The England international was perhaps busier than he expected to be at times, and was caused a number of problems by Palace, but the keeper dealt with them all in a clinical fashion, earning Man of the Match in the process.
Coming into the side in place of Lescott, the centre-back did well partnering Kompany and halted most of the visitors' runs through the middle.
Played well, but allowed Puncheon a handful of chances, some of which really testing Hart. Redeemed himself by adding much needed attacking spirit further up the pitch.
Carrying on his good form from the win over Liverpool, the tough Belgian looked unmovable at the back and took care of Palace’s attacks with ease.
Playing in place of Zabaleta, the full-back defended well against Bolasie, only allowing the winger past him on a couple of occasions. However, City missed the attacking spirit of Zabaleta, with Boyata not venturing too far past the half-way line.
The winger had a slightly hot and cold day for City and at times looked to be out of the game slightly. However, the Spaniard took advantage of a loose ball at the back post to set up Dzeko perfectly for City’s only goal.
A solid day for the midfielder in his preferred position, bossing the battle in the middle for the most part.
A tepid performance from the Brazilian, who had one or two looks at goal and passed well, but never properly offered anything usable before being replaced by Negredo.
Ever the maestro, the Spaniard looked full of energy and was always on the lookout to create a chance for the hosts and linked up with his team-mates very well.
The winger was one of City’s busiest players and was creating chances for the hosts. Most failed to truly test Speroni, but a solid display from the utility man overall.
The lone striker up top for the hosts worked well as a target man and his colleagues did well to get the ball to the Bosnian, but a lack of clinical finishing made easy work for Speroni. When the striker’s first solid chance came he took it, slotting home Navas’ pass on the penalty spot.
Was the busier of the two ‘keepers, but only a small amount of City chances really got the Argentine working. A great fingertip save on half time did stop a dangerous Fernandinho shot from distance. However, the ‘keeper was beaten in the second half with an easy but clinical finish from Dzeko from close range and had little chance to stop it.
Put in a strong performance to keep City’s efforts from reaching Speroni and marked Dzeko well, but the Bosnian did get the better of the centre-back from time to time.
The full-back was perhaps lucky to be going against Navas on a day the Spaniard failed to get truly into the game and dealt with the former Sevilla man reasonably well until losing sight of him for a moment in the second half that saw his man set up Dzeko for City’s opening goal.
Was made to work by an energetic Milner, which was compounded when Silva linked up with his colleague, with the Palace full-back struggling to deal with the pair's quality throughout the game.
Had a busy time keeping close to the spritely David Silva, often losing his man and failing to quell the Spaniard’s threat. Had a great effort on goal from distance that was saved well by Hart.
Was performing well until City went with two up top and found the duo of strikers hard to manage. The defender's poor clearing header that found Navas cost Palace, with the Spaniard subsequently setting up Dzeko for the opener.
The midfielder had a tough game in the middle with City’s midfielders, winning the battle for possession and never really offered his team many options untill he was subbed.
Palace’s captain looked determined, but for, most of the game looked a little lost in the middle of the park, only offering bits of inspiration throughout.
The winger looked animated out on the right and gave Boyata a busy afternoon, having the odd shot in the process, but ultimately to no real effect.
Looking strong throughout, Puncheon was one of the few who offered Palace any real opportunities to score with two really good efforts from distance which tested Hart.
Didn’t see too much of the ball and never really gave Hart any headaches before coming off injured in the first half.
The Frenchman came on with Negredo to bolster City’s attacking prowess and did well, starting the move that ultimately ended in the only goal of the game.
The domineering striker arrived on the scene shortly after the break and caused problems for the visitors, who then had to deal with two up front.