Swansea City’s good run halted by cruel defeat to Manchester City

Scorers: Gabriel Jesus (11′), Gylfi Sigurdsson (82′), Gabriel Jesus (90′)

Attendance: 54,065

Swansea City were denied a vital point by a late winner from in-from Gabriel Jesus against Manchester City on Sunday afternoon. 

The Swans were just moments away from taking a monumental point from high-flyers Manchester City on Sunday afternoon, before the unstoppable Gabriel Jesus stepped up to snatch a late winner.

Paul Clement’s men performed admirably to stay in the game and they thought they had done enough to take a point with Gylfi Sigurdsson scoring late-on.

However, Manchester City would have the final say when Gabriel Jesus completed his brace with a close-range goal in stoppage time.

The defeat means Swansea remain in 17th but just one point clear after two of the bottom three picked up wins this weekend, while Manchester City move into the top three.

Match Report

Manchester City set the tempo early-on as expected, utilising the quality they have in wide areas and testing the Swans’ back-line with positive forward play.

City were rewarded for their early positivity after just 11 minutes when David Silva wriggled past Federico Fernandez on the by-line before squaring to Raheem Sterling. The winger’s effort was blocked but Gabriel Jesus arrived on cue to stab home from close range.

The home side continued to press and Yaya Toure almost doubled their lead, only for Lukasz Fabianski to pull off a world-class save to stop the Ivorian’s free-kick finding the top corner.

The Swans struggled to hold on in the first half, with only 18% possession in the first 25 minutes, but hold on they did despite not managing a single goal on-goal, going into half time just one goal behind.

Swansea’s first effort on-goal arrived in the early stages of the second half and what an effort it was. Gylfi Sigurdsson struck a powerful free-kick goalwards when everyone in blue was expecting a cross, but unfortunately for the Swans a combination of Willy Caballero and the post come to Manchester City’s rescue.

The visitors, in stark contrast to the first half, begun to dominate the second period but causing their opponents problems in front of goal was proving to be a lot more difficult that controlling possession.

Alfie Mawson come closest in the first 20 minutes of the second half with a free header from a Sigurdsson corner but he could only glance the header wide of the far post.

Swansea continued to dictate play and they got their reward with less than 10 minutes remaining when Gylfi Sigurdsson found the bottom corner with a well-struck effort from the edge of the box.

It was looking like another fairy-tale result for Swansea but Manchester City would take all three points in devastating fashion.

Gabriel Jesus secured a late win for the home side and broke Swansea hearts with a close range finish at the second attempt in stoppage time. There was no time to respond for Swansea and they will leave the Etihad Stadium feeling very unlucky not to take home a point.

Man of the Match – Gylfi Sigurdsson

It’s becoming increasingly difficult not to award the Icelandic midfielder Man of the Match every week, but he just oozes quality and Swansea are reaping the rewards of keeping hold of him in January. His goal wasn’t quite enough to take a point on this occasion, but it was a fine goal which fitting to win any game of football.

Sigurdsson is one of Swansea’s only real threats going forward at times, but thankfully, he’s one of the best attacking talents in the league, and teams just can’t handle him. The former Spurs midfielder is going to absolutely vital for each game between now and the end of the season.

Final Word

This truly was the cruelest of results for Swansea who worked so hard to get something out of the game. They kept it tight in the first half and controlled the game brilliantly in the second, but it just wasn’t to be.

It’s the sort of late goal you almost expect when you’re down the bottom and playing against one of the top teams but Swansea were just so close to pinching a positive result.

It’s made even more cruel by the fact two of the bottom three picked up crucial wins this weekend, making that scrap for safety very close once again.

The Swans will need to bounce back and pick up a big result at home to relegation rivals Leicester next week, especially with a tough clash against Chelsea fast approaching.

Jamie Kemble

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