Everton 0-2 Manchester City PLAYER RATINGS: David Silva shines at Goodison Park as Vincent Kompany leads by example

  • Manuel Pellegrini's Manchester City defeated Everton 2-0 away from home
  • A 60th minute Aleksandar Kolarov strike opened the scoring for City
  • Substitute Samir Nasri then sealed the victory late on with a delightful lob 
  • David Silva and captain Vincent Kompany were the Sky Blues' key men

Aleksandar Kolarov's left footed strike from an acute angle on the hour mark put Manchester City on the path to a 2-0 Barclays Premier League victory over Everton on Sunday.

Substitute Samir Nasri then sealed the victory late on with a delightful lob, with team-mates David Silva and captain Vincent Kompany the Sky Blues' key men at Goodison Park.

Here, Sportsmail's Dominic King assesses the performances of the players from both sides.

 

Everton (4-2-3-1)

Tim Howard – Made a couple of smart stops, the best of which was with his face from Jesus Navas, but Kolarov should not have been beating him at his near post –6

Seamus Coleman – Couldn't get forward as much as he would have wanted because of Raheem Sterling's constant threat; dragged a shot wide after one fine run – 7

Everton's Republic of Ireland international right back Seamus Coleman (left) got stuck in on Sunday

Everton's Republic of Ireland international right back Seamus Coleman (left) got stuck in on Sunday

John Stones – Speculation over his future is not impacting on his form; unflappable throughout, best moment was a thundering tackle on Kolarov –7.5

Phil Jagielka – Saddled with the extra responsibility of guiding two young full backs through a difficult test; tried to drive his team forward at every chance – 7

Brendan Galloway – Difficult task contending with the speed of Navas and stealth of Silva but stuck to his guns until injury curtailed his involvement – 6.5

Youngster Brendan Galloway stuck to his guns at left back until injury curtailed his involvement

Youngster Brendan Galloway stuck to his guns at left back until injury curtailed his involvement

Gareth Barry – Nothing flash about what he did but it was effective and he almost popped up with an equaliser late in the second period – 7

James McCarthy – Spent much of the game in constant dialogue with Roberto Martinez; didn't see enough of him going forward or on the ball – 6

James McCarthy (left) failed to keep the exquisite David Silva (right) quiet at Goodison Park

James McCarthy (left) failed to keep the exquisite David Silva (right) quiet at Goodison Park

Tom Cleverley – Played his part in the an encouraging first half performance but couldn't keep it up after the break and lost Kolarov in build up to goal – 6

Ross Barkley – There were moments when he looked like taking the game by the scruff of the neck, others when he couldn't get involved – 6.5

Ross Barkley was lively in the first half for Roberto Martinez's men, and won a free-kick in a dangerous area

Ross Barkley was lively in the first half for Roberto Martinez's men, and won a free-kick in a dangerous area

Arouna Kone – Has made a bright start to the season but, although there were some nice touches, he couldn't sustain his momentum and was replaced – 6.5

Romelu Lukaku – One thumping free-kick grazed the bar but that was the closest he got to making an impact. Kept under lock and key by City's defence – 6

Everton's Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku had a goal disallowed for a marginal offside call in the first half

Everton's Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku had a goal disallowed for a marginal offside call in the first half

Substitutes: Tyias Browning (for Galloway 45mins) 6, Steven Naismith (for Kone 63mins) 6, Gerard Deulofeu (for Cleverley 86mins)

 

Manchester City (4-2-3-1)

Joe Hart – Didn't really have much to trouble him in terms of shots on goal; handled the ball well and commanded his area without fault – 7

Bacary Sagna – Couldn't really pick holes in what he did but City are definitely a better side when Pablo Zabaleta is playing on the right flank – 6.5

You couldn't pick holes in what Bacary Sagna did but City are a better side when Pablo Zabaleta is playing

You couldn't pick holes in what Bacary Sagna did but City are a better side when Pablo Zabaleta is playing

Vincent Kompany – His strong start to the season continues; faultless afternoon summed up by his late goal-line clearance to thwart Barry – 8

Eliaquim Mangala – Never looked like being 'run over' as Lukaku threatened he would do; Nicolas Otamendi will have to wait for his debut – 7

Aleksander Kolarov – Sometimes his shots are only a danger to the back row of a stand but kept his cool to break the deadlock; solid defensively – 7

Aleksandar Kolarov scored City's opener from an acute angle after good work from Raheem Sterling

Fernandinho – Gets through a huge amount of work and looks much sharper than he did last season; getting back to the levels of his first year here – 7.5

Yaya Toure – Looked to be having one of his languid afternoons but produced a sublime pass for Nasri to wrap up the contest in the final minute – 6.5

David Silva – A joy to watch him when he is in this mood; pulled the strings wonderfully in the opening half hour and was only denied a goal by the post in the second half – 8.5 

David Silva pulled the strings in the opening half hour and was denied a goal by the post in the second half

David Silva pulled the strings in the opening half hour and was denied a goal by the post in the second half

Jesus Navas – Speed to burn and enjoyed the service he received from Silva but wasted two great chances to kill the game – 7 

Raheem Sterling – Created the chance for Kolarov to score and also provided a nice pass for Silva; finding his feet in this team but doing it smoothly – 7

Former Liverpool starlet Sterling (left) put in a dazzling display on his return to Merseyside

Former Liverpool starlet Sterling (left) put in a dazzling display on his return to Merseyside

Sergio Aguero – Still working his way back to fitness. A few nices touches and one thumping shot early on but otherwise well marshaled – 6

Manchester City's Sergio Aguero is tackled by Everton's Phil Jagielka on the edge of the box in the first half

Manchester City's Sergio Aguero is tackled by Everton's Phil Jagielka on the edge of the box in the first half

Substitutes: Samir Nasri (for Sterling 76mins) 7, Wilfried Bony (for Aguero 80mins), Fabian Delph (for Silva 89mins)

 

Man of the Match David Silva

Referee Anthony Taylor 7 

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