City won an important three points at Villa Park, a just reward for a superior performance which demonstrated the gulf in class between the two sides. Here are some individual Player Ratings for your reading pleasure…
Joe Hart – 6
England’s number one put in a strong, capable performance in nets. There were none of the notable errors which have, sadly, been something of a characteristic of his play in recent times. Will have been glad to get a clean sheet under his belt and solidified his place in the starting line up.
Pablo Zabaleta – 7
A typically dynamic performance from our Argentinian hero at right back. Did his usual thing of being terrifying both in defence and attack. Escaped the Villa defence several times to put the ball in the box as per usual. Great guy.
Vincent Kompany – 8
Kompany had a tough midweek game against Roma where he found previously unmapped areas of no man’s land to let Francesco Totti in for the equaliser, but he kept his cool here. Organised the defence well and made several world class interceptions, gliding out of the defence to cut Villa’s counter attacks off at the knees.
Eliaquim Mangala – 6
A composed and competent performance from a man who needed, desperately needed, to put his horrorshow against Hull behind him as soon as possible. Many in the media seem to be wishing the Frenchman to fail but Mangala was completly fine yesterday.
Aleksandar Kolarov – 7
Kolarov looked very good yesterday. His crosses which skim in between the goalkeeper and the defence at pace are a thing of beauty. His ability to hit the ball remarkably hard is always a pleasure to watch. Would have had his first goal of the campaign if not for a timely block from the Villa full back.
Fernandinho – 7
Was looking very good indeed until his unfortunate injury. It looked like a pulled hamstring but we will have to wait and see on that. A real shame as the Brazilian was looking back to his best, chasing down attackers and generally being a massive pain.
Yaya Toure – 6
Scored his first goal of the season – and what a goal it was – but looked tentative throughout the game. The goal should take the edge off the criticism he might otherwise have received for a game which was seasoned with misplaced passes and a lack of his trademark forward drive. Retains the ability to score important goals.
James Milner – 8
Milner was simply excellent, again. Should have his first team place nailed down at this point following another display made up of inventive attacking and tenacious defending. Milner really is a hero.
David Silva – 9
Not much to say, really. Silva is the best and is demonstrating it week after week. I’ve mentioned this before, but his level of performance doesn’t seem to change based on the quality of the opposition. He does his thing regardless of who he’s playing, be it Bayern Munich or Aston Villa. Also a hero.
Edin Dzeko – 6
Had one of those Dzeko days where nothing seemed to work. No doubt he will have been frustrated to be substituted again, but he shouldn’t worry too much as his form this year has been fantastic. He will be back next week, and deservedly so.
Sergio Aguero – 7
Scored one of those pleasing goals where he hit the ball so hard the net was lifted off the floor. Had a generally good afternoon where he always looked to be on the brink of scoring. Hit the post from a position I’d have mortgaged my house and family to bet on him scoring from.
Frank Lampard – 6
Another good looking cameo from our loanee. Maybe should have scored (again). His calm presence was exactly what we needed to stifle Villa in the middle. A great player who we are lucky to have.
Fernando – 7
Every single time he plays the £12 million paid for him looks more and more of a steal. Back from injury and it was like he’d never been away. He must be a nightmare to play against. Allowed Villa no space to operate.
Jesus Navas – 6
Would have liked to have seen him a bit earlier. Always great to watch him turn on the big engines and motor down the line. Didn’t have a huge amount of time, but still did well.
Written by Alex Timperley who is on Twitter