Manchester City 2-1 Swansea City: Player Ratings, Yaya Toure saves the blushes for Pellegrini
Manchester City after a thumping victory in the Champions League came into the Barclays Premier League to face Swansea City who were without a manager. City lost their last Premier League game and was eager to start on the front foot. They survived a scare in the final minutes to take all three points thanks to an injury time winner from Yaya Toure.
Swansea City will be gutted losing all three points and will hope they can change the flow of unfavorable results in recent times. Here are the player ratings for this game.
Joe Hart (3.5): One of the major reasons why City took all three points from the game. Hart was in top form making a number of saves to hand his team all three points.
E Mangala (2): Was caught out of position a number of times and was at fault for Swansea’s goal in the dying minutes.
B Sagna (3): Did pretty well to deal with the pace of Routledge on the flank but hardly provided any support in attacks.
N Otamendi (3): A more assured performance than his partner, Otamendi did well to read the game and also made a number of key interceptions.
G Clichy (2.5): Hardly made any runs forward and was also caught out on the flank at times but did well to recover without any damage.
Fernandinho (3): An important figure in the middle of the park for City as he broke up play pretty well and also kept the ball moving.
Silva (2.5): Was not at his best playing his second game in 5 days. Looked devoid of ideas and was often stranded alone up front.
Jesus Navas (3): Was confident in possession and troubled the Swansea defense with his pace. His delivery from the corner gave Bony his first goal.
R Sterling (2): Hardly made any impact on the flank as he was left frustrated and was replaced at half-time.
Y Toure (3.5): Scored the winner thanks to a deflection but was generally bright in possession and looked like making things happen whenever on the ball.
W Bony (3): Was not provided enough service up front but was always mobile trying to cut through the Swansea defense. Did well to score the first goal for City.
F Delph (3)
K de Bruyne (3)
K Iheanacho (3)
L Fabianski (2.5): Hardly had to make any saves on the night and had no chance to stop either of the City goals.
Angel Rangel (3): Stuck to his task pretty well not allowing City any space down his flank.
N Taylor (2.5): Was caught out by Navas more than once and also gave away the corner that led to the opening goal.
F Fernandez (3): Rock solid in defense as he was there every time the Swans needed him. Also picked up Gomis with a beautiful ball for the late equalizer for Swansea.
A Williams (2.5): Was at fault for Bony’s header that gave City the lead. But otherwise was a strong presence at the back for the visitors.
J Cork (3): Did exceptionally well at times to break up City’s play and also provided some great balls up front for his attackers.
Sung-Yong Ki (3): Was full of running and energy on the night as he put City under pressure and also built up possession for his side.
W Routledge (3.5): His pace troubled the City back line all night as he set up chances for his team and almost scored twice only to be denied by an athletic Joe Hart.
L Britton (3): Was disciplined in possession but needed to do a lot more up front to give his side a chance against the Citizens.
G Sigurdsson (3): Was one of the most creative players on the field as he created a number of chances and also played some great balls for his attacking players.
A Ayew (2.5): Was not comfortable on the ball as his team needed a lot more from him for victory. His energy off the ball was commendable.
M Barrow (3)
J Montero (2.5)
B Gomis (3): Was lively as soon as he came onto the field in the 83rd minute before finally pulling out a goal to give his side a chance in the late stages.
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