West Ham 2 Man City 1: Player ratings

Player ratings as the Citizens fail to close the gap on leaders Chelsea

By Dipak Patel
West Ham
2
Man City
1

West Ham

Adrian Had a good game and made a great save from a swerving Jovetic shot late on. Maintained the good form he has shown this season. 7/10

Aaron Cresswell Had a good game and is becoming more accomplished with each passing game. Is fantastic going forward and always puts in searching crosses. 7

Winston Reid A fantastic challenge in the box prevented City profiting from a great cross from Aguero. 7

James Collins His block to deny Aguero a certain goal was sensational and helped West Ham to hold on to their lead. 7

Carl Jenkinson Was an industrious performance from the Arsenal loanee and consistent games seems to have improved him in all assets of his game. 6

Alex Song His fantastic through ball led to the first goal but also performs his box-to-box duties well. Was booked for holding on to the ball when a counter attack seemed possible. 8

Morgan Amalfitano Faded as the game went on but scored a very important goal and gave West Ham something to hold on to. Booked after his lunging challenge on Navas. 7

Mark Noble Covered a lot of ground and was always willing to put his body on the line to block shots. A limited player technically but gives absolutely everything. 6

Stewart Downing Not as influential creatively as he has been in other games this season. Still looks a massively improved player since his change in position. 6

Enner Valencia (Man of the match) Was sublime as he gave City defenders a torrid time. Constantly ran into the channels and use his power and pact to great effect. Got an assist for the first goal as his first half cross was converted. 8

Diafra Sakho Another great performance which was capped by the winning goal. A constant menace and used his aerially abilities to score his second headed goal in as many games. 7

Substitutes

Cheikhou Kouyate Came on for the tiring Amalfitano and helped West Ham to hold on to a precious victory. 6

Kevin Nolan n/a

Carlton Cole Didn’t have much of an impact mainly due to the fact that City were attacking in search of a late equaliser. 5

Manchester City

Joe Hart Even though he conceded two goals, he made a few important saves. His block from Sakho early on were he put his body on the line was brave. 6

Pablo Zabaleta Solid game, but not quite the same consistency from him as we saw last season. Might be due to increased competition from Sagna. Still made some trademark crosses and was decent going forward. 6

Vincent Kompany Sakho and Valencia gave Kompany a hard time in this game. They matched him for power and in his attempts to win the ball early he made quite a few mistimed challenges. 5

Eliaquim Mangala So physically strong and imposing but also makes rash decisions. Seemed to misjudge a few balls when in the air and was lucky that his pace bailed him out. 5

Gael Clichy Very poor game from Clichy and was heavily at fault for the first goal as he was caught massively out of position. Also didn’t offer anything forward. 4

Jesus Navas Sometimes it appears that his legs are running at a faster pace than his brain. Is lethal when he has open space in front of him but not as good in intricate spaces. 5

Yaya Toure Was a better game from the Ivorian and he was unlucky not to score twice. Adrian made a good save from his first shot, his second was brilliant though but unfortunately for him it cannoned off the bar. 6

Fernando Not sure if he is that much better than Fernandinho. More defensively disciplined but is left vulnerable when someone with pace attacks him. 5

David Silva A great game from the Spaniard and was unlucky to be on the losing side. His run and finish for the goal which got City back into the game was a moment of pure inspiration. 7

Sergio Aguero Not at his brilliant best today but still always a threat. Should have scored when the ball was crossed to him but somehow managed to hit the bar when it seemed easier to score. 6

Edin Dzeko Was a very poor game from the Bosnian having no effect on the game in any way. Normally quite reliable at holding the ball up but couldn’t manage to do that either only winning 67 per cent of his aerial duels. 4

Substitutes

Stevan Jovetic Had more of an impact on the game than Edin Dzeko whom he replaced but a lack of match fitness is affecting him. City were better in the second half when he was introduced though. 5

James Milner Not really an impact player and considering how he has played recently was unlucky not to be starting. His industry and energy did spark a comeback from City in the second half. 6

Aleksandar Kolarov Gave City much more width when he came on. Always better going forward than defending. 6

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