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;
Ben Arfa (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.