FA Cup player ratings: Stoke City v Manchester City

Given – A critical error in coming out and failing to connect for the second goal. Everything else was ok, but in that moment our chance went. 5

Richards – A whole-hearted display where it was good to see him getting forward after the sending off. Unfortunately Micah’s ability in the final third didn’t match the enthusiasm to get there. 6

Bridge – Wasn’t tight enough on Kitson for the first goal and had a nightmare with his passing. 5

Onuoha – A surprise to see him back, and a welcome one. His calmness in the face of Stoke’s attacks wass a welcome contrast to Toure. 7

Zabaleta – A typically committed performance on the right of midfield before switching to left-back in place of Bridge. We know he’s not creative, but he did his job in keeping Stoke in check. 7

Lescott – Once again solid in defence. His return to the side and return to form shouldn’t be overlooked. 7

Kompany – Commanding in midfield during the early stages, when we should have killed the game. Gave his all throughout. 7

Ireland – Another disappointing showing. Failed to take a chance in the first half and wasn’t able to make any telling passes despite having the space to do so. 5

Barry – Another who missed a first-half chance and failed again to deliver telling passes when we needed them. 6

Adebayor – Beautifully played in both Bellamy and Irland during the first half, and came close to scoring himself with a long-range drive. Looked the man most likely for City until the referee intervened. 7

Bellamy – Biggest culprit of the first-half misses. Nothing was going right for him prior to scoring. Finally looked fired-up after Adebayor’s sending off. 6


Wright-Phillips – Provided an attacking outlet down the right flank, but was another who ran the ball out of play with a frustrating frequency. Can hardly expect a pay rise with that habit. 6

Santa Cruz – Stoke subs, Kitson and Tuncay, came on looking hungry and scored. Roque on the other hand still looks off the pace – seven months into the season. Another who missed a good chance. 5

Sylvinho – Could give lessons in how to pass to a team-mate to some of our supposedly creative players.

Man of the match: Vincent Kompany.

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FA Cup verdict: Stoke City 3 Manchester City 1 (aet)


  1. with these ratings how the hell did we lose

    lets get real!
    we have paid top money for average players everybody is laughing at us

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