Newcastle 0 Man City 2: Player ratings as Joe Hart impresses

Newcastle 0 Man City 2: Player ratings as Joe Hart produces a string of saves to help the Citizens beat the Magpies

Paddy Dinham
By Paddy Dinham
Newcastle
0
Man City
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Newcastle United

Tim Krul Superb save to keep out Negredo’s header and it was the only time that he was called into action other than two goals he could do little about. 6/10

Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa Full-back is not his most comfortable position and while he looked exposed in the build-up to the opening goal, he otherwise did okay. 6

Steven Taylor Failed to track the run of Dzeko as the Bosnian came up on his blindside to put the visitors in front. Almost got his side level but he could only stab wide from a corner. Late clearance off the line from Negredo’s shot. 6

Mike Williamson Had a solid game against one of the league’s most in-form players in Negredo but was caught out in stoppage time as Newcastle went all-out for an equaliser. 6

Davide Santon Always wanted to come inside onto his right foot but City’s compact defensive shape but it hard for him to create anything and it meant Newcastle lacked attacking threat out wide. 5

Cheick Tiote Made his presence felt as he tried to stop City dictating the play in the midfield. Unfortunate to see a sweet volley ruled out. Booked.7

Vernon Anita Helped Tiote do the ugly work in an attempt to keep City at bay but at 1-0 down he lacked the technical ability to regularly create chances. 5

Yohan Cabaye Deployed further up the pitch, forced two good saves form Hart but he saw less of the ball as he usually would have and became increasingly frustrate and made some silly tackles. Booked. 6

Moussa Sissoko Pace made him dangerous on the counter-attack but a better ball could have put Gouffran in on several occasions. Booked for kicking the ball away. 5

Loic Remy Went through on goal twice only to be left cursing a poor touch on one occasion and Hart’s reflexes on another. 5

Yoan Gouffran Stood offside when Tiote’s volley was disallowed but was in no way interfering with play. Otherwise looked lively but not particularly capable of scoring. Substituted. 5

Substitutes

Papiss Cisse Had no influence in the game at all. N/A

Hatem Ben Arfa N/A

Massaido Haidara N/A

Manchester City

Joe Hart (Man of the match) A smart save from Remy and two from Cabaye: one from an acute angle, the other from distance. One or two wayward kicks but another clean sheet will help bring confidence. 8

Pablo Zabaleta Out of position when Remy had a great chance to equalise. Booked for bringing down Sissoko. 5

Vincent Kompany Typical dominant performance physically as he neutralised the pace of Gouffran and Remy on the break. 7

Martin Demichelis Was not tested too much but dealt well with the aerial balls that Newcastle played into the box. 6

Aleksandar Kolarov Claimed an assist with a teasing ball in which put the opening goal on a plate for Dzeko and was very solid otherwise. 7

Fernandinho In what was a scrap for midfield possession that lacked fluidity, he did a good job of getting stuck in a winning free-kicks. Hit the bar with a late header. Booked. 7

Yaya Toure Did not look his usual self and looked in some discomfort as he came off on the hour mark. 5

David Silva Looked as though he was capable of playing a killer ball at any point, such an elegant user of the ball. Came close with a volley that went inches wide. 7

Samir Nasri Was almost anonymous for large periods, hit a tame volley straight into the arms of Krul. Went off with a nasty-looking injury. 5

Alvaro Negredo Looked positive and everything he tried was evidence of his brimming confidence and he eventually was able to double his away league goal count. 7

Edin Dzeko Showed his poaching ability with a perfectly timed run which allowed him the space to instinctively open the scoring but failed to bring the same level of link-up play as Aguero. Substituted. 7

Substitutes

Jesus Navas A few bursts of pace but did not deliver anything of real substance. 6

Javi Garcia Did a good job of preserving the lead. 6

James Milner Good through ball to find Negredo who killed the game. 7

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