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April 11, 2012 7:45 PM BST
Etihad Stadium — Manchester
Referee:‬ K. Friend‎
Attendance:‬ 46746‎
 
 
 
 
64′ David Silva
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Manchester City 4-0 West Brom

Roberto Mancini's side close the gap to United to five points thanks to two goals from Sergio Aguero, plus further strikes from Carlos Tevez and David Silva

By Greg Stobart at Etihad Stadium

  • Joe Hart
    56
    1
    3.00

    Joe Hart

    Had almost nothing to do.

  • Micah Richards
    62
    3
    3.50

    Micah Richards

    Constantly surged forward, playing almost as an extra winger for much of the night. Could have scored in the first half but saw his shot cleared off the line after rounding Foster.

  • Vincent Kompany
    49
    4
    3.00

    Vincent Kompany

    The City captain had virtually nothing to do but kept his concentration throughout the 90 minutes.

  • Joleon Lescott
    40
    5
    3.00

    Joleon Lescott

    An easy night for the central defender, who was rarely troubled but stayed alert to track Long on the rare occasion the ball crossed the halfway line.

  • Gael Clichy
    41
    3
    3.00

    Gael Clichy

    Had no trouble dealing with Cox and stayed wide when City were in possession to stretch the pitch, with the central areas often congested.

  • Gareth Barry
    56
    3
    3.50

    Gareth Barry

    A very neat and tidy performance. Clever defensive anticipation and accurate, progressive passing to start City attacks.

  • Samir Nasri
    85
    9
    3.50

    Samir Nasri

    Constantly looked to link-up play in the final third, drifting across the pitch and combining well with his team-mates. Produced an accurate pass for Aguero's second goal and twice went close himself.

  • David Silva
    108
    4
    3.50

    David Silva

    Back in the fold after missing the defeat at Arsenal with a knee injury, the Spaniard was close to his best. Always able to wriggle a yard of space and constantly produced incisive passes. Tested Foster from a tight angle in the first half and made no mistake after the break, scoring City's fourth goal with a delightful dinked finish.

  • Nigel De Jong
    46
    6
    3.00

    Nigel De Jong

    His role was almost superfluous given West Brom's lack of attacking ambition but he took up good positions and barely played a loose pass.

  • Sergio Agüero
    172
    10
    4.00

    Sergio Agüero Top of the Match

    A wonderful performance from the striker to prove he remains City's number one Argentine, as he scored twice and provided two assists. Put City ahead in the sixth minute with a piledriver from 25 yards and added the second after the break with a classy finish. Still had time to set up goals for Tevez and Silva before being replaced by Dzeko in the 74th minute.

  • Carlos Tévez
    156
    11
    3.50

    Carlos Tévez

    Handed is first start since September and rewarded his manager with an effervescent display and a well deserved goal. Added energy and drive to City attacks and played some wonderful passes.

Substitutions

  • Pablo Zabaleta
    27
    5
    0.00

    Pablo Zabaleta

    Replaced Silva nine minutes from time.

  • Adam Johnson
    30
    8
    3.00

    Adam Johnson

    Replaced Tevez in the 63rd minute and played mainly on the left side. Provided some dangerous crosses into the penalty area, although he wasn't really able to dribble at West Brom defenders.

  • Edin Dzeko
    36
    29
    2.50

    Edin Dzeko

    Came on for Aguero in the 74th minute. Looked a little cumbersome when he had a couple of sights on the West Brom goal.

  • Ben Foster
    7
    2
    3.00

    Ben Foster

    Taunted as 'England's number five' by the City supporters, he seemed slow to react to Aguero's opener in the sixth minute. Could do little about the rest of the City goals and made some smart saves, especially in the first-half.

  • Jonas Olsson
    7
    6
    2.00

    Jonas Olsson Flop of the Match

    West Brom's skipper never got to grips with the movement and quick passing of City's attack and was clumsy throughout the night.

  • Nicky Shorey
    5
    3
    2.50

    Nicky Shorey

    Didn't seem to know whether to track Silva inside and was outmuscled and outpaced by Richards when the City right-back bombed forward.

  • Craig Dawson
    5
    3
    2.50

    Craig Dawson

    Alert block in the first-half - perhaps with the use of an arm - to keep out Richards' goalbound effort but was generally shaky as he struggled to keep track of Aguero's movement.

  • Billy Jones
    7
    0
    3.00

    Billy Jones

    Not a bad display from the rookie full-back, although at times he could have provided more cover for his central defenders.

  • Keith Andrews
    3
    3
    2.50

    Keith Andrews

    Poor performance from the Ireland international as he failed to track City midfielders and offered nothing in attack barring one tame effort from 20 yards.

  • Graham Dorrans
    3
    3
    2.50

    Graham Dorrans

    An anonymous display as he failed to get on the ball and, when he did, conceded possession cheaply.

  • Youssouf Mulumbu
    6
    0
    3.00

    Youssouf Mulumbu

    Had a tough job in the centre of West Brom's midfield. Won some strong challenges but spent most of the night chasing shadows.

  • Paul Scharner
    5
    1
    2.50

    Paul Scharner

    The Austrian had barely any involvement in the game although he never let his workrate drop and was constantly looking to put City players under pressure.

  • Shane Long
    4
    4
    2.50

    Shane Long

    A very tough night leading the line with no support and always outnumbered by City defenders. Didn't get a sight on goal - in fact, he hardly set foot in the opposition penalty area.

  • Simon Cox
    3
    3
    2.50

    Simon Cox

    Provided one half-threatening cross from the right in the first-half but that was about the sum of his contribution.

Substitutions

  • Somen Tchoyi
    3
    1
    0.00

    Somen Tchoyi

    Replaced Dorrans in the 78th minute and played on the right side of midfield.

  • Marc-Antoine Fortune
    3
    1
    0.00

    Marc-Antoine Fortune

    A 68th minute replacement for Mulumbu but by then the game was already dead.

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