Swansea City blew a great opportunity to shorten the gap on second-placed Watford on Saturday afternoon as they were held to a 2-2 draw by the Championship’s bottom club Wycombe Wanderers.
After a goalless first 45 minutes, Gareth Ainsworth’s side raced out of the blocks in the second half and were 2-0 up in the 51st minute thanks to goals from Admiral Muskwe and Garath McCleary.
Whilst Swansea staged a late fightback which saw them rescue a point after a penalty from Jamal Lowe and an equaliser from the returning Liam Cullen, it is very much a case of two points dropped for Cooper’s side, especially as Watford lost 1-0 away to Luton Town.
One man who disappointed at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday afternoon was Kyle Naughton. As per SofaScore, the 32-year-old defender earned a poor 6.3/10 rating for his performance, which was comfortably the worst of any outfield player who started the game from either side.
Despite winning the last two games in a 4-3-3 set up, Cooper inexplicably switched to a five-at-the-back for the game against a Wycombe side which look destined for relegation this season, and Naughton looked uncomfortable in a centre-back position throughout the match.
During his time on the pitch, Naughton contributed no tackles, interceptions or blocks, with every member of the Swansea defence contributing significantly more, per SofaScore.
Considering that the Englishman has averaged 1.5 tackles, 1.3 interceptions and 0.2 blocks per game in the Championship so far this season, it is clear that he was below par on Saturday.
Swansea looked far better when Cooper axed Naughton in order to bring on a more attacking option in Morgan Whittaker, which again begs the question why the manager opted to play three centre-backs against the Chairboys.
Naughton, who reportedly earns £20,000 per week at Swansea, struggled to get involved in the game at all during his 54 minutes on the pitch, as he managed just 35 touches and 22 passes, whereas goalkeeper Freddie Woodman had 41 touches and would contribute 26 passes.
Therefore, it seems clear that Naughton was one of Swansea’s worst performers on a disappointing afternoon at the Liberty Stadium, and Cooper will surely be fuming that one of his more experienced players performed so poorly when they desperately needed the three points.