Since joining Swansea City, Scott Sinclair has proven to be a formidable addition to Brendan Rodgers’ squad.
But after a start against Leicester last Saturday where he demonstrated the skills and quick feet that have made him an instant favourite among fans, it became evident homework had been done on the ex-Chelsea youngster, not allowing him the freedom down the wing where in previous fixtures, he has so often found success and been able to influence the game.
With Sinclair on nine goals prior to the visit of Leicester and Stephen Dobbie also having been in a rich vein of form on the goal front, neither could find a breakthrough in the first half and Rodgers opted for a change at the break, handing loanee striker Marvin Emnes the opportunity to show his worth replacing Dobbie up top as the loan striker.
With only his second touch the former Dutch Under 21 international demonstrated the clinical finishing that had evaded us throughout the first half. Emnes was immediately given the chance to test keeper Chris Weale, using his pace and power to shoulder off the last defender and latch onto the through ball from Darren Pratley, and firing the ball past the keeper to break the deadlock, having been on the pitch less than five minutes.
In his first 20 minutes in a Swansea City shirt he gave a great account of himself and at 5ft 11, Emnes also provided great areal presence in and around the box - allowing for a variation of balls to be played in the final third.
Sinclair was back on the score sheet at the weekend, in the 3-0 win over Palace, which delighted manager Rodgers.
He said: "We could have scored four or five. Overall it was a good performance. To control the game like we did was obviously pleasing.
"Palace have some wonderful young talent here who, on their day, can cause you a real problem, but the best teams start quick and finish strong. That's what we did.
"We've played better but I can't complain. We scored three goals and kept another clean sheet, which is what I wanted when I came here.
"I'm looking forward to the derby now with Cardiff on Sunday. It will be a great day. It's my first one and today's performance sets us up nicely. We go into it with confidence.
"Scott (Sinclair) keeps on scoring. Teams set up to try and stop him but he's had that knack since he was 15 years old."
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