Man City vs Newcastle Player Ratings

Manchester City marked Vincent Kompany’s return to the starting line-up with a 4-0 win over Newcastle.

Silva placed the ball with pin-point accuracy

By FOX SPORTS staff

It proved to be an easy outing for Manchester City when Newcastle came to visit as Roberto Mancini's men romped to a 4-0 victory.

Carlos Tevez and David Silva ensured City went into the break with a 2-0 lead, before skipper Kompany marked his return from injury with a cheeky back-flick into Rob Elliot's goal. Mancini's squad dominated the last hour of the game, allowing Yaya Toure to surge into the Magpies penalty area to score his team's fourth with ease.

Man City

Joe Hart - 6.0

The England number one had very little do throughout the game, thanks mostly to City's dominion over Newcastle. Although Papiss Cisse got on the end of a couple of dangerous balls, his wayward attempts did not call Hart into action.

Pablo Zabaleta - 7.0

One of the first names on Mancini's team-sheet, Zabaleta turned in yet another commendable performance. With the Magpies choosing to pack bodies in the middle of the penalty area, there was plenty of space for the Argentinean to exploit when going on the attack and he did so without ever sacrificing his defensive duties.

Vincent Kompany (off 73') - 8.0

Kompany's display in this one proved just how valuable an asset he is to City, and not simply because he got on the score-sheet. The Belgian's presence seemed to instil a sense of calm throughout the backbone of the team, gifting his team-mates the confidence to attack at will. City fans must be wondering what could have been had their captain not have been plagued with injuries this season.

Joleon Lescott - 6.5

There might have been a sense of déjà vu for Lescott as he lined up alongside Kompany in central defence. The duo were a key part of City's title winning team and it showed as the Englishman tracked Cisse's runs confidently, with the knowledge that Kompany was close by to cover for him.

Gael Clichy - 7.5

As City's most effective attacking outlet from the back, the Frenchman was a delight to watch as he bombed up the left flank with intent. Clichy's crosses troubled the Newcastle defence on several occasions, before one was finally turned in by Tevez.

Gareth Barry - 6.5

Like so many other performances before this one, Barry will not find himself in the spotlight despite City's win. However, the Englishman was tidy in possession and saw his goal-bound strike turn into an assist for his skipper early in the second half.

Yaya Toure - 7.5

The Ivorian struggled to impact the game in the first half, but thankfully for City, he came to life in the second. Pouncing on a tiring Newcastle defence, Toure began to exert his presence with storming runs from midfield, before getting his team's final goal.

David Silva - 7.0

At the heart of almost every City attack, Silva was his usual tricky self as he carved open the opposition with faints and dribbles. The Spaniard deserved his first period goal after some smart movement to evade Magpies marking.

Samir Nasri (off 71') - 7.0

The Frenchman capitalized on a weak defensive display by Jonas Gutierrez, dragging the Argentinean out of position on several occasions to free up space for his team-mates. Nasri will no doubt be pleased to have assisted Silva in the first period, though one cannot help but feel that he could have done more given how often he was in possession.

Carlos Tevez - 7.5

Running tirelessly in and out of the penalty area, Tevez was one of the biggest threats to the Newcastle goal. It was such movement that allowed him to be one step ahead of the Magpies defence in scoring his team's opener.

Edin Dzeko - 6.5

Very agile for a player of his built, Dzeko was unlucky not to get on the score-sheet after finding himself in decent positions throughout the game. Although he did not alter the score-line, the Bosnian will likely still get a pat on the back from Mancini because it was his presence in the box that helped to draw away the marking from his team-mates.

Substitutes

Sergio Aguero (on 71') - 6.0

The City fans cheered when Aguero came on and he tried to extend the team's advantage further with his mazy dribbles into the danger area.

Javi Garcia (on 73') - 6.0

Brought on to rest Kompany, Garcia did not attempt anything spectacular from the back, which was probably just how his manager liked it.

Scott Sinclair (on 83') - 6.0

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Newcastle

Rob Elliot - 6.5

Despite the score-line suggesting otherwise, Elliot was easily Newcastle's man-of-the-match.  Pulling off a series of brilliant saves to keep City at bay for most of the first half, the Magpies goalkeeper could do little about Tevez and Silva's efforts. His defenders afforded him even lesser protection in the second period, so Elliot will leave the Etihad Stadium knowing he did the best he could to deal with what City sent his way.

Danny Simpson - 5.0

The Newcastle full-back was evidently rusty, making his first start since the team's 7-3 loss to Arsenal. Sloppy in possession and giving away unnecessary throw-ins, Simpson could not keep up with the star-studded City attack.

Steven Taylor - 4.5

At times, Taylor was something akin to a helpless bystander as Silva, Nasri and Tevez dribbled circles around him. It was most definitely not an outing that the centre-back will want to remember.

Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa - 4.5

The Frenchman has adapted well to the pace and directness of the Premier League from Ligue 1, but the outing against City might just have him wishing he was back in France. Yang-Mbiwa struggled to match the physicality of Dzeko and the trickery of Silva, allowing them to stamp their influence all over the Newcastle penalty area.

Jonas Gutierrez - 4.5

One cannot help but feel sorry for Gutierrez, who found himself in an unfamiliar full-back position while playing against some of the best attackers in the Premier League. The Newcastle should be faulted for his efforts, but he will no doubt be aware that the majority of City attacks stemmed from his flank.

Vurnon Anita - 6.0

Although he saw very little of possession, Anita made decent use of the ball by picking out Cisse when the striker made runs into the penalty area. He was strong in the challenge as well, winning balls in the middle of the park in an attempt to swing things in the Magpies' favour, though he could not keep that up after receiving a yellow card.

Yohan Cabaye (off 75') - 6.0

The Newcastle skipper criticized City heavily in the run-up to the game, but his team's showing against Mancini's men will likely have Cabaye avoiding the press for the next few weeks. Although the Frenchman attempted to keep his team going with his energetic runs in the middle of the park, he would likely admit that they were outclassed in this encounter.

Gabriel Obertan (off 45') - 3.5

Making what was only his fourth league start, Obertan was blimp on the radar of the City defence as he hardly troubled them before he was hauled off a half-time.

Moussa Sissoko - 5.5

The 23-year old did admirably well to match Yaya Toure for most of the game, but that task was all he appeared capable of. Newcastle could have benefitted from his physical presence in support of Cisse, but Sissoko did little to threaten City.

Yoan Gouffran (off 63') - 3.5

Deservedly taken off midway through the second half, Gouffran contributed close to nothing to his team's quest for points in this one. The attacking midfielder was neither a source of creativity nor intelligence for the Magpies, much to the disappointment of the travelling support.

Papiss Cisse - 5.5

With opportunities few and far between against the City defence, Cisse will likely be disappointed that he did not do better with the ones that came his way. His best attempt came in the first half, when a well-struck volley came off the post, fortuitously for Hart as the goalkeeper was already well beaten.

Substitutes

James Perch (on 45') - 5.5

Thrown in the help stall the relentless flow of City attacks, Perch did so for the early moments of the second period before his team were outclassed once more.

Dan Gosling (on 63') - 6.0

Although he was not outstanding for Newcastle, he was most definitely a more useful attacking option compared to the man he come on for.

Gael Bigirimana (on 75') - 6.0

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