With the spotlight firmly on him, began uneasily after mix-up with Lescott. Catch from a corner settled him and looked unnerved thereafter.
Supplied sumptuous cross for Negredo goal and kept dangerman Brady quiet down Hull's left. Another solid display
Lack of pace almost cost hosts twice inside the opening ten minutes and never really recovered. Did much of his best work from set-pieces at both ends.
Went close with an early header but struggled to get forward on the whole. Allowed Aluko to get better of him on occasions as reliance on left foot again materialized.
Not quite at his best but after being rushed back from injury that was to be expected. Needs to work on understanding with Lescott going forward.
Struggled to get into the game against a physical Hull side and never really got up a full head of steam. City fans will expect more from the winger.
Struggled to create anything for the City forward line. Switched flanks to little effect and eventually substituted midway through the second half.
Unable to get his passing game fully functioning, but the odd bustling run did trouble the Hull defense. Brilliant free kick masked an average display.
Looked promising going forward but if he is to play centrally he needs to work on his defensive game. Struggled to impose himself on the game.
Lack of mobility was part of the reason City struggled for much of the first half. Hauled off at the break after less than threatening display.
Never really got a sight of goal in one of his quieter displays since his arrival at the Etihad Stadium. Substituted as City looked to hold on.
Made some fine saves early on but powerless to stop either goal. Showed again what a fine signing he has been by Bruce.
An encouraging display as he got the better of Dzeko and Aguero. Finally looking a Premier League player after a couple of spells in the top division.
Dealt with the abject Dzeko well but Negredo caused him more problems. Still learning at this level.
Kept Jesus Navas quiet throughout the 90 minutes in another assured display. A booking he picked up is the only blot on his copybook.
Quiet game for the Tigers skipper as he struggled to get his foot on the ball. The match rather passed him by before substitution.
Assured on the ball and played some excellent passes to the frontmen. Could be the difference for Hull over the course of the season given his early performances.
Missed Hull's best chance, and although pacey, never got going after that.
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Unable to get forward as he would have liked but strong defensively. Marshalled Silva well throughout.
Looks a good signing alongside Huddlestone as they arguably outperformed the expensively-assembled Toure and Fernandinho in midfield.
A quiet game for the winger as Zabaleta got the better of him. Not the first to say that and will improve.
Had one goal ruled out but a constant threat. Much improved on display at Chelsea where he was left on his own with too much to do.
Replaced Aguero and offered a good outlet on the left-hand side. No huge impact but offered enough to satisfy Pellegrini.
Brought on for Silva and his pace was a constant threat, even if his final ball was sometimes lacking.
After missing a gilt-edged chance straight after the break, he proved a much better option than Edin Dzeko and was brave with opening goal.