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November 3, 2012 3:00 PM GMT
Liberty Stadium — Swansea
Referee:‬ K. Friend‎
Attendance:‬ 20527‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Swansea City 1-1 Chelsea

Pablo Hernandez scored a late goal to deny the Blues a potentially crucial three points after Victor Moses had given the visitors the lead with a header in the second half

By Oliver Platt

  • Gerhard Tremmel
    19
    17
    2.50

    Gerhard Tremmel

    Perhaps lucky not to be punished when he parried Moses' cross straight back into the centre of the penalty area, but the delivery was powerfully struck and Torres could not take advantage anyway. Could do little about Moses' headed winner.

  • Ashley Williams
    31
    12
    3.50

    Ashley Williams

    Played more of a covering role behind Monk and kept up with the quicker Chelsea players that got in behind the defence. Hazard was shepherded away from goal on one occasion before Torres was cut off as he raided in from the left.

  • Ángel Rangel
    20
    10
    2.50

    Ángel Rangel

    Showed some attacking intent but could not quite find the final delivery that might unlock the Chelsea defence. Left some space behind him which was exploited on occasion.

  • Ben Davies
    16
    13
    2.50

    Ben Davies

    Attacked willingly but his passing and crossing sometimes lacked quality. Successfully kept Moses and Azpilicueta to the outside, although one or two decent crosses did beat him.

  • Leon Britton
    21
    10
    3.50

    Leon Britton

    Dug in in front of the back four as well as circulating possession in his usual style. Worked well with De Guzman to deny Chelsea space before he was withdrawn as Swansea searched for an equaliser.

  • Michu
    34
    8
    3.00

    Michu

    Worked hard and used his physicality up front and got on the end of one chipped cross from Hernandez, but could not steer it goalwards. Boisterous, but did not have much service or joy in the box.

  • Pablo Hernández
    83
    16
    4.00

    Pablo Hernández Top of the Match

    Produced Swansea's best moment of the first half with a chipped cross that Michu could not quite capitalise on. Struggled to find the space to consistently run at Cole and Cahill, though. Switched to the left and looked threatening when he cut inside, having one promising shot blocked before beating Cech for the equaliser with a similar effort that found its way through the Chelsea bodies.

  • Wayne Routledge
    14
    10
    2.50

    Wayne Routledge

    Muted on the left, where he could not find much room in which to manoeuvre. Had some success when he floated inside and linked up with other midfield players, but it was not a surprise to see him replaced by Dyer as the Swans looked to find a goal.

  • Jonathan De Guzmán
    27
    8
    3.00

    Jonathan De Guzmán

    Energetic, making plenty of tackles and driving forward when he had the chance. Congested in the middle of the park, though, which made it more difficult for him.

  • Sung-Yong Ki
    85
    10
    3.50

    Sung-Yong Ki

    Played one or two threatening passes when he was able to get within range of the forwards. Swansea lacked a link between midfield and attack but he looked the most likely to provide it. Disrupted Chelsea's players when off the ball, too.

Substitutions

  • Nathan Dyer
    19
    6
    3.00

    Nathan Dyer

    Replaced Routledge and tested Cech with a cross that nearly dropped under the crossbar, although the effort might not have been intentional.

  • Danny Graham
    16
    7
    2.50

    Danny Graham

    Like Michu, could not find any breaks in the penalty area after coming on in response to Chelsea's goal.

  • Itay Shechter
    22
    7
    3.00

    Itay Shechter

    Came on for the last 10 minutes as Swansea searched for an equaliser and played an important part, holding the ball up before laying it off for Hernandez to equalise.

  • Petr Cech
    88
    31
    3.00

    Petr Cech

    Dived bravely to collect a ball at Michu's feet but otherwise had a quiet afternoon until he was beaten by a shot that he did not seem to see or react to until it was too late.

  • Branislav Ivanovic
    90
    24
    3.00

    Branislav Ivanovic

    Caught out by Michu on a couple of occasions when the striker peeled off to latch on to passes. But he generally kept the Swansea forwards at bay and certainly did not give up anything easily. Could not step forward quickly enough to block Hernandez's shot, however.

  • Ashley Cole
    86
    67
    3.00

    Ashley Cole

    Continues to look somewhat isolated at left-back without a player directly ahead of him. Hazard often ventures inside, which leaves him without an out pass from defence. Defended well in one-on-one situations, however.

  • Gary Cahill
    69
    70
    3.50

    Gary Cahill

    Covered well for Ivanovic on one occasion when Michu looked as if he might run through on goal. With Luiz injured and Terry suspended, he led the defence effectively and was a danger at set-pieces.

  • César Azpilicueta
    60
    65
    3.00

    César Azpilicueta

    Defended well and supported the forwards down the right flank. Did not show his dynamic attacking potential, but proved that he can be relied upon at right-back in the early days of his Chelsea career.

  • Oscar
    60
    125
    3.00

    Oscar

    The Swansea midfielders successfully crowded the centre of the pitch and as a result, the Brazilian found it difficult to exert much influence. What he did was neat and tidy, but never quite decisive.

  • John Obi Mikel
    106
    72
    3.00

    John Obi Mikel

    Cut out most of the play that came his way. Once or twice he was turned by the pacy Swansea midfielders, but he managed to escape the referee's attention despite improvising in how he held the play up at times.

  • Victor Moses
    82
    125
    3.50

    Victor Moses

    Got the decisive goal when Cahill's header bounced off his head and found the top corner. Like Oscar, he kept the ball moving and did deliver a dangerous cross that Torres might have taken advantage of, but never reached full speed.

  • Eden Hazard
    94
    125
    3.50

    Eden Hazard

    Probably the most effective of Chelsea's attackers, getting one shot away after cutting inside and testing Tremmel with a free-kick. His corners caused problems too. Could not find the penetration he was looking for as often as he would have liked though.

  • Oriol Romeu
    32
    160
    2.00

    Oriol Romeu

    Mostly a passenger and withdrawn for the grittier Ramires at the break as Chelsea looked to inject more urgency into their play.

  • Fernando Torres
    166
    112
    2.00

    Fernando Torres Flop of the Match

    Missed a good chance when Tremmel parried a cross straight to him and was never able to separate himself from the attention of Williams.

Substitutions

  • Ryan Bertrand
    26
    135

    Ryan Bertrand

    Replaced Oscar to solidify the midfield for the final 10 minutes.

  • Ramires
    112
    29
    3.00

    Ramires

    Came on at half-time and helped Chelsea exert a bit more control in central midfield. More of a disciplined performance than his usual all-action running.

  • Daniel Sturridge
    31
    150
    2.50

    Daniel Sturridge

    Came on for a little under 20 minutes on the right flank. Did not see too much of the ball but ended one promising attack with poor control.

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