swansea City
Randolph Mulder
Shotton Rooberts
Ayala van der Hoorn
Flint Rodon
Friend Olsson
Howson Naughton
Clayton
 
Grimes
Saville
 
McKay 78
Downing 73 Byers 45
Assombalonga 69 Routledge 61
Braithwaite McBurnie

Substitutes

Konstantopoulos Nordfeldt
Batth Dyer 78
Hugill
 
69 Carroll 45
McQueen 73 Carter-Vickers
McNair James 61
Fry Fulton
Besic 59 Dhanda

Game Statistics

16 Goal attempts 5
6 On Target 2
10 Corners 3
13 Fouls 11
3 Yellow Cards 0
0 Red Cards 0
42 % 58

Swansea City ended Middlesbrough’s 100% home league record today with a well-earned goalless draw against Tony Pulis’ side.

It was Swansea’s toughest away trip of the season so far given their 100% form at home and their start to the season that got them into the top 2 but Potter’s tactics were well prepared once again as a number of the host’s shots from off target from distance.

Swansea’s lack of attacking creativity remains a concern as we rely yet again on a clean sheet to get us a point. It almost worked at Stoke on Tuesday night but for an offside winning goal.

It was another solid performance at the back. van der Hoorn made 5 of the team’s 13 tackles in the game and Joe Rodon was dominant in the air, winning 8 of our 24 aerial challenges. McBurnie was second for aerials won with 5.

Swansea City played a more patient, passing game of football and after around 20 minutes in the first half, they had 75% possession with 2 shots on target. However, not another followed and this is becoming an on-going weakness for us. We’re really missing the likes of Celina and Fer to add quality in the middle but we’ve still got no backup striker available.

For the second game running Рand for only the second time this season, we averaged 80% pass success rate at Middlesbrough. George Byers had a 100% success rate but was taken off at halftime for Tom Carroll after making 17 passes in the first 45 minutes.

 

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