Premier League

Fulham vs Swansea – Player Ratings

Swansea continue to play out of their skin while Fulham rue their own lack of consistency. 

FULHAM:

Mark Schwarzer: Made a costly error at Villa last week and looked hesitant at times today. Could and perhaps should have done better with Allen’s shot after getting a hand to it but could do nothing about the opener.

Stephen Kelly: Still looks unsure at times on the ball but made a few vital interceptions as Swansea continued to take the game to their hosts.

Brede Hangeland: Isn’t quite hitting the kind of form which saw a host of big clubs clamoring for his signature a few years ago. Made some poor judgments in the first half and didn’t really dominate a lively Danny Graham like we know he can.

Philippe Senderos: 4 Was nervy in the first half and completely culpable for Swansea’s third as he needlessly gave the ball away and comically slipped when trying to regain possession from a committed Joe Allen.

John Arne Riise: 5 Got forward well in the first half with the game being played out more evenly, but should have got closer to Routledge for the opening goal as the tricky winger began to grow in the game. Not as culpable as some of his teammates for his sides ineptitude.

Mahamadou Diarra: JOKE OF THE MATCH – Looked every bit like a player who’d only featured in two games since last April, Diarra managed to give the ball away on just about every occasion he received it in the first half. Improved slightly in the second period, but a knock to the head insured the former Madrid man would leave the pitch seeing stars.

Clint Dempsey: 6 Was unusually subdued for a man in his form. Still provided a moment of brilliance when his spectacular second half effort crashed into the corner of the bar.

Brian Ruiz: 5 Preferred to Damien Duff somewhat surprisingly. Yet again struggled to get involved at any point in the game as he drifted about the pitch like a lost soul. Seems a little sluggish but needs time to adapt to the English game.

Moussa Dembele: 6 Deployed again in midfield but found himself chasing the shadows of his slick, well drilled opponents. Always looks bright but doesn’t seem capable of holding the responsibilities that come with being a central midfielder.

Andy Johnson: 6 As always, ran himself into the ground in an effort to galvanise his off colour team. But didn’t get the service from an unbalanced midfield which failed to generate any real openings.

Pavel Pogrebnyak: 5 Like forward partner Johnson, tried really hold to effect a game which was never in his control. Leads the line well and links up the game nicely, but today just wasn’t his day.

SUBS: Damien Duff: 6, Danny Murphy: 6, Karim Frei: 6.

SWANSEA:

Michel Vorm: 7 Was a calming influence for a largely untroubled back-line. Saved two early efforts well and showed what a consistent performer he is.

Angel Rangel: 7 Likes to get involved in the final third and certainly did that as he worked well with Wayne Routledge. Manages to balance his attacking prowess well with his defensive duties, and looked comfortable throughout.

Garry Monk: 6 Looked a little unsettled in the first half after deputising for established first choice Ashley Williams, but grew into the game commendably and dealt well with a dangerous forward partnership.

Steven Caulker: 7 Looks a Tottenham player already. Will surely play a big part for them in the future, as he proved yet again what a talent he is.

Neil Taylor: 6 Another solid performance from the established left back. Hardly the most talked about player in the squad, the Welshman continued to prove just how underrated he is, keeping Ruiz completely quiet and quelling most moves which came his way.

Joe Allen: 9 Starting to make a real name for himself. Like most of his teammates, his poise and cultured technique when in possession is quite astounding. Looks set to make a big impact for years to come.

Leon Britton: 8 Always looks composed on the ball and retained possession nicely for the impressive visitors. Seems to be growing with every game.

Scott Sinclair: 7 Two assists and was prominent throughout. Starting to look like an established Premier League performer and provides Swansea a real cutting edge in the final third.

Wayne Routledge: 7 Matched Sinclair with his tenacity and drive from the flanks, his improvement in recent weeks has been as impressive as it has been surprising.

Gylfi Sigurdsson: 9 MAN OF THE MATCH – Continues to defy logic with his goal scoring exploits from midfield. Has linked the midfield superbly since his move in January, and will be in demand when his loan expires at the end of the season.

Danny Graham: 7 Led the line manfully against the imposing figure of Hangeland. Another who has surprised many with his performances this season, and his form shows no sign of dwindling.

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