Pulled out a good save to stop Agbonlahor from giving Alex McLeish's side the lead just after the 11th minute and met every crossed ball confidently. Could do little to keep out Warnock's strike from point blank range.
Was out-muscled by Agbonlahor on the 11th minute and was incredibly fortunate not to see his side concede as a result. Looked shaky all day in the face of Villa's pace and was fortunate to have the assured Kompany alongside him
Was vocal at the back, directing his fellow defenders and proving dominant in the air against the powerful Heskey. Took his headed goal typically well and was pretty much unshakeable for the full 90 minutes.
Had a largely quiet first half at the Etihad Stadium as City looked to make the most of the right wing but did well defensively throughout, tracking Agbonlahor and dealing with Heskey's physicality manfully.
Spent the afternoon marauding up the right flank, adding an extra attacking element to City’s play and linking up brilliantly with Johnson. A little wasteful with a couple of crosses but a dynamic showing from the right back. Are you watching Fabio?
N. de Jong
Typically tenacious in the centre of the park, the Dutchman looked to dominate former City star Ireland, not giving the midfielder an inch. Provided the brawn as those around him attacked at will,.
The diminutive winger scored a stunner away to Blackburn last time out for City and is looking to be at full confidence. Started well and didn't let his performance drop, causing Warnock a host of problems. Contributed in all of City's strikes and took his goal very well. A fantastic showing from the winger
Nearly scored with the cheekiest of flicks shortly after the quarter of an hour mark and was unfortunate to see it graze the post. Had licence to go forward and ate up the ground with some incisive running. Deserved his second-half goal, which was an absolute stunner.
Kept it neat and tidy deep in midfield, cautious with his passing but solid all the same, forcing the Villans out wide. Never stopped running in a workmanlike, if not extravagant showing.
The Ivorian has looked a little sluggish in recent weeks but is getting closer to his powerful best in the heart of midfield, seemingly enjoying an opportunity to push forward with both Silva and Nasri absent.
Was trusted with leading the line on his own after an impressive performance against Blackburn and was a constant menace for the Villa defence. Scuffed an effort on the 15th minute when he really should've done better but atoned with a bicycle kick to give City the lead.
The former City man opted to stay on his line when it came to high balls into the box but was lively off it when required. Quelled City's first attack but getting out quickly and collecting the ball from Johnson. Pulled out a magnificent stop to keep Balotelli's curling effort out and could hardly be blamed for the poor defending ahead of him.
The former Liverpool man was given the unenviable task of keeping Johnson quiet and was turned on a couple of occasions early on before committing a horrendous error by struggling to clear Toure's high ball as City scored their second. Redeemed himself somewhat with a 65th minute goal, but the damage had been done.
Stuck to his task in defence and looked reluctant to get forward down the right. Moved inside on occasion to help Dunne in the centre of defence and was committed throughout. A solid showing.
The youngster pulled out a sublime tackle shortly after the 20th minute when it needed to be inch perfect in the area and looked confident despite City's fine attacking options. Never gave up and carried on chasing the hosts down right until the final whistle.
One of three Villa players returning to their former club and dealt with Balotelli valiantly for much of the game but was nowhere to be seen on set-pieces, as evidenced by the Italian's opener. An unhappy return for the former Blues captain.
Struggled to assert himself on the game for large portions and was a passenger in the second half, as he and the rest of his side collapsed.
Ireland returned to Eastlands hoping to shine but was kept under close watch by De Jong and did little to trouble his former employers as the game passed him by. Was substituted to a standing ovation in the second half but it was more a showing of kindness from the home fans than anything else.
Was utilised on left of the visitors' midfield and looked a little out of place, struggling to contain Richards, and generally looking behind the play. Moved over to the right following N'Zogbia's introduction and improved, putting in the cross from which Warnock scored
Spearheaded the Aston Villa attack with plenty of energy and looked to create gaps between Kompany and Lescott but was left frustrated by some poor attempted link-up play in the Villa midfield.
Villa's most potent attacking threat, using his pace to cause City a number of problems but should have given his side the lead on the 11th minute, wasting a gilt-edged chance after overcoming in the visitor's half Lescott.
Looked very sharp in the opening exchanges, proving to be a willing runner down the right-hand channel as Agbonlahor moved in-field. Had less of an impact and tired as the game went on and was substituted on the hour mark.
- C. Pantilimon
Replaced Richards but had very little to do in truth, with the game largely played out in the Villa half for much of the second 45 minutes.
- 13 A. Kolarov
Came on late to a rapturous reception as City saw out the game.
Showed some lovely touches following his introduction in the second half and should've scored a fifth for City with 10 minutes left.
- 19 S. Nasri
- 10 E. Džeko
- 22 B. Guzan
- 24 Carlos Cuéllar
The former Wigan man came on and moved well but had little chance to shine as City dominated possession.
Had little impact off the bench as the home side ran rings around the Villains midfield in the game's closing stages at the Etihad Stadium.
Replaced Emile Heskey shortly before City made it 3-1 and despite looking willing to give his defenders an option, the young Scot never really gained a foothold in the game.
- 31 C. Herd
- 26 A. Weimann