Player ratings: Crystal Palace v City

Given – If Ireland is Superman what does that make Shay? Once again superb in handling, positioning and shot stopping. 9

Richards – Given a tough test by Moses. Micah didn’t come through with flying colours. His additional height and strength is probably all that’s keeping Zabaleta on the bench at the moment. 5

Toure – His leadership qualities as captain are going to be essential in organising that defence. A decent showing on the night, but not at the same level as the performances against Blackburn and Wolves. 6

Lescott – Thrown in at the deep end by Hughes, but showed some quality moments. The defence was under a lot more pressure than one would have hoped. Good to see him making tackles and bringing the ball out from the back. 6

Bridge – In attack, slowly but surely there’s an understanding forming between Wayne and Robinho. In defence he’s still on his own, but continued to cope better than in the past. 6

Wright-Phillips – Our most effective attacking player on the night, scoring one and sending over the cross for the second. Some great runs, but still needs a more consistent end product. 8

Ireland – Once again the fulcrum of our attacking. His eagerness to burst into the opposition penalty area does leave the team exposed when possession is lost. 6

Barry – More timely interceptions, but not able to cover the ground quick enough when asked to hold the midfield on his own. 6

Tevez – Worked a good chance in the opening couple  of minutes but fired over. His first goal eventually came and with a little more sharpness those shooting boots should start to find the net as well. 7

Adebayor – Failed to score, but provided some excellent link up play. The Togolese continues to look a class act. 7

Robinho – We saw plenty of endeavour from the Brazilian and great control in playing in Wright-Phillips for a shot against the bar. Unlucky with one offside in particular, when he was reprimanded for cheekily lobbing the keeper. 7


Bellamy – The Welshman isn’t proving as effective from the bench as when he starts. His role seems a little unclear and isn’t getting the best out of him. 6

De Jong – Barely time for a touch, but he’s still a welcome sight. 6

Man of the match: Shay Given

Verdict: Crystal Palace 0 City 2
City draw Fulham in the Carling Cup

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