Sunday, 19 September 2010

Wigan player ratings

Hart Barely had a save to make. Most notable contribution was his goal kick which led to our first goal. 6

Richards Not troubled defensively. Going forward his enthusiasm is impressive - he is our only full-back inclined to run beyond our front line into the opposition penalty area - but his ability to aid us offensively is limited by his technical and tactical deficiencies. 6

Kolo Touré Another assured performance from this season's most improved player. Good ball retention too - completing 38 of 42 attempted passes. 6

Kompany More serene and composed play, always where he was meant to be. If there was one blemish it was a mis-placed pass that put us under pressure. 7

Zabaleta Back in the side at left back, a role which I think he performs better than anyone else at the club (Aleksandar Kolarov remains unknown.) Defensively excellent, giving Charles N'Zogbia nothing, he made six successful tackles and as many interceptions. When going forward tended to come inside, naturally. 7

de Jong Could have been sent off for too many machete tackles but mostly did well. Excellent ball retention, making 65 of 69 attempted passes. Even showed up in the opposition box more than usual. 7

Silva Some lovely touches playing from the right. For all the talk he didn't look cowed by the famous 'wet and windy afternoon in Wigan' so often evoked by critics. Will be interesting to see if he plays on Wednesday. 7

Yaya Touré Will be pleased with his first goal for City, breaking into the box as he needs to in this 4-1-4-1 system. Still tidy in the middle, if not imposing. 6

Barry Busy and energetic in the midfield; words that would never have been used to describe him last year. Like Kolo and de Jong, this Mark Hughes purchase has clearly raised his game to keep his place with the new regime. 6

Milner Worked hard down the left hand side without ever quite getting his final ball right. 6

Tévez Best performance of the season. He obviously relishes the responsbility of both the captaincy and the lone striker role, and while there are times when he tries to do too much himself his all round game is still excellent. Took his goal perfectly, and his cut-back for Yaya was equally felicitous. 8


Got a decent run out, but never looked too threatening. Won a tackle on the edge of our own box! 6

A. Johnson One deflected cross troubled al Habsi but he was never really in the game. 5

SWP Barely in the game n/a

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