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September 10, 2011 10:00 AM EDT
Etihad Stadium — Manchester
Referee:‬ M. Atkinson‎
Attendance:‬ 46509‎
 
 
 
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Manchester City 3-0 Wigan Athletic

Hat-trick hero Sergio Aguero and David Silva were in sparkling form as Roberto Mancini's men ran away comfortable winners at the Etihad Stadium

By Jonathan Birchall

  • Joe Hart
    21
    2
    3.00

    Joe Hart

    A comfortable afternoon for the England goalkeeper who was alert when called upon, controlling a number of high balls into the area with consummate ease.

  • Gael Clichy
    22
    3
    3.00

    Gael Clichy

    The former Arsenal man dealt with Wigan’s threat on the counterattack very well, maintaining his positional sense but was always a willing runner when the hosts looked to advance.

  • Vincent Kompany
    24
    3
    3.50

    Vincent Kompany

    Typically impregnable in the heart of the City defence to keep Franco Di Santo quiet and the hosts largely comfortable. Saw a powerful header hit the post late in the second half and was in fine form.

  • Joleon Lescott
    13
    5
    3.00

    Joleon Lescott

    Another fine performance alongside Kompany to offer further evidence of the duo’s burgeoning affiliation in the center of defence. Didn't give Rodallega or Di Santo an inch at the back but had a mare going forward, missing a gilt-edged chance from a yard out.

  • Micah Richards
    17
    2
    3.00

    Micah Richards

    Has blossomed as a defender in the past 12 months and once again delivered a confident performance at right-back to quell the threat of Rodallega. Should've scored shortly before the half-hour mark however, but spurned a gilt-edged chance from seven yards out.

  • David Silva
    48
    1
    4.00

    David Silva

    The Spaniard oozed class in the final third and appears to have added further dynamism to his game, changing pace when cutting inside and generally looking threatening. Set up Aguero's opener and won the penalty for Tevez to miss. Was part of the build-up to City's second and assisted in Aguero's third. Simply unstoppable.

  • Adam Johnson
    20
    5
    3.50

    Adam Johnson

    May not have been selected to start in either of England’s two recent internationals but delivered a showing full of confidence down the right-hand side, threatening Maynor Figueroa with some direct running.

  • Yaya Touré
    19
    1
    3.00

    Yaya Touré

    Controlled the pace of the game in the middle and linked up particularly well with David Silva, moving forward and looking to break the Wigan line with some penetrative attacking play.

  • James Milner
    16
    2
    3.00

    James Milner

    Preferred in midfield to Gareth Barry and delivered a solid performance, if a little lacking in creativity. Was caught in possession by Diame on a couple of occasions but protected his defence well.

  • Sergio Agüero
    51
    5
    4.00

    Sergio Agüero Top of the Match

    Is already looking to be a quite phenomenal signing. Showed endless energy in pursuing the Wigan defense from the off and only took 13 minutes to get on the scoresheet, coolly slotting past the despairing Al-Habsi. Doubled his tally with a similarly cool finish after some fantastic build-up play.

  • Carlos Tévez
    19
    15
    3.00

    Carlos Tévez

    Was a surprise starter in place of Edin Dzeko at the Etihad Stadium and had a poor introduction, scuffing his penalty into the arms of Al-Habsi. Linked well with his compatriot Aguero, nearly securing an assist with a sumptuous back-heeled through ball.

Substitutions

  • Abdul Razak
    8
    5
    0.00

    Abdul Razak

    Came on late as the hosts ran out comfortable winners.

  • Samir Nasri
    34
    4
    3.50

    Samir Nasri

    Got an assist only two minutes after replacing Carlos Tevez to set up Aguero and was superb on his home debut, seemingly untroubled by the broken bone in his hand.

  • Mario Balotelli
    10
    16
    3.00

    Mario Balotelli

    Replaced hat-trick hero Aguero but had little effect with the job very much done at 3-0.

  • Ali Al Habsi
    5
    3
    3.50

    Ali Al Habsi

    The Oman international could do nothing to stop Aguero's opener after being let down by his defenders for much of the opening exchanges. Saved Tevez's weak penalty and kept his side in the game with some fine saves. An excellent showing

  • Maynor Figueroa
    2
    3
    3.00

    Maynor Figueroa

    Was given a torrid time by Adam Johnson and was largely pinned in, unable to break forward and threaten his counterpart Micah Richards as the game played out in the Latics' half.

  • Adrián López
    2
    3
    2.00

    Adrián López Flop of the Match

    Was given the unenviable task of tempering the threat of Carlos Tevez and Sergio Aguero and looked wholly out of his depth for much of the fixture. Took down David Silva to give away a first-half penalty and lacked confidence.

  • Gary Caldwell
    2
    3
    2.50

    Gary Caldwell

    Looked to direct his team-mates early on but was a little wasteful on the ball under pressure, opting to hit long balls that were easily dealt with by Kompany and Lescott.

  • Emmerson Boyce
    2
    3
    3.00

    Emmerson Boyce

    Stoic defending from the fullback for much of the game but allowed Silva room to roam from the left-hand side. Was rarely beaten one-on-one but tired in the second half and was brought off.

  • Hugo Rodallega
    3
    2
    3.00

    Hugo Rodallega

    Was shut out by Micah Richards and moved inside to little effect. Never stopped running and chasing the ball down but did little to threaten in possession.

  • Mohamed Diame
    4
    3
    3.50

    Mohamed Diame

    Worked hard in the center of midfield and dispossessed Carlos Tevez early on to kick start a counterattack for the visitors. Comfortable with the ball at his feet and always willing to dive into a tackle. Provided some much needed vigor.

  • James McArthur
    1
    3
    2.50

    James McArthur

    Went missing for long periods of the game as City, and possession, passed him by. Had little in response to match the hosts' power on the break.

  • Ben Watson
    1
    3
    3.00

    Ben Watson

    Looked to break from the center of midfield to bolster the Latics' attacking options and nearly latched on to a Rodallega through ball shortly after halftime but was otherwise unable to threaten. Subbed off late.

  • Victor Moses
    1
    2
    3.00

    Victor Moses

    Was left isolated out wide, unable to have much of an impact as the home side dominated possession. Showed some nice touches in the second half but was unable to have as much of a say as he would’ve liked.

  • Franco Di Santo
    1
    3
    2.50

    Franco Di Santo

    Was provided a first-team spot following his brace against QPR last time out but was ineffective in the face of a far more assured backline. Could've provided his side an instant reply to Aguero's opener but knocked his effort just wide of Joe Hart's left-hand post.

Substitutions

  • Ronnie Stam
    1
    4
    2.50

    Ronnie Stam

    Replaced Boyce with half an hour remaining but struggled to catch up with the pace of the game, getting caught out of position on a couple of occasions.

  • Albert Crusat
    1
    4
    3.00

    Albert Crusat

    Replaced Ben Watson but it was a case of too little too late for the visitors. Not the ideal debut for the Spanish winger.

  • Jordi Gómez
    1
    5
    3.00

    Jordi Gómez

    Came on for Franco Di Santo as Roberto Martinez looked to keep the game at 3-0. Hardly got a sniff of the ball however as Mancini's men dominated.

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
Man City
18 6
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Man City
16 0
Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney
Striker
Man United
15 2