Virtually untroubled by Stoke's attack in the first half but was culpable for Diouf's goal, letting the strike slip through his legs in an ungainly fashion. A far from impressive effort from the England international.
Enjoyed the physical battle with Crouch but was left completely for dead by Diouf for the striker's superb goal, and looked decidedly shaky after that.
In for Pablo Zabaleta to make his competitive home debut and while he was solid defensively, City seemed to miss the attacking option that Zabaleta provides on the right flank. Sagna may take time to prove a substitute for the Argentine's industry.
Troubled by Diouf in the first half and his delivery in the final third left much to be desired. Did his chances of a regular spot no help whatsoever.
His distribution from the back was poor and when the Stoke attackers had him turning he looked far from comfortable.
Drifted in from the flank but was heading into an area of the pitch that was already overpopulated and as such he had next to no room to by City's creative influence.
Was dispossessed just after the half-hour mark and seemed to take a knock to the thigh in the process, limping off to be replaced by Fernandinho.
Drifted in and out of the match in the first half but, in truth, was nowhere near as influential as he needed to be and was replaced by Navas in the second half.
Played as one of the two holding midfielders and still looks a little way off the player who inspired City to the title last season. His passing was a touch slow and overall he could not drive City forward.
Recovered from an early injury scare to be City's most industrious player. Some superb skill set up a chance that Toure should have converted.
The hero on Monday night versus Liverpool but barely found a sniff of a chance here and was hastily replaced by Dzeko in the second half.
Made smart stops from Nasri and Toure either side of half-time but was not truly tested beyond those two routine saves.
Dealt with the threat of Nasri and Sagna extremely well and City were unable to get any joy in his flank.
Alongside Shawcross, dealt with every City threat with ease and, despite a late penalty scare involving Toure, barely put a foot wrong.
A superb display from the Stoke captain, clearing everything that came into his path, while keeping the rest of his back four superbly organised.
Bamboozled by Aguero on the stroke of half-time but, other than that, would have been surprised by how straightforward his afternoon was, with Silva drifting inside so often, allowing him the time to cover effectively.
The lanky midfielder provided excellent protection to his two centre-backs and remained disciplined, refusing to allow Silva and Aguero any space in which to operate.
His battle with Sagna was an interesting one and, although he never looked to have the beating of the former Arsenal full-back, his diligence defensively neutered City’s threat on the right.
He and N'Zonzi form a useful pairing, with Whelan in particular absolutely aware of his role to offer support to his defence, and he did so impressively.
Adopted a role just behind Crouch but could not get into the game and was replaced at half-time by Odemwingie.
The scorer of a quite brilliant goal, showing pace and power to left Kompany for dead and drive his shot under the body of Joe Hart. Rewarded for an excellent all-round display and was inches away from a second.
Looked to give Kompany as difficult a time as possible and, apart from one or two neat touches, was bettered much of the time by the City captain.
Came on for the injured Fernando but his forward passes all too often didn't find their intended target.
Came on for the second half but, after an initial lift, was unable to turn the match around.
Replaced Jovetic but, a looping header that went over aside, his touch and control weren't tight enough inside the area.