Manchester City picked up a vital three points with a 2-1 win against Swansea on Saturday afternoon. It was a great game and very competitive. City managed to come from behind and showed some real quality at times which will give the players confidence. Here’s a look at the player performances from yesterday.
Joe Hart – 7
Another decent performance in what has been a decent month or so for the England ‘keeper. Made a couple of vital saves and did enough to force Bafetimbi Gomis to shoot wide in the dying embers of the game. Whilst his form has been promising hid distribution continues to let him down.
Pablo Zabaleta – 6
Has struggled to hit the heights of last season for the most part of this season but managed to have more influence in this game, particularly going forward. He still looked vulnerable defensively, at times, but an encouraging display from the Argentine.
Vincent Kompany – 6
An average display from Kompany. Failed to track Bony when Swansea opened the scoring but got better as the game progressed.
Martin Demichelis – 8
An outstanding display from our super calm veteran. His reading of the game is outstanding and for the most part managed to contain the physical threat of Wilfried Bony. Managed to get a vital interception in before setting City on their way to the crucial second goal.
Gael Clichy – 6
A reletivaly uneventful performance from Clichy which, given some of his performances in recent weeks, is a good thing. Almost scored a wonder goal with a long range effort which was tipped onto the post.
Fernandinho – 7
Much better from the Brazilian. A performance which provided a reminder of his outstanding qualities which were displayed last season. Played with energy across midfield and did much of the defensive work. His beautiful back-heel set Toure on his way for the second goal.
Yaya Toure – 7
One of Toure’s better performances this season. Managed to get forward to great effect more frequently and managed to exert his influence on the game. His goal demonstrated all of the attributes that make him such a powerful force going forward. More of the same please, Yaya.
Samir Nasri – 8 (Man of the Match)
An outstanding performance from the Frenchman who seems to have built up some match fitness after recently returning from injury. Full of energy and intricate passing, he was a vital cog in City’s attacking threat. With Silva still on the side lines many City fans were looking for a big performance from Nasri and he delivered.
Jesus Navas – 6
I can’t help but feel we are not seeing best of Navas at the moment. His tendency to cut back inside instead of taking on his full back is starting to become frustrating. That said, his low powerful cross which set up Jovetic for the first goal was a turning point.
Stevan Jovetic – 6
A much needed goal for the Montenegrin who has looked short on confidence in recent weeks. He could really do with a run in the team to build up some momentum. We can’t expect to the see the best of him when his time at the club has been so frequently punctuated by injuries. With Dzeko on the side lines this could be a great opportunity for him.
Sergio Aguero – 7
A relatively quiet display from the talismanic striker. That said, every time he gets the ball you sense that something is going to happen and he clearly strikes fear into the opposition. There were a number moments yesterday where he would have been wiser to pass the ball as he was often crowded out by Swansea players.
Frank Lampard – 6
An excellent player to bring on in a game like this. Does not panic in possession and invariably finds his intended target with his passing. A beautiful lofted through ball put Aguero through on goal but unfortunately the striker couldn’t quite finish the move off.
James Milner – 6
Came into the game when City were in control of the game. He gave renewed energy to the midfield which was vital as City had to work hard for the three points.
Fernando – too late to mark
Written by Rob Toole who is on Twitter