Player ratings: Manchester City 4-1 Fulham (FA Cup 4th round)
Although the Cottagers took a shock lead through Fabio Carvalho, Ilkay Gundogan’s equalizer quickly put an end to fears of an upset.
John Stones scored from a corner shortly after, before Jack Grealish won a second-half penalty to give the hosts a chance to wrap things up.
After Riyad Mahrez scored from the spot and then again at the break, Manchester City were not stopped, and only the offside flag prevented substitute Liam Delap from making five in the closing minutes.
Here’s how we rated the players in Manchester City’s comfortable win over Fulham at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday-
Zack Steffen – 6
Powerless to stop Fulham’s opener but did everything right for the rest of the game except for a few sloppy passes from the back.
Kyle Walker – 6.5
Booked just before the break. That recovery pace further bailed out his team late on.
John Stones – 7
The 27-year-old brilliantly won the header and guided a fine finish into the far corner. Otherwise, well swept several times before Fulham were finally put to bed.
Nathan Ake – 6
The Dutchman had a tough time which is probably understandable for any player after two weeks out.
Joao Cancelo – 6.5
After signing a new contract with City this week, the full-back played a brilliant ball in the build-up to City’s equaliser. He was no good for Fulham’s goal, however.
Fernandinho – 5
Everyone knows Fernandinho’s legs aren’t what they used to be, and that was evident against Fulham with several untimely tackles. His technical ability still stands apart from the fact that he almost gave Fulham a late chance.
Kevin De Bruyne – 8
An excellent delivery from a corner gave De Bruyne another assist, this time for Stones. At the heart of so many attacks, including the preparation of Mahrez’s second. The Belgian is so good at those defensive passes that curl past the centre-backs.
Ilkay Gundogan – 7
Scored a quick equalizer for City by doing what he has done so well for the past 14 months – entering the box at the right time and finishing at home.
Jack Grealish – 6
The race to win the penalty was jaw-dropping, and exactly the sort of thing we want to see more of from Grealish. But it came after a first half where things really didn’t click. The England international needs more time.
Phil Foden – 6
One of City’s quietest attacking players that day, but the 21-year-old still got involved and delivered some standout moments.
Riyad Mahrez – 8.5 (MOTM)
Set Gundogan up for the leveler with a simple square pass after pulling back one of his silky touches. He then netted a confident penalty and added a fourth moments later. Another excellent performance from Mahrez this season.
Rahim Sterling – 6
Looked sharp but should probably leave the free kicks to Gundogan for a while.
Oleksandr Zinchenko – 6
Well inserted to give Joao Cancelo some respite.
James McAtee – 6
Again, he didn’t look out of place at all in the senior team.
Bernardo Silva – 6
Showed his usual impressive work rate.
Liam Delap – 6
Had some good times in his first senior appearance for a while. He was unlucky to have a goal scored offside.
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