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Swansea City player ratings as defensive duo are tormented by Nottingham Forest

Swansea City’s nine-game unbeaten run came to a ruinous end thanks to a 5-1 defeat to Nottingham Forest. Here’s how the Swans rated:

ANDY FISHER 5

Unfortunate to concede the first as Cyrus Christie perhaps got in his way. But the goalkeeper made some brilliant saves to deny the likes of Sam Surridge, Joe Worrall and Ryan Yates. Could have been far worse without him.

JOEL LATIBEAUDIERE 4

Very good in possession for long spells but was tormented by the pace of Forest. Not always helped by those collectively in front of him, mind.

KYLE NAUGHTON 5

Made a number of clearances and did his bit yet again to help Swansea play out from the back. Couldn’t help stem the tide in the second half.

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RYAN MANNING 4

A few nervy moments and wasn’t at his best in possession. Brennan Johnson and Djed Spence caused heaps of problems on his side. An area Swansea need to address in the summer. Withdrawn.

CYRUS CHRISTIE 4

Escaped a red card when Jack Colback put Forest ahead and was too sloppy on the ball. Made some timely defensive interventions though as the hosts bombarded the Swansea box.

FLYNN DOWNES 5

The midfielder did his defensive duties well and was very good on the ball in the first half, regularly finding pockets of space to help the visitors keep the ball. Looked shell-shocked in the second half as Swansea’s defence were unable to cope with Forest’s pace.

MATT GRIMES 5

Sublime pass for Michael Obafemi’s equaliser and drew a number of fouls in the middle of the park. As above in terms of the second half.

HANNES WOLF 5

Had to track back to help Manning throughout given the pace Forest possess in their ranks. One of his quieter displays in attack. Fired wide late on.

JOEL PIROE 5

Always showed for the ball and was willing to drop deep when needed. But the Dutchman was given precious little opportunity to impress in attack. Subbed.

CAMERON CONGREVE 5

Thrown in at the deep end on his first start for the club, Congreve had a few efforts on goal and was generally good on the ball. Withdrawn.

MICHAEL OBAFEMI – star man 6

Took his goal incredibly well and was denied by Brice Samba late on in the first half. Kept plugging away in the second half but not much he could do.

Who was Swansea’s star man against Nottingham Forest? Have your say in our comments section here.

Subs

Jamie Paterson (for Congreve) – A couple of decent moments on the ball against his former club, but attacks left Swansea vulnerable. 5

Olivier Ntcham (for Manning) – As above. Didn’t always track back which helped Forest with counter attacks. 5

Jay Fulton (for Piroe) – Swansea were already out of it when he was introduced. N/A

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