Taylor gifts late comfort to Blues

Scott Sinclair bit the hand that once fed him but had his heart broken in stoppage time by teammate Neil Taylor.

Former Chelsea winger Sinclair scored six minutes before half time to put the Swans on course for a famous victory. However, Chelsea, who had Ashley Cole sent off four minutes from time, snatched a point in the 93rd minute when Jose Bosingwa’s cross-shot struck Taylor and beat the despairing lunge of Michel Vorm.

Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas said; “In the second half we were very competent, but in the first half they found the spaces to cause us problems. But we had more of the ball and created more chances and had the goal have come earlier, we could have gone for a second.”

Chelsea barely had a kick for half a dozen minutes but the Swans were seldom dangerous in the final third. When their chance came, Danny Graham scooped his shot wide.

Quite literally unable to cope with Swansea’s slick movement and speed of passing, the game was 13 minutes old before Chelsea had their first opportunity. David Luiz whipped in a cross from the left but Daniel Sturridge dragged his shot wide.

Shortly after, Swansea blew their best chance of the half. Petr Cech failed to clear from the edge of his penalty area but was thankful for two desperate blocks inside his own six yard box from Luiz to deny Sigurdsson and Graham.

As the game increased in pace, Sturridge shot straight at Vorm and Juan Mata first volleyed wide and then put his attempted chip well over.

A minute later, Swansea were in front. Chelsea failed to clear a free kick from Sigurdsson and Sinclair turned and duly beat Cech at his far post.

A booking for Cole for a foul on Angel Rangel and a deserved yellow for Florent Malouda brought the first half to an end.

Chelsea were the dominant force as the second half took shape but, with Torres still a shadow of his former self, there was simply no cutting edge — an issue highlighted when Cole’s searching cross from the left slipped harmlessly across the face of the Swansea goal with not a Chelsea player in sight.

A wonderful drive from substitute Michael Essien brushed the woodwork as Chelsea once again turned up the heat. Sturridge then prodded Bosingwa’s cross inches wide, 15 minutes from time and in the 86th minute, Cole was sent off for a second yellow card offence.

But three minutes into stoppage time, Bosingwa popped up with a shot that took a wicked deflection off the unfortunate Taylor.

SWANSEA: Vorm, Rangel, Caulker, Williams, Taylor, Britton, Allen, Sigurdsson (Agustien 67), Dyer, Graham, Sinclair (Moore 77).

CHELSEA: Cech, Bosingwa, Ivanovic, Luiz, Cole, Meireles, Romeu (Essien 65), Malouda (Lukaku 80), Sturridge, Torres, Mata.

Referee: A Marriner (W Midlands).

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