We truly are an average side. The defending from the city side is pathetic at best, considering we have some highly rated stars in our side we look like a side that should be drawing 1-1 with Fulham.
Once again Hughes doesn't pick Jo and persists with the inept Vassell and the rather basic Benjani. Once again Hughes decides to utilise Ched Evans, who can only get a game because of his nationality and nothing else. He is a young player who clearly isn't good enough, i wonder what the likes of Jo and Caicedo must think, both vastly more experienced and better players.
This will certainly dismiss any false confidence gained from beating a miss firing schalke and demoralised and heavily weakened Arsenal. We haven’t improved from last season, despite adding several players at high prices, there are still too many weak links in our side, Richard Dunne is one of them. Tal Ben-Haim may not be everyone’s favourite defender but his past few performances have already shown his quality compared to the calamitous Dunne, who couldn't handle second rate striker Zamora.
The midfield is far too weak, for all of Hamann ability and class, he is simply too old and doesn't have the ability to keep up with the game, Kompany works far too hard, he had a mixed game today, but we would be far worse without him. Ireland shouldn't be out on the left, he was pretty woeful today, he may be out of position but that doesn't excuse his poor passing. Wright-phillips didn't look fit and I’m not a fan of him in that position, he is far more effective down the right, as he was against united, he gave a left goo left back a torrid time. Vassell for all his effort and forest gump like running adds nothing to the side, he remains the thorn, and the sooner he is rid of the better.
Benjani is a poacher, but he sure has a poor 1st touch, it amazes me, how often his 1st touch means he has to do something completely different, sometimes it works in his favour. I like Benjani, but he shouldn’t be leading the line for city.
Hart: some decent saves, difficult sun light, difficult to stop bullard shot. 7
Ball: Poor player, he won't last long, Garrido has really made that position his (until January) 5
Dunne: allowed Zamora too much freedom, caught out for the goal, some really poor clearances. Not good enough. 5
Ben Haim: Decent effort, one glaring error, allowing Zamora space, but otherwise covered for Dunne. 7
Zabaleta: His tackle our well times, but today his attacking ability was great, it's a shame when your right back is more threatening than your right midfield, but that was the case today. MOM 8
Hamann: Reliable, class act, but too slow, caught out.. 6
Kompany: some good tackles but got caught in possession a couple of times, good effort.6
Ireland: not in the game, bad passing did very little.5
Vassell: did very little, when he has the ball, turns back to goal, often loses possession, waste of space.4
Wright-Phillips: great effort, not on the ball today, hadn't trained in the week, looked tired. 6
Benjani: Good finish, poor 1st touch, didn't improve anything taking him off. 6
Ched Evans: poor. 2