Hart: Handled well, distribution is more thoughtful. Not tested: 7 Zabaleta: Lost out to one ball down the right, which caused us a problem in the first half, but otherwise it was good, consistent high quality full back play: 7 Demichelis: As at Hull he didn’t put a foot wrong, which is commendable even if the Fulham attack was led by a teenage youth product. Was in the right place to deflect in his first City goal: 7 Lescott: A good, steady show: 7 Kolarov: Hit the bar in the first half and delivered some quality down the left: 7 Milner: Showed some lovely skill to go with the trademark work rate, after looking, uncharacteristically, a little stiff and sluggish in the early minutes. Milner is a gem of a player to have in our squad and his talent is underrated. With one year left on his current deal, and his consistency, surely a new contract will be offered to him by the Summer? 7 Yaya: Showed all the attributes of a great player: skill, strength, vision, accurate passing and excellent finishing. Whether his passes were long, short, low or high he passed with great precision: 9 Fernandinho: He has had to play a deeper role than he did at Shakhtar Donetsk, where he was renowned for scoring from midfield, but the goal topped off another very good showing in midfield. Luis Felipe Scolari is more likely to pick him for the World Cup with every game: 8 Silva: Consistently a delight with his intelligent judgement and execution of a pass. As has been seen before he combined particularly well with Milner: the first two penalties being awarded after such intelligence: 8 Nasri: Industrious and astute. He delivered some quality passes in another show that underlines his consistently high level of performance. In the same position as Milner, he is another player who really deserves to have a new contract: 7 Negredo: Looked sharper, his run won the first penalty, and was involved in some good touch combination play, but a goal still eludes him: 6
Navas (for Yaya 68): Slotted in without making his mark this time: 6 Rodwell (for Silva 76): Nice touch set up Milner: n/a Jovetic (for Nasri 81): His cross set up the 5th: n/a
Subs not used: Pantilimon, Clichy, Boyata, Garcia.
Best Oppo: Stockdale: Helped keep the score down while others let him down: 7
Refwatch: Jon Moss: A better showing than previously. He even looked like he has lost a few pounds, which must have helped! 7