Everton 2 Man City 3: Player ratings

Everton 2 Man City 3: Player ratings as Ross Barkley impresses but can't prevent the Citizens from winning

Everton
2
Man City
3

Everton

Tim Howard Beaten by a strongly hit strike from Aguero for City’s first, but could do nothing for Dzeko’s two goals. Saved well against Zabaleta. 7/10

Seamus Coleman Attacking-wise was kept quiet by Clichy but played to the kind of standard Evertonians have become used to this season. 6

Phil Jagielka Beaten in the aerial battle by Dzeko, and looked a little rusty after so long on the sidelines through injury. 5

Antolin Alcaraz Did his job well, and snuffed out a few City attacks. Could position himself better though. 6

John Stones Another shining light for the Goodison faithful. Comfortable in defence, and whipped in an excellent cross that Lukaku really should have done better with. 7

Leighton Baines Quiet game for the England left back, who played in a more advanced position than usual. Provided the cross for Everton’s second. 6

Leon Osman Broke up play and had a decent few dribbles, but was a passenger in the middle of the park for most of the game. 5

James McCarthy Solid in his role in the midfield. Playing in the same sort of role that Rodwell did, before his move to City turned sour. 6

Ross Barkley (Man of the match) The star man. Drove his team forward with intent and some dazzling dribbles. His wonderful curled goal put his side in front, and put in a fantastic shift with England manager Roy Hodgson in the stands. 9

Steven Naismith Another good performer who ran the channels and perhaps should have scored when put through one-on-one with Joe Hart. 7

Romleu Lukaku Took his goal well but struggled otherwise. Fell victim to City’s offside trap more than once. 6

Substitutes

Aiden McGeady Arrived too late to make much of an impact, but lost the ball in injury time when an Everton attack was looking promising. N/A

Gerard Deulofeu Never afraid to take his man on, and worried tired City legs. Had one fantastic dribble to get to the byline, but made the wrong decision in shooting into the side netting when Lukaku and Naismith were waiting in the middle. 7

Manchester City

Joe Hart Fantastic save at the feet of Naismith early into the second half was one of a few stunning saves he had to make. Had no chance with either of Everton’s goals, and could only watch as Barkley’s sailed in. 6

Pablo Zabaleta Solid in defence and a real threat in attack too. Hardly put a foot wrong. 7

Vincent Kompany No more favours for Liverpool from the City captain as he led his team by example. Stopped one of Barkley’s runs with a perfectly timed tackle inside the box. 8

Martin Demichelis Grew into the game, though could have marked Lukaku tighter for his header. 6

Gael Clichy Raw pace helped against Everton’s wingers, though was shackled in attack. 6

Javi Garcia Outrun in the midfield by Barkley, and looked in danger of getting sent off in the second half. Didn’t look comfortable on the ball, and was robbed of it more than once. 5

James Milner Wonderful piece of skill and cross for Dzeko’s first, and put in a defensive shift when Everton had possession. 7

Yaya Toure Another rampaging performance from City’s big midfield man. Quick feet led to Aguero’s goal and was a battering ram in the middle of the park. A shame to see him removed from play with injury. 8

Samir Nasri Popped the ball around and was a constant energetic threat. Tired the Everton defence with his countless runs. 7

Edin Dzeko Two well-taken goals helped his side to a victory, though a petulant faking of injury late on was less than impressive. 8

Sergio Aguero Took his goal with aplomb but had to go off injured once again. One can only imagine his goal haul during a season where he’s fully fit. 7

Substitutes

Fernandinho Broke the play up after he replaced Aguero and showed why he’s become a vital cog in the City machine. 7

Aleksander Kolarov A peripheral figure save for one ballooned shot on goal. 5

David Silva Popped up around the box but couldn’t find the killer touch. N/A

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