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Manchester City were eyeing a repeat of the performance against Sunderland (their only away win of the season). I went into the game predicting a 2-0 loss, but the blue boys amazed me with their team ethic and work rate. I’ve not really got too much to say, other than well done chaps!

 Robinho thumps the ball between Tim Howard's legs to give Manchester City the lead

HERE ARE MY PLAYER RATINGS FROM THE GAME  >>>

Shay Given (GK)– Shay didn’t put a foot wrong all game, wasting some valuable seconds at the end and making a smart save from the giant Fellaini after half-time which probably kept us in the game. Other than that save, there were no major saves he had to make, one 20 yard effort from Saha early on, but that was just a regulation save which he makes all day long in training. Looked pumped up as he wrapped his fists around the neck of Gosling towards the end of the game, who had just committed a tackle on him! Pleasing performance! 8

Micah Richards (RB) – Micah did an unusally good job today, until he got injured. At first glances, the injury looked similar to that of Alan Smith (when playing for United) when he charged down a John Arne Riise shot and broke his leg. I feared for the worst, but fortunately he was able to hobble off, unlike Jagielka who needed the stretcher. Never looked troubled today, looked sound, and reports of a bust up with Sparky certainly did not show. Much improved, I hope he keeps it up. 7.5

Richard Dunne (CB) –  Good, solid as a rock performance by the big man. Dealt with the forwards well and with confidence. Although he did almost score an own goal to take him to the top of the leader board! Showed real focus and got the team organised effectively. 7.5

Nedum Onouha (CB) – Did a very very good job at the heart of the City defense, especially in dealing with aerial threats. His concentration is simply impeccable and his timing is supreme. His speed is an area of his game which puts him ahead of most players and gives him the chance to make a last ditch tackle. That was certainly evident today, but he also showed some tidy leadership skills, telling people where to go for set pieces and also his shouting/communication was sound.
8.5

Wayne Bridge (LB) – Didn’t actually see much of Bridge today, but he had a very sound game. Did well to cover the classy Robinho and did well when defending against a strong Everton team. Was committed ( as ever), picked the right pass and his heading was excellent. Good game! 7.5

Wayne Bridge (L) of Manchester City tackles Marouane Fellaini of Everton during the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and Manchester City at Goodison Park on April 25, 2009 in Everton, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Wayne Bridge;Marouane Fellaini

Nigel de Jong (CM) –  Did superbly well once Vinnie had dropped back to CB. His style of play complemented Ireland’s attacking nature very well. He never wimps out of a tackle but the only thing which let him down today was his occasional stray pass due to the lack of communication. However it was nice to see him have a pop at goal every now and again which shows us what a talented player we have in our team, he has all round capabilites. 7

Stephen Ireland (CM) –  Simply stunning. Ran back and forth for the whole 97 minutes and played some astonishingly good football with the likes of Robinho. His passing is amazing and the runs he makes are just fantastic. Hope he wins Young PFA Player of the Year, and I hope he doesn’t go to a bigger and better team. Top quality performance today. 9

Man City's Stephen Ireland celebrates

Vincent Kompany (CM) – A very brave performance, especially as he was marking his Belgian counterpart Fellaini! He is just so calm, cool and collected in possession which adds real stability to the City team, something which is really needed. He is the back-bone. Some crunching tackles on the likes of Osman really put the game in City’s favour. It made Everton fear us, they were timid and afraid to attack. Job well done. 7.5

Nigel de Jong (L) and Vincent Kompany (R) of Manchester City tackle Leon Osman (C) of Everton during the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and Manchester City at Goodison Park on April 25, 2009 in Everton, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Nigel de Jong;Leon Osman;Vincent Kompany

Elano (RM) – Sent Robinho through numerous times and played some delightful football in midfield. Didn’t look as good as we have recently seen him, but that would just be incredibly hard to ask! Some balls were wayward, others were divine! You never know what you will get with these Brazilians, and that’s what makes the moments when they produce something extraordinary out of the hat so fantastic! 7

Robinho (LM) – Robbie was spat at by the Everton crowd which is an absolute disgrace. He was magnificent today, hope to see more of that at Old Trafford. He ran at defenders, looked lively on the ball, always found the right pass, tracked back and blocked a vital shot with 20 odd minutes to go. He really wanted to win today which is just sensational for someone like him. Usually he picks and chooses which games he is going to play well in, but he turned up and we saw the real Robinho. An outstanding shift from the Brazilian. Some good early distribution complemented Ireland’s dominance of the midfield. Created one and scored one cracker! Although my only criticism (which is why he gets 9.9) he should have scored 3 more! 9.9

Felipe Caicedo (ST) – Largely ineffective in the game, often very greedy whilst in possession, shooting when there was a perfectly good pass to Elano on the right. Very wasteful in that respect. Certainly no lack of effort, but just a shame there is a lack of skill and ability. I’m fine with young strikers having a chance, but surely now’s the time for a change Hughes? Give someone else a chance who will offer something more vital…like…I don’t know…a goal? 3.5

Felipe Caicedo (R) of Manchester City beats Tim Cahill of Everton during the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and Manchester City at Goodison Park on April 25, 2009 in Everton, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Felipe Caicedo;Tim Cahill

Referee (Alan Wiley) – Very sound job – 8

Manager (Mark Hughes) – From the first blow of the whistle, the team looked pumped up, ready to give it their best shot and not pre-destined for defeat which makes a nice change. His tactics looked good, a man on the post for corners (which we need) and some effective counter attacking play. 8.5

Subs –

Gelson Fernandes (CM) –  Came on for the injured Richards and slotted in for Kompany. He doesn’t have the same physical prescence but he did a joob job and his energy got us going numerous times.

Martin Petrov (LM) – Game on for the unimpressive Caicedo, not a huge impact, but kept the ball when necessary!

Ched Evans (ST) – Late on in the game he headed away a corner…LEGEND 🙂 🙂 🙂

My City Man of The Match goes to >>>

ROBINHO (shortly followed by Superman)

Robinho of Manchester City celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and Manchester City at Goodison Park on April 25, 2009 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Robinho

My Villains >>>

Felipe Caicedo (for just being so ineffective)

SUPER TEAM EFFORT!

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30 Comments

30 Comments

  1. D.Teacher

    25 April, 2009 at 21:58

    You are wrong about Caceido but agree with everything else.

  2. I don’t think my opinion can be wrong really, we are all entitled to one…what are your opinions on Caicedo then?

  3. Steven Goran Erikkson

    25 April, 2009 at 22:08

    “Other thah that save, there were no major saves he had to make, one 20 yard effort from Saha early on, but that was just a regulation save which he makes all day long in training.” – Do you think he made enough saves!! (and typo on ‘thah’)

    On the Richards bit, the rating needs to all be in bold, not just part of it 😉

    “top of the leaderboard!. Showed real focus and got the team organised effectively. 7.5″ – You don’t need an exclamation mark and a full stop. And personally, I don’t think it is Dunne who got the team organised. That is Hughes’s job.

    In the Onuoha section, ” -Did a very very good job at the heart of the City defense, especially in dealing with areial threats.” Should be a space after the heifen, and you have made two horrific typos. Use the spellcheck!

    In the de Jong section, “However it was nice to see him have a pop at goal every now and again wich shows us what a talented player we have in our team. 7” – Typo. Personally, I don’t think the fact that he had a few shots means he is a talented player. Rather, it is his tackling, passing and support for the back four which demonstrate his ability. The shots are a bonus.

    In the Ireland section, “and I hope he doesn’t go.” – Do you hope he doesn’t go where? To the toilet??? Climb on top of the team bus??? Clarity is everything.

    Kompany – “. he is the back-bone.” – Capital at the start of a sentence 😉

    Robinho – “He really wanted to win today which is just sensational.” – I completely disagree here. Why is it sensational that a player wants to win? Should this not be the norm??? Do you think that Gerrard picks and chooses which games he wants to win? No, all players should want to win every game!! (and personally, I think your ratings is verging on silly, it should either be 9.5 or 10)

    Felipe Caicedo (ST) – Largely ineffective in the game, often very greedy whilst in possession, shooting when there was a perfectly good pass to Elano on the right. Very wasteful in that respect. Certainly no lack of effort, but just a shame there is a lack of skill and ability. I’m fine with young strikers having a chance, but surely now’s the time for a change Hughes? Give someone else a chance who will offer something more vital…like…I don’t know…a goal? 6 – A rating of 6 would indicate a decent, yet not great performance. From your description, you have made Caicedo sound awful!!! And therefore deserving of a much lower mark! Oh, and I think you are forgetting his goal against Hamburg!

    Typo in the Hughes bit – ‘defear’ instead of defeat.

    One last criticism: too many pictures. If I were you, I would have a picture at the start, one after all the defenders, then again after the midfielders, and maybe one more at the very end. For the reader, it breaks it up too much to see a plethora of images whilst trying to read player ratings.

    Now to the positives, well written (apart from the pictures). Not as much depth of writing as previous ratings, but I feel this new method works better. Hope you enjoyed the game, am now off to watch the 50 minute highlights on Football First.

  4. Thanks for all that criticism Steven! I shall ammend all of those points now just for you. Caicedo was awful. I’m surprised you didn’t comment on the Ched bit?

  5. Steven Goran Erikkson

    25 April, 2009 at 22:16

    Why would I comment on the Ched bit? You have described him as a legend. I’m now used to your continued use of ridiculous hyperbole to describe your hero. Others may find your comment bzarre, but I’m fine with it.

  6. e.richardson

    25 April, 2009 at 22:17

    Glad to see Robbie back on top form. When the end of season cull comes i’d keep Caicedo because I think there’s room for improvement in him.

  7. Steven, all have now been rectified after your barrage of abuse! I’m glad you finally accept my love of Chedwyn.

    ‘E.richardson’ – Many thanks but I have to disagree! Why keep him when we could spend £40m on a decent, quality striker?

  8. Oh…and there are fewer pictures 🙂

  9. Steven Goran Erikkson

    25 April, 2009 at 22:45

    All except the Given bit. Try using a different word except for ‘save’. Maybe I’m being too critical???

  10. MattJonesIsMyHero :-)

    26 April, 2009 at 09:53

    Gelson Fernandes (CM) – Came on for the injured Richards and slotted in for Kompany. He doesn’t have the same physical prescence but he did a joob job and his energy got us going numerous times.

    erm, are you sure? – i’m surprised steven hasn’t picked up on this

  11. Steven Goran Erikkson

    26 April, 2009 at 10:05

    Just wait until the review, Ricky!!

  12. Ched Evans IS MY HERO :) Zabaleta I LOVE YOU :)

    26 April, 2009 at 10:45

    Steven, now you are just being silly, I can’t wait to slate your review!

    Fernandes did good job I thought, I’m sure you would have agreed had you been there 🙂

  13. Ched Evans IS MY HERO :) Zabaleta I LOVE YOU :)

    26 April, 2009 at 10:46

    Thus…anything Steven says is just opinion, not fact.

  14. Steven Goran Erikkson

    26 April, 2009 at 10:59

    Why am I being silly?

  15. Plattsy

    26 April, 2009 at 11:03

    Nice detailed review, Matt.
    Yeah I thought Steven might have something to say about your review of Fernandes!
    Bring on the rags!
    My only qualm is that I think (thouugh am unsure) that defense should be spelt with a c, maybe this is the American spelling? But a very good post mate.

  16. Steven Goran Erikkson

    26 April, 2009 at 11:06

    Plattsy, I already pointed that out 😉

    Well done yesterday!

  17. Ched Evans IS MY HERO :) Zabaleta I LOVE YOU :)

    26 April, 2009 at 11:06

    Steven you are just nit-picking every error…using the word save one too many times???

    God – You are correct about the spelling of ‘defence’, that is an error on my behalf and for that I apologise 🙂

  18. Ched Evans IS MY HERO :) Zabaleta I LOVE YOU :)

    26 April, 2009 at 11:07

    Plattsy how did you get on yesterday?

  19. Steven Goran Erikkson

    26 April, 2009 at 11:11

    Both 1sts and 2nds won. Plattsy got 86 or 54.

    I’m only trying to help Matt.

  20. Steven Goran Erikkson

    26 April, 2009 at 11:12

    86 or 84

  21. Steven Goran Erikkson

    26 April, 2009 at 11:13

    To quote Mossy’s email …

    1st XI WON BY 188 RUNS 50 overs a side

    MGS 274 – 8 (C Reid 104, A Platts 86)

    Birkenhead 86 all out

    2nd XI WON BY 129 RUNS 35 overs a side

    MGS 235 – 2 (F Sym 99, P Christys 92*)

    Birkenhead 106 – 8 (O Williams 4 – 18)

  22. I*T*P*L

    26 April, 2009 at 12:54

    More good stuff Matt, I’ve only seen the MOTD highlights and it’s hard to get a full idea of how each player played from that. There’s my thoughs though:

    Given made one absolute classic “Given save”.

    I’m surprised that you said Bridge was good in the air, because usually he’s awful.

    If Robinho, as a centre forward wasted three good chances, then surely he deserves far less than 9.9, because however good he was in other areas, his primary job is to score goals, and on another day those misses could have cost you.

    Also, as ever I think you (and Steven) are hard on Caicedo, he may not have had a great game, but it’s hard to believe he was 3.5 marks worse than any other player. I sense you mark him down just because it’s him, if it was another of your players having a similar game you’d have given a 5 or 5.5. Maybe I’m wrong but that’s the idea I get.

    On the whole very good though, it certainly helps someone who didn’t see the match get a good idea of how it went.

  23. Ched Evans IS MY HERO :) Zabaleta I LOVE YOU :)

    26 April, 2009 at 13:08

    VJ, many thanks;

    Bridge had a very good game, the best in a City shirt, bar his debut.

    Yes I agree that Robbie should have scored at least a couple more, but the thing I was happy with was that he showed great anticipation and was in the right positions. I don’t mind that because it shows he can read the game well and sooner or later he will pop another couple in the back of the net. His passing was pure perfection and his overall play was superb, including his skill.

    With regards to Caicedo, yes, I do mark him down because it’s him, but it’s game after game after game where he is actually useless, I don’t see what’s good about him? A far assessment would have been 5.0

    Thanks 🙂

  24. ktfc_fan

    26 April, 2009 at 16:37

    I kind of agree with your opinion on Caecido, I don’t support Man City, but from what I have seen of him doesn’t impress me. The article was good, though and I think the Player Ratings system is very interesting, imformative and well written.

  25. Ched Evans IS MY HERO :) Zabaleta I LOVE YOU :)

    26 April, 2009 at 17:47

    ‘ktfc_fan’ Thank you very much for your very kind words, it is very much appreciated. I hope you have read some of my earlier player ratings as they are much more informative than this set! Please continue to read my articles too, and feel free to comment on your thoughts!

    I just don’t think that Felipe is good enough in our team?

    Thanks 🙂

  26. I*T*P*L

    26 April, 2009 at 21:06

    Will the review be up soon Steven? Later than Sunday is bad form you know.

  27. Steven Goran Erikkson

    26 April, 2009 at 21:47

    OK VJ, been out all today playing cricket, so will probably have to wait until Monday evening. I will apologise in person to you tomorrow 😉

  28. Steven Goran Erikkson

    27 April, 2009 at 20:42

    Haha, just noticed the you have made a typo with the fourth word of the blog, but anyway, blogsfc is playing up and although I’m writing the review, nothing is baeing saved, so will probably have to wait for a while 🙁

  29. I*T*P*L

    27 April, 2009 at 21:59

    I encountered a similar problem when publishing my player of the month vote this evening (both of you vote please). I think I overcame it by saving it as pending review and then publishing it from there which worked.

  30. Steven Goran Erikkson

    27 April, 2009 at 22:29

    I have already voted VJ! I will try that thanks.

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