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December 26, 2011 8:30 PM IST
The Hawthorns — West Bromwich
Referee:‬ L. Mason‎
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Player Ratings: West Brom 0-0 Manchester City

Battling Baggies stun the Premier League leaders as Roberto Mancini's men fail to score in a league game for the first time this season to open the title race wide-open once more

By Jake Watson

  • Ben Foster
    8
    0
    3.00

    Ben Foster

    Despite Man City spending large periods in the West Brom box Foster was forced into action very rarely. Nonetheless a very assured display.

  • Jonas Olsson
    3
    0
    3.50

    Jonas Olsson

    Forming a water-tight defence alongside McAuley and dealt with the threat of Aguero well. Won numerous headers in the oppositions area against a giant Man City backline.

  • Nicky Shorey
    3
    0
    3.50

    Nicky Shorey

    Linked up well with Brunt as they countered Man City well. Was rarely wasteful in possession and was solid in defence.

  • Gareth McAuley
    3
    0
    3.50

    Gareth McAuley

    A fantastic last ditch tackle on Aguero early on in the second-half was the highlight of a fine defensive display. Backs against the wall for large periods but was faultless throughout.

  • Billy Jones
    3
    0
    3.50

    Billy Jones

    In for the injured Reid at right-back and put in a full blooded shift. Not your typical full-back, his priority is defending and he kept to his task admirably.

  • Chris Brunt
    4
    0
    3.00

    Chris Brunt

    Had West Brom’s best chance in the first half with a well struck effort from the edge of the area but it was an afternoon spent in his own half as helped Shorey quell Nasri.

  • Jerome Thomas
    6
    0
    3.50

    Jerome Thomas Top of the Match

    Was West Brom’s star man as he ran at the Man City defence and shot on sight. Went agonisingly close with an effort in the second-half that hit the post and supplied a pin-point cross for Long that should have broken the deadlock.

  • Youssouf Mulumbu
    3
    0
    3.00

    Youssouf Mulumbu

    Got around the pitch well and is certainly more than an anchor man in midfield. He had little of the ball as to be expected against Man City but was rarely wasteful when granted the opportunity

  • Paul Scharner
    3
    0
    3.50

    Paul Scharner

    A lot of defensive work from the charismatic Austrian and stopped Toure from dominating. Ran tirelessly throwing his body in every tackle.

  • Shane Long
    3
    1
    3.50

    Shane Long

    Worked his socks off upfront with little help. Nearly got on the end of a cross in the first-half but it was a game of very few chances.

Substitutions

  • Joe Hart
    2
    5
    3.00

    Joe Hart

    Rarely troubled in the first half but was very lucky to see Jerome Thomas’ strike in the second-half come off the woodwork as he grasped at mid-air. Other than that it was a comfortable afternoon for the England keeper.

  • Vincent Kompany
    4
    5
    3.50

    Vincent Kompany

    A typically assured display from the captain who appears to deal with things in slow motion. Has become the leader in the Man City side and was a colossus as he barked orders to his team-mates.

  • Pablo Zabaleta
    1
    8
    3.00

    Pablo Zabaleta

    Got forward well and was very steady in defence but like the rest of his teammates he lacked the creativity to break down the hosts

  • Gael Clichy
    1
    7
    3.00

    Gael Clichy

    Was allowed plenty of space throughout but offered little threat going forward.

  • Kolo Toure
    2
    6
    3.00

    Kolo Toure

    Got the nod over Lescott and will be satisfied with the display. Had a nervy moment in the first half as he slipped with Long harrying but all in all a good defensive display.

  • James Milner
    2
    7
    3.00

    James Milner

    A surprise inclusion over Barry and was disappointing as he struggled to gain any authority in midfield. Was not helped as he was pushed out to the wing in the second-half but was largely disappointing.

  • Samir Nasri
    1
    10
    3.00

    Samir Nasri

    Always wanted the ball and had plenty of it but struggled to find that killer pass and was substituted midway through the second-half.

  • David Silva
    3
    6
    3.00

    David Silva

    Makes everything tick for Man City but West Brom got men behind the ball to make it a tough afternoon for the Spaniard.

  • Yaya Touré
    1
    7
    3.00

    Yaya Touré

    Full of running in midfield as Man City dominated possession though was up against Scharner who appeared to want the game a bit more than his midfield counterpart.

  • Sergio Agüero
    4
    7
    3.00

    Sergio Agüero

    Substituted in the second-half hugely frustrated after being shackled superbly by McAuley and Olsson. Will have few harder afternoons than this.

  • Mario Balotelli
    3
    8
    3.00

    Mario Balotelli

    Dropped deep looking to get more of the ball. Had a goal disallowed for offside but other than that was marshalled well by the West Brom defenders.

Substitutions

  • Adam Johnson
    1
    6
    0.00

    Adam Johnson

    Brought on as Mancini looked for an impact from the in-form winger but was never offered the opportunity to run at Shorey.

  • Gareth Barry
    2
    5
    3.00

    Gareth Barry

    Came on in the second-half for Nasri to a chorus of boos due to his Aston Villa connections but as to be expected he anchored the Man City midfield with an assurance that is his trademark

  • Edin Dzeko
    1
    6
    0.00

    Edin Dzeko

    Came on for Ageuro but was hardly involved despite Man City lumping balls up to the giant Bosnian. The early season form now seems a very distant memory.

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
Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney
Striker
Man. United
15 2
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Manchester City
15 0