Manchester City player ratings in 4-2 win against Cardiff

Manchester City beat Cardiff 4-2 at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday, making it 12 home wins out of 12 in all competitions. Here's how the players rated.

Joe Hart - 7/10

The England goalkeeper was called upon only a handful of times but he delivered whenever he was called upon during the crucial moments. Will be disappointed to have been beaten twice, however.

Aleksandar Kolarov - 7/10

This was another accomplished performance from the full-back, although it wasn't his best. The Serb got booked and didn't manage to get an assist to his name. He raided down the left-hand side all game, nevertheless.

Vincent Kompany - 7/10

The Man City skipper wasn't at his sharpest, especially with Cardiff scoring twice, but was solid for the most part, even occasionally helping out going forward.

Martin Demichelis - 6/10

Once again, the centre-back was relatively sloppy, even though he didn't make too many errors of note. Could have done better for the second goal, while he did give the ball away several times.

Pablo Zabaleta - 7/10

Like Kolarov, the Argentine has had more productive days. His overall performance was of a good standard, though, especially when it came to build-up play and creating chances.

Yaya Toure - 7/10

The Ivorian could have done better defensively, especially for Cardiff's second goal, but his contribution in attack was priceless, with both a goal and assist to his name yet again this afternoon.

Javi Garcia - 7/10

Despite City conceding twice, this was one of the defensive midfielder's better displays as he shielded his back four as best he could.

Jesus Navas - 8/10

Whenever the Spaniard is surging forward, it is extremely difficult to stop him. That was the case once again today as he crept in to restore his side's lead in the first half, as well as generally causing havoc throughout the rest of the 90 minutes.

David Silva - 8/10

The 28-year-old was in fine form once again, receiving a standing ovation from City fans after coming off in the second half. Samir Nasri may have been missing but the Spaniard made up for his absence with even more creativity than usual. Has become a part of the furniture at the Etihad - but perhaps represents more of a luxurious leather couch than an old, rusty sofa.

Alvaro Negredo - 7/10

The Spaniard was superb once again for Manchester City, as he tried several exquisite touches and outside-footed shots. He didn't manage to score for Manuel Pellegrini's side but was otherwise excellent during City's build-up play, making way for Sergio Aguero late on.

Edin Dzeko - 9/10

The Bosnian striker is really giving his manager food for thought when it comes to selecting his strikers. Aguero may be fit enough to start soon - but why change a winning team? Dzeko scored once and assisted once today, during what was his seventh consecutive start.


Gael Clichy - 6/10

The full-back was brought on late in the game and didn't make much of an impact, though he would definitely have benefited from the game time.

James Milner - 7/10

Didn't do anything of note but his energy caused trouble late on. Is becoming a regular super sub for Pellegrini and could have a big role to play coming off the bench this season.

Sergio Aguero - 9/10

Despite coming on after an hour, the Argentine was as good as ever, scoring once and providing the assist for Toure's goal. City's top scorer is in such hot form that his manager may have to consider playing all three of him, Negredo and Dzeko.

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