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Player Ratings: Manchester City 1-2 West Ham

Report cards for City's players after suffering their first Premier League defeat of the season.

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Joe Hart (6.5): His Premier League shutout streak came screeching to a halt against West Ham. Victor Moses found the bottom corner of Hart's net just six minutes into the game, and Diafra Sakho added to the lead on 31 minutes. Hart did not play poorly at all, but he was not asked to do much, especially in the second half when the Hammers parked the bus in their own half.

Bacary Sagna (7.5): City attacked in waves in the second half, and Sagna was repeatedly involved in the action. Even with his passing and crossing ability from the right side, City could not find an equalizer.

Nicolas Otamendi (7.0): Vincent Kompany missed the match due to injury, so Otamendi earned his first start for City. The sliding challenge expert was organized defensively, and he looked comfortable alongside his compatriot Martin Demichelis in the second half. With five minutes remaining in regulation, Otamendi had the opportunity to be the hero when he headed one goalwards, but the alert Adrian turned it over the bar.

Eliaquim Mangala (6.5): Mangala suffered a muscle injury, which inhibited him from being able to continue after the interval. He did not close down Moses on the opening goal, but his chemistry with his ex-Porto teammate Otamendi was decent enough seeing as they had only played together for some 20 minutes against Juventus prior to this game.

Aleksandar Kolarov (6.5): He was not his usual self, but he started to flow as the match wore on. After all, everyone on City was flowing after the half.

Yaya Toure (7.0): He had a number of scoring chances in the second half but could not cash in. He asserted his dominance, especially once City were owning every phase of the game. He showed that he can create chances for himself simply by being too powerful for defenders.

Fernandinho (8.0): A paragon of consistency, Fernandinho was on his game yet again. He facilitated play well and figured to be a key architect in a City comeback, but the away side somehow fended off the danger time and time again.

Jesus Navas (7.0): He put Aaron Creswell under a tremendous amount of pressure by using his pace and quickness. However, he did not have a high success rate on his crosses.

Kevin De Bruyne (8.5): He cooly tucked the ball into the back of the net to chop West Ham's lead in half just before the break. He was unable to double his money in the second half, but his play was outstanding. If he plays centrally, he will excel. If he plays out wide, he will excel.

Raheem Sterling (6.5): His upside is so high, but his ability to consistently create is still a work in progress. He and Kolarov did not look as menacing as they have in prior contests.

Sergio Aguero (6.5): Aguero logged an assist, but he did not look a threat like he almost always does. His play will inevitably improve, regardless of whether or not he finishes the season with loads of goals.


Martin Demichelis (6.5): He played center-back for the second half alongside Otamendi, meaning he played a whole lot more than he has in any other game this season.

Wilfried Bony (6.5): He can get into a nice rhythm when he plays, but he entered the match with just 24 minutes remaining in regulation and was not really gelling.

Kelechi Iheanacho (6.0): Every City fan had to be thinking it. No, every City fan was thinking it. The 18-year-old was ready to provide another dramatic moment. He just was. Down 2-1. Six minutes remaining plus stoppage time. It did not happen, but looking forward, City fans have to be excited by the prospect of having a player this talented who can come off the bench and serve as a catalyst.