City’s title chances take a hammer blow at the hands of Premiership pass master’s Swansea City, as United take pole position.
Michel Vorm – 6/10 Unexpectedly endured one of his more quieter games for the Swans, but like all good keepers dealt with every test he was handed.
Angel Rangel – 7/10 As well as performing solidly in defence, Rangel provided an extremely handy attacking outlet as Swansea pressed their illustrious visitors throughout. Supplied the vital cross for Moore’s winner.
Steven Caulker – 8/10 One of the most improved player’s in the league. The classy Spurs loanee, like most of Swansea’s playing staff, is technically astute and excellent on the ball. Proving an excellent foil for the imposing figure of Williams.
Ashley Williams – 8/10 Strong, dominant and composed, the Welshman had Balotelli in his back pocket all afternoon. Gives his side a solid platform on which to go and play their expansive game.
Neil Taylor – 7/10 Another solid performance from one of the seasons more impressive left backs. Didn’t feature much in attack, but quelled the threat of Richards and Silva expertly.
Wayne Routledge – 6/10 Started brightly as Swansea roared out of the traps, but as so often is the case, drifted out of the game as it progressed through the second half.
Joe Allen – 8/10 One of the leagues top performing midfielders was exceptional again, controlling the play and manipulating the ball as though he himself were chasing a title. Every move went through him as he linked his side superbly.
Leon Britton – 7/10 Another fine display, Britton rarely gives the ball away. His partnership with Allen is so vital to the majestic football the Premier League newcomers continue to impose upon their opposition.
Scott Sinclair – 6/1 A rare miss from the spot for the Swans top scorer capped a frustrating first half for the former Chelsea man. Improved in the second period, but still struggled to impose himself on the game as Richards proved a more than worthy opponent.
Gylfi Sigurdsson – 6/10 A quiet game considering the high standards he’s set recently, Sigurdsson was only allowed to showcase his obvious talents in brief glimpses. Must feature more prominently if he is to extend his fine run of form.
Danny Graham – 6/10 So often the spearhead of the majority of the Welsh side’s attacks throughout this season, had to make do with unsettling the league leaders through hard work and perseverance. Led the line well, but very few sights of goal.
SUBS: Garry Monk – 6, Luke Moore – 7: Won the match for his side with a well taken header.
Joe Hart – 7/10 Terrific save from Sinclair’s penalty, had no chance for the goal and was unaccountable for this defeat as too many of his team mates failed to show up at the Liberty.
Micah Richards – 6/10 Didn’t have the room to bomb on as much as he’d wish, like many of his team found himself chasing possession for much of the game. Can still hold his head high with a faultless defensive display.
Stefan Savic – 6/10 Was enduring one of his better games for City, but is always vulnerable to the odd rick. As City looked to be earning a solid if unspectacular point, Savic gave the ball away in the lead up to Moore’s goal in what proved to be the vital moment of the game.
Kolo Toure – 6/10 A decent enough display from the Ivorian, assigned the task of filling the imperious Vincent Kompany’s boots. Was beaten in the air for Luke Moore’s winner however.
Gael Clichy – 6/10 Comfortable at times against the inconsistent but troublesome threat of Wayne Routledge. Did concede a penalty to the former Palace winger, but looks to be finally nailing down the left back position as his own with a string of assured displays.
Gareth Barry – 4/10 Was a victim of his bosses own mistake. Hooked after 38 minutes with a defensive looking midfield trio getting over ran by an invigorated Swansea outfit. Gave the ball away too often and must bring a little more guile to City’s play if he is to play a prominent part in the end of season run in.
Nigel De Jong – 5/10 Starting only his 7th league game of the season, the Dutchman found himself chasing the shadows of midfield counter parts Joe Allen and Leon Britton. Once again, the only thing he achieved of any real note was a booking.
Ya Ya Toure – 5/10 One of his worst showings in a City shirt. Failed to stamp his authority on a game that was generally dominated by the home side.
David Silva – 5/10 Another consistent performer who failed to produce his best form. As you’d expect, was astute in possession but failed to get into any threatening positions as Swansea ran his side ragged. Still has a huge say in where the title will end up come May.
Samir Nasri – 4/10 Has been disappointing this season and today was no exception. On the periphery for much of the encounter, whilst the days of him dancing around defenses in a red shirt seem like an eternity ago. Must do more to step out of the shadow of compatriot David Silva.
Mario Balotelli – 5/10 One brief moment of brilliance in the first half, scooping the ball over William’s head brilliantly before nearly unleashing his shot, proved to be a blip in an otherwise dreadful display. As the season reaches its climax, we shall no doubt continue to learn more about the character of the Italian, and whether he really has the stomach to become a Premier League champion.
SUBS: Sergio Aguero – 5: Poor showing from the 38th minute substitute. His patchy form will be a cause for concern for Mancini. Adam Johnson – 6, Edin Dzeko – n/a.
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