Player ratings: Manchester City v Portsmouth

Given – An uncharacteristic flap at a cross was his most notable contribution in a game where he was mostly dealing with back-passes. 6

Zabaleta – One of the few who didn’t look tired from Wednesday. Shame he wasn’t able to make it back on after a nasty knock on the nose. 6

Toure – A decent return where he showed some good touches and looked to encourage those around him. 7

Kompany – Once again the defender with the most authority. Great header for his goal. 7

Garrido – Targetted by the opposition and did his best, despite varying levels of support from those in front. 6

Ireland – Moved around the midfield positions and didn’t look at home with the patient approach. Peach of a pass for Adebayor’s goal. 6

De Jong – At times he was a one man midfield, and it was enough. Just. 7

Barry – If he was any slower, he’d be stationary. Allied to loose passing, this was Gareth’s worst showing so far. 5

Petrov – Started out with a free role, which confused everyone, before being moved to the right. Having to turn inside onto his left foot slowed our attacks. He needs to play on the left. 6

Tevez – A good bustling performance. A couple of signs of tiredness, notably with the finish that hit the post. He could be forgiven. 7

Adebayor – Fabulous control and strike for his goal – the only memorable moment in a forgettable match. He moved to the flanks to find space effectively and put in a decent performance, despite a lack of midfield support. 7


Onuoha – Came on at right-back and shored it up effectively. Having to fight for a place at the moment, and is doing his best. 7

Boyata – It’s a sign of his quality that when he came on for Kompany, our best defender of late, there were no undue concerns. Assured and strong in the air. 7

Bellamy – Came on to show what can be done on the left flank. We finally looked dangerous and gave their full-back something to think about. 7

Man of the match: Nigel de Jong.

Preview: Manchester City v Portsmouth
Verdict: Manchester City 2 Portsmouth 0

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