City deservedly bowed out of the Capital One Cup last night after a dismal showing against Newcastle who made the trip back to the North East with smiles on their faces. Here is a look at the player ratings for game.
Willy Cabalerro – 4
Arguably at fault for both goals. Got nut-megged for the first and came rushing out for the second. On the other hand, he should not have been put in those situations in the first place. Otherwise, a few good stops in a night to forget for Willy.
Bacary Sagna – 5
A distinctly average performance from the Frenchman. Didn’t have much to do defensively but what he did do wasn’t particularly convincing. Got in some good positions going forward but had a tendency to cut back inside instead of crossing.
Martin Demichelis – 5
Easily the most assured centre-half of the pair on display last night. Not a vintage display but his calmness in possession and experience shone through whilst others around him lost their heads. I, for one, hope he partners Vincent Kompany in this weekend’s Manchester derby.
Eliaquim Mangala – 4
A woeful performance from City’s summer recruit. A nervous performance was epitomised by wayward defensive headers, poor passing and repeatedly getting caught in possession. Mangala clearly needs to time to adapt to English football and he should be given it but it would be wise for Pellegrini to take him out of the limelight this weekend.
Aleksandar Kolarov – 5
Tried to affect things going forward with some typically threatening crosses but invariably no one was there to meet them. Not convincing defensively.
Fernandinho – 5
Like the rest of the midfield a night to forget for the Brazilian. Got caught in possession far too easily which lead to Newcastle’s opener.
Yaya Toure – 5
By no means Yaya’s worst performance in a City shirt but not particularly spectacular. Rather predictably, he was the target of scapegoating from some supporters around me. Withdrawn on the hour mark with the derby in mind, presumably.
David Silva – n/a
Barely kicked a ball before he was taken off injured. An entire fan base will be fretting over his fitness in the build up to the derby.
James Milner – 6
Was perhaps one of City’s brightest sparks going forward but failed to really provide any dangerous deliveries from wide positions.
Stevan Jovetic – 6 (Man of the Match)
One of the few players who tried to be creative and forward thinking in his play. He is a lively player who always looks to bring in others into the game but when others are so lethargic it makes his job increasingly difficult.
Edin Dzeko – 4
A performance from our beloved Bosnian which we, as City supporters, are all too familiar with. It is difficult to think of anything of any consequence that he contributed to the game.
Samir Nasri – 6
A welcome return for the Frenchman who has been sorely missed in recent weeks. Looked lively but was never going to hit the heights of a match fit Nasri. Surely has to be in contention for the derby given the team’s lack of form and Silva’s injury worries.
Jesus Navas – 5
Offered little to change the game and spurned a good chance late on to claw a goal back.
Sergio Aguero – 5
Couldn’t affect the game as he would have liked and got crowded out on a number of occasions.
Written by Rob Toole who is on Twitter