Swansea survived the first-minute sending off of Neil Taylor to earn a goalless draw against Nottingham Forest at the City Ground, meaning it is all still to play for in the npower Championship play-off semi-final second leg in south Wales on Monday night.
A sensational start to the game saw Taylor dismissed after only 52 seconds when he caught Lewis McGugan on the thigh with his studs as both players went into the challenge with raised feet just inside the Swansea half and referee Mike Dean pulled out his red card.
Fabio Borini was a constant threat on the Forest goal and forced Lee Camp into three fine saves and Nathan Dyer forced another from him, while Kris Boyd brought out the best in Dorus De Vries.
However, while Forest struggled to break down 10 men, the Welsh side were unfazed by their numerical disadvantage and created the better chances in the first half. Borini was the main threat and in the 20th minute he beat Luke Chambers down the left, cut into the penalty area and Camp had to rush from his six-yard box to smother the danger.
Soon afterwards, he went even closer with a superb 25-yard free-kick. His run was almost Cristiano Ronaldo-esque and his shot was not too unlike that of the world's most expensive player either as he struck the ball over the wall and forced Camp to help it over the bar.
Borini worked Camp again on the half-hour, shooting through Brendan Moloney's legs after being slipped in down the left side of the area by Nathan Dyer. Camp blocked well with his legs after seeing the ball late.
It took Forest 36 minutes to muster an effort of their own. Kris Boyd got free down the right-hand side. His low cross was met by the penalty spot by Robert Earnshaw, who controlled his half-volley with the side of his foot but Dorus De Vries dived to his right and palmed the ball away.
A dipping 25-yard shot from McGugan was palmed back into the danger area by De Vries before the ball was cleared by a defender.
Forest thought they had made the breakthrough after 68 minutes when Earnshaw headed home McGugan's corner, but the Wales international was flagged offside.
Swansea immediately went on the counter-attack. Dyer darted down the right side and struck an early shot from the edge of the area that brought a superb one-handed save from Camp as he got down to his left.
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