Manchester City player ratings v Everton: Edin Dzeko steals the show

Yaya Touré interview

Player ratings for Manchester City as they edged past Everton 3-2 at Goodison Park.

Manchester City came from behind to defeat Everton 3-2 at Goodison Park and go top of the Premier League on Saturday.

It did not start well for Manuel Pellegrini’s side as they fell behind after just 10 minutes, but they staged a comeback thereafter to pick up all three points and take control of the title race.

Here are our player ratings for City.

Joe Hart 7

The England international goalkeeper conceded two goals, but he made a couple of excellent saves against Steven Naismith and Gerard Deulofeu.

Pablo Zabaleta 6

The Argentine did not have the best of matches and could not get forward much. He also struggled against Leighton Baines.

Vincent Kompany 6

The Belgium centre-back did not have the best of matches, reflected in the fact that his side conceded twice. However, he did marshall his defence well.

Martin Demichelis 6

The Argentine had a decent game other than the occasion when he left Romelu Lukaku unmarked to score Everton’s second goal.

Gael Clichy 7

The French left-back had a good game and surged forward from time to time.

James Milner 7

The England international’s cross for Edin Dzeko’s goal was sensational, and his work ethic was equally impressive.

Samir Nasri 7

The French midfielder took a while to get going, but he stepped up his game in the second half and set up Dzeko for his second goal.

Javi Garcia 6.5

The Spanish central midfielder gave a composed display against Everton, but was lacking in making City push forward quicker.

Yaya Toure 7

The Ivory Coast midfielder had yet another brilliant game and was the architect of City’s first goal. After Sergio Aguero was taken off, he pushed forward in a more advanced role and did not disappoint at all.

Edin Dzeko 8

The Bosnian striker scored two goals and they eventually proved to be decisive. The first one was a brilliant and perhaps even world-class header, while the second showed his awareness.

Sergio Aguero 6

The Argentine striker equalised with a well-taken shot midway through the first half, but went off injured just minutes later.

Subs:

Aleksandar Kolarov 6

The defender gave a good display after coming on in the second half, but could have done better in creating chances when pushing forward.

David Silva 5

The Spanish midfielder did not appear to be at his best after coming on in the second half and will need time to get back into top form following his injury.

Fernandinho 7

The Brazilian enforcer was called into action inside the opening 30 minutes, but he was a giant in midfield and was key in allowing his teammate Toure to surge forward.

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