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November 11, 2012 1:30 PM GMT
Etihad Stadium — Manchester
Referee:‬ M. Oliver‎
Attendance:‬ 47208‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Manchester City 2-1 Tottenham

The hosts fell behind to a Steven Caulker header before a second half rally led by Sergio Aguero and finished by 'super-sub' Eden Dzeko secured all three points for Mancini's side

By Jay Jaffa

  • Joe Hart
    38
    29
    2.50

    Joe Hart

    Could he have done better on Spurs' opener? Perhaps, but Caulker's header was firm and only a few yards out, leaving Hart's attempted save owing more to fortune than skill. Was a spectator for the rest of the game.

  • Vincent Kompany
    70
    11
    3.50

    Vincent Kompany

    Solid at the heart of the defence but twice had to exert his authority as captain to calm a number of irate team-mates. Headed over from a corner when perhaps he could have done better.

  • Pablo Zabaleta
    58
    15
    3.00

    Pablo Zabaleta

    Petulantly got himself embroiled in an argument with Adebayor before stupidly bringing him down to get booked on the half hour mark. Took a whack to the face that drew blood but soldiered on.

  • Aleksandar Kolarov
    41
    33
    2.00

    Aleksandar Kolarov

    Operated from the left wing but was wasteful from set pieces and lost Caulker for the opener before fading dramatically from the game.

  • Gael Clichy
    56
    11
    3.50

    Gael Clichy

    Kept Lennon quiet in the first half before moving to a more central role early in the second period. Had a solid, dependable game and snuffed out any danger that came his way.

  • Matija Nastasic
    40
    23
    2.50

    Matija Nastasic

    Got away with a misjudged header from a Spurs long throw and fell heavily later on in the first half. Withdrawn early into the second half as City changed shape.

  • Gareth Barry
    19
    58
    1.50

    Gareth Barry

    Tried to keep things ticking over but his passing was wayward and he lost possession on a number of occasions. When he's like this you wonder what his value is to a team.

  • David Silva
    97
    9
    4.00

    David Silva

    Flickered briefly at the beginning of the game until Spurs woke up but still had the class and presence of mind to pepper the away team's backline with incisive passes. Scampered around the Spurs box late in the game but just fired the ball wide. Saved his best til last though, clipping a delightful pass over the defence for Dzeko's winner.

  • Yaya Touré
    63
    13
    2.50

    Yaya Touré

    Wasn't at his marauding best and had to drop deeper to find the ball. Was in the wars somewhat and it affected his mobility as the game wore on.

  • Sergio Agüero
    105
    32
    4.00

    Sergio Agüero Top of the Match

    Gave Gallas a torrid time and was unfortunate not to get a penalty after the Frenchman handled his flick inside the box. Continued to probe and though he miscontrolled a fabulous chance he raced onto a loose ball to turn Caulker and slot home the equaliser. Almost won it but Friedel denied his snapshot. Taken off to a standing ovation.

  • Carlos Tévez
    66
    42
    3.00

    Carlos Tévez

    Found the going tough and though he linked play well, he struggled to find an opening in front of goal. Frustrated by the number of offside decisions against him but his dangerous low cross was begging to be tapped in. Subbed for Dzeko.

Substitutions

  • Maicon
    68
    10
    3.00

    Maicon

    Early second half substitution and slotted in at right wing-back. Fired a tremendous low cross into the six-yard box that just needed a touch.

  • Javi García
    42
    14

    Javi García

    Came on late to shore up the defence.

  • Edin Dzeko
    191
    7
    4.00

    Edin Dzeko

    Came on with 20 minutes to play. Teed up Aguero with a brilliant backheel before he linked up well with Silva in the dying minutes and volleyed past Friedel to win the game and ensure the 'super-sub' tag remains.

  • Brad Friedel
    28
    33
    2.00

    Brad Friedel

    Was unbelievably slow off his line whenever he was required to mop up but his handling was solid from the pot shots that came his way. Could do little about the equaliser, which was well swept beyond him but saw the winner go through him. Creaking.

  • Jan Vertonghen
    20
    18
    2.50

    Jan Vertonghen

    Battled well at the back to deny City's wide men the space to drill balls across the box and continued his impressive form with the ball, galloping forward when the time arose. Suffered a thigh knock in the second half that took the wind from his sails and he struggled late in the game.

  • William Gallas
    12
    32
    2.00

    William Gallas Flop of the Match

    Very fortunate not to concede a penalty after allowing Aguero room to spin and flick the ball off his flailing arm. Generally looked like an accident waiting to happen and was later moved to right-back where he coped better.

  • Kyle Walker
    7
    29
    2.00

    Kyle Walker

    Booked early on for a crude tackle and looked flustered in and out of possession, summed up by one wild hack across his box when a clearance was needed and an overhit pass to Lennon wasted a great opportunity. Subbed after picking up a knock.

  • Steven Caulker
    11
    23
    2.00

    Steven Caulker

    Opened the scoring with a full-blooded header from six yards out but didn't look comfortable on the back foot. Was too easily sold by Aguero for the equaliser and was pulled into the channels too often. Is weak on his left foot which makes it strange that he plays as the left centre-back. One of his least impressive games in a Spurs shirt.

  • Tom Huddlestone
    13
    19
    3.00

    Tom Huddlestone

    Delivered the telling cross for Caulker and almost doubled the lead as his shot zipped inches wide. Possibly a touch lucky not to concede a penalty when he barged Zabaleta over but showed he is finding his form and fitness.

  • Aaron Lennon
    11
    23
    2.50

    Aaron Lennon

    Scampered around but was well-marshalled by Clichy and found it hard to counter effectively. Didn't receive great service and had a difficult game.

  • Gareth Bale
    15
    29
    2.50

    Gareth Bale

    An unusually subdued performance saw his best opportunities come from ill-advised long range efforts. Worked hard defensively but needed more from him going forward.

  • Sandro
    37
    12
    3.50

    Sandro

    Doubts over his fitness quickly abated as he crashed into Silva before chopping Aguero down on a later break. He was at his ferocious best against a powerful City midfield and even left the gigantic Yaya Toure in a heap after one aerial challenge. Imperious performance by the Brazilian.

  • Clint Dempsey
    9
    28
    2.50

    Clint Dempsey

    Roamed behind Adebayor and held the ball well at times but struggled to really impact the game and tired as he chased between the lines.

  • Emmanuel Adebayor
    40
    21
    3.50

    Emmanuel Adebayor

    The former City striker was heavily involved and almost assisted Huddlestone for Tottenham's second before getting into a tangle with Zabaleta, something he intelligently later used to his advantage to draw the Argentine into a foul and booking. Held the ball up superbly on his own and regularly came away from scraps involving two or three City defenders with the ball. Picked up a yellow for a forearm to the nose of Zabaleta and quickly subbed.

Substitutions

  • Kyle Naughton
    5
    17

    Kyle Naughton

    Late sub for Lennon.

  • Michael Dawson
    14
    17
    2.50

    Michael Dawson

    Came on for the injured Walker and dropped into centre-back but had to watch Silva's excellent pass unlock the defence.

  • Jermain Defoe
    11
    20

    Jermain Defoe

    Late sub for Adebayor but couldn't sniff out a chance.

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