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Played
March 4, 2013 8:00 PM GMT
Villa Park — Birmingham
Referee:‬ M. Dean‎
Attendance:‬ 33217‎
 
 
Carlos Tévez 45+1′
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Aston Villa 0-1 Manchester City

Carlos Tevez put in a man-of-the-match display as the Premier League champions closed the gap on Manchester United with a narrow but deserved victory at Villa Park

By Sam Lee at Villa Park

  • Bradley Guzan
    16
    3
    4.00

    Bradley Guzan

    Made some terrific saves from Milner, Zabaleta, Tevez and Dzeko with the game goalless.

  • Ciaran Clark
    9
    11
    1.50

    Ciaran Clark Flop of the Match

    Vital slip caused the opening goal, but made a good block from Dzeko after the break. Decent display, but did cost his team with an untimely slip.

  • Joseph Bennett
    4
    3
    2.50

    Joseph Bennett

    A quiet performance. Often overran in the first half when Yaya and Silva came down his side. A couple of decent crosses from the by-line and deep.

  • Nathan Baker
    3
    3
    2.50

    Nathan Baker

    Performed solidly alongside Clark, particularly in the air, but was troubled, understandably, by Tevez's varied attacks.

  • Matthew Lowton
    7
    3
    3.00

    Matthew Lowton

    Solid display on the whole. Made a great tackle on Tevez early and denied the Argentine on the line after the break. Flashed a fierce effort just wide, made some good interceptions.

  • Charles N'Zogbia
    2
    9
    1.50

    Charles N'Zogbia

    Another disappointing display. Nowhere near enough influence considering his station behind Benteke.

  • Ashley Westwood
    2
    5
    2.00

    Ashley Westwood

    Did very little in the middle. Overran by Yaya when he was in the mood, and outmanoeuvred by Javi Garcia.

  • Fabian Delph
    5
    6
    2.00

    Fabian Delph

    Some good touches and decent in possession, but seemed reluctant to play the killer pass. Booked late on and will miss crunch game against Reading.

  • Gabriel Agbonlahor
    11
    5
    3.00

    Gabriel Agbonlahor

    Caused Zabaleta some problems with his pace but, as ever, threatened with little else.

  • C. Benteke
    28
    2
    3.00

    C. Benteke

    Caused all sorts of problems for City, both in the air and on the rare occasions he was given the ball on the ground.

  • Andreas Weimann
    12
    5
    3.00

    Andreas Weimann

    Intelligent movement and maintenance of possession, but lacking the spark he has had to show so often this season.

Substitutions

  • Karim El Ahmadi
    7
    5
    2.00

    Karim El Ahmadi

    Made no impact as late sub.

  • Brett Holman
    5
    4
    2.00

    Brett Holman

    Came on for N'Zogbia but fared no better than his departed team-mate. Made a few neat passes but nothing to write home about.

  • Simon Dawkins
    2
    6
    2.00

    Simon Dawkins

    No time to make an impact after coming on late in the piece.

  • Joe Hart
    11
    12
    2.50

    Joe Hart

    Looked shaky early on with a poor punch, but had little else to do.

  • Pablo Zabaleta
    30
    4
    3.50

    Pablo Zabaleta

    Troubled by the pace of Agbonlahor but shone going forward. Almost opened the scoring but for a fine save, and often got in dangerous positions.

  • Gael Clichy
    10
    13
    2.50

    Gael Clichy

    Did a reasonable job without every really excelling either defensively or going forward.

  • Kolo Toure
    33
    7
    3.50

    Kolo Toure

    Solid display at the back. Troubled by the physicality of Benteke early on but grew into the battle. Quick across the ground and good in the tackle.

  • Matija Nastasic
    48
    11
    3.50

    Matija Nastasic

    Read game well, cut out a couple of promising Villa counter-attacks and won some important headers.

  • James Milner
    18
    11
    3.00

    James Milner

    Gradually got his shots closer to the target as the match wore on. Provided an option on the left on midfield, filled in at left-back and in the middle, but without any great effect.

  • Javi García
    18
    9
    2.50

    Javi García

    Easily outpaced when isolated, but able to quietly make his passes when given space. Missed a good chance late on when free at a corner. Typical water-carrying performance.

  • Jack Rodwell
    20
    18
    1.50

    Jack Rodwell

    Did little before being withdrawn early with an injury.

  • David Silva
    17
    13
    2.50

    David Silva

    Showed glimpses of his best form when given the opportunity to wriggle out of challenges, but, one late pass aside, looked incapable of producing his trademark through-balls.

  • Yaya Touré
    25
    11
    2.50

    Yaya Touré

    Like Silva, showed flashes of the form that made him the premier midfielder in the division last season. Strong running on a couple of occasions but nothing too impressive.

  • Carlos Tévez
    60
    18
    4.00

    Carlos Tévez Top of the Match

    The best player on the pitch. Showed the great ball control that, when combined with his terrier spirit, makes him such a dangerous opponent. Scored a brilliant opener and went very close to an even better second. Bafflingly substituted.

Substitutions

  • Samir Nasri
    20
    25
    2.50

    Samir Nasri

    Came on for Tevez and did a solid job of keeping possession without ever troubling the Villa defence.

  • Gareth Barry
    11
    15
    1.00

    Gareth Barry

    Came on for a token boo but had no time to do anything.

  • Edin Dzeko
    71
    7
    3.00

    Edin Dzeko

    Involved in the build-up to Tevez's goal, by fair means or foul, and became the main point of attack after the Argentine's withdrawal.

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