MANCHESTER CITY 3-1 WEST BROM
Goals from three Argentines—Pablo Zabaleta, Sergio Aguero and Martin Demichelis—were the difference as Manchester City grabbed all three points against West Brom on Monday evening, with Graham Dorrans getting a sublime consolation for the visitors.
There was not all good news for City, however, with David Silva stretchered off in the second half after suffering what could be a serious right ankle injury.
Below are our immediate ratings and analysis from the Etihad Stadium.
|Player||HT Rating||FT Rating|
First half analysis
Joe Hart: Could do little for Graham Dorrans' goal, but could perhaps have been a bit cleaner with some of his other duties.
Pablo Zabaleta: Got his team off to the start they needed with the game's opening goal, and remained a key attacking presence as the half went on.
Vincent Kompany: Made some key defensive contributions but looked less imperious than usual.
Martin Demichelis: Booked for a clumsy challenge early in the half, but made up for that with City's third goal
Gael Clichy: Less impactful than Zabaleta, and occasionally struggled as West Brom enjoyed some dangerous positions down City's left
Javi Garcia: Reasonably solid, but clearly no replacement for Yaya Toure.
Fernandinho: Encouraged to go forward more, the Brazilian helped create a number of good openings for City.
Samir Nasri: Guile and workrate on show as the Frenchman dovetailed nicely with those around him.
David Silva: Clever on the ball as always, the Spaniard perhaps did not quite get the tangible rewards he deserved.
Edin Dzeko: Put himself about well but could perhaps have been more selfless in and around the area.
Sergio Aguero: Looks like he might be back to full match sharpness. His goal was a thing of beauty.
Second half analysis
Joe Hart: Had little to do, although he made a number of decent saves from the Baggies' occasional threats at goal.
Pablo Zabaleta: Sat a little deeper, perhaps, but remained comfortable throughout.
Vincent Kompany: Struggled a bit following the introduction of the physical Victor Anichebe, but he and City never really looked like conceding.
Martin Demichelis: Grow more and more secure as the game went on.
Gael Clichy: Did a better job of securing the left flank, while occasionally helping further up the pitch.
Javi Garcia: Was disciplined without being that impressive.
Fernandinho: Curbed his attacking instincts as the game went on and not conceding became more of a priority than scoring another.
Samir Nasri: Continued to impress with his creativity around the box, arguably earning man of the match considering the early departures of both Aguero and Silva.
David Silva: Appeared to suffer a serious injury in an innocuous-looking challenge, throwing his World Cup hopes into doubt. City fans will wait anxiously on news.
Edin Dzeko: Again, his failure to get on the scoresheet underlined the fact it wasn't quite his night.
Sergio Aguero: Withdrawn around the hour-mark, having seemingly suffered a slight foot problem moments before. Again, another to watch out for.