Published on April 11th, 2016 | by Daniel Cheeseman0
Manchester City 2-1 West Brom – Report & Ratings
Manchester City maintained their grip on the top four at the weekend as Samir Nasri returned from injury to score the winner against West Brom
The Blues had to come from behind after Stephane Sessegnon beat Joe Hart with a well-placed shot at his near post just six minutes in.
Sessegnon went from hero to villain for the Baggies when he brought down Aleksandar Kolarov in the area to allow Sergio Aguero to equalise from the spot.
Samir Nasri, who’s missed several months through injury this season, tapped into an empty net with 25 minutes remaining to put City four points clear in fourth place.
Great result really difficult game but we did what was needed . Can't express how it feels to be… https://t.co/boyPBSUbUa
— Samir Nasri Official (@SamNasri19) April 9, 2016
Hard-fought but very important win. Job done and on to Tuesday's Champions League game. #CMONCITY
— Vincent Kompany (@VincentKompany) April 9, 2016
Joe Hart – 7
Received a bit of criticism for his inability to save Sessegnon’s shot at the near post, but otherwise a decent performance.
Pablo Zabaleta – 8
Kept James McClean quiet all match, offered attacking options down the wing too.
Nicolas Otamendi – 7
Could have defender better to prevent West Brom’s goal, but wasn’t as reckless as he usually is – so a better performance.
Eliaquim Mangala – 7
His positioning has improved over the last few weeks, but he too didn’t offer Joe Hart much help for Sessegnon’s goal.
Aleksander Kolarov – 7
Played as virtually a winger for most of the game, plenty of good balls into the box and earned the Blues a penalty.
Fernando – 7
Hasn’t let the performance in Paris get to his head, solid in midfield without doing anything spectacular.
Fabian Delph – 7
A typical performance from the Englishman; hard-working and good in possession – an asset to the team.
Jesus Navas – 7
Played a part in the winning goal and was lively down the wings.
Samir Nasri – 8
A fantastic performance from the returning Frenchman; he tracked back, was full of energy and scored the decider.
Wilfried Bony – 5
Just doesn’t work with this group of players, looked completely out of his depth and didn’t offer much going forward.
Sergio Aguero – 7
Coolly converted his penalty to tie the scores and kept the Baggies on their toes, also bagged himself another assist.
Kevin de Bruyne – 7
Made a real difference when he came on, heavily influenced Nasri’s goal and added more quality to the attack.
Yaya Toure – 7
Also changed the game when he was brought on, made City look far more dangerous and was the missing piece.
Gael Clichy – N/A
Came on late, not enough time to rate.