Man City 3 Everton 1: Player ratings as Sergio Aguero strikes

Man City 3 Everton 1: Player ratings as the Citizens are comfortable winners against the Toffees at Etihad Stadium

By Joel Durston
Man City
3
Everton
1

Manchester City

Joe Hart Some may say the England No1 should have stopped Lukaku’s goal, but that would be harsh. Didn’t have a lot else to do, but was confident enough when he did. 6/10

Pablo Zabaleta The Argentine worked forward well, including a good inside run which earned the penalty. Couldn’t be blamed for the goal. 6

Vincent Kompany City’s talisman went off after half an hour, with a suspected groin injury, following much early pressure from Everton – though Kompany wasn’t really to blame for it. 6

Joleon Lescott Given a torrid time by Lukaku early on and made a real mess of the goal, first losing the Belgian then being nutmegged by him. Seemed more assured in the second half, but this was largely due to Everton’s threat waning. 5

Aleksandar Kolarov Got forward well and delivered a couple of very inviting crosses whipped across the six-yard box, which he will be disappointed no one anticipated. 7

Yaya Touré Another commanding performance from the Ivorian, including two perfectly-weighted balls for the first goal and for Zabaleta’s run which earned the penalty. 8

Fernandinho A steady if unspectacular performance from the Brazilian, who has been consistent for City but, at the moment at least, is looking a little overpriced. 6

James Milner A typically diligent, solid performance. Didn’t pose too much threat, but kept Baines fairly quiet, which is no mean feat. 6

Sergio Aguero Squandered two good chances, but took his goal, a harder opportunity, superbly. Slightly fortunate with his penalty, which was credited as a Howard own goal, but it was reasonably well hit. 6

David Silva (Man of the match) The twinkle-toed Spaniard looked threatening all game, floating in the space between midfield and defence and playing clever balls in behind. Had by far the most completed passes. 8

Álvaro Negredo The Spaniard looked quick and sharp, often getting in behind the defence. Could be a performance which cements a starting place. 7

Substitutes

Matija Nastasić Was competent after replacing Kompany. 6

Gael Clichy Didn’t have much to do after Everton ran out of steam. 6

Samir Nasri N/A

Everton

Tim Howard Conceded three but cannot be faulted particularly for any of them, and was unlucky a fingertip touch from the penalty ended up going in via the post then the back of his head. 6

Seamus Coleman Got forward well as usual, but was slightly at fault for City players getting the wrong side of him for both the first goal and the penalty. 6

Phil Jagielka A little over-run at times, but without some well-timed interventions,it could have been more. 6

Sylvain Distin A typically physical, hard-working performance, but sometimes exposed by City’s pace. 6

Leighton Baines Largely kept quiet by Milner and unable to deliver any of his trademark crosses, nor many set pieces. Not particularly at fault for any of the goals, though. 5

James McCarthy Started brightly but began to lose control of the midfield battle, albeit to the imperious Touré. 6

Leon Osman A lot of neat, clever play but little real penetration and sometimes out-muscled. 5

Kevin Mirallas Began sharply, getting in behind a couple of times, but waned as the game went on. Perhaps not fully fit on his return. 6

Ross Barkley The youngster, in an advanced midfield position, linked up play well in the first-half, but was increasingly snuffed out, particularly as Lukaku was managed by City in the second half. 6

Steven Naismith Posed problems early but became a little anonymous as the game went on. 6

Romelu Lukaku – The Belgian was a muscular presence in the first half, linking up play well, and took his goal very well, but lost his touch and became increasingly isolated in the second half. 6

Substitutes

Darron Gibson Was unable to have any real affect on the game. 5

Gerard Deulofeu N/A

Arouna Kone N/A

MORE:

MORE: The latest football transfer news

MORE: Meet the Premier League's most stylish footballers

MORE: Do you know the top Muslim footballers in the Premier League?

MORE: Man United latest news

MORE: Arsenal latest news

MORE: Chelsea latest news

MORE: Liverpool latest news

The Sport Review
Friendly rivals Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer celebrate ‘the great memories we shared’
The Sport Review
Top 50 most stylish footballers in the world in 2017: Arsenal, Man United, Chelsea, Liverpool stars feature
The Sport Review
Top 40 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Man United stars feature
The Sport Review
Top 25 footballers’ cars: Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Real Madrid players feature
The Sport Review
Top 20 Nigerian footballers in Premier League: Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool stars feature
The Sport Review
Arsenal player wages 2017: Do you know how much Xhaka, Ozil and Coquelin earn each week?
The Sport Review
Ander Herrera: Why Man United trust top 19-year-old
The Sport Review
Steven Gerrard predicts where Man United will finish this term
The Sport Review
Chelsea and Man United have edge over title rivals, claims Schmeichel