Manchester City continued their unbeaten start to the 2015-16 campaign as Joe Hart kept a 5th consecutive clean sheet when they beat Crystal Palace by a solitary goal at the Selhurst Park. Kelechi Iheanacho scored a late winner for the Manchester Club as they flicked all three points from a game that was equally poised.
This article contains the player ratings for the Crystal Palace and Manchester City game.
A McCarthy (3): Could have done better with Nasri’s shot as the rebound ended in the back of the net from Iheanacho. Was busy throughout the game but was sharp with his skills.
B Hangeland (2.5): Had a good game until the last minute when he was caught napping by Iheanacho who scored with delight.
M Kelly (2.5): Was not a bad display from the wing back but showed some nerves when the City players got into life late in the game.
P Souare (3): A solid defensive display against the likes of Jesus Navas on the flank. Also provided some crunch crosses which Palace failed to convert.
S Dann (3): Should have been sent off for a rash tackle on Aguero but was quite effective for the rest of the game.
B Sako (2.5): Struggled to come into life in the middle of the park. Was substituted in the second half.
J Puncheon (2.5): Was careless with the ball as he misplaced many passes in the first half. A better second half almost saw him score with a rocket of a header.
Y Bolasie (3.5): Started the game brightly causing all sorts of troubles for the City back four. But his authority on the game slowly faded away as the game went on.
J McArthur (3): Was calm and composed sitting in front of the Palace back four. Was also neat in his distribution to set his team forward on attacks.
W Zaha (2.5): Made good use of the ball when at feet but often let his team down by staying in an offside position which ended some promising moves.
Y Cabaye (3): Could not provide a direct threat to the City’s goal but was a big influence in the middle of the park for the hosts.
Chung-Yong Lee (3): Replaced Puncheon with less than 10 minutes to go.
M Jedinak (3): Played only the last 10 minutes but showed glimpses of his skill with the ball.
D Gayle (3): Played only the second half and hardly found any joy with City dominating most of the possession.
Joe Hart (3): Denied Puncheon from close range with an excellent save. Was not too busy thanks to a solid performance from the City’s back four.
B Sagna (2.5): Was troubled by Bolasie in the first half of the game but was good in the second half of the game.
A Kolarov (2): An off day for him as he looked lethargic in defense and at times uninterested in the attack. Lucky to have not been punished for his performance by Palace.
E Mangala (3): A strong and solid performance helping the Manchester Club register its 5th clean sheet in as many games.
V Kompany (3): The Belgian was once again smart and solid in front of goal as he reduced the Palace threat to a minimum.
Y Toure (2.5): Not a great day for Toure as he was off color in the first half of the game. Seemed to have found his range in the second half but overall was not too impressive.
Jesus Navas (3): Missed an open goal from less than 10 yards out. But often provided an attacking option down the right flank.
Fernandinho (3): Another solid defensive performance by the Brazilian. Also looked to make things happen with the ball at his feet.
S Nasri (3.5): Provided a lot of momentum to the City’s game as he pulled the defenses out wide for Bony and company. Was bright on the ball and with full of ideas in front of goal.
S Aguero (3): The Argentine cut short his night after Scott Dann left his mark on him with a reckless challenge in the first half.
M Demichelis (3): Played only 2 minutes of the game and had almost no impact on the game.
K de Bruyne (3): Making his debut for the club, de Bruyne looked at ease around his teammates and looked to make things happen when in position.
K Iheanacho (3): The youngster came on as a substitute with less than 5 minutes left but capped off his debut with a late winner fot his club. Not a day that he will forget in a hurry.