Manchester City regained their eight point lead at the top of the table after a hard fought win at the John Smith’s Stadium against Huddersfield. The Blues were faced with the tough task of breaking down a defensively rigid team who were very happy to keep eleven men behind the ball and bide their time for their chances. This left our creative players often marked and struggling to find space in behind and it showed as we found it difficult in the final third.
Ederson – 6.5
As City had the majority of possession the Brazilian had very little to do in terms of saves. He did come very high up the pitch to collect the ball on a few occasions but under literally no pressure as the Terriers were very comfortable sitting in their own half. He was largely a passenger for this one.
Kyle Walker – 7
Provided good width on the right going forward but was faced with little defensive problems as it was evident that Huddersfield were targeting our left flank. Put in a few good crosses but was quite an average performance from the Yorkshireman.
Vincent Kompany – 7
His best moment came when facing Depoitre one on one and managing to nick the ball off the Belgian when the game was still 0-0. Other than that he didn’t face too many defensive worries, but nearly scored an own goal from a corner which then led to Huddersfield’s opener – a bit harsh to blame the captain for that. He was withdrawn for Gabriel Jesus in the second half.
Nicolas Otamendi – 7
A mixed bag for the Argentine today. He unfortunately scored an own goal although there wasn’t too much he could do about that and was often outfought in the air by Huddersfield’s target man Depoitre. However, he was often playing further forward in midfield in order to even up the numbers and was quite the deep-lying playmaker at times which kept us on the front foot and helped win us the game.
Fabian Delph – 6
Delph’s been a bit of a revelation recently but this was definitely his toughest test. Ahead of the game Wagner spoke about a game plan that he would opt for and apart from putting eleven men behind the ball, it seemed that Huddersfield would be specifically targeting our left flank. Admittedly Delph struggled a bit throughout the game and there was often space in behind him which was exploited.
Fernandinho – 6.5
The Brazilian didn’t have too many defensive duties today and was often responsible for recycling possession from flank to flank as we attempted to break the Terriers down. His stand out moment was unfortunately getting booked for a very dramatic dive in the second half, but ultimately had an average game.
Kevin De Bruyne – 6.5
It’s not often that KDB is so ineffectual in a game but this was one of those occasions. To be fair to him he was constantly marked and there was so little space in behind the Huddersfield back line to play in. A rare pretty poor game for him but I’m sure he’ll be back to his best midweek.
David Silva – 7.5
It was so clear against Feyenoord that we were missing a certain creative influence in midfield and today we were treated to little glimpses of what he does best. It wasn’t his best ever game by all means but he was the best we had in midfield and played Sterling in for the penalty – the classic David Silva assist.
Raheem Sterling – 8.5 (Man of the Match)
Yet again Raheem bags a late goal for us to win the game. He’s becoming the player that we could only have dreamed about when we signed him and is rightly so our top goal scorer this season. He won us the penalty – after he was denied a blatant foul in the box seconds earlier – and then went on to win us the game. His movement off the ball has to be one of the best in the league and when you’ve got the quality behind him that we have, he can only get better and better as the season goes on.
Leroy Sané – 7
A fairly quiet game for the eccentric winger today. He found himself in behind on a couple of occasions after a few nifty one-twos but failed to find anyone in the box and so missed out on a goal or assist for this game.
Sergio Aguero – 7
He coolly slotted the penalty away under a lot of pressure from the Huddersfield crowd but snatched at a lot of chances today. He often had to drop deeper to pick up the ball but didn’t have to much influence on the game as a whole. He was subbed off for Gundogan after Sterling scored the winner.
Gabriel Jesus – 7
Only came on for a short time but slotted nicely into the number 10 spot playing slightly behind Aguero. He took the shot that Lossl saved for Sterling to score the rebound.
Ilkay Gundogan – N/A
Not enough time to judge.
Eliaquim Mangala – N/A
Came on to solidy the defence in injury time.