The joyful Swansea City player ratings as Man Utd loanee and Joel Piroe dazzle in top display at Bristol City


STEVEN BENDA 8

Atoned for a sloppy pass early on by denying Matty James and made a fine stop to keep out Alex Scott’s strike. A few nervy moments aside, it was a really positive showing from the German. Clean sheet number two in the league.

JOEL LATIBEAUDIERE 8

Made plenty of clearances when the Robins applied pressure and was generally composed on the ball, despite another positional change.

BRANDON COOPER 8

The Welshman looked more comfortable in the wider position of a back three. Was a clearing machine and more than played his part in his side’s clean sheet.

RYAN MANNING 8

In the middle of his side’s back three, the Irishman provided the composure needed in what was a hostile environment. So productive on the ball and was pivotal to Russell Martin’s plans. Swansea are really starting to see the best of the 25-year-old.

ETHAN LAIRD 8

Making his full Swansea debut, the Manchester United loanee looked to get forward at every opportunity and his energy was hugely beneficial on the right flank. Decent in the air too. Confidence late on was mesmerising. Fine showing.

JAY FULTON 8

Booked for a poor challenge on Andreas Weimann early on, but the Scot was otherwise solid in midfield. So composed on the ball and is no doubt starting to get back to full match fitness after missing the first three games of the campaign.

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MATT GRIMES 8

Led by example in everything he did. Got his side going forward and his vision for a pass ensured the Swans carried a threat. A couple of useful defensive challenges too.

JAKE BIDWELL 8

Defended well throughout and was always an outlet on the left flank. Made a few important clearances and was a threat in the final third.

JAMIE PATERSON 8

Lining up against his former club, the summer signing showed remarkable composure and skill on the ball time and time again. A really exciting player.

LIAM CULLEN 6

Put himself about, but didn’t really get much change from Bristol City’s back four. Subbed.

JOEL PIROE – Star Man 8

On his first league start for the Swans, the striker coolly lashed beyond Dan Bentley after seeing his initial shot hit the post. So unlucky not to get a second just before the break, but his link up play and work rate impressed throughout. Top display.

Subs

Morgan Whittaker (for Cullen) – Ran hard and enjoyed a few neat touches as Swansea ran the clock down. 6

Jamal Lowe (for Piroe) – Productive on the ball to help his side see out the game. 6





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