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Swansea City (0) 0 - 0 (0) Ipswich Town

Coca-Cola Championship 2009-10

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Referee: C Pawson

Manager: Paulo Sousa

Liberty Stadium 15:00

Attendance: 14,902

Manager: Roy Keane

Match Number: 3352

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Nathan DyerMark Gower (46)
Andrea OrlandiJoe Allen (66)
Leon BrittonLee Trundle (75)

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 Darren Pratley (44)
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Dorus DeVries

Ashley Williams

Alan Tate

Angel Rangel

David Edgar

Leon Britton

Darren Pratley

Andrea Orlandi

Cedric VanderGun

Nathan Dyer

Shefki Kuqi

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David Cornell

Joe Allen

Mark Gower

David Cotterill

Gorka Pintado

Lee Trundle

Guillem Bauza

Match Report

Swansea 0 - 0 Ipswich

Play-off chasing Swansea City's winless run stretched to five after being held by draw specialists Ipswich in a largely uninspiring encounter.

The Swans started brightly and Nathan Dyer hit the post after sliding in to meet Cedric van der Gun's ball.

But chances after that were few and far between with Mark Gower and Ipswich's Grant Leadbitter trying for openings.

Shefki Kuqi could have claimed the points for Swansea with a minute to go but headed just wide from a corner.

The Swans have now won just once in seven attempts and it was not the result they were hoping for following their shock 5-1 defeat at Blackpool in midweek.

But while they plugged the defensive gap to equal a club-record 22nd-clean sheet, the fifth-placed Swans saw the chasing pack close the gap on the play-offs to five points.

Boss Paulo Sousa was looking for a reaction and Dyer almost gave the hosts the perfect start after two minutes when he slid in at the far post to meet Van der Gun's ball in, but he was denied by the upright.

It sparked hopes of a lively encounter, but that never materialised as both sides cancelled each other out in a drab first 45 minutes.

Grant Leadbitter did test Dorus de Vries in the Swansea goal in a rare Town attack midway through the first half, but the Dutchman easily collected.

The Swans did come out after the break with a bit more urgency and Gower tried his luck from 35 yards which was never going to trouble former Swans keeper Brian Murphy.

On-loan Sunderland striker Daryl Murphy had a chance to put Ipswich in front but failed to beat De Vries from an acute angle.

And then the home supporters were left furious when a clearly offside Jon Walters was allowed to race into the box and cut the ball back for Murphy, whose shot was tipped around the post by the alert De Vries.

But it was Swansea who had the chance to wrap up the points with Ashley Williams and Kuqi both coming close with headers.

Roy Keane's Ipswich will be satisfied with the point that equals their club-record 18th draw of the season, and edges them closer to Championship safety.

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