Swansea 0 Chelsea 1: Player ratings as Demba Ba strikes again

Swansea 0 Chelsea 1: Player ratings as the Blues win to keep to within two points of leaders Liverpool

By Arandeep Dhillon
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Chelsea
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Chelsea

Petr Cech Fine save early on from Bony’s glancing header and produced a vital stop in the closing stages. 7/10

Branislav Ivanovic Impressed in parts and also had a chance to give Chelsea the lead but fired his close-range header over. 5

Gary Cahill Another solid performance. Read the game well and dealt with Swansea’s attacking threat. 6

John Terry Key block from Routledge’s effort and can be pleased with the ever-improving partnership that is being formed with Cahill. 6

Cesar Azpilicueta Reliable as ever, made it tough for the Swansea players to get past him and got up the flank well to aid his side. 5

Ramires Tireless performance from the Brazilian, who almost broke the deadlock after bursting into the Swansea half, though unable to release the trigger. 6

Nemanja Matic Energetic performance from the Serb, tracked back well and looked to make things happen in the middle of the park, including an assist for Ba. 6

Andre Schurrle Showed glimpses of what he is about but brought off at half time for failing to make enough of an impact. 5

Willian Dangerous on the ball throughout, however should have done better with his chances on goal. 5

Mohamed Salah Somehow failed to score with an early effort and failed to hit the target with another big chance as Chelsea longed for an opener. 4

Demba Ba (man of the match) Produced some neat link-up play at times and provided Jose Mourinho’s side with the much-needed breakthrough. 7

Substitutes

Samuel Eto’o Failed to hit the target with a gilt-edged opportunity and again late on. 4

Oscar Gave Chelsea added control and supplied neat passes around the box. 5

John Obi Mikel Tightened up the midfield after being introduced. 5

Swansea City

Michel Vorm Despite a slight deflection from Williams, he should have done better to prevent Ba’s strike hitting the back of the net. 4

Angel Rangel Energetic performance. Bright opening to the game but fizzled out as it wore on. 5

Chico Flores Ultimately cost his side the match following two clumsy challenges which resulted in a red card in the 16th minute. 3

Ashley Williams Held his own and did everything to keep his back-line together on what a difficult day was for the hosts. 6

Ben Davies Struggled with the pace of the Chelsea attack and looked out of place in parts but slowly came into the match. 5

Leon Britton Carried out good movement across the field and moments of nifty footwork. 5

Jonjo Shelvey Not as influential as we have come to see of him, found it difficult to assert his authority in the middle. 5

Nathan Dyer Fine start to the match but struggled to excel as Chelsea started to dominate proceedings. 6

Pablo Hernandez Looked lively before being sacrificed from the field after the Chico’s red card. 5

Wayne Routledge Carved out one of Swansea’s best chances and looked a constant threat in possession. 6

Wilfried Bony Unlucky to be denied by Cech early on. Should have done better with a close-range header in the second half but did not anticipate it. 6

Substitutes

Jordi Amat Made his presence felt and read the game well. 6

David Ngog N/A

Jonathan de Guzman N/A

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