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Spotlight: Jack Rodwell v West Brom



Stats, tweets and press comments from Jack Rodwell's performance against West Bromwich Albion...

It has been two months since Jack Rodwell took his place in a starting line-up after the midfielder suffered an injury while playing against Aston Villa back in March.

Despite spending weeks on the side-line, the 22-year-old seized his opportunity against the Baggies and showed us once again exactly what he is capable of.

Let's examine some of the key stats, headlines and press comments from Rodwell's man of the match winning performance...

Mixed Zone

How the press saw Jack's contribution…

Rodwell left the pitch on 76 minutes to a standing ovation from the City faithful who were keen to show their appreciation for his efforts on the pitch.

Stuart Brennan of the Manchester Evening News wrote: “[Rodwell] Won the hearts of the City fans for his hard work, and his combination of nervous finishing and sheer bad luck in front of goal.”

Meanwhile, goal.com's Tom Marshall Bailey commented: "Seemed confident in possession and was able to get involved in attacks while Garcia swept up behind him. Missed some presentable chances, though."

Stat Attack

While stats don't tell the whole story, they can shed an interesting light on a player's contribution - check out these chin-stroking tidbits courtesy of must-follow Twitter account, StatCity.

Good influence: City have never lost a Premier League game in which Jack Rodwell has played a part in (P10, W6, D4, L0).

Neat and tidy: The midfielder completed 100% of his passes against West Brom (19/19).

Trigger man: Jack had six shots in the game v WBA, the same amount as in his previous 9 games for the Blues.

In his own words

Jack spoke to Citytv after the game...


Finally, a quick look at the fans' verdict...

Jack Rodwell is going to be a great player if he can stay injury free

— Katie-Louise (@bluekatie25) May 7, 2013

Jack Rodwell well deserved that MOTM, He played absolutely brilliant today!

— Emma!♥ (@EmmaMcfc93x) May 7, 2013

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