Player ratings: Bolton Wanderers v Manchester City

Hart – Dropped the ball in one momentary lapse, but made a couple of excellent saves to earn another clean sheet. 6

Boyata – A surprise starter and looked initially nervous. Put over an excellent cross from which Barry ought to have scored, but this shouldn’t disguise the fact he needs to play more games at centre-back. 6

Kompany – Kevin Davies was a handful, though Vincent proved up to the job as he has all season. 7

Lescott – Despite his late contender for goal of the season, free-scoring Joleon was more impressive at the back. His recent performances have ensured Kolo hasn’t been missed. 7

Zabaleta (Wabara 88 mins) – Set to start on the bench until Richards was injured in the warm-up. Put in another excellent performance in a game where others were less committed. Highlight was a one-on-one tackle to stop Sturridge bursting clear. 7

de Jong – Another accomplished display in the middle. All the usual ball-winning and tidy passing that keeps us ticking over. 7

Barry – Did little to justify starting ahead of Milner in a lacklustre first half, and was guilty of one of the worst misses of the season. Improved after the break. 6

Y Toure – Frustratingly errant with his passing. Aside from one barnstorming run in the first half, there was a sense that Yaya wasn’t quite as up for the Reebok Stadium as Wembley. 6

A Johnson (Dzeko 60 mins) – Another decent if not spectacular showing. Adam’s game has never regained it’s magic since the mid-season injury. 6

Silva (Milner 77 mins) – As is becoming customary, missed a decent chance in the first half. Excellent in retaining possession and now looks in need of a well earnt summer break. 7

Tevez – Clearly keen to win the Golden Boot outright, but it wasn’t to be. Plenty of industry in a final reminder of how we’re a better team with Carlos than without him.


Dzeko – Equally good to see him score and the team play better following his arrival. Linked up well with Tevez and everyone else. 7

Milner – In an often casual performance, the industry of Milner was a welcome addition to procedings. Has ended the season in good form. 7

Wabara – Great to see City’s most prolific tweeter (@ReeceWabara) make his debut.

Man of the match: For his continued commitment, despite having needed eleven stitches after Tuesday’s game, and being due to start on the bench – Pablo Zabaleta.

Preview: Bolton Wanderers v Manchester City
Verdict: Bolton Wanderers 0 Manchester City 2

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