Sunday, 24 January 2010

Scunthorpe player ratings

A rare start for our second choice 'keeper. He did well enough, tipping one expertly over the bar. Possibly asking a bit for him to get to Boyata's own goal. Would be surprised if he starts in the fifth round. 6

Onuoha Not a natural right-back and had a slightly difficult time with the lack of cover he got from Robinho. But did his job competently, making most of his tackles, and took his goal - his fourth for City - well after Ireland's glorious pass. 7

Kompany A little bit shaky early on but grew into the game and did very well under Scunthorpe's aerial bombardment. Wore the captain's armband in the second half, which fits him well. 7

Boyata Another good game from the fast-maturing Belgian. He was assured and confident throughout. His run in the side has been one of the best aspects of the Mancini era so far. 7

Sylvinho Played the first half at left-back, where he struggled with pace but was generally tidy. In the second half he moved to central midfield where he impressed - his neat passing and good football brain allow him to excel in a midfield three. Scored a stunning goal to put us 3-1 up, smashing it in from a good 30 yards or more. 7

de Jong Had a decent first half - when he was captain - putting in some big challenges and keeping the ball well. Came off at half time, which could be worrying given how important he is for Wednesday night. 6

Ireland A big chance for Ireland - playing in close to his favoured role. Struggled to find space at first but had improved in the last ten minutes of the first half, culminating in a delightful chipped pass through to Onuoha for our second goal - his best moment for City for months. Came off early in the second half. 7

Ibrahim Another City debutant. The 18 year old Norwegian played in central midfield and looked strong and confident with good feet and a sensible choice of passes. Another one I'd like to see more of this season. 7

Robinho A typically mixed performance in what could be his last game for City. He had some lovely touches - before Petrov's goal, and taking his own very well, having missed a good chance before. But he also lost those tackles which he even bothered to make and gave very little help to the rest of the team. Nice to go out on a high note though. 7

Benjani He tried hard, running into channels and holding the ball up. It didn't always come off for him but it was still a decent performance. I doubt he'll start at Old Trafford, though. 6

Petrov Our best performance on the night, always threatening and coming up with a few moments of real quality. His goal was excellent, an unstoppable finish from a tight spot, and his pass through to set up Robinho's was almost as good as Ireland's through to Onuoha. 8


Cunningham Made his debut, coming on at left back for the second half. Picked up an early booking but had a quiet game that aside. 6

Zabaleta Half an hour in central midfield, where he did well enough, including a run down the right hand side to set up Robinho's goal. 6

Bellamy Five minutes on the left wing. n/a

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