Swansea v Sunderland reaction

BY foxsports • August 27, 2011

As with last week's clash with Wigan, the hosts had enough chances to have secured a first Premier League win but could not convert the openings they created. Record signing Danny Graham failed to find the target with a free header from inside 12 yards in the first half and forced saves from Simon Mignolet with a powerful far-post header from a Neil Taylor cross and a swift turn and shot. Scott Sinclair also hit the bar with a fantastic 25-yard drive but the Welsh side were again left to wait for their first Premier League goal. While much of the focus will fall on the opportunities that fell to former Watford man Graham, last season's top scorer in the Championship, Rodgers is pleased with how his men are performing and believes that first goal, and first win, are not far away. He said: "We were terrific today apart from that final touch into the goal. "The players were outstanding against a good side. We must remember that Sunderland went to Liverpool on the opening day and got a draw. "That is two clean sheets in three games, which shows we are ready to compete at this level and if you can't win the game it is important you don't lose. "Some of the football we played today was outstanding. Danny Graham hasn't scored yet but you can see it's only a matter of time. His intensity and work rate is incredible. "He will be disappointed he hasn't scored but he gives so much more to the team, he is not just a striker who scores goals and does nothing else. Scott Sinclair had his opportunity and we had other chances in the box as well. "We haven't scored but we are not a team that does not look like scoring. I believe if you look it is only going to be a matter of time." For all the chances Swansea had, they were again grateful to goalkeeper Michel Vorm, who already appears to be shaping up to be one of the bargains of the season following his arrival from FC Utrecht in a £1.5million deal. The Dutchman made two sharp saves to deny Asamoah Gyan and also made a tackle on the striker worthy of most defenders after a Steven Caulker back pass had sold him short. "I thought Steven Caulker and Ashley Williams were outstanding," he said. "It's a funny one with Michel because we had chances to win, but he was man of the match, I think they love to give him man of the match! "He made a couple of good saves, he is lightning fast and he is perfect for us. His personality fits well into how we function." Sunderland boss Steve Bruce was similarly disappointed his side had not been able to find the target. Today's result follows on the back of the Carling Cup exit against Brighton and a derby defeat against Newcastle, and Bruce admitted it had been a tough week. "It's been a frustrating , difficult and disappointing week," he said. "In the three games we have created enough to win a football match, that's for sure. "It's not often you come away and have five or six opportunities like we did today, and what separates this level from any other is your ability to take your chances. "We haven't and that's the hugely disappointing thing." Bruce has come under pressure having being backed with 10 signings made so far this summer, and potentially another striker on the way ahead of the transfer deadline. But he says there needs to be a reality check on expectations at the Stadium of Light. "We have gone two games unbeaten away from home, it was a difficult start, but we lost the derby which in the north east we know how disappointed people get with that. "That's the expectation we have created. A draw away from home is not good enough anymore but we have to have a reality check somewhere. "We are disappointed as in the three games we have had enough to win the match and usually away from home you don't get five or six chances like we had today and you have to take them."


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