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September 14, 2013 3:00 PM BST
Britannia Stadium — Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire
Referee:‬ M. Clattenburg‎
Attendance:‬ 25052‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Stoke City 0-0 Manchester City

Mark Hughes' men held the Welshman's former employers to a well-earned draw at the Britannia Stadium, with Manuel Pellegrini's shuffled line-up lacking any kind of creativity

By John Stammers

  • Asmir Begovic
    31
    1
    3.00

    Asmir Begovic

    Made a couple of dodgy clearances early on, but had very little to do otherwise.

  • Erik Pieters
    2
    4
    2.50

    Erik Pieters

    Didn't offer much going forward but, after a tough start, settled down well at left-back.

  • Robert Huth
    12
    7
    3.50

    Robert Huth Top of the Match

    The big defender made a number of clearances under pressure and helped limit City to longer-range efforts. Soldiered on after his face collided with Negredo's knee, with all of Stoke's subs already on.

  • Marc Wilson
    4
    4
    2.50

    Marc Wilson

    Saw an ambitious strike go way over the bar. Looked comfortable against a whole host of stars in the opposition side.

  • Ryan Shawcross
    5
    4
    3.00

    Ryan Shawcross

    Solid performance from the centre-back, who headed away plenty of balls into the box.

  • Geoff Cameron
    4
    4
    3.00

    Geoff Cameron

    Solid at the back and occasionally managed to add to Stoke's attack - firing one particularly vicious ball across the face of goal.

  • Steven N'Zonzi
    2
    5
    2.50

    Steven N'Zonzi

    Allowed City a chance when Toure caught him in possession too easily, and then squandered one at the other end by taking too long on the ball. Was again hesitant when he broke through late on, and allowed the chance to go begging, but did provide good defensive protection.

  • Charlie Adam
    6
    1
    3.00

    Charlie Adam

    Pulled most of Stoke's strings, creating a great chance for Walters and testing Hart with a decent effort himself. Not afraid to put himself about, either. Received a very warm ovation when he was replaced.

  • Matthew Etherington
    2
    4
    2.00

    Matthew Etherington

    The winger wasn't as effective as he can be and failed to target Garcia in City's defence with his usual high standard of crossing. Made way for Ireland.

  • Kenwyne Jones
    7
    1
    3.50

    Kenwyne Jones

    Unfortunate to be left a little isolated at times, but still proved a handful. Worked hard to close down City's defence and probably should have scored after stealing the ball off Nasri. Went close twice more before being forced off through injury.

  • Jonathan Walters
    2
    4
    2.50

    Jonathan Walters

    Somehow headed wide with a fantastic opportunity early in the game. Inches away from connecting with a dangerous Cameron cross, with which he would have scored.

Substitutions

  • Stephen Ireland
    7
    3
    2.50

    Stephen Ireland

    The former Manchester City man replaced Etherington with just over 20 minutes left and looked decent on the ball.

  • Marko Arnautovic
    8
    4
    2.50

    Marko Arnautovic

    Came on for Adam in the second half and instantly fired in a cross that almost forced Nastasic to score an own goal. Wasted a late free kick by lashing it well over the bar, though.

  • Peter Crouch
    5
    2

    Peter Crouch

    Brought on for the injured Jones late in the game. Predictably won a number of flick-ons.

  • Joe Hart
    19
    4
    3.50

    Joe Hart

    Spared Nasri's blushes with a good stop to deny Jones, and showed lightning reactions to brilliantly prevent Nastasic from finding his own net. Otherwise a welcome quiet game for England's number one.

  • Pablo Zabaleta
    20
    5
    3.50

    Pablo Zabaleta

    Combined well with Milner as he charged forward on the right. Solid as ever at the back, too, stopping a sure goal after a Garcia blunder.

  • Aleksandar Kolarov
    21
    6
    2.50

    Aleksandar Kolarov

    Always eager to get forward on the left, and went close with a decent free kick. Sometimes his positioning was questionable, though.

  • Matija Nastasic
    26
    6
    3.00

    Matija Nastasic

    Solid performance from the promising centre-back, who made numerous important tackles and interceptions. Fortunate to see Hart stop him from finding his own net though.

  • James Milner
    9
    7
    2.50

    James Milner

    Looked decent in the opening stages as he teamed up with Zabaleta on the right, but faded as the game went on.

  • Samir Nasri
    11
    20
    2.00

    Samir Nasri Flop of the Match

    Opened some early doors with his vision but wasted a decent chance of his own before his creativity waned. Criminally lost the ball just outside his own box but was fortunate to see Hart save from Jones. Brought off in the second half.

  • Javi García
    6
    15
    2.00

    Javi García

    Doesn't fill you with confidence at centre-back. Almost gifted Stoke a golden opportunity with a shaky, misplaced pass - only to be saved by Zabaleta.

  • Jack Rodwell
    11
    10
    2.50

    Jack Rodwell

    Quiet game from the Englishman who failed to threaten on the front foot. Fairly solid defensively though, as he did what was needed.

  • Yaya Touré
    18
    3
    3.00

    Yaya Touré

    As usual ran City's midfield, driving them forwards and breaking up a number of Stoke attacks. His normally excellent final product - whether it be the defence-splitting pass or individual piece of magic - was missing, though.

  • Negredo
    7
    28
    2.00

    Negredo

    Was virtually non-existent up-front for most of the game, though he did create a decent chance for Jovetic. Helped defend set-pieces with his ariel ability.

  • Stevan Jovetic
    17
    16
    2.00

    Stevan Jovetic

    Failed to make much of an impact on his debut, scuffing a couple of shots harmlessly wide and firing a volley off-target from a good position. Headed a great chance wide too, and was duly replaced by Aguero.

Substitutions

  • Jesús Navas González
    15
    7
    2.50

    Jesús Navas González

    The winger replaced Nasri with 20 minutes or so left but failed to make much of an impact.

  • Sergio Agüero
    19
    11
    2.50

    Sergio Agüero

    Thrown on by Pellegrini with just under half-an-hour remaining and instantly looked more lively than Jovetic.

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
Manchester City
18 6
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Manchester City
16 0
Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney
Striker
Man Utd.
15 2