Swans lack energy in frustrating draw with Barnsley

Russell Martin admitted in his post-match press conference that his side lacked energy and intensity during the 1-1 draw with relegation battlers Barnsley at the Swansea dot com stadium.

Whilst the Swans dominated possession, it was the visitors who had the more threatening chances in the opening 45 minutes, but their lack of a cutting edge was clear for everyone in the near 18,000 crowd to see.

Given his recent track record of visits to the Swansea dot com stadium, referee Andy Woolmer, perhaps unsurprisingly did little to endear himself to the Jack Army once again, as he failed to deal with some cynical fouls from Carlton Morris in particular before giving the Barnsley man a yellow card on 78 minutes.

Woolmer also appeared to miss a foul on Matty Grimes in the build-up to the Tykes goal, a well taken effort by Claudio Gomes on 54 minutes, which Andy Fisher in the Swans goal might well have dealt with better.

Thankfully the introduction of Olivier Ntcham on 57 minutes seemed to give the Swans some much needed impetus, which had been sadly lacking up to that point.

It came as no surprise that the Frenchman then scored the Swans equaliser on 64 minutes, a sweet curling effort from 20 yards. It was the fourth goal of the season for the 26 year old midfielder.

Sadly the Swans were unable to find a winner on what was skipper Matt Grimes’ 200th appearance in a Swansea shirt, but at least they maintained their unbeaten run, which now stands at 6 games.

Russell Martin Post-Match Press Conference

Given that Martin said he felt his side had lacked energy and intensity against the Tykes, he is more than likely to shuffle his squad for the trip to Reading on Easter Monday.