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March 13, 2011 4:45 PM GMT
Etihad Stadium — Manchester
Referee:‬ L. Probert‎
Attendance:‬ 41150‎
 
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Manchester City 1-0 Reading

By Matt Monaghan at Eastlands

  • Joe Hart
    15
    5
    3.00

    Joe Hart

    Spectator as Reading failed to threaten on goal. Sharp to collect Kebe and McAnuff's crosses.

  • Micah Richards
    24
    4
    3.00

    Micah Richards

    Repeated F.A. Cup goalscoring antics of 2006 to secure all-Manchester semi-final. Hopefully won't repeat expletive-laden interview that followed then. Too often, fell for McAnuff's trickery when asked to defend. Didn't seem to twig that his opposite number liked to cut inside. Booked.

  • Vincent Kompany
    20
    4
    3.00

    Vincent Kompany

    Long and Hunt were easy pickings for the giant Belgian. Clattered into several early challenges to show attackers he was around. Booked.

  • Joleon Lescott
    10
    6
    3.00

    Joleon Lescott

    Very little to for Kolo Toure's stand-in. Teamed up with Kompany to stem supply line to Long.

  • Aleksandar Kolarov
    14
    25
    2.50

    Aleksandar Kolarov

    Seemed obsessed with just hitting the ball as hard as he, rather than with accuracy. Crosses missed their target and free-kicks ballooned over. Had little to do defensively but regularly out-foxed by Kebe.

  • Patrick Vieira
    11
    19
    3.00

    Patrick Vieira

    Used experience and size to get stuck into Leigertwood and Tabb. Presence grew with game. Sacrificed for more attack-minded Balotelli.

  • Nigel De Jong
    23
    5
    3.00

    Nigel De Jong

    Kept City secure and took usual spot in front of defence. When in possession, always tried to play-in dangerman Silva. Like-for-like substitution saw him taken off for Barry.

  • Yaya Touré
    19
    7
    2.50

    Yaya Touré

    Dangerous when he could be bothered. Exhibited power in first half to barge past Khizanishvilli but team-mates couldn't find back of net. Too peripheral a presence.

  • David Silva
    65
    5
    3.50

    David Silva Top of the Match

    Showed flashes of genius as he alone, at times, took fight to Reading. Threaded several inch-perfect passes through the opposition defence. His corner landed on Richards' forehead. Only drawback to his game was evident, however, as he couldn't convert a number of opportunities. Is only factor preventing him from being considered member of football's elite.

  • Shaun Wright-Phillips
    28
    6
    3.50

    Shaun Wright-Phillips

    Winger has profited from Adam Johnson's absence and put in a solid shift. Unlucky to be denied by McCarthy in first half and continued to probe. Hooked in injury-time for Boyata.

  • Carlos Tévez
    17
    9
    3.00

    Carlos Tévez

    Argentine wasn't at his sharpest after his recall from the mid-week Dynamo Kiev clash. Came closest to scoring when he back-heeled a point-blank effort into McCarthy's hands three yards out.

Substitutions

  • D. Boyata
    11
    1
    0.00

    D. Boyata

    Introduced deep into added time to count down clock.

  • Gareth Barry
    6
    4
    0.00

    Gareth Barry

    Defensive midfielder made way for defensive midfielder in the 83rd minute. No goal was conceded to validate change.

  • Mario Balotelli
    17
    8
    3.00

    Mario Balotelli

    Brought on in the 70th minute to help force a goal. Highlight was at other end, however, as he cleared up a deep cross that just evaded Long's leap.

  • Alex McCarthy
    13
    4
    3.50

    Alex McCarthy

    Youngster added to reputation with defiant display. Saved well from all City's attackers, with the best a fine double-save from Wright-Phillips and Silva.

  •  Ian Harte
    4
    0
    3.00

    Ian Harte

    Irishman was too slow for the top flight a decade ago and little has changed. Skinned by Wright-Phillips repeatedly, but now utilised his experience to keep City out.

  • Brynjar Gunnarsson
    2
    2
    3.00

    Brynjar Gunnarsson

    Not a comfortable centre-back but dug in to ensure skipper Mills wasn't missed. Sent header from Harte free-kick wide as Reading searched for equaliser.

  • Zurab Khizanishvili
    12
    1
    3.50

    Zurab Khizanishvili

    Used Premier League nous gained at Blackburn Rovers to frustrate Tevez. Heart was in mouth on 55 minutes when his clearance was charged down by Wright-Phillips, but Tevez's air-shot came to the rescue.

  • Jem Karacan
    2
    1
    3.00

    Jem Karacan

    Ran at most often by Yaya Toure and used pace to combat Ivorian's threat.

  • Jobi McAnuff
    2
    1
    3.00

    Jobi McAnuff

    Returned from ankle injury to cause Richards a few problems. Lacked final ball to create real damage. Tired and taken off for Robson-Kanu.

  • Jay Tabb
    2
    0
    3.00

    Jay Tabb

    Matched the tigerish de Jong tackle for tackle in opening stages. Alive to save Long's blushes at start of second period. Hooked for Howard as McDermott searched for leveller.

  • Jimmy Kebe
    2
    1
    3.00

    Jimmy Kebe

    Sharp feet and long legs left Kolarov exposed. However, just like McAnuff, lacked killer ball to force goal.

  • Mikele Leigertwood
    1
    6
    2.50

    Mikele Leigertwood Flop of the Match

    Second best all too often to Vieira and de Jong. Occasionally, passed Reading into trouble. Weak half of pairing with Tabb.

  • Noel Hunt
    2
    2
    2.50

    Noel Hunt

    Twice came off worst from early clashes with Kompany. Screwed good chance wide when played in by Kebe on 50 minutes. Substituted for Church.

  • Shane Long
    4
    1
    3.00

    Shane Long

    Toiled a lone furrow upfront. Swamped by Lescott and Kompany but never gave up. Almost got on scoresheet at wrong end of pitch when he skimmed Kolarov corner towards goal but saved by Tabb. Booked.

Substitutions

  • Brian Howard
    1
    0
    0.00

    Brian Howard

    Thrown on in the 86th minute as Reading scrapped for a goal. Couldn't provide magic.

  • Simon Church
    2
    1
    3.00

    Simon Church

    After he came on in the 76th minute came close to flicking home from a scramble at a corner.

  • Hal Robson-Kanu
    1
    1
    2.50

    Hal Robson-Kanu

    Thrown on in the 62nd minute for the tired McAnuff. Looked far less of a threat than the man he replaced.

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