Two disgraceful refereeing decisions helped Manchester City to a crushing defeat of Spurs and a place at the top of the League. Sergio Aguero gave City the lead early on before Michael Dawson had a goal wrongly disallowed from a delightful Christian Eriksen free-kick, before Danny Rose was sent off for a great, ball-winning tackle on Edin Dzeko. With the man advantage, City took control but Spurs showed some fight with a goal through Etienne Capoue.
Hugo Lloris – Possibly the best goalkeeping performance ever to concede 5 goals, making string after string of top-class saves including a world-class stop from an Aguero header that kept us in the game in the first half. Outstanding display.
Kyle Walker – Offered nothing going forward and was poor at the back, failing to control Jovetic and being caught out of position too often.
Michael Dawson – Given the run-around by Aguero in the first half but improved after his withdrawal and made some top quality blocks. Volley in the first half wrongly chalked off for offside.
Vlad Chiriches – A weak performance from the Romanian who couldn’t cope with both the strikers and Silva, thus enabling City to get in behind and have shots on goal far too regularly.
Danny Rose – Decent going forward in the first half and made an absolute beast of a tackle on Dzeko, for which he was inexplicably penalised and sent off.
Nabil Bentaleb – Kept his composure reasonably well but was simply overran in central midfield and didn’t receive enough support from Eriksen in front of him.
Mousa Dembele – Good first half display, coping with Toure reasonably well, and there is no doubt that his withdrawal through injury did hurt us.
Aaron Lennon – Anonymous throughout and didn’t offer enough defensively, although he was quite hard-working.
Christian Eriksen – It’s tough when you see none of the ball but the Dane did absolutely nothing today, other than a couple of delightful set pieces.
Gylfi Sigurdsson – Supported Rose admirably in the first half but offered nothing in attack.
Emmanuel Adebayor – Decent with regards to holding the ball up and retaining possession, but never looked like scoring or even having a clear sight of goal.
Etienne Capoue – No doubt that he should have played from the outset instead of Sigurdsson to help nullify Silva – was quite good when he came on and I suppose it is a slight consolation that he got his first Spurs goal.
Kyle Naughton – Made a few crucial interceptions but didn’t have a left mid in front of him and so was exposed time and time again.
Lewis Holtby – Saw very little of the ball.
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