HEAD-TO-HEAD: Curtis Davies v Vincent Kompany - Which defender impressed most?

Hull City KC Stadium at night

Hull City and Manchester City played each other on Saturday, but how did the two sides' defensive lynchpins perform?

Davies V Kompany

Manchester City defeated Hull City 4-2 on Saturday, so perhaps you would expect us to write about the attacking players on show.

But with six goals shipped in total, here is a more in depth look at the two sides' defensive lynchpins, Curtis Davies and Vincent Kompany.

Despite being part of a defence that conceded four goals, Davies’s individual statistics were impressive, as he outshone Kompany in a number of defensive areas.

Perhaps that was expected given the attacking talent at City’s disposal and the fact that Manuel Pellegrini’s side are a constant threat as their 20 goal attempts testified.

However, the fact that only half of those attempts were on target highlights just how hard Davies and his teammates worked to keep the visitors out.

Davies won three tackles while Kompany did not win a single one. The Hull star also made more than double the amount of effective clearances as his City counterpart – 11 to five. He also made seven effective headed clearances compared with Kompany’s four, and he won four times as many aerial duels as the Belgian.

The City captain’s passing accuracy was considerably better though, with his 95 per cent far outshining the 87 per cent Davies managed. And then of course there was the result, with the City man leaving the KC Stadium with three points, even if Davies excelled against the reigning league champions.

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