In Bob Bradley’s first home game in charge of the Swans, Watford showed resilience to fight back in what was a completely one sided affair, contrary to what the scoreline suggests.
Swansea’s starting lineup was shuffled following last week’s unlucky defeat to Arsenal, with the back four especially being changed. Neil Taylor was dropped following a poor performance against the Gunners, with the impressive Stephen Kingsley his replacement. Mike Van Der Hoorn, solid against Manchester City two weeks ago, came in to replace the disappointing Federico Fernandez. Bob Bradley handed Alfie Mawson his long awaited debut, coming in for Jordi Amat. Kyle Naughton continued to fight off Angel Rangel to maintain his first team spot as right back. Skipper Leon Britton was joined in the center of the park with South Korean captain Ki Seung-Yeung. Modou Barrow again started on the right hand flank, causing problems once again for the opposition. Gylfi Sigurdsson unsurprisingly remained the #10, while Wayne Routledge and Borja Baston rounded up the starting lineup.
Watford dominated the opening ten minutes in terms of movement and possession. The first half disappointed both sets of fans, with no real chances coming about. In the second half, Swansea began to threaten the Watford keeper, Andre Gomes. Modou Barrow won a free kick early in the first half, where Sigurdsson whipped in a perfect delivery met with Van Der Hoorn’s left foot, only to be ultimately cleared off the line by the goalkeeper. The Swans continued to dominate for the rest of the second half, with Sigurdsson notably hitting the post. Bob Bradley introduced World Cup winner Fernando Llorente late in the second half, replacing Routledge, causing the opposite to throw men back. Ultimately, Swansea simply missed way too many chances and had to settle for a point, albeit a precious point, it could have just as easily been three.