20/08/2011 14:00 v Wigan Athletic
Michel Vorm’s superb penalty save earned Swansea their first Premier League point after a 0-0 draw with Wigan Athletic at the Liberty.
The Swans welcomed back some familiar faces for their first home match in the top division for 28 years, including former manager Roberto Martinez and midfielder Jordi Gomez.
Brendan Rodgers’ men made a strong start – playing the free-flowing football that would earn them many fans over the course of the season – and went close to taking the lead inside the opening two minutes, when Ali Al-Habsi made a smart save to deny Danny Graham.
Scott Sinclair also fired off target as the Swans dominated possession in the first half, while only an outstretched leg from Antolin Alcaraz prevented record-signing Graham from tapping home his first goal for the club.
Those two also went close after the break along with Wayne Routledge, but Wigan started to threaten at the other end with former Swan, Gomez rattling the post before Victor Moses saw his effort crash against the crossbar.
The Latics then had a great chance to snatch the lead when Gomez was felled by Ashley Williams, only for Vorm to perform heroics by producing a magnificent save to deny Ben Watson’s penalty at full stretch.
Substitute Stephen Dobbie tested Al-Habsi with a couple of long-range efforts later on as the Swans settled for a share of the spoils, but only after surviving a huge scare in the dying seconds as Maynor Figueroa’s header flashed inches wide of the target.
Swansea: Vorm, Rangel, Caulker, Williams, Taylor, Agustien, Britton (Allen, 75), Dyer, Sinclair, Routledge (Dobbie, 74), Graham (Lita, 83).
Subs not used: Moreira, Tate, Gower, Moore.
Wigan: Al-Habsi, Boyce, Caldwell, Alcaraz (Stam, 37), Figueroa, McCarthy (McArthur, 64), Watson, Diame, Moses, Di Santo (Rodallega, 70), Gomez.
Subs not used: Pollitt, Thomas, Jones, Sammon.