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September 1, 2012 3:00 PM BST
Liberty Stadium — Swansea
Referee:‬ R. East‎
Attendance:‬ 20350‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Swansea 2-2 Sunderland

Steven Fletcher was at the double as the Black Cats halted the Swans' winning start to the season, but while Michu continued his fine form, Chico was dismissed for a wild lunge

By Matt Scott

  • Michel Vorm
    8
    6
    2.50

    Michel Vorm

    The Dutchman was rarely called upon to make saves of note but was caught in no-man's land as Larsson's whipped free kick bypassed everyone to find Fletcher at the back post.

  • Neil Taylor
    7
    5
    2.50

    Neil Taylor

    Had a comfortable opening 20 minutes before being stretchered off with a painful looking ankle injury.

  • Chico
    3
    7
    2.00

    Chico

    Was impressive alongside Williams for much of the game but let himself down badly with a reckless, head-high lunge on Saha that saw him deservedly sent off.

  • Ashley Williams
    6
    7
    1.50

    Ashley Williams Flop of the Match

    Under-hit back-pass let Fletcher in for the game's opener and the Swans' skipper rounded off a shaky afternoon by picking up a booking for a crude hack on the Scottish striker.

  • Ángel Rangel
    5
    5
    3.00

    Ángel Rangel

    Spanish right-back matched McClean well and got forward with typical vigour and technical proficiency.

  • Leon Britton
    6
    6
    2.50

    Leon Britton

    The diminutive midfielder was fairly quiet but kept things ticking over nicely in the middle of the park. Could have done better with a chance early in the second half, blazing over from a well-worked corner.

  • Michu
    35
    2
    3.50

    Michu

    Was crucial to all of the Swans' build-up play through the middle and after wasting a headed chance that went over, he made no mistake just minutes later, planting a similar effort past Mignolet from De Guzman's cross.

  • Nathan Dyer
    35
    3
    4.00

    Nathan Dyer Top of the Match

    The Swans' most effective man going forward, his pace and drive was crucial for the home side and he troubled makeshift left-back Colback throughout. Chipped a delightful ball into Routledge's path for his side's opening goal.

  • Wayne Routledge
    17
    3
    3.50

    Wayne Routledge

    Nippy winger caused havoc from the left, drifting inside and troubling several members of the Swans' backline. Lashed home a fine goal to equalise Fletcher's opener.

  • Jonathan De Guzmán
    14
    4
    3.00

    Jonathan De Guzmán

    Sitting deep in midfield, the Dutchman kept things ticking over nicely in the centre. Has stepped into Joe Allen's shoes with similar statistic-busting play and assisted Michu's goal with a fine deep ball.

  • Danny Graham
    8
    2
    2.00

    Danny Graham

    Kept quiet by Cuellar throughout. A tough afternoon for the striker who worked hard for the team's cause but was given barely any sights of goal.

Substitutions

  • Alan Tate
    4
    7
    2.50

    Alan Tate

    Replaced Routledge as Laudrup looked to shore up the defence after Chico's dismissal and performed capably.

  • Ben Davies
    9
    3
    3.00

    Ben Davies

    Replaced the stricken Taylor and had a solid game at full-back, coping well with Sessegnon's threat and getting forward to support the attack as Routledge looked to float inside.

  • Sung-Yong Ki
    41
    2

    Sung-Yong Ki

    Replaced Michu for his Premier League debut with time running out and didn't have enough time on the pitch to make an impression.

  • Simon Mignolet
    7
    2
    3.00

    Simon Mignolet

    Powerless to stop Routledge's thunderous effort and made an impressive save from Dyer early in the second period.

  • John O'Shea
    6
    2
    3.00

    John O'Shea

    Kept Graham quiet and largely dealt well as Dyer and Routledge drifted in-field but was punished for his one laps as he let the former Villa man clear, and was punished by the Swans' first goal.

  • Carlos Javier Cuéllar
    6
    2
    3.50

    Carlos Javier Cuéllar

    Great game from the Spaniard who took on the physical battle against Graham with relish. Kept the former Middlesbrough man quiet, and limited his chances to none.

  • Lee Cattermole
    3
    4
    3.00

    Lee Cattermole

    Marauded around midfield impressively, shutting down the Swans' cute passing play but was forced off after 38 minutes with a dead leg, opening the game up.

  • Sebastian Larsson
    6
    1
    2.50

    Sebastian Larsson

    Deep free-kick was bundled home by Fletcher, and sprayed the ball around tidily as he played in a deep-lying central role in midfield.

  • Craig Gardner
    3
    6
    2.00

    Craig Gardner

    Played in a right-back role that he has only done so on occasion previously, and he struggled to match Routledge's pace and movement throughout.

  • Jack Colback
    2
    4
    2.00

    Jack Colback

    Another midfielder moved into defence, at left-back, and he too was troubled by the tricky Dyer. Struggled to keep up with his opponent in a tough afternoon.

  • Adam Johnson
    14
    4
    2.50

    Adam Johnson

    More subdued than his fellow debutant Fletcher, but still looked dangerous cutting inside from the right. As he regains match fitness and confidence, he will surely become a key figure for the Black Cats.

  • James McClean
    4
    4
    2.00

    James McClean

    The Irishman lashed a volley over the crossbar as Sunderland threatened to break clear in the first half. Was kept in check well by Rangel throughout the second period, however.

  • Stéphane Sessegnon
    3
    4
    2.50

    Stéphane Sessegnon

    The Gabonese schemer was kept quiet, in a wider role, and failed to have a large influence over affairs before being replaced with 10 minutes remaining.

  • Steven Fletcher
    11
    2
    3.50

    Steven Fletcher

    Was fairly uninvolved in the Black Cats' build-up play but showed a lethal touch that convinced Martin O'Neill to part with £12 million for his services. Finished sweetly after Williams' error and showed grit and determination to bundle home under pressure from Chico.

Substitutions

  • David Meyler
    4
    6
    2.50

    David Meyler

    Came on for captain Cattermole and sat in midfield to decent effect, breaking up the Swans when they came his way.

  • Fraizer Campbell
    2
    4
    2.00

    Fraizer Campbell

    Came on in place of Sessegnon as the Black Cats looked to pour forward after Chico's sending-off but struggled to get on the ball and couldn't influence the game.

  • Louis Saha
    4
    4
    2.00

    Louis Saha

    Replaced the goal-scoring hero Fletcher and was lucky to escape unharmed from Chico's wild challenge that resulted in the Spaniard's dismissal.

Results
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Luis Suárez Luis Suárez
Striker
Liverpool
29 0
Daniel Sturridge Daniel Sturridge
Striker
Liverpool
20 0
Yaya Touré Yaya Touré
Midfielder
Manchester City
18 6
Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney
Striker
Manchester United
15 2
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Manchester City
15 0