PLAYER RATINGS: West Brom 2-3 Manchester City

City picked up only their second Premier League away win of the season last night with a 2-3 win over West Brom. Here is a look at the player performances.

Costel Pantilimon – 6

He’s never going to be a world class ‘keeper but appears to be the best option City have at the moment. Got himself on the score sheet for a bizarre own goal and was let down by his defence for West Brom’s second. Much like Joe Hart, his distribution can, at times, let him down, but will be growing in confidence with each passing game.

Pablo Zabaleta – 7

Consistency is one of Pablo’s strengths and that was demonstrated against West Brom. A typically robust defensive performance mixed with good attacking play down the right. A lovely assist for Aguero’s opener. Him and Navas are really beginning to understand one another when going forward.

Vincent Kompany – 7

A solid return for the club captain. City look immeasurably more comfortable with him on the pitch and everyone connected with the club will be hoping his injury troubles are behind him. A couple of great sliding challenges reminded everyone what City have been missing.

Martin Demichelis – 6

Despite being generally solid since his arrival in Manchester, this was not a great performance from the Argentine. He was turned inside out by Anichebe for West Brom’s second, and his lack of pace was exposed at times. He reads the game well, though, and is a talker – just what City need, particularly if Kompany is out.

Aleksandar Kolarov – 7

A decent performance from the left back. He attacked well, got an assist and earned City a penalty for the third goal. His crossing has improved a lot since last season and it is paying dividends. One of his best games this season.

Fernandinho – 8 (Man of the Match)

Has made the holding midfield role his own after showing great quality so far this season. His engine means City move the ball more quickly though midfield and he protects the back four well. The odd time he gives the ball away, he wins it back. Quick, determined, great tackler and an eye for a pass. Great signing.

Yaya Toure – 8

A beautifully taken first goal and a tidy penalty capped another top performance from the Ivorian. His influence on the team is huge and so much of the play goes through him.

Samir Nasri – 8

His performances have taken the sting out of David Silva’s absence in recent weeks. Always on the front foot and quick on the ball, it seems as if City fans are finally seeing why all that money was spent on him back in 2011. Two great feet and full of confidence. Been City’s best player in recent weeks.

Jesus Navas – 7

He was bought for games exactly like this. Adds a different dimension to City’s play and enables lightning quick counter attacks which his pace. Playing with confidence after some decent performances recently. He was still full of energy in the final minutes when other City players had switched off.

Edin Dzeko – 6

Had an excellent first half with good passing and movement that saw him get into dangerous positions. Beautifully teed up Zabaleta to cross for Aguero’s opener but fell apart in the second half in which he was all but anonymous. Gave the ball away countless times and looked uncomfortable in possession.

Sergio Aguero – 8

It’s hard to write about Aguero without repeating yourself, such is his excellent form this season. He is so dangerous it almost feels inevitable that he will score in each game he plays.

Subs

James Milner – 7

Brought on to give Aguero a rest ahead of the weekend and fitted in well as City saw the game out.

Javi Garcia – 6

Slotted in seamlessly with the game won at 0-3.

Jack Rodwell – N/A

Too late to mark but positive that he is fit and ready for selection. Hopefully will be given a chance to impress during the busy December period.

Written by Robert Toole and Rob Pollard

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