Wales v Switzerland Player Ratings

Wayne Hennessey 7

Largely untroubled, but positioning questionable at times from set pieces.

Chris Gunter 7.5

Another solid display from the Nottingham Forest defender. Instrumental in the award of the penalty for the opening goal.

Darcy Blake 8

Continues to go from strength to strength with each performance for Wales. Deservedly keeping James Collins out of the side at present.

Ashley Williams 8

As highlighted in Sky’s commentary, nothing seems to phase the Swansea City defender. Calm and assured as always.

Neil Taylor 7.5

Like Blake, is cementing his place in the side after a succession of impressive performances under manager Gary Speed.

Gareth Bale 9

Once again, the Welsh ‘Player of the Year’ terrorised the opposition defence and produced a cool finish in a one-on-one with the keeper to put Wales 2-0 up after 71 minutes.

Aaron Ramsey 7.5

It’s still not quite happening for the Wales skipper but he worked tirelessly and gave Wales the lead with his penalty in the 60th minute.

Andrew Crofts 7.5

Impossible to fault his effort and commitment.

Joe Allen 8

Called into the starting line up due to an injury to Joe Ledleyand playing at his home ground the Liberty Stadium, Allen certainly showed enough to suggest he is ready to challenge the Celtic midfielder for his place. Exquisite touch on the ball and great range of passing.

Craig Bellamy 7.5

Less influential than in recent performances under Gary Speed. Some sloppy passing in the opening half and overly eager to get on the score sheet in the second when others were in better positions. Work-rate and commitment though, as always, could not be faulted.


Steve Morison 9

Were it not for the sheer brilliance of Bale, Morison would easily have gained the ‘man of the match’ plaudits against Switzerland. His spell in the Premiership with Norwich City has not only improved his all-round game, but his confidence too and he was a constant thorn in the opposition’s side.

Substitutions

David Vaughan for Andrew Crofts (81 minutes)

Simon Church for Steve Morison (81 minutes)

Manager: Gary Speed 9

Once again, the manager got his tactics spot on. His rejuvenation of this Wales side in such a relatively short space of time is remarkable.

Pictures courtesy of www.faw.org

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