Belfast Telegraph

Saviour Vorm secures Swansea point

Goalkeeper Michel Vorm was the hero for Swansea as he saved Ben Watson's penalty to earn the Welsh club their first Premier League point from a goalless draw with Wigan at the Liberty Stadium.

The Dutchman got down low to his right to make the stop after captain Ashley Williams gave away a 73rd-minute spot-kick for a foul on Jordi Gomez.

It earned the hosts a point they thoroughly deserved after dominating large parts of the game, with Danny Graham having a series of chances and Scott Sinclair firing wide. But they also rode their luck as second-half efforts from Gomez and Victor Moses came back off the woodwork with Vorm beaten.

Graham dragged his effort after racing through on goal, with Sinclair recovering the wayward shot to cut inside and fire wide before Graham headed wide from Kemy Agustien's cross. But it took a great tackle by Williams to deny a surging Franco Di Santo run as the game opened up.

Antolin Alcaraz then brilliantly denied Graham a tap-in after Sinclair and Wayne Routledge had combined, but the defender soon departed the fray as a calf problem and Ronnie Stam came on.

Victor Moses fired a tame effort wide before Gomez worked Vorm for the first time and Mohamed Diame was off target from distance shortly after the restart and Sinclair blazed high and wide after Graham had robbed Stam.

The dangerous Moses had an effort diverted wide by an Agustien block, before Routledge was narrowly off target with a shot across Al Habsi.

Moses tested Vorm before Gomez struck the woodwork with a lovely outside-of-the-foot effort from the edge of the box.

Swansea's failure to capitalise on their dominance looked as though it would cost them when Wigan were awarded a 73rd-minute penalty after Williams brought down Gomez as the midfielder followed up a Moses shot that had also cannoned back off the crossbar.

But Vorm made himself an instant hero with the Liberty Stadium faithful as he got down low to his right to keep out Watson's spot-kick.


From Belfast Telegraph