The England shot-stopper has more clean sheets in the league this season than any other keeper and was rarely troubled at Eastlands. Flapped at a cross on the 20 minute mark to nearly let Carew in but was otherwise left largely in peace.
Was pretty much gifted his goal with the net at his mercy. Very shaky early on, allowing Carew to get the better of him in the air but soon settled and hardly gave the Norwegian an inch alongside Kompany. Was protected well by De Jong and dealt with the visitors' long balls time and again.
The Belgian international has arguably been the club’s best player this season and didn't put a foot wrong once again, doubling up with Lescott on the physically imposing Carew as his full backs dealt with Stoke's threat from out wide.
Plowed up the right flank to give Stoke further cause for caution but didn’t shirk his defensive responsibilities, proving dominant in the air and tight on Danny Pugh. Pulled out a fantastic block on the 20 minute mark to deny Carew.
Utilized on his unfavored left side once again but worked wonderfully well with David Silva on occasion, overlapping the Spaniard as the hosts broke forward in numbers. Solid as usual at the back and a willing runner.
Showed superb instinctive movement from the right hand side, moving inwards and timing his runs to perfection despite the constant attentions of Andy Wilkinson. Lacked the end product from time to time, proving a little wasteful but was always a threat.
Has hardly set the world alight since his big money move to City last season but was fantastic this evening.Nearly put Adam Johnson in with a fine ball over the top just outside the Stoke area and should have had someone on the end of his low cross in the 19th minute to convert.
The former Valencia man has been in imperious form recently but started the clash by blazing over from just outside the area. Was busy all over the Stoke half and could have doubled City's lead on the 25th minute, just missing the ball on the stretch. Brought off just before the hour mark.
N. de Jong
Controlled the midfield battle with a display of typical vigor. Looked settled in possession and worked tirelessly to suppress Stoke when they had the ball.
The goalscoring hero at Wembley blazed over with a chance soon after the half hour having been largely anonymous for much of the opening third. Opted to drop deeper than has been the case in recent weeks, possibly to stop his side becoming swamped by Stoke's packed midfield.
If rumors are to be believed, this may well have been the striker’s last performance for the club at Eastlands, and it would be typical of the man to go out with a bang. Took his opener superbly, jinking into the area and lashing past Sorensen into the top corner and then doubling his tally with a free-kick worthy of winning any game. A sublime strike from 30 yards to raise the roof at Eastlands.
Had no chance in stopping Tevez's opener and pulled out a couple of good stops in the first half to keep his side in the tie. Could have been stronger for Lescott's goal, with the former Everton defender climbing above the Dane to nod home. Could do nothing about Tevez's free-kick, not that any keeper in the world could.
Put in a fine tackle on Micah Richards early on and was his typical full-blooded self. Never stopped running up the flank but was pinned in by the impressive Adam Johnson. Fought until the end.
Looked exhausted at the end of the cup final but the Potters skipper and former Manchester United man was superb against the hosts, saving an almost certain goal with a fine last ditch tackle to block James Milner from a matter of yards out.
Initially struggled with the pace and movement of Tevez and was left for dead time and again by the Argentinean but worked hard to be first to the ball and cut off City at the source of their attacks.
Really struggled to quell the threat of David Silva and Zabaleta at right back and relied heavily on the interventions of his captain to get him out of trouble. Wasted possession after a neat spell of possession on the hour mark with a lazy ball.
Very calm on the ball despite pressure from both Milner and De Jong early on, Pugh looked to move inside from the left to swamp the City midfield on the counter attack and make a nuisance of himself when defending. Was unfortunate to come up against a superb Micah Richards.
Looked rushed in the opening stages, panicking over a high ball over the top and went on from there. Showed a nervousness hardly befitting his experience.
Worked hard in the Stoke midfield but was never able to get his foot on the ball for long enough to have an influence. A little too lateral with his passing as City looked comfortable to watch the hosts go nowhere from midfield.
Went missing for much of the clash, never really gaining a foothold in the game as Milner and De Jong dominated in the centre of the park. Never stopped running but lacked invention.
Came on as a substitute at Wembley but hardly looked rested. Other than an early aerial siege on the City centre halves, the Norwegian rarely threatened the imposing pair in the heart of City's defence. Lacked support and suffered for it.
Was forced deep in order to help his side who struggled under wave after wave of City attack and looked a little tired from the opening stages. Couldn't use his pace to trouble Zabaleta as much as Tony Pulis would have hoped.
- 1 S. Given
- 13 A. Kolarov
Brought on with next to no time remaining as City looked to sure up at the back and gladly take all three points.
- 18 G. Barry
Came on with just under 25 minutes to go and troubled Stoke. Using his pace to run at the tiring visitors.
Replaced David Silva as he chased his first Premier League goal at Eastlands but wasted an easy chance soon after coming on. Nearly atoned with a strike against the post with 20 minutes remaining.
- 27 C. Nash
Came on for the exhausted Glenn Whelan and slotted in well, taking some of the sting out of Shaun Wright-Phillips' menacing runs.
- 23 M. Tonge
Replaced Carew as Pulis looked to limit the damage to his side late on but hardly had a sniff. Threatened with one long throw but it was cleared easily.
- 8 T. Soares
- 9 K. Jones