Swansea 2 Man City 3: Player ratings as Yaya Toure impresses

Swansea 2 Man City 3: Player ratings as the Citizens win their fourth success Premier League away game

Harry Reardon
By Harry Reardon
Swansea
2
Man City
3

Swansea

Gerhard Tremmel Except for picking the ball out of his net on 13 minutes, his biggest first half difficulty involved pulling on his replacement shirt after a colour clash with the City kit. Looked a little more uncertain in the second period, and should have done better for Kolarov’s goal in particular. 6/10

Angel Rangel Pushed forward well as Swansea came back into the game after the first half hour, and never gave up even after they went 3-1 down, but could have been braver to close down Fernandinho’s shot for his goal. 6

Chico Flores Some excellent ball juggling followed by an air shot in the first half, and some good interceptions as City threatened. Got lucky after being caught under the ball on 51, but Negredo scuffed his shot at the keeper. 5

Ashley Williams (Captain) Came under pressure early on and lost Dzeko in the box towards the end of the first half without being punished for it. Had a couple of shots blocked (including one by his own player). 5

Ben Davies Put under considerable pressure by Navas, but generally kept calm and tried to push forward where possible. Misplaced a couple of passes, but will come up against much less dangerous opponents. 6

Jose Canas Involved at both ends, particularly in the first half, and picked up a booking. Found it difficult to stem the tide as City pushed forward in the second half. 5

Jonathan de Guzman Became more and more involved as the game went on, and put in a good cross for Bony’s equaliser in first half injury time. 7

Jonjo Shelvey Found space on a few occasions after dropping deep without truly creating much. Picked up his third booking of the season with a somewhat over enthusiastic tackle in first-half injury time, and his influence waned thereafter before he was substituted with ten minutes to go. 6

Pablo Hernandez Pulled up after six minutes and taken off. N/A

Wayne Routledge After an early heavy touch after being found in space, won a string of corners as the first half drew to a close, and continued to look lively after the break. 7

Wilfried Bony (Man of the Match) Set himself up well for a couple of powerful shots wide, and contributed defensively at set pieces. Good header for the equaliser (his fifth league goal of the season), although it should have been chalked off for offside. Fine strike for his second goal in second half injury time. Mich-who? 9

Substitutes

Alejandro Pozuelo Tried to break through a couple of times, but not really involved enough after coming on to replace Shelvey with ten minutes to go. 5

Roland Lamah Left out after scoring in the previous game, the Belgian’s spell on the sidelines should have lasted only six minutes, but it took him three minutes more to get ready to come on. Showed a willingness to get involved, but limited impact. 6

Manchester City

Joe Hart Claimed well from a De Guzman free kick on 37, and punched a threatening Routledge cross clear before half-time. He could do little about either goal, and was alert to keep out a Bony shot midway through the second half, but showed another worrying lapse in concentration in World Cup year when completely missing the ball from the resultant corner. 6

Pablo Zabaleta His usual strong running self in defence and attack, flashing one shot wide. Helped keep Swansea quiet as City sought to kill the game after Kolarov’s goal, including one particularly strong challenge on Lamah for which he was booked. 7

Vincent Kompany (Captain) Generally read the play well, but lost Bony for Swansea’s equaliser in first-half injury time. Picked up a yellow card for getting a bit up close and personal with his opposite number in the 54th minute as City turned up the pressure. 6

Matija Nastasic Generally untroubled, although Kompany needed to sweep up on a few occasions when Swansea threatened to break through. 6

Aleksandar Kolarov Always looking to support attacks and deserved his goal, although the Swansea defence was conspicuous by their absence as he galloped forward after dispossessing Routledge. 8

Jesus Navas Kept Davies under pressure throughout, with one particularly clever dummy to set up a Dzeko shot just wide on the half hour. Clever feet set up Toure’s goal. As a reward, Pellegrini allowed him an early opportunity to dry out by taking him off in the final minutes. 8

Fernandinho Started the New Year with a bang, scoring his third league goal of the season with a powerful 13th-minute drive. Faded a little thereafter as Toure became more involved. 7

Yaya Toure A strong performance at both ends of the pitch, although perhaps not at his most dominant. Showed the more delicate side of his game with a lovely flick to set up a City attack early in the second half, before drilling a low (deflected) shot in for City’s second goal just before the hour. 8

Samir Nasri Scored twice in the reverse fixture, and ensured that City did not miss the suspended David Silva with an inventive performance here. His clever turns and flicks set up numerous attacks, and it was his corner that led to Fernandinho’s goal. Substituted, possibly with an injury, as City looked to close out the game. 8

Alvaro Negredo Less influential than his strike partner Dzeko, but could still have broken through on a couple of occasions, and probably should have done better with a good chance early in the second half. It was not a surprise when he was taken off for Garcia after an hour. 6

Edin Dzeko Like Bony, a strong centre forward’s performance, holding the ball up well and dropping deep and pulling out wide to support City’s attacks. Probably deserved a goal. 8

Substitutes

Javi Garcia Came on to solidify the midfield in the aftermath of Toure’s goal, and generally did well without standing out. 6

Jack Rodwell N/A

James Milner Had a shot blocked and looked threatening going forward after coming on with twenty minutes to go. 7

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