Player Ratings: Newport County 1-4 Manchester City (FA Cup)

Under the lights at Rodney Parade against Newport County, it was the Blues who have put us one game from Wembley once again in the FA Cup with a comfortable 4-1 victory.

City struggled in the first half with the best opportunity coming from Leroy Sané who crashed his shot against the crossbar. We had Ederson to thank for keeping the score at 0-0 as well when he produced a magnificent save down to his right after a long throw. The champions class shone through early in the second half when Leroy Sané combined brilliantly down the left with Gabriel Jesus before the German’s rasping shot could only be parried into the net by the Newport keeper. City doubled the lead when Phil Foden strode forward and his shot found the bottom corner. Newport made it nervy late on when a mix up by Aymeric Laporte allowed Amond to chip it over Ederson. But just after the camera’s had cut back to the action, Foden again ran at the Newport defence and lapsed a shot into the top left corner to restore our two goal advantage. Riyad Mahrez added a fourth with the last kick of the game after John Stones had set him through.

Here’s how I thought our boys in blue performed with my player ratings:

Ederson – 8/10 

Made a sensational save 15 minutes in to deny Newport the lead down to his right and had him to thank for us going into the break level. His class and calmness on the ball (apart from one scary moment) stopped Newport’s pressing from causing us much issues.

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Danilo – 6/10

Always was available on the overlap for Mahrez on the right. A good one-two with Jesus sent him through but on the stretch, could only hit the outside of the post 

John Stones – 7/10

Dealt with the bobble of the pitch really well and never really put a foot wrong. Will be disappointed he didn’t come away with the clean sheet after a mix up at the back and even got himself an assist setting through Mahrez for City’s fourth.

Nicolas Otamendi – 7/10

A solid outing once again from the general, with his aerial prowess really coming into force against a physical Newport side. Couldn’t really do anything with the Newport consolation with Laporte’s` poor header.

Oleksandr Zinchenko – 6/10

His threat overlapping Sané was evident with a few teasing balls in behind the Newport defence that no one got on the end of. He spent the majority of the game in the opposition half and was a different type of performance to his one versus Chelsea last Sunday.

Fernandinho – 8/10

Perhaps a surprise inclusion today and of course in typical Fernandinho style cut out any threat Newport had for 75 minutes before being replaced by Aymeric Laporte. A big week for the Brazilian with the Champions League and a League Cup final coming up.

Phil Foden – 9/10 (MOTM)

A brace for the Stockport Iniesta who was quiet for 70 minutes but dribbled with the ball past his man superbly before firing it past the Newport keeper down to his right. A goal that oozed class from a player who is getting better and better. His second was even better, just as Newport got back into the game he drove at their backline before rifling the ball into the top left corner. A brilliant strike by my MOTM.

NEWPORT, WALES – FEBRUARY 16: Phil Foden of Manchester City celebrates after scoring his team’s second goal during the FA Cup Fifth Round match between Newport County AFC and Manchester City at Rodney Parade on February 16, 2019 in Newport, United Kingdom. (Photo by Harry Trump/Getty Images)

David Silva – 7/10

Struggled initially on the bobbly pitch, but his class was on show for all to see in the second period. His quick and crisp passing created numerous opportunity’s before being replaced by Ilkay Gundogan with 10 minutes to go.

Leroy Sane – 8/10

Had a guilt edge opportunity in the first half to make it 1-0 after a brilliant one-two between him and David Silva but his shot crashed against the crossbar. His class however, showed early in the second half as he opened the scoring for City when his powerful shot could only be parried into the net.

Riyad Mahrez – 8/10

Was a constant threat down the right but he struggles to decide when passing the ball is the better option. A few times especially in the first half he went for an attempt on goal when there was an easier pass on. But his persistence to get a goal payed of as he struck City’s 4th right at the death which should give him a boost of confidence he needs.

NEWPORT, WALES – FEBRUARY 16: Riyad Mahrez of Manchester City during the FA Cup Fifth Round match between Newport County AFC and Manchester City at Rodney Parade on February 16, 2019 in Newport, United Kingdom. (Photo by Harry Trump/Getty Images)

Gabriel Jesus – 7/10

Did excellent for City’s opener combining with Sane down the left before slotting him through on goal. His Brazilian childhood could have aided him in this game as his close control was tested throughout and I thought he had an all-round good performance.

Substitutes:

Aymeric Laporte – 5/10

His defending was abysmal for Newport’s consolation but you will let him off with that one with his previous top class performances.

Ilkay Gundogan – N/A

Not on long enough to make a real impact but didn’t do anything wrong with the ball when he had it.

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