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Played
January 1, 2013 3:00 PM GMT
Etihad Stadium — Manchester
Referee:‬ M. Oliver‎
Attendance:‬ 47192‎
 
 
56′ Edin Dzeko
 
74′ (PG) Sergio Agüero
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Manchester City 3-0 Stoke

The champions brush Tony Pulis' Potters aside with solid display and good finishing as Pablo Zabaleta, Edin Dzeko and Sergio Aguero seal an easy three points

By Alex Fisher at the Etihad Stadium

  • Joe Hart
    42
    13
    3.00

    Joe Hart

    A very easy afternoon for the England keeper who didn’t have a save to make until the final minutes when he expertly tipped a long-range effort onto the post.

  • Vincent Kompany
    47
    16
    3.00

    Vincent Kompany

    Comfortable and rarely troubled by the isolated Jones. Made good tackles when he needed to and showed good skill to bring the ball out of defence.

  • Pablo Zabaleta
    64
    14
    3.00

    Pablo Zabaleta

    Didn’t have to worry about the threat of Jerome down the Stoke left as the visitors struggled to make much of an impression on the proceedings. His attacking movement was rewarded in the closing minutes of the first half as he pounced on a loose ball to fire into the back of the net for his second goal of the season.

  • Joleon Lescott
    36
    17
    3.00

    Joleon Lescott

    Back in the starting line-up for the first time in a month and handled the game well, was strong in the air against Jones when he needed to be and looked comfortable alongside Kompany.

  • Gael Clichy
    43
    13
    3.00

    Gael Clichy

    Walters gave him a few problems to deal with but he handled them easily and nullified the danger from the Irish forward. Made some surging runs forward down the left but his crossing was not accurate enough.

  • James Milner
    43
    14
    3.00

    James Milner

    Had a lot of success down the City right, stretched the Stoke defence and caused Wilkinson plenty of problems.

  • Gareth Barry
    49
    11
    3.50

    Gareth Barry

    Looked very good in the middle of the pitch, he dictated the play well and delivered some excellent through balls into Aguero that the Argentine was not able to convert. He always keeps the ball moving and makes himself available for the ball which is a real asset to his side.

  • David Silva
    61
    15
    3.50

    David Silva

    Starting to look more like the player we saw last season, always looking for the ball and moving with such grace with the ball at his feet. His interplay with Aguero was excellent and he was the catalyst in lots of City's good play. He was replaced by Sinclair late on.

  • Yaya Touré
    47
    15
    3.00

    Yaya Touré

    Final league before heading to the African Cup of Nations and he strolled through the game. He played excellent passes, found gaps that shouldn't be found and could have created a couple of goals had his team mates taken their chances.

  • Edin Dzeko
    152
    15
    3.00

    Edin Dzeko

    Led the line well, battled against the strong central defensive partnership of Huth and Shawcross. Easy goal in the second half as he tapped home from two yards after Begovic had spilled Aguero’s shot.

  • Sergio Agüero
    80
    68
    4.00

    Sergio Agüero Top of the Match

    He was full of running throughout and could have had his name on the score sheet more than once, however he had to make do with a penalty in the second half. His afternoon ended early as he was replaced by Tevez in the 77th minute with a hamstring problem.

Substitutions

  • Abdul Razak
    30
    18

    Abdul Razak

    Replaced Dzeko in injury time.

  • Scott Sinclair
    14
    27

    Scott Sinclair

    Replaced Silva late on but had little impact.

  • Carlos Tévez
    37
    28
    3.00

    Carlos Tévez

    Replaced Aguero in the 77th minute and moved well up front but didn't test Begovic.

  • Asmir Begovic
    54
    11
    2.50

    Asmir Begovic

    Made good early saves from Aguero to keep his side in the game but has to blamed for both City goals. He decided to block Milner’s cross in the lead up to the first goal with his foot which saw the ball drop to Zabaleta, and he spilled Aguero’s shot for the second which allowed Dzeko to score.

  • Geoff Cameron
    7
    6
    3.00

    Geoff Cameron

    Tough afternoon against Silva, coped fairly well but wasn’t able to stop the Spaniard playing some dangerous balls into the penalty area.

  • Robert Huth
    9
    8
    3.00

    Robert Huth

    Challenged for every ball put into his penalty area, worked well with Shawcross to stifle the City attack but couldn’t keep them at bay.

  • Ryan Shawcross
    12
    7
    3.50

    Ryan Shawcross

    Organises the Stoke defence well and he needed to given the constant pressure from the City attacks. He made sure he was in the right place at the right time to intercept low crosses and rose majestically to clear.

  • Andy Wilkinson
    6
    6
    3.00

    Andy Wilkinson

    Battled hard against the lively performance of Milner, won some challenges but also wasn’t close enough at times which enabled the winger to fire some dangerous low crosses into the penalty area.

  • Glenn Whelan
    7
    6
    2.50

    Glenn Whelan

    It was an afternoon of chasing the ball and closing down the City midfield for the Irishman who will no doubt need to rest his legs tonight. He worked hard to keep his side in the game but the speed at which Manchester City play made it very difficult.

  • Steven N'Zonzi
    9
    6
    3.00

    Steven N'Zonzi

    The Frenchman battled in the midfield tirelessly but it was a thankless task as his side were regularly out-passed. He did make some crucial tackles to deny City opportunities in dangerous positions but he was not able to push his side forward as he normally does

  • Charlie Adam
    14
    17
    2.00

    Charlie Adam Flop of the Match

    Tried his best to support Jones in attacking positions but he had to spend the majority of the game chasing the ball as City zipped the ball about in midfield. When he did get the ball his passing really let him down and all too often he gave the ball away much to the frustration of his manager and team mates. Was replaced by Whitehead in the second half.

  • Kenwyne Jones
    7
    10
    2.50

    Kenwyne Jones

    Has been in good form recently but today was not his finest performance in a Stoke shirt, however he was seriously isolated as the Potters struggled to create anything to test Hart in the City goal. His frustrating afternoon came to an end five minutes into the second half as he was replaced by Etherington.

  • Jonathan Walters
    7
    6
    2.50

    Jonathan Walters

    A fairly quiet game for the forward, he worked hard down the right hand side with very little reward against Clichy. In fact like most of his team mates he was required in a defensive role more than attacking one throughout the game which limited his impact.

  • Cameron Jerome
    8
    9
    2.50

    Cameron Jerome

    He may have scored a wonder goal against Southampton but today his sights of goal were few and far between and he spent the majority of the game inside his own half supporting Wilkinson. He moved to a more central position in the second half after the withdrawal of Jones but suffered like his team mate had done previously.

Substitutions

  • Dean Whitehead
    6
    5
    3.00

    Dean Whitehead

    Replaced Adam in the 67th minute and joined the other midfielders working hard to close down the City players.

  • Matthew Etherington
    11
    3
    3.00

    Matthew Etherington

    Replaced Jones in the 50th minute and gave his side more width but he was unable to create anything of note for Jerome.

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