Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

City Rated

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

City Rated

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CABALLERO Fine save in the first half, but as Hart was dropped due to dodgy footwork, he was hardly convincing in that department. 6 SAGNA Given a tough time by Gooch in the first half, but he was asked to perform a more conventional role than Clichy. 6 STONES Had very little to trouble him until Defoe's goal. Looked assured and confident - he will have stiffer tests ahead. 7 KOLAROV The groans around the ground at his selection as a centreback soon died away as he did a tolerable job. 7 CLICHY Asked to play in an unusual role, tucking in very centrally, and he did it very well, adding some neat attacking options. 7 FERNANDINHO Very important holding role and he played it with his usual mix of aggression and style. 7 SILVA A few signs of the old Silva returning after his ordinary season last time - but he 6 6 NOLITO Pretty uneventful debut for the Spain international. …

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