Will not rush to watch tonight's highlights. So powerfully struck was Toure's goal that two 'keepers would not have been able to keep it out. But he was beaten at the near post for the second and rounded easily by Johnson for the third.
T. Ben Haim
Will have nightmares about the inventiveness and skill of Silva. Looked a round peg in a square hole at left-back.
Needed eyes in the back of his head to deal with the movement and interchanging of positions of the City midfield but the defender-by-trade just about kept his head above water.
Solid enough in the air but his weaknesses against pace and clever movement were all too apparent.
Scored a consolation header and was the most impressive of the West Ham defenders. Kept both Balotelli and Jo as quiet as could be expected.
His speed and directness troubled Boateng in the early exchanges but faded and was withdrawn midway through the second half.
Struggled to deal with Jo's aerial power and did not do enough to complement West Ham's forward raids.
Got stuck in reasonably well but his passing radar was on the blink and did not offer enough drive and leadership. Looked like a player who wanted to be anywhere but the West Ham midfield.
Given the nod over Carlton Cole, he was starved of service and was unable to bring his team-mates into play.
Tracked back well but offered little to the home side's attacks and his decision-making was poor. Subbed with 20 minutes left.
Got down well to smother a Stanislas drive and dealt serenely with everything that came his way.
Got caught out by Stanislas' speed and directness on a few occasions but helped his colleagues batten down the hatches and was increasingly authoritative as the game progressed.
Shrugged on injury to return to the team and never looked anything other than commanding against the powder-puff home attackers.
Ensured Piquionne could never bring his colleagues in to play with a dominant display of positioning and aerial prowess.
Looked a little awkward at left-back but dominated his battle with Barrera.
Pulled the strings with his delightful touch and impish movement after being given license to roam across the midfield. Emerging as a key cog in the City wheel.
N. de Jong
Parker and Spector were no match for the spiky Dutchman, whose no-holds-barred commitment did as much as anyone else to ensure City dominated the central acres. However, some of his challenges verged on the reckless.
Has been an object of derision for his whopping pay packet but demonstrated that there are more dimensions to his game than he is often given credit for. Two exceptional goals demonstrated his power, touch and game-changing ability. West Ham couldn't cope with him.
A classic 'Steady Eddie' display from the England man and, although he blew hot and cold in possession, helped De Jong to dominate the midfield battle.
Given the nod over Roque Santa Cruz, he spent much of the game on the left flank rather than in the center-forward's position but he did an important job tactically in maintaining City's shape and winning headers. Took over as the lone frontman when Balotelli was substituted.
Wasted a brilliant early opportunity to give the visitors the lead but his side-footed connection was weak and ever-so-slightly complacent. Operating in a lone frontman role, looked disinterested and unconvincing. Didn't even glance at Mancini when he was subbed after an hour.
- 29 M. Štěch
- 14 R. Kováč
- 2 W. Reid
Buzzed around in lively fashion and looked as likely as anyone else in claret-and-blue to create something.
- 13 Boa Morte
His pace troubled the home defense in the closing minutes.
Brought on for the last 20 minutes, he made little impact.