Manchester City came away from Hull with three points after being worked hard for the win. Goals from Sergio Aguero, Edin Dzeko (2) and Frank Lampard sealed the win meaning that City move up to third in the League five points behind leaders Chelsea. Here’s a look at the player ratings.
Willy Caballero – 6
Despite conceding two goals this was a fairly solid Premier League debut for the Argentine stopper. Couldn’t have prevented the own goal and a penalty is always a lottery. His distribution looks good and expect him to have a run in the team.
Pablo Zabaleta – 7
An excellent performance which was capped with two assists. Both the header to set up Aguero for the opener and his pull back for Lampard’s goal demonstrated decisiveness, awareness and skill. Equally as solid defensively.
Vincent Kompany – 7
A solid and commanding performance from the Captain. Was able to get forward on occasions and barely allowed Hull any serious attempts on goal.
Eliaquim Mangala – 5
Something of a wakeup call for the Frenchmen. A disastrous ten minute spell where he scored an own goal and conceded the penalty which allowed Hull back into the game seemed to knock his confidence. His outstanding debut against Chelsea perhaps raised expectations too much but getting a performance like this out of the way early in his City career will hopefully benefit him in the long term.
Gael Clichy – 6
Not a great performance. Was beaten by Rosenior far too easily on the left which led to Hull’s opener and offered little to nothing going forward.
Fernandinho – 6
A solid if not spectacular performance from the Brazilian. Was lively and got into the faces of the Hull midfield. Can’t help but think that Fernando would have been a better option for this game had he been fit to give the back better protection to the back four, especially given Mangala’s woes.
Yaya Toure – 7
The recent criticism of Toure has been rather over the top but his performance against Hull suggested his form is on an upward trajectory. Was at the centre of a lot of City’s offensive play and was unfortunate not to score from a thunderous long range effort which hit the post.
David Silva – 7
A typically top performance and City’s most potent attacking threat. Was most effective when deployed in the number 10 role in the second half as Manuel Pellegrini switched the formation. Set up Dzeko for the crucial third goal as well as his first goal. If anything, he tried to over-elaborate on a few occasions where a shot would have been a better option.
James Milner – 6
Industrious as ever but didn’t quite hit the heights of last weekend against Chelsea. Had a number of great chances to make the final parts of the game more comfortable but skied every effort. More shooting practice may be required.
Sergio Aguero – 7
A blistering start to the game where he looked unplayable. Wonderful instinct to finish for his goal as he didn’t even look to see where the goal was. Almost had another which went just wide as City ran riot.
Edin Dzeko – 8 (Man of the Match)
Another excellent performance from the Bosnian centre forward. In addition to his two excellent goals his work rate was admirable and his hold up play has improved no end. He is evidently relishing his starting berth in the team and is playing with confidence.
Jesus Navas – 6
Added pace to the attacking threat as City chased the third goal. Offers the team another dimension and had the desired effect.
Frank Lampard – 7
Another great cameo for the loanee. Made the last few minutes comfortable as he slotted home his fourth goal in three games. Brought solidity to the midfield after Fernandinho was withdrawn.
Martin Demichelis – 6
Helped City see out the game relatively comfortably.
Written by Rob Toole who is on Twitter