Swansea 1 Chelsea 1: Taylor own goal saves AVB's blushes after Sinclair's stunner
An own goal from Neil Taylor deep into injury-time saw Chelsea deny Swansea another famous win at the Liberty Stadium.
Former Chelsea winger Scott Sinclair had given Swansea a 39th-minute lead when his left-footed volley looped over Petr Cech and into the net, putting the hosts on course for a repeat of their stunning win over Arsenal.
Chelsea dominated the second half but they looked set to suffer a sixth defeat of the season when Ashley Cole picked up a second booking late on.
However, with time running out, Jose Bosingwa's driven ball across the box from the right struck the unfortunate Taylor and beat Michel Vorm.
Net pains: Swansea keeper Michel Vorm can't believe the late blow
Take that: Jose Bosingwa is congratulated for his late assist in the own goal
Swansea: Vorm, Rangel, Caulker, Williams, Taylor, Britton, Allen, Sigurdsson (Agustien 67), Dyer, Graham, Sinclair (Moore 77). Subs not used: Tremmel, Routledge, Monk, Lita, Richards.
Booked: Taylor, Rangel.
Scorer: Sinclair 39.
Chelsea: Cech, Bosingwa, Ivanovic, Luiz, Cole, Meireles, Romeu (Essien 65), Malouda (Lukaku 80), Sturridge, Torres, Mata. Subs not used: Turnbull, Ferreira, Cahill, Bertrand, Piazon.
Booked: Cole, Malouda.
Sent off: Cole.
Scorer: Taylor (og) 90+3.
Referee: Andre Marriner.
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Chelsea, without captain John Terry
due to a knee injury and with new signing Gary Cahill on the bench, had
Branislav Ivanovic and David Luiz in central defence and they were
thankful to the former for saving them twice during a sluggish opening
from Andre Villas-Boas' side.
Ivanovic firstly denied Danny Graham a
simple finish after a Steven Caulker header had rebounded to the
striker before Chelsea threatened when Luiz ventured forward, with his
low cross resulting in Daniel Sturridge firing narrowly past Vorm's near
Ivanovic was involved again when a long ball pumped towards Graham caused chaos in the visiting defence.
Cech could only clear the ball to
Gylfi Sigurdsson, who skipped past the goalkeeper but saw Ivanovic block
his goal-bound effort. Graham's follow-up attempt was kept out by Luiz
and Joe Allen was denied by the recovering goalkeeper.
Having survived that scare Chelsea
began to take a stranglehold on the game, dominating possession and
pinning Swansea deep in their own half.
Ashley Williams made a terrific
interception to cut out Fernando Torres' intended pass to an unmarked
Sturridge, while Juan Mata fired wastefully wide of either post after
more patient build-up.
Vorm was uncharacteristically
hesitant in tipping a Oriol Romeu drive around his post, before Luiz
failed to make the most of a free header from a Raul Meireles corner.
On the mark: Scott Sinclair put Swansea ahead in the the 39th minute
But after absorbing the pressure Swansea took the lead against the run of play as Sinclair netted against his former club.
Sigurdsson's free-kick was weakly
headed away by Bosingwa, and a swing of Sinclair's left foot saw the
ball float over Cech into the far corner, although the winger was
restrained in his celebrations in front of the travelling support.
Stung by the concession of the goal
so late in the first half, Chelsea completely dominated the opening
exchanges of the second period.
And Sigurdsson must score: Gylfi Sigurdsson fails to convert with Petr Cech stranded
Protesting their innocence: Fernando Torres and Ashley Cole remonstrate with referee Andre Marriner
Mata and Meireles prompted in
midfield as Swansea defended ever deeper. The visitors initially created
little in the way of clear-cut chances, although they would have
levelled had any blue-shirted attackers made the effort to follow in
Cole's astute ball across the Swansea six-yard box.
Villas-Boas brought Michael Essien on
for Romeu, and the move almost paid instant dividends as the Ghanaian
blasted a fierce drive narrowly over Vorm's bar.
Bosingwa then teased his way to the
byline but his hanging cross was headed clear by Angel Rangel, before
another surge from the right-back saw Sturridge turn and poke wide.
Swansea were by now struggling to
find their way out of their own half as their efforts to keep ball were
stymied by Chelsea's pressing high up the pitch.
Frustrated viewing: Gary Cahill and the Chelsea bench observe proceedings
They summoned a rare attacking foray
with seven minutes to go as substitutes Kemy Agustien and Luke Moore
combined to give Nathan Dyer a sight of goal, but he dragged his shot
across the face of goal.
Normal service was soon resumed as
Bosingwa cut in and fired narrowly over, but Swansea were just about
managing to handle everything Chelsea could throw at them.
Chelsea's frustrations were then
compounded as Cole, who had been cautioned just before the interval,
picked up a second booking for a rash tackle on Dyer and was dismissed.
But their pressure finally told as
Bosingwa again tricked his way into the box and saw his driven effort
strike Taylor to deceive Vorm and rescue a point.
Beaten hands down: Petr Cech stretches but fails to repel Sinclair's effort
Off the line: Danny Graham sees his goalbound effort cleared by David Luiz