The Swans were given a harsh initiation to the world of premier league football this evening with what looked like a comprehensive victory for the hosts.
Substitue Sergio Aguero will capture all the headlines as his first appearance in a City shirt has left blues fans all over the country believing that he is the man to replace Carlos Tevez as City’s talisman.
Michael Vorm was given his first start in between the sticks for the Swans. Elsewhere, Alan Tate skippered the side from left back with Caulker, Williams and Rangel making up the back four. In midfield, Agustien was given the nod in midfield alongside Britton and Dobbie with Sinclair, Dyer and debutant Graham completing the forward line.
In what turned out to be a goalless half, if the Swans had any nerves to start off with then it didn’t show as they looked comfortable in possession as they tried to continue to play in the style that has now become synonymous with Swansea City. In the early stages of the game, Dyer had to make sure that Joe Hart was on his toes as his threatening cross was cut out before it could cause any serious trouble. Dobbie was also looking threatening going forward but the best he could muster was a shot high and wide of the target. Rodgers’ message was clearly to attack the wings as Dobbie played a well-executed through ball to Sinclair only for the latter to have been adjudged to have strayed offside.
As the half progressed, Man City began to get a foothold in the game and the chances began to follow. However, Michael Vorm proved that he was more than capable of stepping up to the challenge of the Premier League and produced an excellent save from the busy David Silva. It was Silva who produced the next chance of note as well as his shot cannoned off the crossbar as City looked to press home their dominance. Yaya Toure had no better luck as he miscued one shot and saw another shot deflect out for a corner that came to nothing. Just before half time, striker Edin Dzeko had no better luck as he saw his shot saved by the feet of Vorm and that wasn’t it regarding chances for the half as Gareth Barry saw his shot rattle the woodwork for the second time in the half.
Half Time – Man City 0-0 Swansea City
The Swans nearly took a shock second half lead when Dobbie’s deflected strike produced a good save from Joe Hart. It was then that Mancini’s team talk seemed to kick in as Man City started turning wasteful chances into goals. The lively Adam Johnson saw his shot saved by the excellent Vorm only to see it rebound as far as Edin Dzeko who made no mistake from close range.
The changing moment in the game saw Aguero replace Nigel De Jong and the Argentines impact was almost instant. His first touch of the ball drew a good save from Vorm but it did not take him long to open his account. A low cross from Micah Richards resulted in Aguero slotting the ball home to open his account in England.
Unfortunately, City did not stop there as Aguero chipped the ball over the advancing Vorm, squared the ball back to Silva who placed the ball between the Swans keeper and Alan Tate on the line, although replays suggest that Aguero may have taken the ball too far. The score line was harsh on the Swans as they played some intricate passing football with Graham and Sinclair producing half chances but only to see them saved or blocked. It was left to the Argentine debutant to put a harsh gloss on the scoreline as his wondrous 25 yard strike beat Vorm to send the Eastlands faithful home happy.
Despite the result, Rodgers can take much heart from the game knowing that the Swans managed to look comfortable on the ball away from home and that he has an excellent number one goalkeeper at his disposal now. The Swans won’t come up against class like that every weekend. Mark my words, there won’t be many teams that go to the Etihad Stadium and gain all 3 points this season. Onwards and upwards, bring on Wigan on Saturday!