Could do nothing to stop either goal and was never really threatened thereafter as Everton looked to hold on to their lead.
The Argentine was in the wars as he ploughed on despite head, ankle and foot injuries. Kept running up and down the City right and defended well when needed.
Sent off for two late bookings, first for a foul on Distin and then Bilyaletdinov. Solid on the whole but didn't have it all his own way against the power and pace of Anichebe.
Caught napping by Cahill as the Australian was allowed to head home the opening goal in the fourth minute.
Not the easiest start against Coleman and was completely missing for the Everton opener as he let the Irishman cross unopposed. Demonstrated his attacking danger with a free-kick that appeared to skim the post and another long range effort that flew just wide.
Always looked like the man most likely to make something happen for the hosts but Everton did a brilliant job to deny him space. Struck first half volley into the side netting and involved in build-up to Jagielka own goal.
Substituted at half-time following a disappointing 45 minutes in which he seemed off the pace and lacked creativity in his passing.
Made a difference in the penalty area as he forced Jagielka own goal to get City back into contention. As ever, calm and assured in possession before long range effort just kept out by Howard.
Kept City ticking along in central midfield. Quick and tidy use of the ball started attacks as the hosts tried to force their way back into the game.
Looked like he wanted to prove a point, always looking for the ball and buzzing around in the final third. Thought he had scored an equaliser but was somehow denied by Howard before the American again kept out his late drive.
Entered the stadium wearing a ridiculous glove hat and he played like a clown on the pitch. Has all the talent but application was severely lacking - he just didn't look like he fancied it. Thought he had scored after racing through but shot bounced back off the post.
Awesome performance from the Everton goalkeeper made him the match-winner. The American twice denied Tevez with brilliant diving saves - one from close range was just sensational - and also tipped Yaya Toure's rasper around the post.
Another tower at the back for Everton. Committed performances as he got in blocks and tackles when his side needed him.
Unfortunate own goal followed an imperious first half at the heart of the Everton defence. Excellent anticipation and immense tackling before he was substituted due to injury.
In wonderful form at the moment and proved it with a lovely curling finish, with his weaker right foot, at the end of a wonderful team move in which he was heavily involved.
Started well with pinpoint cross onto Cahill's head for the opener and direct running was always a threat.
Dealt well with Silva in the first half as he was all over the Spaniard. Rarely ventured forward but stuck to his task defensively and forced City infield, narrowing the play.
Physically dominant in midfield and left his mark with some crunching tackles on City players.
Typically busy display on the Everton left. Neat dribbling, tidy passing and hard work.
Kept his defensive discipline and passed the ball well as the visitors built from a solid platform.
Unlucky to be sent off for two late challenges that were by no means nasty. Looked tired and no wonder after putting in a real shift as the lone striker with his running and work-rate.
Scored his fourth goal at Eastlands with a typical header just three minutes into the game. Perfect lay-off for Baines created the second. Brilliant performance.
- 1 S. Given
- 17 J. Boateng
- 2 M. Richards
Replaced Milner at half-time and added another dimension to the City attack with his willingness to dribble. Made some wrong decisions and poor final delivery but set up Toure ahead of City goal.
- 8 S. Wright-Phillips
Replaced Balotelli seven minutes from time but no time to get involved.
- 1 J. Mucha
Replaced Jagielka 11 minutes from time as Everton tried to hold on for all three points.
Replaced Osman in the 75th minute and freshened up the visitors' midfield.
Replaced Coleman in the 76th minute and provided a much-needed attacking outlet as Everton tried to hang on.
- 19 M. Gueye
- 16 J. Beckford