Thursday, 19 February 2009

City v København player ratings

Given Not given any help from his defence for either goal. With both coming from free headers in the box he must have wondered if he really has left Steven Taylor and Fabricio Coloccini behind at St. James' Park. Otherwise made a few comfortable saves. 7

Richards Looks increasingly assured at right back, and was having a good game before he stood off Vingaard for him to score in stoppage time. A bit quieter going forward than usual - understandably for an away match. 6

Dunne A welcome return to the heart of defence. Dealt well with most that was thrown at him. A good way to be eased into the side ahead of the game at Anfield on Sunday. 7

Onuoha Lucky to score his third ever goal for City, thanks to an embarrassing goalkeeping error. Never looked fully in control defensively: the first goal was as much his fault as anyone else's. Could well be replaced by Kompany on Sunday as de Jong returns to midfield. 6

Bridge Solid in defence, given the lack of help he was given by Robinho. Gave the Brazilian more help than he received from him - impressing again with his attacking play down the wing. 7

Kompany Back into midfield for the first time since Wigan, he impressed yet again. Twice the size of Ireland and Zabaleta, he gave us a physical presence we missed last Saturday. More destructive than creative, but did an important job very well. 8

Zabaleta Another good performance; hard running and tidy passing in central midfield. Should have scored late in the first half when he burst through. 7

Ireland The goal and the big game which he was due: he excelled in central midfield, winning tackles all over the pitch and passing with real creativity and precision. Our counter-attacking game would be impossible without him. Quality finish for his tenth goal of the season. 8

SWP Busy and creative down the right wing, his pace was crucial to much of our forward play. Missed a good chance in the first half (and a less good one in the second), but made up for it with a perfect cross for Ireland's goal. 8

Bellamy A tireless performance - his running into the channels and off the defenders' shoulders put the København back four under constant pressure. Managed to carve out a few chances for himselves (and for others), but should be pleased with his effort. 8

Robinho A good effort in difficult circumstances. Not the magic of the autumn, but not the mediocrity of the last few weeks either. Should have buried a second half one-on-one. Still due a goal though. 7


TPB said...

I don't think Bridge can defend

JPB said...

The English Garrido?

trinder said...

You've got the ratings for Dunne and Onouha mixed up. Dunne did nothing to settle the defence; in fact, it looked ropier than on Saturday. Onouha grows with every game and his partnership with Kompany could be fantastic.

FCK's first goal was entirely Bridge's fault. I also thought Wrighty, Bellamy and Robinho deserve harsher censure for their awful shooting. City should be out of sight by now.