Swansea City midfielder George Byers has admitted his frustration at his side being unable to secure three points during their 0-0 draw with bitter rivals Cardiff City on Sunday afternoon.
Steve Cooper’s side were aiming to complete the first league double in the history of the South Wales derby following their 1-0 win over the Bluebirds in October, but neither side could find a breakthrough as the two sides’ played out a goalless draw.
The Swansea boss made a number of bold selection decisions ahead of the match as he started new signing Rhian Brewster in attack, while he also named Byers alongside captain Matt Grimes in the centre-midfield partnership.
This was the same pairing that won the midfield battle during Swansea’s 1-0 win over Cardiff earlier in the season, and the duo once again delivered a solid showing against a physical Bluebirds side at the Cardiff City Stadium.
Byers then took to Instagram to praise the Swansea fans for their support during the match, but the 23-year-old also admitted he felt frustrated that his side were unable to seal a famous league double over their Welsh rivals.
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Byers has been a regular feature in Cooper’s side who sit seventh in the Championship table this campaign, with the Cardiff match representing Byers’ 17th league start since August.
Swansea will have certainly felt disappointed at their inability to secure a precious victory over the Bluebirds, but there will surely not be many Swans fans feeling too disappointed with coming away with a point against Neil Harris’ side.
It was an interesting call for Cooper to opt with Byers in the centre-midfield role instead of Jay Fulton, but the former Watford man justified his selection with an accomplished and gritty performance in the middle of the park.
The Liberty Stadium outfit can now take the positives from this clash into their remaining matches this campaign, but they must learn to be more clinical in front of goal in order to take advantage of some of their good attacking positions.