West Brom player ratings v Manchester City: Defender struggles, striker impresses

West Brom

West Brom fell to a 3-0 defeat at home to Manchester City, but how did the players do?

Boaz Myhill - 6

Should have done more for the first goal, rather than just standing still, and did not control his box well. However, made two good one on one saves from Raheem Sterling to keep the score respectable.

James Chester - 6

Debutant Chester was played out of position at right-back, and was often caught out by his lack of experience in that role. Did well to limit Sterling’s impact from the wing though.

Craig Dawson - 5

Looked static in defence, and was unwilling to close down players which led to Yaya Toure’s second goal. Was unfortunate to not stop the opening goal, which trickled through his legs after a deflection.

Joleon Lescott - 4

Similar issues to Dawson, but also failed to mark Vincent Kompany for his goal. Looked to be struggling with the pace of the game as it went on.

Chris Brunt - 6

Did well in an uncomfortable position, and limited Jesus Navas’ impact. Still seems wasted if not allowed to attack.

James Morrison - 5

Was sent out to defend more than attack, and completed an adequate job. However, attacking talents are wasted if being used merely to recycle possession.

Darren Fletcher - 5

Was fine when in possession, but lacked the physical strength of many of his teammates, and saw the game pass him by on many occasions.

Craig Gardner - 6

Added a bit of steel to an otherwise lacklustre midfield, but fairly fortunate to have still be on the pitch when the game ended.

James McClean - 5

Like Morrison, talents were wasted due to the system being played. Debut will have done little to impress, and he struggled on the ball when moving forward.

Saido Berahino - 7

Added energy to the front line, but was caught offside far too frequently. Was a thorn in the side of Kompany, who he turned impressively on a few occasions.

Rickie Lambert - 5

Looked unfit, due to a lack of training, and did not hold the physical presence many expected of him. Only threat came from set-pieces.


Claudio Yacob - 6

Added control back to West Brom’s game when brought on for McClean at half-time, though at the sacrifice of attacking threat.

Victor Anichebe - 5

Added a more physical threat than Lambert when he was substituted on, but looked poor when trying to control the ball.

Callum McManaman - NA

Spent too little time on the pitch to contribute.

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