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January 18, 2014 3:00 PM GMT
Etihad Stadium — Manchester
Referee:‬ N. Swarbrick‎
Attendance:‬ 47213‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Manchester City 4-2 Cardiff City

The hosts were made to work for the three points despite the favourable scoreline as Sergio Aguero made a goalscoring return to the Premier League

By Peter Staunton

  • Joe Hart
    0
    0
    3.00

    Joe Hart

    Will be frustrated as there was nothing he could do with Noone's goal. Some other decent stops though.

  • Vincent Kompany
    0
    0
    3.00

    Vincent Kompany

    Made his presence felt on Campbell on more than one occasion but was turned inside out on Cardiff's goal.

  • Pablo Zabaleta
    1
    1
    3.00

    Pablo Zabaleta

    Not a day for explosive runs past his opposite full-back as City pushed deep into Cardiff territory but he nonetheless linked well in and around the area.

  • Aleksandar Kolarov
    1
    0
    2.50

    Aleksandar Kolarov

    Contributed well in an attacking sense but was given a bit of a chasing by Noone when left one-on-one.

  • Martín Demichelis
    0
    0
    2.50

    Martín Demichelis

    The man in the City defence tasked with bringing the ball out and supplying his midfielders. Tidy performance in possession but could have been sharper on certain challenges including the second goal.

  • Javi García
    1
    1
    3.50

    Javi García

    In for Fernandinho and he provided an anchor role for Toure to buzz around. Got City going with interceptions in the middle but does not have the Brazilian's enterprise.

  • Jesús Navas González
    0
    0
    3.50

    Jesús Navas González

    A constant and lively threat down the right flank and kept up with the attack well to find himself on the scoresheet.

  • David Silva
    0
    1
    4.00

    David Silva

    Involved in everything positive in City's play. Found space for key passes and popped up all over the midfield and attack lines to great effect.

  • Yaya Touré
    0
    1
    4.00

    Yaya Touré Top of the Match

    Decided the game in favour of City as his goal lifted the hosts from their slump. It was a leader's goal and indicative of the power the Ivorian possesses.

  • Negredo
    0
    0
    2.00

    Negredo

    Not his greatest day in front of goal as he missed his fair share of chances but was involved in some bright City play.

  • Edin Dzeko
    0
    0
    4.00

    Edin Dzeko

    Was not the most convincing of finishes in the first half but got a goal nonetheless. The Bosnia striker is in fine goalscoring form.

Substitutions

  • Gael Clichy
    0
    0
    2.50

    Gael Clichy

    Came on late for Navas to allow Kolarov to push further on.

  • James Milner
    0
    0
    3.00

    James Milner

    Given a run out as City sought to shore things up.

  • Sergio Agüero
    0
    0
    3.50

    Sergio Agüero

    Could not have asked for a better cameo against tiring opposition. Took his goal tidily and looks every bit as sharp as he did before injury struck.

  • David Marshall
    1
    0
    3.50

    David Marshall

    To his credit, he made a number of good saves and without him, the deficit could have been heavier.

  • Steven Caulker
    0
    0
    3.00

    Steven Caulker

    Made some good interceptions inside his own area but Cardiff were defending too deep for their own good.

  • Ben Turner
    0
    0
    2.00

    Ben Turner Flop of the Match

    Almost scored an own goal and was not close enough to Dzeko for the City forward's goal. Struggled.

  • Kevin McNaughton
    0
    0
    2.00

    Kevin McNaughton

    Could have been sent off with the game less than a minute old and was also given a thorough examination by Navas.

  • Kevin Theophile Catherine
    0
    0
    3.00

    Kevin Theophile Catherine

    Proved to be a good outlet for Cardiff as his assuredness in possession offered some respite and options. His ball up the line prompted their first-half goal.

  • Peter Whittingham
    0
    0
    2.00

    Peter Whittingham

    Was guilty of giving the ball away when Cardiff sought to retain possession. Replaced early in the second half.

  • Gary Medel
    0
    0
    2.50

    Gary Medel

    Tasked with holding the fort in front of the back four but allowed midfield runners in behind too frequently.

  • Craig Noone
    0
    0
    3.50

    Craig Noone

    Made the most of the ball when it came his way. Scored a brilliant goal to pull his side level and gave Kolarov and Demichelis something to think about. Lively and positive.

  • Aron Einar Gunnarsson
    0
    0
    2.50

    Aron Einar Gunnarsson

    Was crunched in one exchange with Negredo but made a tidy contribution to Noone's goal with a neat flick.

  • Jordon Mutch
    0
    1
    3.50

    Jordon Mutch

    The pick of the bunch on the Cardiff side. Imposed himself physically and sought to get his team going with positive play from midfield. Eye-catching display.

  • Fraizer Campbell
    0
    1
    2.50

    Fraizer Campbell

    Too lightweight to get any change from Kompany and Demichelis. Unsuited to the role asked of him but popped up with a goal.

Substitutions

  • Declan John
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    0
    2.50

    Declan John

    Replaced the flagging McNaughton but fared no better.

  • M. Eikrem
    0
    0
    2.50

    M. Eikrem

    A brief Premier League debut as a late sub for Gunnarsson.

  • Craig Bellamy
    0
    0
    2.50

    Craig Bellamy

    Afforded a generous reception from the home faithful as he came on for Whittingham but could not find any route to goal.

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