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October 20, 2012 7:30 PM IST
The Hawthorns — West Bromwich
Referee:‬ M. Clattenburg‎
Attendance:‬ 24891‎
 
67′ Shane Long
Edin Dzeko 80′
 
Edin Dzeko 90′
   
 
 

Player Ratings: West Brom 1-2 Manchester City

A late double from Edin Dzeko handed the 10-man champions a dramatic and potentially vital three points at the Hawthorns after Shane Long's opener looked set to cause an upset

By Liam Twomey

  • Ben Foster
    6
    5
    3.00

    Ben Foster

    Made good saves to deny Balotelli and Tevez, but the 10 men of City tested him less frequently than he might have expected. Ruined a solid performance 10 minutes from the end by coming for a free-kick delivery he could never claim.

  • Jonas Olsson
    2
    3
    3.00

    Jonas Olsson

    Looked more comfortable dealing with a direct opponent than when City's attackers floated around the final third, but was rarely caught out of position.

  • Liam Ridgewell
    1
    4
    2.50

    Liam Ridgewell

    City's lack of natural width in midfield meant he was only really troubled when Richards rampaged forwards, and on the whole this was a solid display.

  • Gareth McAuley
    4
    3
    3.50

    Gareth McAuley

    There are no frills to his approach, but he made some excellent last-ditch blocks and rarely made a bad decision.

  • Sebastien Gabriel Tamaş
    2
    3
    2.50

    Sebastien Gabriel Tamaş

    Looked a little out of his comfort zone at right-back but, again, having no winger to expose his lack of pace must have been a considerable relief.

  • Claudio Yacob
    4
    3
    3.00

    Claudio Yacob

    Broke up more than a few City attacks and forced them into wide areas where they were generally less effective, though he lived dangerously with the referee a couple of times.

  • James Morrison
    4
    3
    2.50

    James Morrison

    Nice and tidy in midfield, but offered little in the way of cutting edge before being replaced by Gera on 72 minutes.

  • Graham Dorrans
    1
    3
    2.50

    Graham Dorrans

    Pounced on Kompany's mistake on the halfway line and played an inch-perfect pass which set Long racing through and put Milner in an impossible position. His general contribution was not quite so spectacular though, and he was replaced by Odemwingie on 63 minutes.

  • Youssouf Mulumbu
    2
    3
    2.50

    Youssouf Mulumbu

    Battled well and made life difficult for City, but lost his composure in the opposition half.

  • Shane Long
    4
    3
    3.50

    Shane Long

    Forced Milner into a rash challenge which put City down to 10 men, worked hard for his team and met Odemwingie's shot with the coolest finish imaginable to give his side a priceless lead. A wonderful nuisance, unlucky to be brought off when City drew level.

  • Marc-Antoine Fortune
    3
    3
    2.00

    Marc-Antoine Fortune

    Offered nothing but industry on the right flank, and almost torpedoed his side's momentum by bafflingly slapping the ball away with his hand on the edge of his own area.

Substitutions

  • Zoltán Gera
    3
    3
    2.50

    Zoltán Gera

    Replaced Morrison with just under 20 minutes left and offered more of the same - tidy, solid but not a match-winner.

  • Romelu Lukaku
    10
    5
    2.50

    Romelu Lukaku

    Came on for Long with just under 10 minutes left to offer a different kind of threat and only a combination of his own profligacy and Hart's brilliance prevented him finding a second West Brom goal.

  • Peter Odemwingie
    4
    5
    2.50

    Peter Odemwingie

    Brought on to give his side more attacking impetus and did, though he knew little about the miscued shot which became a brilliant pass for Long.

  • Joe Hart
    29
    4
    2.50

    Joe Hart

    Rarely tested by a fairly blunt-looking West Brom attack, but did everything he was required to do. Helpless to stop Long's opener.

  • Micah Richards
    21
    3
    2.50

    Micah Richards

    A powerful presence at right-back and a potent threat from set-pieces, forcing Foster into a decent stop in the first half.

  • Vincent Kompany
    10
    24
    1.50

    Vincent Kompany Flop of the Match

    Began the afternoon in assured mood, but his confidence gave way to complacency 23 minutes in, gifting Dorrans the ball on the halfway line and committing Milner to a foot race with Long he could never hope to win, and which ultimately ended in the Englishman's dismissal.

  • Joleon Lescott
    21
    5
    3.00

    Joleon Lescott

    Displayed none of the awkwardness on the ball which has persuaded Mancini to favour Matija Nastasic in recent weeks, and dealt with the threat of Long reasonably well.

  • Gael Clichy
    22
    5
    2.50

    Gael Clichy

    Defended his flank well and carried the fight to the opposition whenever the opportunity presented itself, though none of his attacking work yielded any real reward.

  • James Milner
    19
    9
    2.00

    James Milner

    Showed good energy and awareness in the early stages and, while he might have shown a bit more street smarts by letting Long run in on goal rather than committing the last-man foul which got him sent off, ultimately the blame for his dismissal rests with Kompany.

  • Samir Nasri
    21
    7
    2.50

    Samir Nasri

    Moved into a more central position following Milner's dismissal, he kept the ball well but struggled to impose himself going forward. His in-swinging free-kick for Dzeko's equaliser was devilish and delightful, though.

  • Gareth Barry
    17
    6
    3.00

    Gareth Barry

    Did what he always does, playing the simple pass quietly and, by and large, efficiently. Brought off for Dzeko who, it is fair to say, was more decisive.

  • Yaya Touré
    23
    6
    2.50

    Yaya Touré

    His driving runs through the centre of the pitch were, as ever, a sight to behold, but this was not his most influential of days. Also wasted a good chance to give his side the lead on the hour mark.

  • Carlos Tévez
    28
    6
    3.00

    Carlos Tévez

    Buzzed around dangerously and tested Foster with a fierce strike just after the break. Also helped his team keep the ball despite being a man down with some nice link-up play.

  • Mario Balotelli
    24
    23
    2.50

    Mario Balotelli

    For better or worse, whenever on the pitch he is compulsive viewing. Showed a bright flash of his brilliance with a sublime solo run which should have resulted in one of the goals of the season, but was booked early for a petulant foul. Alternated between a threat and a liability with the speed only a true maverick can muster.

Substitutions

  • Aleksandar Kolarov
    31
    3
    2.50

    Aleksandar Kolarov

    Replaced Tevez with eight minutes left as City looked to give Dzeko the service to find a winner. Cleared off the line from Lukaku in the dying seconds to preserve his team's dramatic comeback victory.

  • Edin Dzeko
    112
    5
    4.50

    Edin Dzeko Top of the Match

    Given 12 minutes to make an impact, he needed just two, directing Nasri's curling delivery over the floundering Foster. Then, in the dying moments, he calmly stroked home the winner. Maybe he should start next time?

  • Sergio Agüero
    38
    6
    3.00

    Sergio Agüero

    Replaced the mercurial Balotelli on 63 minutes to provide a more reliable source of inspiration. Toiled in vain until injury time, when he showed great awareness to find Dzeko for the winner.

Results
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Luis Suárez Luis Suárez
Striker
Liverpool
29 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