By FOX SPORTS staff
Frank Lampard could have been the one to break the deadlock after Demba Ba was brought down by Joe Hart, but the Chelsea midfielder's attempt was stopped by his England team-mate.
The miss proved crucial as Manchester City struck via Yaya Toure midway through the second-half, before a rocket from outside the penalty area from Carlos Tevez sealed all three points for Roberto Mancini's team.
Joe Hart - 6.5
There was very little for the City custodian to do in the first half and that might have been the reason for his carelessness in giving away a penalty during the second period. Thankfully for Roberto Mancini's team, Hart made amends by proving equal to compatriot Frank Lampard's attempt.
Pablo Zabaleta - 6.5
Given the captain's armband in Vincent Kompany's absence, Zabaleta led by example with his conscientious performance. The full-back protected the ball well when under pressure and also scampered up the pitch whenever he was afforded the chance to, in his attempts to make things happen for City.
Kolo Toure - 7.5
Although his younger brother got the goal for Mancini's men, Kolo Toure's efforts were also deserving of praise. Composed when threatened by the Chelsea attackers for most of the game, the former Gunner also did very well to halt Ramires during a second-half counter, preventing the Brazilian from getting a shot away.
Matija Nastasic - 7.0
The 19-year old did well to silence Demba Ba for the majority of the game, hustling the Chelsea man whenever he got on the ball. Nastasic could have gone one better and got his name on the score-sheet had Petr Cech not pulled off great saves to stop his double header.
Gael Clichy - 7.5
The Frenchman would likely get a pat on the back from his manager after doing admirably. Taking advantage of the space left behind by Juan Mata's attacking runs, Clichy managed to beat Branislav Ivanovic for pace on several occasions and sent in dangerous crosses for the numerous City players waiting in Cech's penalty area. The former Arsenal player did not shrug off his defensive duties either, doing well to stay close to Eden Hazard and minimize the Belgian's impact on the game.
Javi Garcia - 5.0
A virtual spectator for most of the match, Garcia has yet to justify his quality to Premier League observers. Tasked with keeping Chelsea's attacking midfielders quiet, the Spaniard was lacklustre in his attempts.
James Milner - 6.5
As City's workhorse, Milner made sure his flank was a constant source of good deliveries. The England international also demonstrated vision during counter-attacks, splitting the Chelsea defence with dangerous through passes to Sergio Aguero.
Jack Rodwell (off 53') - 6.5
In what was a rare start for the young Englishman, Rodwell looked slightly out of depth when faced with the mazy runs of Eden Hazard and Juan Mata. The former Everton man lunged into dangerous tackles and did little more than to appear jittery when on the ball.
David Silva (off 91') - 6.5
Typically City's source of creativity from midfield, Silva only managed flashes of brilliance in this encounter. Although the Spaniard linked up well on several occasions with Aguero, their efforts rarely tested Cech.
Yaya Toure - 8.0
Starting in a more attacking position in midfield for this game, Toure did well in making use of the ball when he was in possession. The Ivorian played several incisive passes to involve Aguero and was conscientious in his movement to drag the Chelsea defenders out of their places in front of Cech's goal. It was ultimately a case of good positioning and daring movement that resulted in the midfielder's goal.
Sergio Aguero (off 90') - 7.0
The Argentinean was rather isolated upfront during the early exchanges and was forced to take on the Blues defenders very much on his own during the team's quick breaks. City began to look more dangerous when Aguero was afforded more support from the likes of Milner and Yaya Toure, but the Argentinean could not make the most of the openings that came his way.
Carlos Tevez (on 53') - 7.0
Sent off to wrestle the win for Mancini, Tevez did exactly what was needed of him when he scored a screamer from outside the box that Cech could do little about.
Samir Nasri (on 90') - 6.0
Joleon Lescott (on 91') - 6.0
Petr Cech - 7.0
The Chelsea keeper would likely feel hard done to end up on the losing side as he had put on a very good performance, denying the likes of Nastasic and Rodwell from swinging the game City's way during dangerous set-pieces. Although he did concede two goals, there was little Cech could do about Yaya Toure and Tevez's efforts after being let down by his defenders.
Branislav Ivanovic - 6.0
Without the defensive support of Mata, Ivanovic often found himself in two-on-one situations against Clichy and Silva. As such, the Serbian ceded his flank to City's attackers and was lucky that Clichy's crosses were dealt with by his team-mates.
Gary Cahill - 7.5
Undoubtedly the best Chelsea defender on the pitch, Cahill was at times a one-man wall against the barrage of City crosses. The former Bolton player was also calm under the pressure, demonstrating his abilities to pick a useful pass instead of hoofing the ball clear at every instance.
David Luiz - 6.0
Playing alongside Cahill, Luiz was outshone by his central defensive partner in this game. The former Benfica man turned in a decent showing, during which he made a few vital interceptions, but there was nothing worth writing home about.
Ashley Cole - 5.0
It might have been Cole's 300th appearance for Chelsea, but the Englishman did not do anything spectacular on the pitch to commemorate his landmark. As uninspiring in attack as he was in defence, Cole could have attempted runs up the flank to help the Blues when they were chasing the game.
Mikel (off 80') - 5.5
Mikel's lack of pace was painfully exposed by Aguero and Silva during numerous occasions. The Blues midfielder was not up to snuff in his task of protecting the team's defence either, often losing out in set-pieces situations to Rodwell and Nastasic.
Frank Lampard (off 67') - 6.0
The Englishman started the game in a relatively energetic manner, but seemed to tire after a while trying to keep up with Yaya Toure. Most would have bet their money on him scoring from the spot when he was presented the opportunity, but Lampard failed to beat fellow England international Hart.
Ramires - 5.5
After missing a glorious opportunity to give his team the lead, the game is probably one that Ramires would like to forget. The Brazilian worked hard after his second-half miss, but could not make up for the pivotal occasion where he failed to stand up to the pressure applied by Kolo Toure.
Juan Mata - 6.0
Mata started the game brightly, attempting several sneaky passes through some tight marking by the City defence. However, he seemed to lack the cutting edge when the time called for it and faded away as the match wore on.
Eden Hazard (off 67') - 4.5
The Belgian has struggled to replicate the brilliance he demonstrated during the opening stages of the season and it turned out to be another uneventful outing for him. Easily outmuscled by City defenders when he was on the ball, Hazard did little to help his team-mates and seemed content to wait for things to happen.
Demba Ba - 6.0
Picked in favour of the misfiring Fernando Torres, Ba would have been disappointed that he did not do more to alter the score-line. Although the former Newcastle man was full of running upfront and equally conscientious when defending set-pieces, he could not get the better of an alert Nastasic when the time called for it. Ba did manage to shake the attentions of Kolo Toure during a break in the second-half but Hart was equal to Lampard's penalty attempt.
Oscar (on 67') - 5.5
Rafa Benitez probably sent on Oscar in hopes that the Brazilian would do better in inspiring the Chelsea attack compared to Hazard, but the former Valencia boss was let down by both his charges as Oscar hardly saw any possession during his short time on the pitch.
Victor Moses (on 67') - 6.0
The former Wigan man tried to make the most of the minutes he had by closing down the City defenders to win possession, but Moses did little else for his team's cause.
Fernando Torres (on 80') - 6.0