Football: Slumping Swansea and West Ham fumble to 0-0 exercise in futility

Swansea's Kyle Naughton looks on as West Ham's Cheikou Kouyate lies injured in Sunday's scoreless draw.
Swansea's Kyle Naughton looks on as West Ham's Cheikou Kouyate lies injured in Sunday's scoreless draw.PHOTO: REUTERS

SWANSEA (AFP) - Swansea City and West Ham United found no solution to their recent travails in a lacklustre 0-0 Premier League draw at a sodden Liberty Stadium on Sunday.

Swansea, still without a manager following the dismissal of Garry Monk, created the better chances, but Ki Sung-Yueng and Jack Cork were both thwarted by visiting goalkeeper Adrian.

The Welsh club have now gone seven league games without a win and remain in the relegation zone, two points from safety ahead of the Boxing Day visit of West Bromwich Albion.

West Ham's form is equally bleak as Slaven Bilic's injury-ravaged side have also gone seven league games without winning, drawing their last three matches 0-0.

Andy Carroll has joined a casualty list that already featured Dimitri Payet, Manuel Lanzini, Diafra Sakho and Winston Reid, but they are nonetheless only four points below the Champions League berths.

Swansea caretaker manager Alan Curtis made only one change to the team cruelly beaten 2-1 at Manchester City last weekend, when Swansea went down to a stoppage-time strike by Yaya Toure that looped in off team-mate Kelechi Iheanacho.

Bafetimbi Gomis replaced Wayne Routledge and lined up alongside Andre Ayew up front ahead of a diamond midfield, with Gylfi Sigurdsson at number 10.

Swansea had belied their recent struggles with a courageous display at the Etihad Stadium and they attacked this game in the same vein.

Gomis and Ayew both threatened inside the first 10 minutes, while West Ham goalkeeper Adrian had to save with his legs from Ki Sung-Yueng, who was teed up by Gomis, and Ayew placed a right-foot shot narrowly wide.

Jack Cork went close to putting Swansea ahead in spectacular fashion with a stunning 20-yard volley on the hour, only for Adrian to fling himself across his goal and save.

Moments later the hosts felt they should have had a spot-kick when Ki's shot struck James Collins on the arm, but referee Lee Mason pointed to the corner flag rather than the penalty spot.

Swansea's failure to take their chances left them vulnerable to a sucker-punch.

Enner Valencia almost landed one with a vicious shot from the left that Lukasz Fabianski had to tip over the bar, while Collins headed wide from a corner.