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March 11, 2012 2:00 PM GMT
Liberty Stadium — Swansea
Referee:‬ L. Mason‎
Attendance:‬ 20510‎
 
83′ L. Moore
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Swansea 1-0 Manchester City

Roberto Mancini's men surrender their lead to Manchester United at the top of the Premier League after Luke Moore's header secured victory for Brendan Rodgers' side

By Matt Scott

  • Michel Vorm
    55
    1
    3.00

    Michel Vorm

    The Dutchman had one of his quieter games as City failed to get into any good positions to fully test him.

  • Ashley Williams
    64
    1
    3.50

    Ashley Williams

    Strong performance from the Welshman, outfought and out-thought Balotelli throughout and has been one of Swansea's most consistent performers in their impressive season so far.

  • Neil Taylor
    46
    1
    3.00

    Neil Taylor

    Solid performance at left-back, got forward to little effect but defended resolutely, coping well on the rare occasions that Richards bombed on.

  • Steven Caulker
    53
    3
    3.50

    Steven Caulker

    The Tottenham loanee is looking more and more assured as the season goes on, is often deployed as the brains to Williams' brawn and did magnificently to restrict Aguero when the Argentine came on.

  • Ángel Rangel
    46
    2
    3.50

    Ángel Rangel

    Decent in defence but impressed most as he got forward with every opportunity and supplied a magnificent cross for the game's only goal, picking out Moore with ease.

  • Leon Britton
    42
    3
    3.00

    Leon Britton

    Kept things simple in the middle of the park and allowed Allen to express himself, tackles tenaciously for someone of short stature, giving a steely edge to a side noted for their silky play.

  • Wayne Routledge
    37
    4
    3.00

    Wayne Routledge

    Won the early penalty and looked as though he was going to be a key part of the afternoon, but fizzled out as has often been the case this season.

  • Joe Allen
    118
    8
    4.00

    Joe Allen Top of the Match

    A star in the making, up against the some of league's finest, the youngster kept a composed head and linked his side with ease. Showed the technique and calmness worthy of any player chasing a title.

  • Gylfi Sigurdsson
    49
    5
    3.00

    Gylfi Sigurdsson

    The midfielder is obviously talented but his fitness may be lacking, drifted in and out of the game but kept his head to use possession well after Savic's error to help assist Moore's goal.

  • Danny Graham
    39
    5
    3.00

    Danny Graham

    Industry and hard work are a given from the striker, flashed a ball across the face of the six-yard box but was unable to test Hart.

  • Scott Sinclair
    38
    17
    3.00

    Scott Sinclair

    Saw his weak penalty easily saved by Hart and didn't quite manage to fully recover from that setback. Scampered around in wide positions but was dominated by Richards and failed to contribute fully to the game.

Substitutions

  • Luke Moore
    76
    2
    3.50

    Luke Moore

    The Swans' hero, hasn't scored many this season but has now scored one of the League's most important goals this season, seismically shifting the balance of power at the top of the table.

  • Joe Hart
    37
    47
    3.50

    Joe Hart

    Plunged to his right to keep out Sinclair's early penalty and was largely untroubled as Swansea failed to penetrate City's solid defence.

  • Micah Richards
    20
    50
    3.00

    Micah Richards

    Much less adventurous than usual from the full-back who is usually City's right sided full-back and winger, perhaps pegged back with Sinclair's threat in mind and was still solid in defence.

  • Stefan Savic
    17
    69
    3.00

    Stefan Savic

    The defender was having his finest outing in a City shirt so far until giving the ball away sloppily which lead to Swansea's goal, did handle Graham very well throughout the afternoon.

  • Gael Clichy
    9
    68
    3.00

    Gael Clichy

    Allowed Routledge to drift infield and win the spot-kick but was let off the hook by Hart, aside from the early lapse, another composed performance from the Frenchman who is becoming one of the finest performers in his position in the league.

  • Kolo Toure
    14
    53
    3.00

    Kolo Toure

    Played the covering role expertly for much of the game, keeping Sinclair and Routledge quiet as they drifted infield, beaten in the air for Moore's goal however.

  • Gareth Barry
    13
    69
    2.00

    Gareth Barry

    Disappointing outing for the England man, gave the ball away far too many times as his side struggled in the first half and was perhaps deservedly subbed in the 37th minute, with Aguero coming on to provide a larger threat in attack.

  • Samir Nasri
    31
    86
    2.50

    Samir Nasri

    Quiet game for the Frenchman who simply didn't look up for the occasion, caused Neil Taylor no problems at all in a poor outing.

  • David Silva
    17
    67
    3.00

    David Silva

    Moved out to the left flank and barely able to influence proceedings as a result, barely wasted the ball but at the same time failed to offer anything that could penetrate Swansea's defence.

  • Nigel De Jong
    18
    54
    2.50

    Nigel De Jong

    Possibly given the task to disrupt the Swans' passing in midfield but was unable to get close to Allen and Britton, still managed to pick up his customary booking, however.

  • Yaya Touré
    23
    55
    2.50

    Yaya Touré

    Ended up in a deeper role after Barry's substitution and suffered as a result, unable to make his trademark surging runs and became frustrated as the game went on.

  • Mario Balotelli
    59
    138
    2.00

    Mario Balotelli Flop of the Match

    Skulked around the pitch with a face like thunder for much of the game, contributed very little of note and was booked for a petulant late challenge on Rangel.

Substitutions

  • Adam Johnson
    15
    60
    2.50

    Adam Johnson

    Brought on in an attempt to add trickery and pace to the City attack but couldn't impact the game.

  • Edin Dzeko
    68
    53
    0.00

    Edin Dzeko

    Replaced Silva late in the game with City desperate for a goal, but barely touched the ball.

  • Sergio Agüero
    20
    85
    2.50

    Sergio Agüero

    Came off the bench in the first half as Mancini sought a way into the game but was largely anonymous as Caulker and Williams dealt with his movement

Results
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Luis Suárez Luis Suárez
Striker
Liverpool
30 0
Daniel Sturridge Daniel Sturridge
Striker
Liverpool
20 0
Yaya Touré Yaya Touré
Midfielder
Manchester City
18 6
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Manchester City
16 0
Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney
Striker
Manchester United
15 2