Manchester City 3 Sunderland 2: How Chris Young rated the Black Cats

Stevan Jovetic beat Costel Pantilimon for Manchester City's second goal today
Stevan Jovetic beat Costel Pantilimon for Manchester City's second goal today

SUNDERLAND reporter Chris Young gives his verdict after the Black Cats suffered a first defeat on the road since October, at reigning champions Manchester City.

Pantilimon 8 - Beaten three times, but made a string of superb saves during the final 10 minutes to give Sunderland hope of grabbing a late leveller.

Vergini 6 - Was solid during the first half, but several games carrying an injury took their toll after the break, with Clichy making City’s second and third goals. (Coates 6 - Part of a back-line which was run ragged during final 10 minutes.)

O’Shea 7 - Led a defence which was near-immaculate for the opening hour.

Brown 6 - Gave Lampard far too much room after Sunderland levelled and was duly punished.

Jones 7 - Made a decent fist of it at left-back and won the penalty which led to Sunderland’s equaliser.

RODWELL 8 - Produced a couple of thumping challenges and netted against his former club. Didn’t do his chance of starting more regularly any harm.

Larsson 6 - Injury probably restricted him to some degree, but came closest during first half from free-kick.

Gomez 5 - Too slack in possession and looked tired. (Giaccherini 8 - Excellent cameo off the bench and finally gave Sunderland an attacking spark.)

Johnson 7 - Third goal in four games and looked to be only Sunderland player with attacking ideas during backs-to-the-wall first hour.

Buckley 5 - Made no attacking impression whatsoever. (Alvarez 7 - Brilliant run in build-up to the penalty).

Wickham 6 - Finally got his chance down the middle, but was forced to feed off scraps.

MAN CITY: Caballero 7, Zabaleta 6, Mangala 6, Demichelis 6, Clichy 8, Yaya Toure 8, Fernandinho 7, Nasri 7, Silva 7, Navas 8, Jovetic 8 (Lampard 8).