D. de Vries
Premier League debuts don’t get much tougher than this but the Dutch keeper had a solid game, he showed excellent anticipation to intercept some balls in behind his defence and his distribution was accurate.
Some poor touches and some sloppy defending summed up Ward’s game as City’s forwards regularly ran at him, and past him. He didn’t much opportunity to push forward on the attack as the threat of someone getting in behind him was too high.
He struggled with the pace of Aguero and Tevez but thanks to the support of Bassong he was not punished when the City strikers raced past him. The tall centre half was lucky not to be punished in the first half when he under hit his header back to De Vries, Aguero latched onto the ball but couldn’t direct it past the keeper.
He was able to keep Silva fairly quiet in the opening hour of the game, although the threatening runs of Clichy did cause him a few problems. When Aguero moved more to the left he caused him more problems, and meant he hardly left his own half for fear of being caught on the counter attack.
The on-loan defender had a decent game against Tevez, he made some crucial blocks and headed away some dangerous crosses from inside his own area. Unfortunately he was unable to get onto Clichy’s cross for Aguero’s opening goal as the ball skimmed inches out of his reach. He was taken off injured in the 75th minute and replaced by Berra.
A fruitful task playing as the attacking man in a midfield three against a dominant City side but he never stopped trying and kept looking for openings to cause problems. However his efforts were in vain and he was replaced by Doyle in the 61st minute.
Lively down the right wing and was definitely Wolves’ dangerman throughout the game, he has got plenty of skill and used his trickery to work some dangerous positions but his final delivery just lacked the bit of quality it needed.
The youngster worked his socks off alongside Henry in the centre of the pitch, and although he was unable to bring real quality to their play he showed glimpses of skill that will give the Wolves fans hope for the future. He had the home side’s best attempt on goal in the first half as he brought a good save from Hart with a powerful strike from the edge of the penalty area.
The Wolves captain tried to drive his side forward throughout the game with a solid performance but the dominant City midfield made it very hard for him to get a foothold in the game.
The winger had a quiet game on the left winger, occasionally not looking interested and not being prepared to take his man on. When he did run at Zabaleta he looked dangerous but those runs were far too sparse.
He tried his hardest to work the City defence and create an opening for himself but it was a tough afternoon for the Scot. He had one sighting of goal and his header brought a good save out of Hart in the second half diving full length to his right. He was replaced by Ebanks-Blake in the 77th minute.
England’s number one was rarely tested throughout the match as Wolves struggled to create many clear openings. He had to be alert to deny the best chance the home side in the first half but he was able to palm away Davis’ shot from the edge of the area.
He initially looked apprehensive against Jarvis but as the game went on he was able to keep the winger under control and threaten the Wolves defence with dangerous runs down the right.
The City captain was dominant in the air against Fletcher, oozed authority and the Wolves forward never looked like beating him.
The former Wolves defender had a solid game alongside Kompany as he picked up the runs of Edwards from midfield. He showed his awareness to sweep up any danger that began to build close to the City penalty area which gave Hart the protection he needed.
His sublime pass to Aguero for the game’s opening goal was the highlight of the first half, he drifted past Kightly and curled the ball around the back of the Wolves defence for the Argentine to poke the ball home. Defensively he had to be alert to the threat of Kightly and although the Wolves man had some success Clichy was able to deny him room to cross for Fletcher.
A quiet day at the office for the forward who had plenty of time in possession but didn’t control the game as much as he has done in the past. The Spaniard was replaced by De Jong in the 59th minute.
The tall Ivorian was caught in possession in the early moments of the game and he played a much more defensive role than he has in the past. He didn’t make many surging runs forward initially as he sat with Barry in front of the City back four. When Silva was replaced by De Jong it enabled Toure to push further forward and his power and pace caused the Wolves midfield lots of problems.
This game probably sums up Samir Nasri’s season, he drifted in and out of the match with moments of brilliance followed by moments of poor play. He did however get the crucial goal that City needed in the 74th minute as he fired past De Vries following a through ball from Tevez.
Solid and reliable without ever really standing out, but that is Barry’s job in this team and it’s a job he does very well. He was never too far away from Henry when the Wolves skipper had the ball and restricted the movement of the midfielder. Going forward he lacks the creative spark to make things happen but he is surrounded by others who are more than capable of that.
There was plenty of movement and running off the ball from the Argentine, but he was a little bit greedy at times as he shot when a team mate was in a better position. He redeemed himself in the 74th minute though as he slid a nice pass into Nasri for City’s second goal, and that was his last involvement in the game as he was replaced by Johnson.
He missed three good chances in the opening 25 minutes and could have thought it wasn’t going to be his day, but he took his fourth chance after a sensational cross from Clichy, the striker controlling the ball and poking it past De Vries. His movement, willingness to chase lost causes and his link up play with compatriot Tevez were excellent and he was City’s main threat.
- 13 C. Ikeme
- 14 R. Johnson
He replaced the injured Bassong after City’s second goal as he pulled up and was unable to get to Nasri.
- 23 R. Zubar
- 20 N. Milijaš
He replaced Edwards in the 61st minute to give Wolves more of a presence upfront but he hardly got himself into the game.
Replaced Fletcher in the 77th minute but failed to have an impact.
- 30 C. Pantilimon
Replaced Nasri in the 86th minute to shore up the defence but was not troubled.
- 13 A. Kolarov
Replaced Tevez and showed glimpses of skill but he never really threatened the Wolves goal.
- 7 J. Milner
N. de Jong
The Dutchman replaced Silva in the 59th minute and allowed Yaya to break forward and cause plenty of problems for the Wolves defence. He was tenacious in the challenge and gave City even more dominance in the middle of the pitch.
- 10 E. Džeko