Swansea 0 Valencia 1: Player ratings as Chelsea’s Oriol Romeu impresses

Swansea 0 Valencia 1: Player ratings as on-loan Chelsea midfielder Oriol Romeu stars for Los Che in Wales

Paddy Dinham
By Paddy Dinham
Swansea
0
Valencia
1

Swansea City

Gerhard Tremmel Was at fault for the goal when he came charging out of his goal and failed to punch the ball convincingly, when the ball came back into the box Parejo profited with the German out of position. 5/10

Angel Rangel The Spaniard had a very dependable game as he made sure the threat down Valencia’s left was virtually non-existent. 7

Chico Flores A little slow to react as Bernat’s shot bounced off him into the path of Parejo to score but solid otherwise. 6

Jordi Amat Much like the other four centre-halves in a game dominated by the defences. He gave a very solid and dependable performance. 7

Neil Taylor The left-back got forward as often as he could. Tried to force the issue but ultimately did not quite have the quality to cause Pereira any real problems. 7

Leon Britton Typical metronomic passing performance which showed that he is still a useful option for Swansea despite a lack of Premier League football this season but was a lacking sharpness and was too negative with his side trailing. 6

Jonjo Shelvey Decision-making was a little rash at times, hit some very questionable long balls that failed to pick out a team-mate. When they came off, however, they were inspired. 6

Alejandro Pozuelo Worked hard to try and influence the game as he made positive runs and passes but his touch often left something to be desired. 6

Nathan Dyer Swapped wings after 45 minutes as he was having little joy down the right against Guardado – and despite an improved second half, his end product was mixed. Substituted. 6

Roland Lamah Failed to provide a threat over on the left-hand side, usually opting to play a simple pass rather than take players on. Taken off at half-time. 4

Wilfried Bony Had a quiet game before limping off near the end of the first half with what appeared to be a hamstring injury. 5

Substitutes

Alvaro Vazquez Had a tap-in wrongly ruled out for offside soon after coming which saw him vehemently remonstrate with the linesman. Otherwise quiet. 6

Jonathan de Guzman Added an element of pace and class when he entered the fray at the break. 7

Pablo Hernandez Swansea dramatically improved after he came on against his former side. 7

Valencia

Diego Alves Magnificent save to keep out Shelvey’s volley when the flag had stayed down against the midfielder. His handling under pressure was nervy at times. 6

Joao Pereira Looked dangerous whenever he bombed forward and also had a rather simple task of making sure the lumbering Lamah did not cause any problems. 7

Victor Ruiz Gave a real sense of composure at the back. He was rarely troubled and ensuring that Valencia kept possession from the back. 7

Jeremy Mathieu A truly dominant display as he won almost every aerial duel that he went into before and after Bony was replaced by Vazquez up front. Good late clearance off the line. 8

Andres Guardado Intelligent defensive performance as he used his experience to keep the pacey and tricky Dyer quiet. 7

Oriol Romeu (Man of the match) He will be hoping that Jose Mourinho was watching. Really solid display in front of the back four as he successfully kept the likes of Pozeulo and Bony under wraps. 8

Dani Parejo Tidy finish low into the net from the holding midfielder as the ball bounced around in the corner. Passing was pinpoint at all times. Booked for a challenge on Pozuelo. 7

Sofiane Feghouli His movement was sharp throughout. Missed a great chance to double the lead as he dragged a left foot shot wide when through on goal. Substituted. 6

Sergio Canales He often found good positions in between the Swansea midfield and defence but sometimes took a little too long to decide what to do with the ball. 6

Juan Bernat Didn’t look to have anything special about his game and never really got into this match. 5

Jonas Substituted after failing to really fashion a single real opportunity. 5

Substitutes

Pablo Piatti Took up some useful positions and used the ball well. 6

Helder Postiga Did not have any impact after coming on. 5

Javi Fuego N/A

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