Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

City Rated

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

City Rated

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EDERSON Produced a top-class save to deny Bakinson in the first half, and footwork was immaculate on treacherous surface 7 DANILO Didn't utilise the acres of space ahead of him in the first half, but stormed forward after that and was unlucky to hit post 7 JOHN STONES Has played on worse pitches in Barnsley and clearly relished the scrap as well as trusting in his own football ability 7 NICOLAS OTAMENDI Picked to add some muscle against physical opposition and he matched Newport blow for blow 6 ALEKS ZINCHENKO The Welsh club targeted him as a weak point and while he overplayed in the first half he shored up his side well enough 6 PHIL FODEN Played the difficult conditions better than most, showing good awareness and coming up with two lovely solo goals 9 FERNANDINHO Put his foot on Newport's windpipe in the second half and didn't let it up, taking control of centre of the park 8 DAVID SILVA Whether it's the Etihad carpet or a slag-heap in south Wales, the mercurial little Spaniard rarely wastes possession 7 RIYAD MAHREZ Saw more of the ball than most but made too many wrong decisions and was not willing to stand up to challenges 6 GABRIEL JESUS Struggled a little playing down the centre but battled away and his link-up with Sane brought important first goal 6 LEROY SANE Hit the bar, should have had a penalty, scored the opener and might have had three - all without leaving second gear 7 SUBSTITUTES AYMERIC LAPORTE: (for Fernandinho 78) - No to mark ILKAY GUNDOGAN: (for D. …

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