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Played
January 19, 2013 10:00 AM EST
Etihad Stadium — Manchester
Referee:‬ J. Moss‎
Attendance:‬ 47286‎
 
 
69′ David Silva
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Manchester City 2-0 Fulham

David Silva starred for the Premier League champion to put pressure on Manchester United with a routine victory, while Dimitar Berbatov and Bryan Ruiz failed to make an impact

By David Lynch

  • Joe Hart
    3
    2
    3.00

    Joe Hart

    Had very little to do bar watching Steve Sidwell's first-half header go agonisingly wide.

  • Vincent Kompany
    4
    2
    3.00

    Vincent Kompany

    Dealt with everything thrown his way and picked the right passes from the back as City dominated possession.

  • Pablo Zabaleta
    3
    2
    3.50

    Pablo Zabaleta

    Had linked brilliantly with his compatriot Tevez as the striker dropped out wide in search of the ball. An industrious presence before he was subbed on the hour mark with an injury.

  • Gael Clichy
    5
    2
    3.00

    Gael Clichy

    Worked well with Silva down the left and consistently forced Duff onto his weaker foot when challenged one-on-one. An intelligent performance.

  • Matija Nastasic
    2
    3
    3.00

    Matija Nastasic

    The least busy of City's two centre-halves but did well when called into action by rare moments of Fulham threat.

  • James Milner
    2
    3
    2.50

    James Milner

    Moved to right-back after Zabaleta's withdrawal but had been practically playing that position all day given his lack of attacking threat. Could not recreate his performance against Arsenal.

  • Javi García
    3
    2
    3.00

    Javi García

    Unlucky not to provide an assist with a perfectly legal sliding tackle in the second half. Did not have as much impact on City's threat going forward as he might have liked but never shirked a challenge.

  • Gareth Barry
    4
    2
    3.50

    Gareth Barry

    Drove forward with the ball and battled hard up against a determined Fulham midfield. Deserved to be on the winning side having worked so hard.

  • David Silva
    7
    3
    4.00

    David Silva Top of the Match

    Energised the hosts' attack and took both his goals brilliantly. The second, a deft chip when in one-on-one, was particularly delightful.

  • Edin Dzeko
    6
    5
    2.50

    Edin Dzeko

    His shot allowed Silva in to open the scoring early on but, apart from a couple of impressive flick-ons, the Bosnian was quiet from then on.

  • Carlos Tévez
    8
    5
    3.50

    Carlos Tévez

    Harried Fulham's defenders relentlessly and deserved a goal. Unfortunately the ball would not bounce for the Argentine, but his manager will be just as pleased with his performance.

Substitutions

  • Joleon Lescott
    3
    0

    Joleon Lescott

    Arrived simply to waste time as the champions saw out victory.

  • Samir Nasri
    3
    1
    3.00

    Samir Nasri

    Gave City more impetus when replacing Zabaleta but did not make a telling contribution.

  • Sergio Agüero
    4
    2
    3.00

    Sergio Agüero

    Fashioned one chance to shoot for himself after coming on late in the game. His return from injury will have significance beyond this game alone.

  • Mark Schwarzer
    0
    1
    2.50

    Mark Schwarzer

    Should have done better to push Dzeko's early effort further away from goal. Went down too easily as Silva bore down on him to grab his second.

  • Brede Hangeland
    0
    1
    3.00

    Brede Hangeland

    Marshalled Dzeko excellently and did well not to get flustered as Tevez buzzed around him. One of Fulham's more composed performers.

  • Aaron Hughes
    0
    1
    2.50

    Aaron Hughes

    Both of City's goals came from his side of the centre-back pairing - a fact which is indicative of his under-performance in comparison to Hangeland.

  • Sascha Riether
    0
    1
    3.00

    Sascha Riether

    Did well to control Silva's movements onto the left flank but should have followed the Spaniard in for the opening goal.

  • Steve Sidwell
    0
    1
    3.00

    Steve Sidwell

    Part of an excellent defensive effort which inevitably tired in the second half. The Fulham midfielder went toe-to-toe with Barry and Garcia but did little with the ball.

  • Giorgos Karagounis
    0
    1
    3.00

    Giorgos Karagounis

    Did not fear City's physical threat in the middle and dropped into the box to block shots on a number of occasions.

  • Kieran Richardson
    0
    1
    2.50

    Kieran Richardson

    Easily prevented Milner having an impact but, bizarrely, could not control Pablo Zabaleta. Dithered on the ball when going forward.

  • Damien Duff
    0
    3
    2.00

    Damien Duff Flop of the Match

    Continually cut back onto his wrong foot instead of attempting to swing in beyond Gael Clichy.

  • Ashkan Dejagah
    1
    2
    2.50

    Ashkan Dejagah

    Made some darting runs which threatened the City defence but they were too irregular for him to truly provide hope for Fulham.

  • Dimitar Berbatov
    2
    1
    2.00

    Dimitar Berbatov

    Showed some moments of class but spent too long skulking around the pitch berating his team-mates - who were putting in significantly more effort.

  • Bryan Ruiz
    0
    1
    2.50

    Bryan Ruiz

    Attempted to conjure some magic on the break on several occasions but was too easily crowded out. Not a memorable showing from the Costa Rican.

Substitutions

  • Matthew Briggs
    0
    0
    3.00

    Matthew Briggs

    Replaced Kieran Richardson at left-back, though few attacks came down his flank after his late arrival.

  • Mladen Petric
    0
    0

    Mladen Petric

    A late substitute who could not turn the tide in the visitors' favour.

Results
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Luis Suárez Luis Suárez
Striker
Liverpool
30 0
Daniel Sturridge Daniel Sturridge
Striker
Liverpool
20 0
Yaya Touré Yaya Touré
Midfielder
Man City
18 6
Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney
Striker
Man. United
15 2
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Man City
15 0