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Played
December 22, 2012 10:00 AM EST
Etihad Stadium — Manchester
Referee:‬ M. Dean‎
Attendance:‬ 47007‎
 
90+3′ Gareth Barry
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Man City 1-0 Reading

Gareth Barry was the pick of the City players as his header finally beat Adam Federici who put in a superb display in the Reading goal.

By Nicholas McGee

  • Joe Hart
    9
    6
    3.00

    Joe Hart

    Had nothing to do for the entire contest, a quiet afternoon for the England man.

  • Pablo Zabaleta
    12
    5
    3.50

    Pablo Zabaleta

    An energetic display from the full-back, who endeavoured to create chances at every opportunity.

  • Kolo Toure
    13
    5
    3.00

    Kolo Toure

    Rarely troubled defensively, handled the physical threat of Pogrebnyak well.

  • Matija Nastasic
    16
    7
    2.50

    Matija Nastasic

    Little to do from a defensive standpoint, looked to get forward whenever possible and was a threat from set-pieces.

  • Karim Rekik
    22
    5
    3.00

    Karim Rekik

    A decent debut from the Dutchman, never troubled defensively and appeared dangerous on the attack.

  • Javi García
    6
    9
    2.00

    Javi García

    Dictated the play well in midfield but was never able to create anything of note.

  • Gareth Barry
    16
    8
    3.00

    Gareth Barry

    An efficient display from the midfielder, who always ensured that his side retained possession well, and added the killer touch with his late header.

  • David Silva
    10
    14
    2.50

    David Silva

    Was well shackled by Reading and was unable to deliver to the standard expected of him.

  • Yaya Touré
    8
    15
    2.00

    Yaya Touré

    A disappointing display from the Ivorian, who had little impact on the game.

  • Sergio Agüero
    12
    22
    3.00

    Sergio Agüero

    Linked up well with Tevez and always posed the Reading defence a myriad of problems.

  • Carlos Tévez
    11
    24
    3.00

    Carlos Tévez

    Nearly netted from the best chance of the game early in the first half and looked to be City's most likely goalscorer until being substituted.

Substitutions

  • James Milner
    5
    6
    1.50

    James Milner

    Had little time to have an impact and was ineffective when introduced.

  • Edin Dzeko
    58
    5
    3.00

    Edin Dzeko

    Appeared to breathe new life into City in the second half and came close to scoring on a number of occasions.

  • Scott Sinclair
    3
    11
    1.50

    Scott Sinclair

    Never really created anything of note in another poor display.

  • Adam Federici
    10
    2
    4.00

    Adam Federici Top of the Match

    An excellent display from the Reading keeper, who produced some fine saves to keep City at bay until Barry's late winner.

  • Chris Gunter
    3
    2
    3.00

    Chris Gunter

    The better of the two Reading full-backs, Gunter nullified much of the threat down the left flank in what was an assured performance.

  • Alex Pearce
    2
    1
    3.00

    Alex Pearce

    Defended heroically and almost gave the Royals the lead early in the second half.

  • Adrian Mariappa
    2
    1
    3.00

    Adrian Mariappa

    A fine defensive performance from the former Watford man, who played well under intense pressure from the home side.

  •  Ian Harte
    3
    1
    2.00

    Ian Harte

    Struggled to deal with Pablo Zabaleta, but offered something of a threat in an attacking sense.

  • Jem Karacan
    2
    1
    3.00

    Jem Karacan

    The midfielder produced a faultless display before eventually being substituted.

  • Mikele Leigertwood
    4
    1
    3.50

    Mikele Leigertwood

    Tireless, did his level best to deny David Silva time and space and succeeded for much of the contest.

  • Jobi McAnuff
    1
    4
    1.50

    Jobi McAnuff Flop of the Match

    Had little chance to create anything going forward and was reduced to defensive duties, which he performed well.

  • Jimmy Kebe
    4
    1
    3.00

    Jimmy Kebe

    Reading's main outlet going forward, the winger was always a threat on the counter.

  • Jay Tabb
    3
    1
    3.50

    Jay Tabb

    Workmanlike display, Tabb harried the City midfield constantly and deserves high praise for his display.

  • Pavel Pogrebnyak
    4
    1
    2.50

    Pavel Pogrebnyak

    Deprived of service for much of the game but never gave up and was a nuisance throughout.

Substitutions

  • Nicky Shorey
    2
    1
    1.00

    Nicky Shorey

    At fault for the winning goal after being overpowered by Barry.

  • Danny Guthrie
    2
    1
    1.50

    Danny Guthrie

    Created very little but retained possession well in midfield.

Results
 
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Ranking
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29 0
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20 0
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18 6
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15 2
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
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15 0