We don’t carry player ratings as part of our match report but after putting it to the editorial team I was officially appointed as The Mag jury and here are my marks (out of 10) for the Manchester City match;

Krul (7)
Perch (6)
Coloccini (8)
Williamson (6)
Santon (8)
Gutierrez (7)
Tiote (8)
Cabaye (7)
Ben Arfa (7)
Ba (7)
Cissé (7)

Shola(7) (For Ben Arfa 74mins) 
Ryan Taylor (For Tiote 82mins)
Ferguson (7) (For Perch 74mins) 

A tough match against the team with certainly the best squad in the division, looking at the respective benches tells you all you need to know.

Manchester City brought people off the bench to find a different way of getting that killer first goal, any changes we could make effectively mean that we are replacing somebody with a weaker player.

All fourteen players couldn’t be faulted for effort though and if Ba or Ben Arfa had taken one of the half decent chances then who knows.

Against the very best maybe it was no surprise that our weaker areas were exploited in the end, Williamson looking shaky while City repeatedly targeted our right-back area.

On the other hand Santon showed how much he has now settled in and was my man of the match as he linked well with Jonas going forward and the two of them also looking comfortable when defending.

Tiote put in another massive effort in the middle and Coloccini held it together at the back as the visitors repeatedly probed.

10 comments
mactoon
mactoon 5pts

McClaren only plays with 1 up front and that player has to hold the ball up to bring in the midfield. Mitrovic holds the ball better and works harder than Cisse. Thats apparently McClarens thoughts on it. Cisse will now get a three match run unless he turns to Perez, who he doesnt seem to rate either

DownUnderMag
DownUnderMag 5pts

He has scored some pivotal goals, but has also proven that he doesn't contribute much else to the game.  I think a combination of age, fitness, wages and wanting to get the new kid on the block some game time all contribute to Cisse sitting things out at the moment and a likely candidate for a sale should a decent offer come in.  I wouldn't be adverse to him leaving as long as we got someone else in to replace him and the someone needs to be Austin.  The one thing that is clear so far is that we have very little proven experience at the moment up front.  As good as Perez played against man utd, it wasn't up front creating goals or scoring them.  Mitrovic isn't going to be much good until he sorts his over-exuberance out and after that there's not much to speak of and it would be good to have a proven premier league scorer for Thauvin to target...if that is Cisse then fine, but if he leaves and we get an adequate replacement then i'll not lose too much sleep.

Paul Patterson
Paul Patterson 5pts

@DownUnderMag  However, there are rumours that Gouffran is a target at £4m for Hull City.

Now that's a sale I'd like to see coming off ahead of Cisse . .

mrkgw
mrkgw 5pts

Hope that finally, he goes. I've never rated Cisse and opinion always seemed divided as to whether he was good enough. If the window closes with him gone, then thats no problem as far as I'm concerned.

Grafton83
Grafton83 5pts

Don't know if I did something wrong. How about when you spat on Evans and got yourself suspended for ages when we really needed you. Or what about the negative press you bring with your multiple wives and underage pregnacies. Theres also the constant sick note thing that comes up every year. I'm not going to miss him too much

armoadam
armoadam 5pts

Totally agree Paul! Will we be FOOLS AGAIN? I don't understand why SM will not consider a two striker formation. I believe Mitro and Cisse together would be great! There is no connection between the midfield and our single striker, they are usually isolated and ineffective! Evidence, ZERO goals in 3 of 4 games!!! I don't count the Cup game.

Michael Teasdale
Michael Teasdale 5pts

Gobbing on players, alledged bigamy... (and worse) there's a couple to ponder over before we get onto the playing side of things.

Paul Patterson
Paul Patterson 5pts

Can't see the logic in selling Cisse, unless a PROVEN Premier League striker comes in. But then again, logic never comes into question at this club . .