Sep 27, 2014 at 3pm UK at ​The KCOM Stadium
Hull City
2-4
Man CityManchester City
Mangala (21' og.), Hernandez (32' pen.)
FT(HT: 2-2)
Aguero (7'), Dzeko (11', 68'), Lampard (87')
Mangala (31'), Clichy (84')

Player Ratings: Hull City 2-4 Manchester City

Sports Mole takes a closer look at Manchester City's 4-2 win at Hull in the Premier League.

Manchester City withstood a Hull City fightback on Saturday afternoon to earn a 4-2 win at the KC Stadium in the Premier League.

The visitors got off to a blistering start as goals from Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko put them 2-0 up with just 10 minutes played.

Hull then reduced their deficit through an Eliaquim Mangala own goal before Abel Hernandez's penalty made it 2-2 at half time.

However, the away team sealed the victory after the break as Dzeko and substitute Frank Lampard found the net to make sure of the points.

Here, Sports Mole takes a closer look at the individual performance of the players during a thrilling encounter between the sides.


Abel Hernandez of Hull City scores from the penalty spot during the Barclays Premier League match between Hull City and Manchester City at KC Stadium on September 27, 2014© Getty Images

HULL

Goal

Allan McGregor: The goalkeeper will be disappointed with the way he allowed the ball to creep past him for Man City's third goal, but he kept his side in the game more than once by making some fine saves. (7/10)

Defence

Liam Rosenior: Keeping his place in the starting XI following Hull's defeat to West Bromwich Albion in midweek, the full-back put in a decent shift for the hosts down the right flank. It was his cross that led to Eliaquim Mangala's own goal. (7/10)

Michael Dawson: The summer signing gave a typically full-blooded display in the heart of defence, though he sometimes looked out of his depth against the slickness of Man City's attacking riches. (7/10)

Curtis Davies: Despite seeing his side concede four goals, Davies showed good leadership by organising Hull's back line. (8/10)

Andy Robertson: The youngster struggled to give Hull options down the left in the same way that Rosenior did on the right. Looked ineffective late on and was replaced by Robbie Brady. (6/10)

Midfield

Ahmed Elmohamady: Usually such a threat for Hull down the left wing, Elmohamady struggled to make an impact on the game despite being deployed in a more advanced position. (6/10)

Mohamed Diame: Held Hull's midfield together well. Bombed forward when necessary but also faced up to his responsibilites by getting back and helping out in defensive areas. (7/10)

Tom Huddlestone: Had a couple of attempts at goal and kept Hull ticking over with some crisp passing and combative tackling. (7/10)

Jake Livermore: Made life tough for Man City with his usual blend of pressing and tackling. He is proving to be an important cog in the Hull machine. (7/10)

Attack

Abel Hernandez: Apart from winning and scoring a penalty for his side, Hernandez did little to catch the imagination for the Tigers. (6/10)

Nikica Jelavic: The Croatian ran tirelessly throughout for Hull, though clear-cut chances were few and far between due to a lack of service. (7/10)

Substitutes

Hatem Ben Arfa: Failed to give Hull an injection of creativity when he was introduced from the bench with around 15 minutes to play. (6/10)

Gaston Ramirez: Similar to Ben Arfa, Ramirez was brought on with the intention of providing a spark in the final third. However, he was unable to cause the visitors any trouble. (6/10)

Robbie Brady: Did little of note during the final seven minutes when he entered the action. (6/10)


Edin Dzeko of Manchester City scores his team's third goal past Allan McGregor of Hull City during the Barclays Premier League match between Hull City and Manchester City at KC Stadium on September 27, 2014 © Getty Images

MAN CITY

Goal

Willy Caballero: City's goalkeeper pulled off a couple of important saves in the second half, giving Manuel Pellegrini food for thought when it comes to his next team selection. Despite conceding two goals, there was little he could have done about either of them. (7/10)

Defence

Pablo Zabaleta: Arguably the best right-back in the Premier League, Zabaleta showed plenty of desire out wide. His hard-working, never-say-die attitude was important for the visitors in the second half. (8/10)

Vincent Kompany: The captain was rarely troubled as Hull struggled to create chances, particularly after the break. That said, he gave the away side a calming presence at the back when the hosts made it 2-2. (7/10)

Eliaquim Mangala: A day to forget for the summer signing. Looked all over the place for large periods of the match, scoring an own goal and giving away a penalty. (5/10)

Gael Clichy: Did not get forward as much as fellow full-back Zabaleta, but the Frenchman made sure that Hull had little joy down the left thanks to a composed display. (7/10)

Midfield

James Milner: Yet another no-nonsense performance from the versatile Milner, who started out on the wing before moving into a more central position towards the end of the match. (7/10)

Fernandinho: The Brazilian was passive for the most part before he was withdrawn with a possible knock just after the hour. (6/10)

Yaya Toure: This was not one of Toure's finest afternoons, though he did a good job in anchoring the midfield as Fernandino struggled to assert himself. (7/10)

David Silva: The tricky Spaniard played a key role in most of City's attacks thanks to his fluent movement and intricate passing. (8/10)

Attack

Sergio Aguero: Took his goal well to give his side the lead, but his influence waned the further the match went on. (7/10)

Edin Dzeko: Looked far more dangerous, and fitter, than his strike partner. Scored a sensational goal to make it 2-0 to City before showing some impressive instincts to give them a 3-2 lead after the break. (8/10)

Substitutes

Jesus Navas: Linked well with his teammates in the final third during the last 25 minutes of the game, but does not look like the player he was 12 months ago. (6/10)

Frank Lampard: The veteran midfielder made it four goals in three games with a neat finish from close range. Is quickly proving to be a talisman for the Blues. (7/10)

Martin Demichelis: Came on with 12 minutes to play in order to shore up the away side's defence. Did exactly that as Hull pushed for a late equaliser. (7/10)


Abel Hernandez of Hull City scores from the penalty spot during the Barclays Premier League match between Hull City and Manchester City at KC Stadium on September 27, 2014
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