Swans 'lack killer edge up front'

LONDON • Swansea interim manager Alan Curtis bemoaned a penalty call after picking up his first point as West Ham held the Swans to a goal-less Premier League draw on Sunday.

Swansea dominated for long periods at a sodden Liberty Stadium but they failed to find a breakthrough.

Curtis, however, felt the hosts should have been awarded a penalty in the 62nd minute, when Ki Sung Yueng's goal-bound effort hit James Collins' hand.

"I was not sure at the time, but when I see it again, it looks like a penalty," said Curtis, who is prepared to take charge of Swansea's festive fixtures as the club continue to search for Garry Monk's successor.

"Down the bottom, you do not get the decisions you deserve. In terms of possession, we were excellent, we looked like Swansea City again. We bossed the game but we just lacked that killer edge up front."

Swansea created the better chances, but Ki 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 games without winning, drawing their last three matches 0-0.

"The quality in the last third is a big question mark, although I praise the players for their performance," said Bilic. "We were very resilient and stubborn in a positive way. We defended very well and we deserved a point.

"We were really hit with injuries four or five weeks ago, especially up front, and I said the only way we were going to compensate was with the team performances in these games."


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 22, 2015, with the headline 'Swans 'lack killer edge up front''. Subscribe