FA Cup - FA Cup final player ratings

Sat, 14 May 19:56:00 2011

We rate each of the players from Manchester City and Stoke City following Roberto Mancini's side's 1-0 win at Wembley Stadium.

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Manchester City

GK: Joe Hart (7) - Assured, confident, commanding. The England keeper did not err and provided a solid backline for City in the nervy final minutes.

RB: Micah Richards (7) - The right back was typically adventurous and went close with a diving header in the second half. His defending was strong too.

CB: Vincent Kompany (7) - The Belgian turned out another faultless display as he led from the back for his side and ensured that the Stoke forwards were well marshalled throughout.

CB: Joleon Lescott (6) - The imposing defender struggled at times to contain the physical Kenwyne Jones, but could not have been blamed as City kept a clean sheet.

LB: Aleksandar Kolarov (7) - City's marauding left back provided an enterprising outlet down the flank and delivered numerous testing deliveries into the box.

CM: Gareth Barry (6) - Relatively subdued, Barry's work was typically self-effacing and industrious and he screened the City back four to good effect. Was replaced midway through the second half.

CM: Nigel de Jong (7) - The Dutchman made several key challenges and interventions, including one tackle to deny Jonathan Walters from unleashing a dangerous shot late on.

CM: Yaya Toure (8) - City's highest-paid player earned his wages with a consummate and powerful display from midfield, clinching the victory with an emphatic finish to secure the Cup.

FW: David Silva (6) - The Spaniard had a rare bad day as he spurned two clear-cut chances, including one absolute sitter in the first half which he should have converted with ease.

FW: Mario Balotelli (7) - City's volatile and unpredictable forward vindicated Mancini's decision to hand him a starting berth with an all-action display with his undoubted class shining through.

CF: Carlos Tevez (7) - With his fitness shrouded in doubt, Tevez provided a cutting edge and spark in the final third of the field which occupied the Stoke back four and represented a constant threat.

Stoke City

GK: Thomas Sorensen (7) - The Dane was surprisingly selected ahead of Asmir Begovic, but performed with distinction to repeatedly thwart City, including a fine save to deny Silva.

RB: Andy Wilkinson (6) - As combative and feisty as ever, Wilkinson left his mark on a number of City players, allowing his frustration to boil over late on with a few reckless challenges.

CB: Ryan Shawcross (7) - The defender was imposing throughout and contained Tevez to good effect for long periods. Was not at fault for Stoke's defeat and was tireless at the back.

CB: Robert Huth (6) - The German was fortunate not to be sent off early on for a brazen elbow on Balotelli, and never looked entirely sharp having passed a late fitness test.

LB: Marc Wilson (6) - Wilson blazed a few wild and nervous shots high and wide to frustrate his own team-mates, but he defended without fault in a mixed display at left-back.

RM: Jermaine Pennant (7) - The winger went down injured time and again after he sustained an ankle problem at the end of the first half, and he was not able to perform to his full capabilities as a result.

CM: Rory Delap (6) - The midfielder was very subdued as City defended each of his long throws with ease and he found himself firmly pegged back in the Stoke half throughout.

CM: Glenn Whelan (7) - The second half saw Whelan dictate the Stoke play from deep in the midfield, and the Irishman came into his own when afforded more space and time on the ball late on.

LM: Matthew Etherington (5) - Not himself. Stoke boss Tony Pulis gambled on the winger's fitness, and was not rewarded as he went through his time on the field virtually anonymous.

FW: Kenwyne Jones (6) - A constant threat with his physicality and imposing presence, Jones occupied the City back four throughout, but did not get sufficient service as he was denied goalscoring opportunities.

FW: Jonathan Walters (7) - Typically bristling with fight and endeavour, Walters was tireless from start to finish, but was too often trapped out on the left flank and unable to make a real impact.


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