‘Naive, quiet, faded out’ - Bristol City player ratings in frustrating Swansea defeat
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Olivier Ntcham set up Liam Cullen for a 34th-minute opener and then in the second-half got his second goal in as many league games against the Robins to wrap up the points for the Welsh side. Swansea had several more opportunities to score with Joel Piroe hitting the post in the second-half with a header, whilst City rarely tested Andy Fisher in the home goal.
Nigel Pearson's side finish the latest block of fixtures with just one win in five. Despite the defeat they remain 14th, but are a whole 12 points off of the play-offs and five points off the top half.
It was a frustrating display for Bristol City, who now have time to regroup over the international period and get their unavailable players back to full fitness. Here’s how the players were rated in the narrow defeat in South Wales:
Max O’Leary - 5
It was a collective effort for Swansea’s goal, but Cullen’s strike perhaps went just a little too easy past O’Leary.
George Tanner (subbed off, 46) - 5
Endured a difficult start to the match with Manning beating him on several occasions. Brought off at the break in a tactical switch.
Zak Vyner - 6
A few uncharacteristic errors from Vyner who was named captain today.
Cameron Pring - 6
A few nervous moments from Pring who should have communicated better with O’Leary a few times.
Andy King - 5
Had one of the better opportunities for City but it still wasn’t great.
Omar Taylor-Clarke (subbed off, 78) - 6
Put himself about and showed energy, but was at times naive. Forced off with an injury after Swansea had scored their second.
Alex Scott - 6
A few moments of promise in the first-half but faded out of the game.
Mark Sykes - 5
He had to move to right-back after the break and Swansea had a fair bit of joy down his side with Paterson beating him several times.
Harry Cornick - 5
Cornick put himself about physically but was unable to do what strikers are expected to do which is cause problems at the goalkeeper with shots.
Sam Bell (subbed off, 67) - 5
There was no repeat of his performance from January with Bell quiet.
Andi Weimann (subbed on, 46) - 5
Came on as a right-winger, went into the centre of a three and then had a bit of a freedom role.
Anis Mehmeti (subbed on, 61) - 6
Mehmeti came on and was welcomed by the away fans, and he set up Taylor-Clarke for a shot on target, but other than that went quiet.
Nahki Wells (subbed on, 67) - 5
Another frustrating display for Wells, who received next to no service.
Kane Wilson (subbed on, 78) - N/A