SAFC v Chelsea 08/12/12 Player Ratings

Mignolet (7/10) - Another solid display by our mighty, Belgian keeper despite picking the ball out of the net 3 times. Couldn't have done much else to prevent Chelsea's goals. Made a great stop from Mata one on one early on.

Bardsley (4/10) - Another below par performance from the Salford born Scotsman. Directly responsible for at least one goal and fails to offer enough support to the winger going forward.

O'Shea (6/10) - Gradually grew into the game but silly mistakes will have played on his mind after the final whistle. Still remains the strongest centre half at the club.

Cuellar (6/10) - As with O'Shea, his performance wasn't without faults but stayed calm and collected for long periods and looked much more comfortable alongside O'Shea than he did with Matt Kilgallon at Carrow Road last week.

Rose (9/10) - Once again the on loan full back did everything Martin O'Neill asked of him and more. Defensively solid and used his pace to cause panic for the Chelsea back 4. Even when asked to move to centre midfield in the final 10 minutes, he looked comfortable on the ball and still a worry for the champions of Europe.

Johnson (7/10) - Starting to finally come out of his proverbial shell. Unlucky to have not had a goal when Petr Cech clawed his free kick from under the bar. Caused problems with a series of good crosses and mazy dribbles. Another well taken goal will boost his confidence again. More of these performances will quickly fire him back into Roy Hodgson's thoughts.

Larsson (6/10) - Not his greatest performance in red and white and didn't always look comfortable in the middle of the park. Should know better than to go to ground in his own penalty area. However questionable the decision by Mark Halsey, Seb should never have given the referee the opportunity to point to the penalty spot.

Gardner (7/10) - Unlucky to have not found his name on the scoresheet after striking the crossbar and dragging a shot wide. Offers much needed bite in centre midfield and a goal threat from open play and set pieces.

McClean (7/10) - Another much improved display from the Irishman. Great energy to support his full back and finally starting to show some of the initiative and imagination that fired him into Wearside and Irish hearts last season. Decision making still needs sharpening and a reluctance to just pick the ball up and run at defenders and whip in a cross is a concern.

Sessegnon (7/10) - Finally looks back to full fitness and creating chances again. As with McClean, decision making not as sharp as expected. Starting to form a partnership with Wickham.

Wickham (8/10) Did everything but find the back of the net. Excellent first touch brings others into play. A threat in the air and with the ball at his feet. Caused Luiz and Cahill problems all afternoon. CONTROVERSIAL: In my opinion, we play better football with Wickham spearheading the attack than we do with Steven Fletcher. Fight for top dog striker on?


Colback (6/10) - Looks more comfortable at left back than centre midfield. Strange to bring him on when 1-3 down though. Fine for when we're trying to close out a game but not a player to bring on when chasing a game.

Saha (5/10) - Didn't have time to influence the game. Frustrated with lack of minutes?

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