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Played
October 3, 2010 1:30 PM BST
Etihad Stadium — Manchester
Referee:‬ M. Atkinson‎
Attendance:‬ 46067‎
 
18′ (PG) Carlos Tévez
75′ Adam Johnson
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Manchester City 2-1 Newcastle United

By Matt Monaghan at Eastlands

  • Joe Hart
    33
    12
    3.00

    Joe Hart

    Newcastle's failure to convert possession into chances meant quiet afternoon for England international. Helpless for goal.

  • Jerome Boateng
    27
    26
    2.50

    Jerome Boateng

    First home Premier League start for City saw delightful chipped ball to Tevez force penalty. That was to be the highlight as the Germany international was regularly skinned by goalscorer Gutierrez. Needs to get back to basic and cut out party tricks. Booked.

  • Vincent Kompany
    20
    39
    2.50

    Vincent Kompany

    Weak clearance on the stretch fell straight to the grateful Gutierrez to level the scores, although the giant Belgian could have claimed a foul from Ameobi in the build-up.

  • Kolo Toure
    21
    26
    2.50

    Kolo Toure

    Shaky stuff from the experienced Ivorian. Failed to snuff out threat from the isolated Ameobi and lost nearly every physical battle. Booked.

  • Joleon Lescott
    29
    8
    2.50

    Joleon Lescott

    Fortunate not to concede penalty after Johnson's goal when he clumsily swept Ameobi's legs in only moment of note.

  • Nigel De Jong
    32
    69
    3.00

    Nigel De Jong

    Borderline legal tackle in the second minute led to a worrying injury for Newcastle danger man Ben Arfa. Incredibly lucky to be spared yellow card but could have argued red for excessive force. Continued to smash into the opposition in trademark style.

  • Yaya Touré
    15
    27
    2.50

    Yaya Touré

    Not as prominent as in other matches as City looked to attack from out wide. Removed for Adebayor as Mancini went on hunt for winner.

  • Gareth Barry
    20
    16
    2.50

    Gareth Barry

    Continued presence in City side remains a mystery. Neither industrious in defence or adventurous in attack. Hooked for Johnson.

  • James Milner
    27
    21
    3.00

    James Milner

    Victim of Mancini's initial tactics. Regularly got behind the Magpies' back line, real threat when allowed to cross but had no-one to aim for. Afternoon improved upon Adebayor's introduction.

  • Carlos Tévez
    60
    14
    3.50

    Carlos Tévez

    Latched on to Boateng's pass and then scythed down by Williamson to win penalty. Converted with usual authority. Mancini's stifling tactics seemed to take smile from face. Criminally denied support from central midfield runners. Sacrificed for Vieira towards end. Booked.

  • David Silva
    61
    13
    3.50

    David Silva

    Showed flashes of inspiration as he linked up play with Tevez, Yaya Toure and Milner. Steadily adapting to physical Premier League environment.

Substitutions

  • Adam Johnson
    118
    12
    4.00

    Adam Johnson Top of the Match

    Instant impact from 72nd minute substitute after he smashed the ball home after a typically incisive run. Surely can no longer be held back by Mancini.

  • Patrick Vieira
    20
    8
    0.00

    Patrick Vieira

    Introduced on the 85 minute mark to shore up the City midfield.

  • Emmanuel Adebayor
    38
    21
    3.00

    Emmanuel Adebayor

    Came on in 57th minute as Mancini moved to a 4-4-2 formation. Mere presence brought instant improvement from hosts.

  • Tim Krul
    18
    2
    3.00

    Tim Krul

    Stood up tall to City attacks and showed safe hands on number of crosses.

  • James Perch
    13
    6
    2.50

    James Perch

    Uncomfortable at this level. Barely got a tackle in all afternoon. Blushes saved by lack of targets for City's wide men to hit. Left in pain by Lescott's studs but soldiered on.

  • Fabricio Coloccini
    15
    50
    2.50

    Fabricio Coloccini Flop of the Match

    Showed South American touch with tee up and volley which was well saved by Hart. Taken off early with injury for Campbell. Booked.

  • Mike Williamson
    12
    14
    2.50

    Mike Williamson

    Luckiest man on the pitch after referee Martin Atkinson failed to send him off for taking down Tevez for penalty. Could sight slightest nick on ball but seemed to take man first. Hughton's decision to play high line repeatedly exposed weakness to pace. Missed best chance of day when sent header over the bar from a corner. Booked.

  • José Enrique
    13
    7
    2.50

    José Enrique

    Teamed up well with Gutierrez to take advantage of Boateng's inability to defend. Guilty of same syndrome as opposite number, however. Alternating wingers Silva and Milner enjoyed space afforded.

  • Jonas Gutierrez
    40
    3
    3.50

    Jonas Gutierrez

    Great going forward but negligent on the back foot. Followed up own cross to fire visitors level with thumping shot past Hart. Tormented Boateng but offered little support to Jose Enrique when asked to defend.

  • Joey Barton
    18
    3
    3.50

    Joey Barton

    Revelled in animosity from ex-home crowd. Formed all action partnership with Tiote to help his side dominate possession in spells.

  • Kevin Nolan
    12
    6
    2.50

    Kevin Nolan

    Unable to free himself from de Jong's attention. Lack of pace and guile left Ameobi all alone. Brought off for Carroll.

  • Cheikh Tiote
    35
    4
    3.50

    Cheikh Tiote

    Promising stuff from the summer signing. Edged battle with Ivory Coast team-mate Yaya Toure and showed quick footwork. Snapped in with several well timed tackles and interceptions.

  • Hatem Ben Arfa
    25
    4
    2.50

    Hatem Ben Arfa

    Stretchered off sucking on oxygen in the opening minutes after lengthy treatment following a Nigel de Jong tackle. It might be a long time before the Newcastle fans see their exciting loan star again.

  • Shola Ameobi
    12
    8
    3.50

    Shola Ameobi

    Lone striker battled hard to get involved and gave Kolo Toure a torrid time. Barged into Kompany to allow mistake for Newcastle's goal. Selfless stuff from the long-serving centre forward.

Substitutions

  • Sol Campbell
    31
    4
    3.50

    Sol Campbell

    Handed Premier League debut on 36 minutes for injured Coloccini. Used experienced and surprising turn of pace to track back and deny Adebayor.

  • Wayne Routledge
    11
    8
    2.50

    Wayne Routledge

    Earlier than expected introduction on seven minutes after Ben Arfa blow. Poor distribution followed on rare occasion involved.

  • Andy Carroll
    17
    2
    3.00

    Andy Carroll

    Brought on in 76 minute after celebrations from Johnson's goal. Won fair share of headers but no clear chance fell his way.

Results
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Luis Suárez Luis Suárez
Striker
Liverpool
29 0
Daniel Sturridge Daniel Sturridge
Striker
Liverpool
20 0
Yaya Touré Yaya Touré
Midfielder
Manchester City
18 6
Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney
Striker
Man Utd.
15 2
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Manchester City
15 0