Player Ratings – Manchester City
Jack Butland – 4
Conceded seven but couldn’t be blamed for any apart from maybe the sixth when he has beating as his near post.
Tom Edwards – 5
Suffered defensively and Sane had him all over the place however did look a little promising at times and his cross for Diouf was exceptional, shame he couldn’t continue but looking forward to seeing more of him.
Kurt Zouma – 5
Drove forward well once but launched his shot wide, lost the ball of City’s fifth however could’ve easily been more without his interceptions at times.
Kevin Wimmer – 2
Missed headers and got torn apart, absolutely shocking display, the worst defensive display I’ve saw in some time, thankfully removed at half time.
Erik Pieters – 4
Another who was torn apart on the day, was far too deep at times, kept others onside.
Mame Diouf – 7
Put in a good shift and luck was on his side for both goals.
Darren Fletcher – 5
Poorest he has performed to date in a Stoke shirt, lost the ball for their first goal, passing not up to the usual standard.
Geoff Cameron – 6
Another who ran around a little bit and he probably did a better job than Allen would have, came close to scoring when hitting the side netting.
Maxim Choupo Moting – 4
Forgot he was even playing, didn’t make any impact.
Xherdan Shaqiri – 5
Another who made little impact, couple of good moments on the ball but nowhere near good enough.
Jese – 5
Lovely set up for the first of Diouf’s lucky goals but simply couldn’t keep ball, probably right to be removed at half time.
Ibrahim Afellay – 4
Didn’t have a chance to make a significant impact, picked up a silly yellow after losing the ball then pulling down Sane’s pants, a moment that summarised the day.
Bruno Martins Indi – 4
Lost the ball for City’s fourth, was better than Wimmer when coming on but that’s not saying much.
Ramadan Sobhi – 2
Didn’t look bothered and made no impact, didn’t even try.
By Glenn Urwin
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