Swansea 3 Newcastle 0: Player ratings as Shelvey impresses

Swansea 3 Newcastle 0: Player ratings as the Swans end the Magpies' four-match unbeaten streak in the league

Trevor Murray
By Trevor Murray
Swansea
3
Newcastle
0

Swansea

Michel Vorm Looked secure for most of the night, distributed the ball well and, most importantly he kept a clean sheet to help Swansea out of their recent slump in form. 7/10

Dwight Tiendalli Kept the recently influential wide men of Newcastle quiet for large periods along with the rest of his team-mates and even managed one or two forages forward. Before the half-time break, he linked up with Hernandez, but they couldn’t find a way through. 7

Chico Flores Despite having to contend with a few Newcastle advances in the opening 45, the Swansea back-four looked too solid to concede anything. Chico was integral to that solidity and performed capably throughout. 6

Ashley Williams Provided a reliable platform for Swansea’s midfield to build from. He always looked comfortable on the ball and made good choices with his passing whenever receiving the ball short. No doubt the 29-year-old will be keen to use this win as a boost ahead of their important Europa League match against Valencia. 8

Ben Davies Did well to exploit the space down his flank whenever he was afforded it and was alert to the threat posed by Dyer when he came on. In particular, his block just before the half-hour matk to deny a shot on target with the scores still level was a pivotal moment. 7

Jose Canas A fine defensive midfield performance from the Spaniard ensured that Newcastle’s attempts to attack on the counter were in vain as he stepped in on a few occasions to smother their efforts. Although he was anonymous at times, his successful exploits in the middle of the park more than made up for that. 6

Jonathan de Guzman He utilised the ball well and was involved in more than his fair share of quick, short passing exchanges in the middle of the park that proved vital in Swansea retaining control of the ball and dictating the tempo for large periods. 6

Jonjo Shevey (Man of the match) Without a shadow of a doubt, this night belonged to Shelvey. The former Liverpool player scored the final goal of their 3-0 win and was heavily involved in their second as well. Displayed a great work ethic all over the pitch, as underlined by his part in forcing Debuchy to concede an own goal. If he can keep producing like this, Swansea should have no trouble climbing up the table quickly. 9

Alejandro Pozuelo Was key in the Welsh club’s second goal of the night as it was his pass that set Shelvey on his way to forcing both Tim Krul and Debuchy into an error. The Spaniard was keen to cause problems for the Magpies’ defence whenever he could, and it was no surprise that it was he who was at the heart of their second goal. 7

Pablo Hernandez Returned from injury against one of the most in-form teams in the league and he passed the test with flying colours. He’ll be hoping Wednesday night’s display warrants a selection for their big upcoming Europa League tie. 6

Alvaro Vazquez Vazquez was forced off injured mid-way through the opening half, but showed good energy while he was on. Michael Laudrup will no doubt be perturbed by his ongoing injury crisis in the striker department with Wilfried Bony and Michu also currently unavailable. 5

Substitutes

Roland Lamah Failed to really do much after his introduction onto the game. Shelvey scored just a minute later to kill the game off and he was relieved of the pressure to really perform after that. 5

Wayne Routledge N/A

Nathan Dyer Did excellently to adapt to the role of center forward by getting on the score-sheet just before the half-time whistle blew and showed great strength to fend off the defenders on numerous occasions. His strike instigated the Swansea win as they really pushed on following the restart. 6

Newcastle United

Tim Krul Didn’t have the best of evenings in conceding three goals, but he didn’t exactly cover himself in glory either with some poor distribution. Granted, there was little he could do about Shelvey’s third goal or indeed the initial one, but failing to come out quickly enough to close down the midfielder was certainly a blight on his performance. 5

Mathieu Debuchy Was partly at fault for the second goal the Toon Army conceded mid-week and also got himself in the book for a very rash challenge at the beginning of the second half. 5

Mike Williamson Conceding three goals on the road is certainly not an ideal result against a Swansea side who have looked lacking in ideas for a while now, but Williamson and company certainly made them look quite inventive during the week by failing to deal with their intricate passing an movement throughout. 5

Fabio Coloccini Battled hard at the heart of the defence but simply wasn’t good enough. Perhaps the Newcastle midfield were more at fault for the goals as they allowed Swansea through to easily more than once, but the visitors looked all at sea when defending at times. 6

Davide Santon Was quite anonymous for large periods and was eventually taken off in the second half as a result. 5

Moussa Sissoko Paled in comparison to his Swansea compatriots and was surprisingly inept at trying to clear danger and he simply couldn’t impose himself on the game. 5

Cheikh Tiote Pressed quite hard in the opening 45 and did well to stem the flow. Unfortunately, he eventually faded as the match went on and was unable to keep up with the talismanic Shelvey. 6

Yohan Cabaye Cabaye was perhaps the only truly outstanding player for Newcastle on the night as he tried time and time again to muster up something dangerous. Despite not creating anything that rattled Vorm’s net, he should be applauded for his efforts in attempting to set up team-mates as well as going for goal himself. 7

Yoan Gouffran Was culpable in his team conceding just before the break as it was his poor defensive header that failed to properly clear the danger. The loose ball eventually found its way to Pozuelo who whipped in a delightful cross that Dyer did well to hammer home. 4

Shola Ameobi Persisted in trying to make himself available for a decent ball over the top, but he never got the assistance he craved. He was involved in a couple of half-chances, particularly when combining with Cabaye, but he rarely looked like causing a fightback. 6

Loic Remy Had an excellent opportunity to break the deadlock before Dyer did when he was gifted a free header in the first half, but he failed to make it count and would later rue the miss. 6

Substitutes

Gabriel Obertan Failed to make too much of an impact as the game had already slipped out of their control by the time he came on. 5

Massadio Haidara Was a little more boisterous than his fellow defenders and received a yellow card for his efforts, but still displayed good heart in attempting to rally the troops. Ddi well to clear a dangerous ball off the line after coming on. 6

Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa N/A

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