Made several important saves (but not enough for a higher mark), commanded his area and had no real chance with Swansea City’s goal.
Jordan Obita: 5
Kept going manfully, got up and down the wing and was rarely beaten until his legs went slightly towards the end. However, he’s still noticeably off the pace, as is only to be expected.
Liam Moore: 6
Solid performance. With the rest of the back three he managed Swansea’s attacking threat well after the first 25 minutes. Good battle against Borja Baston, but showed his class in dealing with the threat.
Michael Morrison: 6
Like Moore, he managed Baston well. Solid in the air and clever on the ground. Needs to move the ball into midfield quicker though.
Tyler Blackett: 5
Hopefully not a serious injury for a player only recently back in the first team. His time on the pitch coincided with Swansea’s best period, but it wasn’t a terrible performance.
Andy Yiadom: 7
A wonderful, placed finish under pressure. Not something many right backs could replicate. Just rewards for a tireless performance. Kept a dangerous player in Bersant Celina quiet (just about).
Andy Rinomhota: 5
Grew into the game somewhat after being bypassed initially. Easy to see why he was included in the team when he nicked the ball away from danger - but then easy to see why he’s been on the sidelines as he frequently ran out of ideas when carrying the ball forward.
John Swift: 6
Not vintage Swift, but not the 2018/19 version that sometimes shrank in tough away games. Trusted his touch, kept passing the ball and generally made things tick. Needs to shoot more.
Ovie Ejaria: 6
Not dissimilar from Swift. Several moments of snake-hips Ovie, slightly anonymous for other periods though. Found the constant pressure hard to escape from, but kept the ball well.
Lucas Boye: 5
Harsh mark in some respects as he did hold the ball up really well and linked play nicely when supported. However, countless silly fouls (including a rash booking) and misplaced passes when under pressure meant his halftime withdrawal was a necessity.
George Puscas: 5
Again, showed flashes of class in linking play and his hold-up play continues to impress. However, for a player judged on his poaching skills, missing from four yards in the centre of goal will result in an inevitable erosion of confidence
Lucas Joao: 6
A strange performance from a player who’s going to seriously divide opinion. One the one hand, he held up play well, showed his pedigree, and supplied the pass for Yiadom’s goal. On the other, he needs to work harder and take more care with his final touch on occasion.
Josh Barrett: 6
He looked lively, tracked back and offered a more consistent presence than Boye. Little end product but a solid half from a developing prospect.
Omar Richards: N/A
Shored things up when Obita’s legs gave way. Unlucky to have had his place taken for the moment.
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