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West Brom 0-4 Manchester City: Player Ratings

Claudio Bravo – 7
The keeper took one goal kick in the first half but barring that his involvement was largely as a go to for retaining possession. Even in a second half in which West Brom grew into the game he was never troubled, the bulk of his work being done with his feet once again.

Aleksandar Kolarov – 6
One poor decision in the first half when trying to shepherd a ball out for a goal kick and not managing to, aside from that there were good cross field balls and also a good level of fluidity with his positioning, often coming into the centre with Stones drifting wide. Continues to commit silly fouls, one which led to a booking and another to an avoidable set piece.

Nicolas Otamendi – 7
After an erratic second half at Old Trafford, Rondon looked like the sort of striker that could really give the bearded one some problems. Otamendi dealt with his threat well throughout a first half in which the WBA striker resorted to needless shoves. Much better composure in the second half saw him stay on his feet for the most part and saw out a really good defensive display to get the clean sheet.

John Stones – 7
Solid at the back throughout the first half, never really had much to do in that respect with Fernandinho in front and Fernando wide of him but used the ball wisely and effectively. Missed an absolute sitter, far easier than at the Nou Camp, too. Some important clearances in the second half when West Brom were beginning to get into the game, always looked in charge of the situation and worked well with Fernandinho to see things through. Went down late on but carried on, hopefully it’s just a minor knock.

Fernando – 7
Looked comfortable out at right back, pushing up far further than that in reality. Was useful driving forward and overlapping Raheem and gave the ball at the right time. His positioning was good as was his defending in 1v1 situations out wide. Booked for a foul on Maclean in the second half when the winger was starting to get the better of him. A solid display out wide for him in which a clean sheet was gained.

Fernandinho – 9
Worked really hard at the base of midfield with everything going through him. Was allowed space enough to move forwards and play a couple of decent through balls in a first half that he completely dictated. Always in the right place to snuff out West Brom’s counters, absolutely dominant. His strong performance carried on in the second half where he seemlessly slotted into the backline whenever The Baggies were on the attack. It was brilliant to see once again how calm he is on the ball and the amount of time he seems to generate for himself to make a passing decision.

Ilkay Gundogan – 9
A little anonymous early on and played a really loose pass when a better one could’ve had a sight at goal but then he exploded. Playing just behind Sergio it appeared, he did really well to break forwards and play a lovely ball for Kun to run onto and slam in the first goal. As the blues dominated from the whistle again in the second half he was fantastic in possession, he did quieten down as the second half drew on until Kun repaid the assist favour to put him in as he slotted neatly past Foster for the 3rd and ran onto a wonderful KDB cross to finish first time for the 4th.

Nolito – 7
A fiery little Latin man that just seems determined to get himself into plenty of trouble for absolutely no reason whatsoever. Reacted badly to a foul and was subsequently booked. Useful going forwards as always, linking up well with Silva down the left. Had the ball in the net but ruled out for offside. Determined to block everyones shots in the second half, shame they were City efforts! Taken off after an hour for KDB.

David Silva – 8
Took a knock in the first half but didn’t let that get in the way of a fine first half. Really led the side well, putting himself into tackles as well as moving the play around well alongside Fernandinho and Gundogan. Excellent at the start of the second half when he was able to glide around alongside Gundogan but also dug in well when West Brom started to show more of themselves after a few tactical changes.

Raheem Sterling – 7
Looks so much better down the right hand side, he was playing like a really dangerous Navas for the first 20 minutes and managed to get away a fantastic left foot volley that Foster pushed wide. Never really had a clean sight at goal and frustrated himself with a few wild efforts in the box, didn’t really seem like his day but contributed well in attacking moves.

Sergio Aguero – 9.5 (Man of the Match)
Provided the gold dust that really brought this game into life after dragging a 30 yard speculative effort wide early on. An absolutely clinical finish when put through by Gundogan, shooting across the keeper, was followed up by a rocket into the top corner which would’ve beaten any keeper in the world. His assist for Gundogan was fantastic as he showed brilliant vision to clip the ball to the German to set him in on goal after creating the space for the midfielder to find himself behind the defensive backline. Another first time, volleyed ball out wide to KDB started the move for the fourth goal, involved in everything that resulted in a goal and just looked dynamic and fresh all game.

Subs:

Kevin De Bruyne – 7.5
On for Nolito and had an impact down the left hand side straight away as he stretched the home sides defence again following a period of dominance. He was able to come inside, interchanging with Silva and contributing that way but his best work was out wide where he played in a few dangerous crosses and also laid on the brilliant assist for Gundogan, rolling the ball across the 6 yard box calmly for the fourth.

Jesus Navas – N/A
On for Sterling, no real involvement.

Aleix Garcia – N/A
On for Silva, too late to mark.

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