Tottenham 0 Man City 1: Player ratings as Sergio Aguero stars

Player ratings as Sergio Aguero helps to fire Manchester City to victory over Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham Hotspur

Hugo Lloris An early slip from the French skipper nearly gave the visitors the lead but was left with no chance when Aguero gave the Sky Blues the lead. Otherwise dealt with everything that Manchester City threw at him. 7/10

Eric Dier The delivery of the makeshift right-back asked the visitors’ defence a number of questions and was a threat over the course of the game. But he allowed City’s left-sided players too much room to whip crosses into the Spurs’ box. 7

Federico Fazio While being horrendously slow – bordering on glacial – his reading of the game is improving now he has adapted to English football. Lucky to stay on the pitch though after tripping Aguero in the box after Lloris’ slip. 6

Jan Vertonghen The Belgian defender is beginning to form an understanding with Fazio and the former Ajax man looked solid in defence. 7

Danny Rose Question marks still loom over the defender over his defensive capabilities but afforded James Milner no space in their game-long running battle. 7

Ryan Mason After losing Aguero for the first goal, he wasted the best opportunity Spurs had in the first half. He will be the first to realise that midfielders at this level cannot miss such chances. 6

Nabil Bentaleb The younger of Spurs’ midfield double act struggled to get into the groove as the game passed him by all too often. 5

Nacer Chadli Unable to influence the game as in previous games but in fairness to the wide man, he did not receive the service from Spurs’ creative fulcrum. 6

Erik Lamela Ineffective and inconsistent is a poor combination for the player who cost £30m. 5

Christian Eriksen One of the Spurs’ brightest stars this season failed to shine at White Hart Lane. Far too peripheral. 5

Harry Kane The PFA Young Player of the Year toiled for 90 minutes to fashion an opening and probably wasted Spurs’ best chance of the second half, forcing a top save from Hart in the process. Signs of fatigue beginning to show. 6

Substitutes

Paulinho Forced a late save from Joe Hart as the hosts went in search of an equaliser. 6

Roberto Soldado The Spanish misfit found himself in good positions but did little to influence the match. 5

Emmanuel Adebayor No time to make an impact. N/A

Manchester City

Joe Hart England’s No1 made a string of good saves, but importantly started the counter attack that led to the City winner. 8

Pablo Zabaleta Strong defensive performance from the Argentinian, who kept Lamela and Chadli at bay. Always available to join attacks down the right-hand side. 7

Eliaquim Mangala Continues to prove his burgeoning reputation as one of Europe’s top central defenders is somewhat exaggerated. The French defender rarely looks comfortable on the ball. 5

Martin Demichelis Memories of last season’s defensive lapses came flooding back to the travelling support as he nearly gave Harry Kane a chance to add to his impressive season tally. 6

Aleksander Kolarov The Serbian who could be on his way out from The Etihad found himself constantly in behindDier to offer a number of crosses in the box and a left-footed howitzer kept Lloris on his toes in the second half. 7

Fernando The weaker of the Fernan-duo screened his defence resolutely but does not seem to possess the quality of his Premier League holding midfield contemporaries. 6

Fernandinho The Brazilian now has more of a license to roam with his similarly named midfielder partner screening the defence. His deft touch nearly gave City a wondrous second goal. 7

James Milner Tireless work as one would expect from the out-of-contract England international. His battle with Danny Rose was one of the more interesting aspects of the game. 7

David Silva The diminutive playmaker put the ball on a plate for Aguero’s winner. Unfortunately for him though, he was forced out to the left as Manuel Pellegrini wished to accommodate Frank Lampard in the line-up. 7

Frank Lampard The former Chelsea legend played his last game in the Capital and although the legs may be on the wane, his impeccable timing of runs is still clearly visible. 6

Sergio Aguero (Man of the match) The difference between the two sides. His sumptuous finish gave his team an important three points in their quest for the top four places. His record at White Hart Lane is unfathomably excellent as he looks to claim this season’s golden boot. 8

Substitutes

Samir Nasri Came on for Lampard in the 73rd minute and came off injury three minutes later. N/A

Wilfried Bony The former Swansea man had one effort of note but had only 14 minutes to make an impact. 6

Dedryck Boyata The late substitute had little time to make an impact. N/A

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