Who Hit The Target? - Swansea City 1-2 West Bromwich Albion
Swansea fell to their second home defeat in 5 days to promotion challengers West Bromwich Albion. Despite taking an early lead, 2 first half goals from West Brom were enough to beat Swansea on a disappointing night at the Liberty. Even though it was an overall disappointing performance for the Swans, there were a few players who stood out for Bet UK.
McBurnie has been back amongst the goals recently and added his 8th of the season after 10 minutes. After a quick 1-2, Conor Roberts shot was saved by Sam Johnstone, but McBurnie was fast to react with a powerful shot into the top corner. McBurnie has found it difficult at this time season as a lone striker, but seems to be adjusting to the role in recent matches. With Daniel James and Bersant Celina willing runners on either side of him, McBurnie’s hold up play comes into its own. The gangling Scotsman can use the pace on either wing to open up defences, before making a late run into the box himself, ready for the cross to come in. After a lightning start to the season, McBurnie will be disappointed to only have scored 8 so far, but he looks like he could be coming back into form.
Despite Swansea’s defensive mishaps at the back for both WBA goals, Joe Rodon was still a standout performer. Up against a physical striker in Hal Robson Kanu, Rodon more than stood his ground. The 21 year old has been a mainstay in the centre of defence alongside the experienced Van der Hoorn. If anything, Rodon has out performed his defensive partner in recent games, proving that he is a real talent for the future. Rodon’s persistent defending even caused to experienced Robson Kanu to react towards the end of the game. If anything, that’s just a sign that Rodon is doing exactly what Graham Potter wants him to.
Returning from injury, Jefferson Montero was introduced with 20 minutes remaining of the match. The pacey Ecuadorian has already caused plenty of problems when coming off the bench this season, and threatened to do the same again against West Brom. Montero probably doesn’t even fit into Swansea’s strongest line up and along with Wilfried Bony on the bench, they both prove the strength of Swansea’s squad. Using his pace, Montero attacked a tiring West Brom defence for the rest of the game. Although nothing came of it for this match, Montero’s return gives Potter a strong Plan B for the packed December schedule.
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