Swansea City 0, Middlesbrough 0: Paul Clement angry over handball claim after relegation rivals draw a blank

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Clement's side missed the chance to pull further clear of the bottom three (Source: Getty)

Swansea City 0, Middlesbrough 0

Swansea manager Paul Clement argued that his team had been wrongly denied a crucial late penalty after they failed to breach stubborn Middlesbrough in a bottom-of-the-table Premier League clash.

Clement felt that Gylfi Sigurdsson’s 86th-minute free-kick had struck the flailing arm of Adam Clayton in the Boro wall as Swansea bombarded the visitors in the closing stages.

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“He clearly comes out with his arms and that doesn’t look like a natural position to me,” said Clement. “When you look at it in slow motion it looks like a penalty.”

A point apiece leaves Swansea 17th, just one point above the relegation zone but five ahead of Boro, who are 19th but have a game in hand.

Clement’s side could still have won the match after the handball controversy but midfielder Leroy Fer lacked composure when he turned inside the penalty area and blasted his close-range shot over.

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Sigurdsson's free-kick appeared to strike the arm of Clayton (Source: Getty)

Boro too had a last-ditch chance and might have snatched an unlikely victory when striker Alvaro Negredo picked out Rudy Gestede with an outside-of-the-boot cross, only for the substitute to head wide.

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