City’s impressive, some may say title-winning, form continued with a 3-2 win away at Swansea. That’s ten wins and a draw in the 11 games since the defeat at Sunderland. We’re averaging three goals a game in the league and the away form has picked up dramatically.
Here are the player ratings for today’s game:
Joe Hart – 7
Flapped horribly at one cross, but overall he looks a damn sight more confident and assured than he did before his extended break. Given no chance on either goal.
Pablo Zabaleta – 7
Pablo never lets us down, does he? He’s become the best and most consistent full-back in the Premier League over the past two seasons, and he showed again today why. Not at his absolute best but he never gives you any less than a 7/10 these days.
Vincent Kompany – 7
Great to have our skipper back playing again. His leadership qualities can’t be underestimated. His return as coincided with a much-improved away record and we’re very lucky to have him.
Matija Nastasic – 8
Silky showing from Nastasic. He was Macini’s last brilliant signing and he will play for years to come. Always looks more assured alongside Kompany (who wouldn’t?) and is showing no signs of the calf injury that has kept him out for a few weeks. Big player for us and a beautiful slide tackler.
Aleksandar Kolarov – 8
Played well again. Kolarov isn’t a great player, and possibly never will be, but credit where it’s due he’s made big strides this season. Took his goal well (even though the ‘keeper really should have saved it) and got forward with good effect all afternoon.
Fernandinho – 9
Another sensational performance from our best new signing and, in my opinion, our finest player so far this season. Those who wondered why Nigel De Jong was a bit-part player and eventually shown the door at the Etihad must now see how incredibly limited the Dutchman was. Fernandinho can tackle, pass, score and run all day, and he’s beginning to look like a snip despite the hefty fee. Got City’s opener and was superb all game.
Yaya Toure – 7
A poor first-half was followed by an important goal and much better performance in the second. Toure continues to divide our fanbase, somewhat. There are those hipster types who like to say he’s lazy and ineffective because it goes against popular opinion, while the majority (me included) see a player who barely gives the ball away and has the strength and drive to carry us up the field.
Jesus Navas – 9 Man of the Match
Navas is growing in confidence all the time, and this was arguably his best showing for us. Tireless running means he never lets us down defensively, whilst his pace and desire to go past defenders keeps teams on the backfoot. He’s a real threat in the majority of games he plays in at the moment and is becoming a big player for City.
Samir Nasri – 8
His excellent season continues. Touch, vision, awareness, appreciation of space – he has it all. Struggled for form so much last season but has turned it around in dramatic fashion. It’s even more important for him to play well when Silva is unavailable, and he showed again today he’s capable of doing that.
Alvaro Negredo – 5
Possibly his worst game in a City shirt. Nothing went right for him and was substituted on the hour mark. His touch and passing just wasn’t there, and he and Dzeko appeared to be taking up similar positions on the pitch. Everyone’s allowed a bad day, especially when you’ve been as good as he has this season.
Edin Dzeko – 7
The first 45 minutes were the best he’s played this season. He held the ball up well, won loads of headers and generally kept us in possession and led from the front. Faded somewhat in the second-half, but was quite rightly left on when Pellegrini decided to bring Javi Garcia on for protection.
Javi Garcia – 7
Came on to make City more solid defensively after going 2-1 up and did well again. A player who may well be sold in the summer, but who is playing better than he has ever done in a City shirt.
James Milner – 7
Brilliant, brilliant man. City’s Mr Reliable showed, once again, just how important he is. Great little cameo from our 12th Man.
Jack Rodwell – Too late to mark
Written by Rob Pollard