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Swansea City 1-0 Chelsea: Swans player ratings as Montero shines again

Gylfi Sigurdsson scored the winning goal as Swansea clinched Premier League safety and 40 points, but how did they players fare?

Swansea City 1-0 Chelsea: Swans player ratings as Montero shines again
Gylfi Sigurdsson and Jefferson Montero celebrating the winning goal. (Photo: Swansea City A.F.C)

Swansea City opened the scoring through Gylfi Sigurdsson after Jefferson Montero wreaked havoc down the left-hand flank, Matt Miazga headed the cross away but only as far as Sigurdsson who drilled his volley into the back of the net.  

Montero continued his good form after the Stoke game by terrorising Cesar Azpilicueta among many, and was without a doubt Swansea’s man of the match this afternoon.

Swansea also clinched Premier League safety with a win, taking them to that magical 40 point mark, and moved up to 13th in the league at the same time.

Sturdy defence

Lukasz Fabianski – 6

Had a very quiet game, but dealt with the little he needed to do well.

Angel Rangel – 6

Had a really good chance to put Swansea up early but his shot was closer to the corner flag than the goal. Generally looked good in possession and wasn’t troubled massively by Chelsea’s widemen.

Federico Fernandez – 7

He really does get too much stick from Swansea fans. Not only is his vision and passing ability quite remarkable for a defender, he is actually a good defender too. Another stellar performance today.

Ashley Williams – 9

Death, taxes and Ashley Williams putting in a solid performance. Didn’t put a single foot wrong all afternoon, and it’s what fans have come to expect from the skipper.

Neil Taylor – 6

Generally did a good job containing Pedro and then Kennedy on that flank, think it would be a good idea to give Stephen Kingsley more gametime now that the Welsh side have reached 40 points.

Mediocre midfield

Jack Cork – 6

Very quiet game, especially in the first half. In the second he improved defensively, almost scored a corker from 20 yards too but his volley was palmed away by Asmir Begovic.

Leroy Fer – 7

One of Leroy Fer’s best performances since joining the club on loan. The Dutchman was the link between attack and defence, and did a good job putting some tackles in too. He looks a lot better in a two-man midfield.

Flying forwards

Andre Ayew – 7

A little bit of rustiness is expected considering this is Andre Ayew’s first game for over a month. Wasn’t quite on top of his form today but this front four look fantastic when they click.

Gylfi Sigurdsson – 8

Nine goals in 14 games since the turn of the year. Quite an incredible return from a midfielder, and boy how Swansea needed those goals.

Jefferson Montero – 9

Was involved in everything good for Swansea this afternoon. He may not be the most well-rounded player but when he’s able to get the ball down and run at a defender, he really causes damage. Probably benefited from Chelsea being the only team not to double up on him in possession too.

Alberto Paloschi – 8

The Italian was lively, his movement was superb and clicked with the three players behind him. This game could be a glimpse of things to come next season for Swansea fans. Alberto Paloschi held the ball up very well too, something he didn’t seem capable of when he first joined the club.

Paloschi and Begovic square up (photo: Reuters)
Paloschi and Begovic square up (photo: Reuters)

Substitutes

Wayne Routledge – 7

On for Ayew after 65 minutes, did a good job seeing as Chelsea had the lions share of possession during his time on the pitch.

Bafetimbi Gomis - 6

Replaced the excellent Paloschi with 20 minutes to go, had a decent chance around the 80 minutes mark but the ball just wouldn’t fall for him.

Kyle Naughton – 6

Brought on for Montero to try and sure things up late on when Chelsea were piling on the pressure.