Manchester City returned to winning ways at Selhurst Park this afternoon, after a disappointing 1-1 draw against Middlesbrough two weeks ago. Yaya Touré opened the scoring towards the end of the first half, but City were pegged back when Connor Wickham’s effort caught Claudio Bravo out at his near post. Thankfully, Yaya was a man on a mission, and sealed the three points in the 82nd minute, turning in Kevin De Bruyne’s well-worked corner. Let’s take a look at how the individual players performed:
Claudio Bravo – 6
Made a crucial save from a Christian Benteke header but was beaten at his near post far too easily for Connor Wickham’s equaliser. Another error from the Chilean.
Bacary Sagna – 7
Played well throughout the game, looking comfortable at both right-back and centre-back after seven games out injured.
Vincent Kompany – 6
Another game, another injury for Vincent Kompany. The City skipper looks finished, unable to complete a full competitive game. Looked okay in the opening half hour, but didn’t give much to judge on.
Nicolas Otamendi – 7
A good performance from Nico, forming a decent partnership with Sagna. Dealt well with Benteke’s physicality.
Aleksandar Kolarov – 6.5
Recovered well after Wilfried Zaha gave him a tough time in the opening 25 minutes. Unlucky not to score in the second half from a well rehearsed set piece.
Fernandinho – 7.5
Restored to last-season’s role as a midfield enforcer, Fernandinho broke up the play superbly, and was something of an unsung hero today.
Yaya Touré – 9 (Man of the Match)
Well, what can I say about this man? Making his first start since August, Yaya was absolutely brilliant. Not only did he put in more effort than we’ve seen from him in the past couple of years, but he scored both of City’s goals to hand Pep Guardiola’s men a vital three points. Welcome back, big man.
Raheem Sterling – 7.5
Despite being unable to affect the action in the final third, Raheem played well today. He showed glimpses of real quality, giving the Palace left-back a torrid afternoon.
Kevin De Bruyne – 8.5
He would have been Man of the Match if Yaya hadn’t scored the winner. A typically excellent performance from KDB, providing the creative spark needed to win a game like this. His delivery from the wide areas and set-pieces was superb, and could have grabbed himself a hatful of assists if the men in front of him were in better form.
Nolito – 7
A mixed bag from Nolito today. He struggled in possession of the ball, failing to get the better of his man on a number of occasions, but he played an excellent one-two with Yaya Touré to provide the assist for the opener.
Sergio Aguero – 6.5
A frustrating game for Kun. He cut an isolated figure as the lone striker, snatching at the majority of his chances in the process. However, he was very unlucky not to turn home De Bruyne’s fantastic cross, as Wayne Hennessey made a superb save which was then cleared off the line. Not his day, today.
Pablo Zabaleta – 6
Replaced Vincent Kompany mid-way through the first half and did well, generally. However, his defending for Palace’s equaliser was unacceptable, letting Connor Wickham get his shot away far too easily. No harm done, in the end.
David Silva – 7
Replaced Nolito after 66 minutes and definitely made an impact. City looked much more incisive in the final third after his introduction. A decent cameo from Dave.
Fernando – N/A
Replaced Sergio Aguero after 85 minutes. No time to mark.
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