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Played
January 31, 2012 7:45 PM GMT
Liberty Stadium — Swansea
Referee:‬ K. Friend‎
Attendance:‬ 20526‎
 
Neil Taylor 90+3′ (OG)
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Swansea City 1-1 Chelsea

Outstanding wing-play from the home side throughout should have been enough for the Swans before they were cruelly equalised against by an own goal at the death

By Nathan Lowe

  • Michel Vorm
    38
    7
    3.00

    Michel Vorm

    Rarely called into action by Chelsea's poor finishing, with his defenders doing most of the work for him on the day.

  • Ashley Williams
    34
    7
    3.50

    Ashley Williams

    Very composed and confident throughout, he completely dominated Torres for the entire match and was willing to do whatever was asked of him on the day.

  • Neil Taylor
    23
    11
    3.00

    Neil Taylor

    Let Sturridge come inside on his obviously better foot far too often, but usually ameliorated his mistakes with little fuss. Was unlucky to concede the own goal at the death.

  • Steven Caulker
    27
    9
    3.00

    Steven Caulker

    Played the ball out of the back for his side, the Englishman was comfortable despite Torres' presence in what was a classy showing.

  • Ángel Rangel
    18
    11
    2.50

    Ángel Rangel

    Combined well with Dyer to torment Cole down the channel but didn't offer anything special on the evening.

  • Leon Britton
    26
    8
    3.50

    Leon Britton

    Worked hard and hustled throughout in an endearing breathless midfield display for the Welsh side.

  • Nathan Dyer
    107
    15
    4.00

    Nathan Dyer Top of the Match

    Ruffled Cole's feathers whenever he attacked, the young Englishman showed why he is so highly thought with another impressive offensive display.

  • Joe Allen
    32
    8
    3.50

    Joe Allen

    Combined greatly with Britton to control central midfield against the more illustrious opponents, the diminutive playmaker passed and controlled the ball very well throughout.

  • Gylfi Sigurdsson
    16
    16
    2.50

    Gylfi Sigurdsson

    Failed to get involved much, particularly in the first half. Held the ball up and drew a couple fouls in the second term before being substituted.

  • Danny Graham
    12
    20
    2.00

    Danny Graham

    Thankless up front where he could do little more than chase the ball.

  • Scott Sinclair
    68
    9
    3.50

    Scott Sinclair

    Hit a lovely effort on his left to give the hosts the lead against his former club. Always threatened with the ball, though his technique did not always match his energy. Very lively.

Substitutions

  • Kemy Agustien
    7
    12
    2.50

    Kemy Agustien

    Came on with 25 minutes remaining but added little of note.

  • Luke Moore
    8
    10
    0.00

    Luke Moore

    Was a late substitution up front and worked hard for a brief spell.

  • Petr Cech
    50
    59
    2.50

    Petr Cech

    Failed to meet his only challenge on the day when Scott Sinclair's finessed shot floated into his top corner. Got in a muddle in the first half which almost proved costly.

  • Branislav Ivanovic
    100
    20
    3.00

    Branislav Ivanovic

    Composed in the centre of his side's defence, Ivanovic dissuaded the few attacks Graham attempted throughout a decent match for the Serb.

  • Ashley Cole
    56
    210
    1.50

    Ashley Cole Flop of the Match

    Skinned repeatedly by Dyer throughout a frustrating first half. Contributed generally to his side's better performance going forward after the break, but he had no answer for the Swans winger on his back foot. Sent off after 85 minutes for yet another poor tackle on the sprightly winger.

  • David Luiz
    75
    147
    2.50

    David Luiz

    Poor going forward, particularly in the first half when he was wasteful with his passing and dribbling. Began making better decisions in the second half before his side came under the cosh when reduced to ten men.

  • José Bosingwa
    73
    129
    3.00

    José Bosingwa

    Involved on both sides of the ball. Combined with Sturridge at times though the winger probably brought more to the relationship. Began causing problems as he attacked more in the second half.

  • Oriol Romeu
    61
    128
    2.50

    Oriol Romeu

    Played mostly in no-man's land in front of the central defenders. The Spaniard was outworked by the Swans' midfield as he seemed more concerned with avoiding major errors than he was with really expressing himself.

  • Florent Malouda
    48
    180
    2.00

    Florent Malouda

    Benefited from a wider berth in his team's better second half, but was relatively ineffective for the opening 45 minutes and eventually taken off.

  • Raúl Meireles
    39
    181
    2.00

    Raúl Meireles

    Had little on offer at the Liberty, including issuing a few hopeless free-kicks to sum up a fairly mediocre performance.

  • Fernando Torres
    204
    109
    2.50

    Fernando Torres

    Failed to inspire fear into the Swansea defense, rarely looking dangerous. The Spaniard clearly wanted to score but his technique did not match his desire.

  • Juan Mata
    67
    142
    2.50

    Juan Mata

    The creative lynchpin of his side got going more in the second half but overall was outplayed in the centre by the more passionate Swans' midfield.

  • Daniel Sturridge
    107
    181
    3.50

    Daniel Sturridge

    Created several good chances for himself throughout but his finishing was always wayward. Still his side's best player on the evening.

Substitutions

  • Michael Essien
    199
    91
    3.00

    Michael Essien

    Almost scored an absolute cracker with his first touch. Added experience and composure in Romeu's wake. His longest run-out since returning from injury should prove fruitful in his return to full fitness.

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
Man Utd.
15 2