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September 24, 2011 12:45 PM BST
Etihad Stadium — Manchester
Referee:‬ H. Webb‎
Attendance:‬ 47293‎
 
 
89′ James Milner
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Manchester City 2-0 Everton

Supersubs Balotelli and Milner strike to send sizzling City to Premier League summit with second-half goals to end Everton resistance

By Rob Stewart at the Etihad Stadium

  • Joe Hart
    35
    15
    3.00

    Joe Hart

    It is fair to say that he will be a lot busier when City head to Bayern Munich in midweek but he dealt with everything Everton threw at him neatly enough.

  • Joleon Lescott
    28
    17
    3.00

    Joleon Lescott

    Solid show from the England defender but he had precious few opportunities to show his international class as City dominated possession

  • Vincent Kompany
    39
    7
    3.50

    Vincent Kompany

    A defensive rock for City and his attack-minded colleagues should have thrown caution to the wind more often because nothing looked likely to get past their skipper.

  • Gael Clichy
    32
    14
    3.00

    Gael Clichy

    A classy performance augurs well for his future because the Frenchman seems to have settled in to his new surroundings in no time at all. Just needs to improve his shooting.

  • Micah Richards
    32
    15
    3.00

    Micah Richards

    Failed to provide his team with a high-quality attacking dimension that City badly needed to give the subdued Silva a helping hand in the first half and break down a team that defended in numbers.

  • Gareth Barry
    34
    34
    4.00

    Gareth Barry

    It might have taken him a while to get going but when he did rouse himself City suddenly raised their game collectively as he prodded and probed to wear Everton down.

  • Yaya Touré
    33
    19
    3.00

    Yaya Touré

    Unable to impose himself in midfield trenches and his frustration boiled over when he was foolishly booked for reckless foul on Seamus Coleman midway through first half just when his side were gathering momentum.

  • Samir Nasri
    34
    28
    3.00

    Samir Nasri

    Flattered to deceive. Plenty of nice touches but no end product from the French international who repeatedly found himself overcrowded in the final third.

  • David Silva
    89
    14
    4.00

    David Silva

    He will end up having nightmares tonight about Rodwell because the England-Under 21 star hardly left his side throughout but stuck to his task and saw a shot smack against Howard's post as City raced through gears before setting up Milner's decisive goal.

  • Edin Dzeko
    50
    16
    3.00

    Edin Dzeko

    Chances were always going to be few and far between and the Bosnian failed to capitalise on two decent openings in the first half and paid the price by being hauled off in favour of Super Mario on the hour.

  • Sergio Agüero
    62
    14
    3.00

    Sergio Agüero

    City's biggest threat, the Argentine went close early on after wrong-footing a handful of defenders with sumptuous foot-work and then left holding head in hands as Howard clawed away a curling effort. Not his day.

Substitutions

  • Stefan Savic
    39
    7
    3.00

    Stefan Savic

    Sent into battle in closing stages in place of Nasri as Mancini moved to safeguard lead but cleared off line in stoppage time to frustrate Fellaini and preserve a clean sheet.

  • James Milner
    50
    7
    3.50

    James Milner

    Came on midway through the second half and put in a typically high-energy performance and made point to Mancini with smartly-taken goal after being teed up by Silva.

  • Mario Balotelli
    98
    16
    4.00

    Mario Balotelli Top of the Match

    Super Mario by name, supersub by nature, the Italian made an instant impact after being sent on by Mancini in place of Dzeko with a cracking winner and his second goal in four days and but for Howard's heroics would have had another late on.

  • Tim Howard
    10
    8
    3.50

    Tim Howard

    Made sure his defence kept him well protected and pulled off brilliant full-stretch save that denied Aguero midway through the first half.

  • Sylvain Distin
    11
    8
    4.00

    Sylvain Distin

    Defensive masterclass from City old boy who hardly put a foot wrong at the heart of David Moyes' defence and seemed to win every header going. Magnifique.

  • Phil Jagielka
    6
    8
    3.00

    Phil Jagielka

    Rode his luck early on when Dzeko failed to capitalise on miscued header but overcame early shakiness to repeatedly thwart the Bosnian with a solid display but booked late on for crude foul on Balotelli.

  • Leighton Baines
    16
    6
    3.50

    Leighton Baines

    He must curse Ashley Cole because the former Wigan left-back again looked every inch an international with an accomplised performance in attack and defence.

  • Tony Hibbert
    6
    7
    3.00

    Tony Hibbert

    Trademark stuff from Hibbert who was sound at the back despite being targeted by Mancini as Everton's weak link.

  • Marouane Fellaini
    9
    31
    2.50

    Marouane Fellaini Flop of the Match

    He has not scored this season and the way he played he may have to wait a long time for a goal because he was a peripheral figure.

  • Phil Neville
    8
    9
    3.50

    Phil Neville

    They say you're only booed if you're a good player and the way this imperious midfielder was heckled by City fans said it all but he could have been sent off early on for hand-ball just after bringing down Silva. Tired after the break.

  • Jack Rodwell
    25
    8
    4.00

    Jack Rodwell

    Relishing his man-to-man marking job on Silva and refused to be put off by an early booking for a clumsy challenge on the Spaniard.

  • Seamus Coleman
    13
    4
    3.50

    Seamus Coleman

    They might not spend too much money at Everton but this polished display showed that they know a bargain when they see one because he only cost £60,000 from Sligo Rovers but outshone several multi-million pound signings.

  • Tim Cahill
    7
    10
    3.00

    Tim Cahill

    Whatever happened to the real Tim Cahill? His search for his first Everton goal of the year ended in frustration as he cut a lonesome figure in attack but came close in nodding over Coleman's cross.

  • Leon Osman
    4
    7
    3.00

    Leon Osman

    Never lets anyone of an Everton persuasion down thanks to his neat and tidy play but found himself worn down by City's territorial advantage.

Substitutions

  • Royston Drenthe
    9
    9
    3.00

    Royston Drenthe

    It can't have been easy for the Dutchman because City were in full flow when he took to the stage and there was little he could do to change things

  • Apostolos Vellios
    6
    11
    3.00

    Apostolos Vellios

    He was a super sub last week but this time the Greek failed to make much of an impression.

  • Louis Saha
    6
    7
    3.00

    Louis Saha

    He may have patched up his differences with manager David Moyes but he failed to play his way back into the Scot's good books in an uneventful second-half cameo.

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
Manchester City
18 6
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Manchester City
16 0
Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney
Striker
Manchester United
15 2