Swansea 0 - 0 Wigan
Swansea City secured their first point in the Premier League but needed a superb second-half penalty save from Michel Vorm to deny Wigan victory.
New-signing Vorm kept out Ben Watson's low spot kick after Jordi Gomez fell under Ashley Williams' rash challenge.
Moments earlier, Victor Moses and Gomez had struck the Swansea woodwork within seconds of each other.
Swansea dominated possession but their best chance fell in the opening two minutes when Danny Graham was denied.
Manager Brendan Rodgers will be disappointed the home side failed to create more scoring opportunities, but a possible victory could easily have turned into a defeat as Wigan wasted a golden opportunity to snatch an unlikely win.
A conservative Wigan had seemed content to soak up the home pressure, but Roberto Martinez will be cursing his luck and searching for answers having seen his side pick up just a point from a newly promoted team for the second successive match.
All the pre-match talk had focused on Martinez's return to Swansea for the first time since leaving the club to join Wigan in 2009.
The Spaniard laid the foundations on which Rodgers has moulded the Swans into a Premier League side, and it was perhaps appropriate for Martinez to be in the visitors' dug-out for the first top-flight game to be staged in Wales.
A festival atmosphere awaited the players, and the home fans were almost rewarded with a goal from Swansea's first attack.
A typically slick, one-touch build-up freed Angel Rangel down the right flank and record-signing Graham should have done better than to fire straight at Latics keeper Ali Al Habsi.
Swansea proceeded to completely dominate the next 20 minutes, belying their billing as Premier League newcomers, as Graham and Scott Sinclair saw efforts go wide.
Antolin Alcatraz, the only change to Wigan's line-up from the opening day draw with Norwich City, was then at full stretch to deny Graham a simple tap in from Wayne Routledge's low cross as Swansea increased the pressure at the end of the half.
Former Swansea midfielder Gomez recorded Wigan's first shot on goal moments before the break, but the visitors were lucky to escape early in the second half as both Sinclair and Graham failed to make meaningful contact following a goal-mouth scramble.
Swansea continued to probe the Wigan defence with their intricate passing, Routledge firing a shot inches wide.
Having weathered the home pressure, Wigan suddenly found their attacking instincts as Gomez's delightfully controlled effort sailed over Vorm's head but rebounded off the post.
Seconds later, Moses suffered the same fate as his drive crashed against the bar, before a wild challenge by Swansea captain Williams on Gomez resulted in a clear penalty.
Having scored against Norwich last weekend, Watson again went low and left with his spot kick, by Vorm had obviously done his homework and saved at full stretch.
Stephen Dobbie added some late impetus for Swansea when he came off the bench, testing Al Habsi with two long-range efforts.
But Wigan came within inches to snatching victory in the final stages when substitute Maynor Figueroa's front-post flick flashed across the face of goal.
Swansea manager Brendan Rodgers:
"From my side a point was the very least that we deserved, we controlled large parts of the game and created chances which was great to see, and we were just waiting for one of them to go in.
"But you understand that against an established Premier League side you are going to have a five to 10 minute spell, and in that spell they hit the post, hit the bar and got the penalty.
"But I was very proud of the team today, especially early on. It's about results of course, but for us it is always about performance.
"We grew again today from the Manchester City performance, showed great qualities with the ball and we penetrated in behind and created chances. But at this level you need to put them away, which was our downfall today."
Wigan manager Roberto Martinez:
"When you miss a penalty and hit a post and the crossbar you think you should win. If you played that game 10 times you would win it more times than you would draw it.
"We knew the team of Swansea, they were great to see and they used the ball in the great way they do. But we opened up a bit in the second half and we thought we looked a threat every time we went forward.
"You don't get many games where you miss a penalty, hit the post and hit the bar so in that respect I think we dropped two points."
- 01 Vorm
- 02 Williams
- 03 Taylor
- 04 Caulker
- 22 Rangel
- 07 Britton (Allen - 75' )
- 11 Sinclair
- 12 Dyer
- 15 Routledge (Dobbie - 74' )
- 26 Agustien
- 10 Graham (Lita - 83' )
- 21 Moreira
- 05 Tate
- 24 Allen
- 27 Gower
- 14 Dobbie
- 18 Lita
- 19 Moore
- 26 Al Habsi
- 03 Alcaraz (Stam - 37' )
- 05 Caldwell
- 17 Boyce
- 31 Figueroa
- 04 McCarthy Booked (McArthur - 64' )
- 08 Watson
- 11 Moses Booked
- 14 Gomez Booked
- 21 Diame
- 09 Di Santo (Rodallega - 70' )
- 12 Pollitt
- 23 Stam
- 06 Thomas
- 16 McArthur
- 19 Jones
- 18 Sammon
- 20 Rodallega
Live Text Commentary
Full Time The referee blows his whistle to end the game.90:00 +1:46
Angel Rangel delivers the ball, Emmerson Boyce manages to make a clearance.89:58
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Hugo Rodallega by Angel Rangel. Ben Watson takes the free kick.89:22
Mohamed Diame has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide left of the goal.87:19
The referee gives a free kick against Hugo Rodallega for handball. Steven Caulker restarts play with the free kick.86:05
The ball is sent over by Ronnie Stam, Angel Rangel manages to make a clearance. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Ben Watson played to the near post, Close range header by Maynor Figueroa misses to the right of the target.85:15
Centre by Victor Moses, clearance made by Neil Taylor.84:27
Stephen Dobbie takes a shot. Save by Ali Al Habsi.83:37
Nathan Dyer takes a shot. Save made by Ali Al Habsi.82:19
The free kick is swung in right-footed by Stephen Dobbie, clearance by Victor Moses.82:19 Substitution
Substitution Leroy Lita is brought on as a substitute for Danny Graham.82:19
Foul by James McArthur on Joe Allen, free kick awarded.81:14
Stephen Dobbie takes a shot. Save made by Ali Al Habsi. Stephen Dobbie takes a outswinging corner to the near post, clearance made by Victor Moses.78:42
Joe Allen gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on James McArthur. Ben Watson takes the direct free kick.77:26
Nathan Dyer sends in a cross, Gary Caldwell gets a block in. Corner from the right by-line taken by Stephen Dobbie, clearance by Ronnie Stam.76:38
Unfair challenge on Jordi Gomez by Ashley Williams results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Gary Caldwell.75:41
Free kick crossed by Stephen Dobbie, save made by Ali Al Habsi.75:41 Booking
Booking The referee books Victor Moses for unsporting behaviour.75:22
James McArthur concedes a free kick for a foul on Nathan Dyer.73:31
Direct free kick taken by Michel Vorm.
Substitution Leon Britton leaves the field to be replaced by Joe Allen.73:31 Substitution
Substitution Stephen Dobbie joins the action as a substitute, replacing Wayne Routledge.73:31
Ben Watson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nathan Dyer.72:57
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Ben Watson from the left by-line.72:57 Penalty
A save by Michel Vorm from penalty by Ben Watson. Swansea 0-0 Wigan.71:40
Victor Moses takes a shot. Unfair challenge on Jordi Gomez by Ashley Williams results in a Penalty.70:11
The ball is crossed by Wayne Routledge, blocked by Ben Watson. Outswinging corner taken by Kemy Agustien, clearance by Hugo Rodallega.69:10 Substitution
Substitution Hugo Rodallega joins the action as a substitute, replacing Franco Di Santo.68:52
Ben Watson has an effort at goal from just inside the area that bounces off the post.68:23
Victor Moses takes a shot. Save by Michel Vorm.67:40
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Ben Watson from the left by-line, Steven Caulker manages to make a clearance.67:04
The ball is crossed by Franco Di Santo, Steven Caulker manages to make a clearance.65:09
Jordi Gomez produces a cross.63:47 Substitution
Substitution James McArthur joins the action as a substitute, replacing James McCarthy.62:55
Wayne Routledge delivers the ball, clearance by Maynor Figueroa.62:07
Ronnie Stam gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nathan Dyer. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Kemy Agustien, Mohamed Diame makes a clearance.60:50
Free kick awarded for a foul by Ben Watson on Nathan Dyer. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Kemy Agustien, clearance by Mohamed Diame.59:52
Wayne Routledge produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the goal.58:29
Victor Moses takes a shot. Nathan Dyer gets a block in. Corner taken right-footed by Ben Watson from the left by-line, Unfair challenge on Ashley Williams by Emmerson Boyce results in a free kick. Michel Vorm restarts play with the free kick.57:18
Kemy Agustien produces a right-footed shot from 35 yards and missed to the left of the target.56:48
Nathan Dyer crosses the ball, clearance by Gary Caldwell.55:46
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Leon Britton by Victor Moses. Free kick taken by Steven Caulker.54:24
Angel Rangel takes a shot. Scott Sinclair gets a block in. Angel Rangel is adjudged to have handled the ball. Direct free kick taken by Ali Al Habsi.53:42
Nathan Dyer sends in a cross, Emmerson Boyce manages to make a clearance.51:48
Franco Di Santo challenges Steven Caulker unfairly and gives away a free kick. Kemy Agustien takes the direct free kick.51:09
Scott Sinclair takes a shot.50:48
The assistant referee signals for offside against Neil Taylor. Ronnie Stam restarts play with the free kick.50:03
Ronnie Stam concedes a free kick for a foul on Scott Sinclair. Free kick taken by Leon Britton.48:24
Emmerson Boyce concedes a free kick for a foul on Scott Sinclair. Strike comes in from Scott Sinclair from the free kick.46:46
Mohamed Diame produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the target.45:11
A cross is delivered by Scott Sinclair, clearance by Maynor Figueroa.45:01
The referee starts the second half.45:00 +3:02 Half time
Half Time The whistle is blown to end the first half.45:00 +0:31
Short corner worked by Ben Watson, Victor Moses delivers the ball, clearance by Steven Caulker.44:14
Jordi Gomez takes a shot. Save by Michel Vorm.41:10
Effort from the edge of the area by Victor Moses goes wide of the left-hand post.39:03
Corner taken short by Jordi Gomez, A cross is delivered by Victor Moses, Ashley Williams makes a clearance. Corner taken right-footed by Ben Watson from the left by-line, Ashley Williams manages to make a clearance.37:23
Victor Moses is caught offside. Ashley Williams takes the indirect free kick.36:21 Substitution
Substitution Antolin Alcaraz goes off and Ronnie Stam comes on.34:37
Corner taken by Kemy Agustien from the right by-line to the near post, save made by Ali Al Habsi. Shot from just outside the box by Leon Britton goes over the bar.34:24
Kemy Agustien delivers the ball, clearance made by Ben Watson.32:36
A cross is delivered by Wayne Routledge, Antolin Alcaraz makes a clearance. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Kemy Agustien played to the near post. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Kemy Agustien from the right by-line, Gary Caldwell makes a clearance.31:53
Angel Rangel crosses the ball, clearance by Emmerson Boyce.31:41
The ball is crossed by Angel Rangel, Emmerson Boyce makes a clearance.30:42
Scott Sinclair is caught offside. Ali Al Habsi takes the indirect free kick.30:32
Angel Rangel delivers the ball, Ben Watson manages to make a clearance.29:45
Corner from the left by-line taken by Kemy Agustien, Mohamed Diame manages to make a clearance.28:51
Angel Rangel gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Victor Moses. Maynor Figueroa has an effort direct from the free kick, blocked by Steven Caulker. The ball is swung over by Neil Taylor, Ben Watson manages to make a clearance.26:18
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Scott Sinclair by Mohamed Diame. Free kick taken by Neil Taylor.24:54
Neil Taylor takes the direct free kick.24:54 Booking
Booking Jordi Gomez booked.24:40
Neil Taylor fouled by Jordi Gomez, the ref awards a free kick.19:31
Mohamed Diame concedes a free kick for a foul on Nathan Dyer. Kemy Agustien restarts play with the free kick.18:52
Free kick awarded for a foul by Scott Sinclair on Jordi Gomez. Gary Caldwell takes the direct free kick.17:20
Ashley Williams restarts play with the free kick.17:20 Booking
Booking James McCarthy is cautioned.17:02
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Wayne Routledge by James McCarthy.13:44
Centre by Angel Rangel, Headed effort from inside the area by Danny Graham misses to the left of the target.13:38
The ball is sent over by Danny Graham, clearance made by Gary Caldwell.8:24
Unfair challenge on Steven Caulker by Franco Di Santo results in a free kick. Kemy Agustien takes the direct free kick.7:38
Scott Sinclair has an effort at goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.7:31
A cross is delivered by Danny Graham.6:06
Kemy Agustien fouled by Mohamed Diame, the ref awards a free kick. Steven Caulker takes the free kick.4:37
Neil Taylor challenges Ben Watson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Gary Caldwell takes the free kick.3:16
Unfair challenge on Mohamed Diame by Kemy Agustien results in a free kick. Ben Watson takes the free kick.1:26
The ball is crossed by Angel Rangel, Danny Graham takes a shot. Save by Ali Al Habsi.0:50
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Scott Sinclair by Jordi Gomez. Direct free kick taken by Neil Taylor.0:26
Foul by Franco Di Santo on Ashley Williams, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Ashley Williams.0:00
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