Belfast Telegraph

Rodgers confident goals will arrive

Swansea manager Brendan Rodgers insists it is a matter of time before his side start turning draws into wins after seeing them held to a second consecutive goalless stalemate against Sunderland.

As with last week's clash with Wigan, the hosts had enough chances to have secured a first Barclays Premier League win but could not convert the openings they created.

He said: "We were terrific apart from that final touch into the goal. 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."

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 added: "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 here 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."

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 after a Steven Caulker back pass had sold him short.


From Belfast Telegraph