Swansea vs Middlesbrough - as it happened: Relegation scrap culminates in goalless draw

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Swansea host Middlesbrough in a real six-pointer at the bottom end of the Premier League.

Boro won the corresponding fixture 3-0 in December but much has changed since then with two new bosses now in the dugout.

Paul Clement has the Swans in better form, despite a recent slump, while Steve Agnew replaced Aitor Karanka prior to the international break and appeared to have Boro showing signs of life again against Manchester United after a dismal run.

They meet today both in desperate for all three points in the battle to avoid the drop.


Swansea: Fabianski, Naughton, Fernandez, Mawson, Olsson, Fer, Cork, Carroll, Narsingh, Ayew, Sigurdsson. Subs: Ki, van der Hoorn, Borja Baston, Nordfeldt, Montero, Kingsley, McBurnie. 

Middlesbrough: Valdes, Barragan, Bernardo, Gibson, Da Silva, de Roon, Clayton, Traore, Downing, Ramirez, Negredo. Subs: Ayala, Leadbitter, Guzan, Stuani, Guedioura, Gestede, Forshaw. 

Referee: Robert Madley (West Yorkshire) 

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Good afternoon everyone and welcome to the Independent's live coverage of Swansea vs Middlesbrough from the Liberty Stadium.
Boro are winless in 11 league games, loosing five of the last seven - so Steve Agnew's struggling side will be hoping to secure a win against The Swans to redeem some order back into the club. Swansea have suffered their first back-to-back league defeats under the management of Paul Clement, so they also have a point to prove today. 
Kick off at 13:30. Stay tuned for team news, live updates and minute-by-minute coverage of all of the action. 
The scene is set. I can not wait for this one. 
Boro beat Swansea 3-0 in December - which was in fact the only time that Agnew's men have scored more than two goals in top flight football this season. This was the first Premier League between the two sides.

Team news: 

Martin Olsson returns to The Swans side, after missing the defeat at Bournemouth due to an ankle injury. The visitors also welcome Kyle Naughton back to their side, following his hamstring issue. The return of these two key figures will provide a huge boost for Clement's men, so this could be their chance to close the gap on Crystal Palace.
It's all to play for today at the Liberty Stadium, with the two clubs both desperate to preserve their Premier League status. You do not want to miss this one.
Kick off at 13:30.
Kick off is just minutes away now.
Stay tuned for live coverage of all the action from the Liberty Stadium.
Swansea kick off to get the action underway. Game on!
Narsingh bombs down the right wing chasing a loose ball, but his attempted delivery into the box goes out for a goal kick.
Downing delivers a Boro corner into the box, which finds Clayton on the edge of the area. The 28-year-old attempts to send the ball back into the danger zone, but it's blocked.
Olsson picks up the ball inside of the area, opens out his body and goes for goal from close range. He fails to hit the target, but that is encouraging stuff from the home side.
Traore picks up the ball in the middle and charges towards the Swansea goal, before finding Downing on the left. He attempts to cross the ball into the box, but it's intercepted.
Ayew gives Valdes an early test, with a right-footed strike from the edge of the area. The keeper manages to parry the strike away for a corner kick.
Negredo proves his strength, by regaining possession and charging into space. He looks up and attempts to deliver a low ball into the box, but once again it's intercepted.
Traore sends a ball into the box, it falls to Negredo but his strike is blocked. It falls to Clayton on the edge of the area, but his attempt flies way over the target.
Yellow card: Fer is booked for a clumsy challenge into the side of Traore.
Traore wins Boro another free kick, after a crashing challenge from Mawson. They can not seem to handle the pace of the 21-year-old. 
Traore sends a delightful ball over the top to Negredo, but the strikers first touch lets him down and Swansea quickly redeem possession.

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