Manchester City 2 Swansea 1 - Late Heartbreak For Swans
Sunday, 5th Feb 2017 15:50 by Planet Swans (follow us on Twitter @swansnews)
For the second season in a row the Swans were denied a well deserved point at the Ethiad thanks to a stoppage time winner from Sky's new golden boy in Gabriel Jesus in what was definitely the classic game of two halves.
Jesus pounced after Fabianski was unable to hold onto his original header and had the easiest tasks of stabbing home after a second half where the Swans deserved to be level thanks to a great finish from Gylfi Sigurdsson who scored for the third successive game.
It was almost a repeat of last year where the Swans struck a late equaliser only to be denied in stoppage time a point that would have lifted us up two places in the Premier League table.
It is gutting enough to put in a decent performance to lose but to lose in such a fashion is close to heartbreaking after we turned around the performance massively after we had been totally overrun in the first half.
It was starting to look ominous enough when Jesus opened the scoring in the 11th minute for the home side and for the remainder of the first half we were totally under the cosh with our hosts registering more than 75% possession in the first half but really only troubling Fabianski again from a Toure free kick that he tipped around the post.
Going in just one goal down would have been somewhat of a boost for the Swans and we made the most of it in the second half with Sigurdsson registering our first shot at goal with an on target free kick early in the second half as the shape of the game changed.
All of a sudden we were closing down the home side and winning the ball back as opposed to the first half where we sat deeper and deeper and the benefits were there to be seen. We worked hard to create chances and it was what we deserved when Sigurdsson equalised in the 81st minute.
He picked up a ball from Narsingh before creating the room for himself to fire in from the edge of the box and send the travelling support into wild celebrations as we looked to build on the last two wins.
And it looked as if we may get the point to move us above Leicester and Middlesbrough which would have been a massive boost going into the next round of games but it was not to be.
We should though not become hugely downhearted after this game as we showed more than enough to suggest that we have it in us still to get the points that we need to stay up. In our next six games we have home games against Leicester, Burnley and Middlesbrough as well as trips to Bournemouth and Hull which will shape our chances and if we can win at least three of those then safety will look as if it is almost in touching distance.
The difference in this side since the appointment of Paul Clement is huge and there is every reason to believe that we will do it, even on the back of a defeat
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