Bristol City 2 - 3 Manchester City - Player Ratings
Manchester City booked their place in the Carabao Cup final with a 3-2 victory on the night and 5-3 victory on aggregate over Bristol City.
Leroy Sane opened the scoring when Aden Flint could not stop his effort as he tried to clear on the line, before shortly into the second half, Sergio Aguero made it 2-0 with a fine finish.
Bristol City fought back with a Marlon Pack header and Aden Flint goal to claw it back to 2-2. However, with Bristol City pouring all their players forward, Manchester City was able to counter and Kevin De Bruyne slotted home from close range.
Here are the player ratings from the match:
Luke Steele – 6
Steele made a few good stops on the night and could do nothing about the three City goals. Unfortunately, he faced world class opposition which he isn’t used to.
Korey Smith – 6
Filling in at right-back, Smith did a good job of dealing with Sane who continuously made runs in behind or run directly at him. But, he did prove a bit too much for him at times.
Aden Flint – 5
Flint, who performed brilliantly in the first leg had a much tougher night in the home leg. He simply wasn’t able to clear Sane’s shot off the line, and was part of a defence that eventually conceded three. However, he did get himself on the scoresheet with what he thought was a goal that would earn them a draw right at the end.
Bailey Wright – 5
Wright, like his center-back partner Flint, had a very difficult night. He came into the team to replace Baker, who had a slight injury fear, but he did not replicate Baker’s performance at the Etihad. However, it was different and the whole Bristol City team were penned in their half for most of the game.
Hordur Magnusson – 4
Magnusson did well to contain Bernardo Silva for almost 45 minutes, but a poor decision to try and shield the ball out of play caused City’s opener, and he was seemingly subbed off for it at half-time.
Josh Brownhill – 7
Boyhood man city fan Great feet in tight spaces Boyhood Manchester City fan Brownhill put in an excellent performance. He showed some great feet in tight spaces and was one of the standout performers for the home side, especially in the first half when the rest of the team were finding it very hard to keep the ball.
Marlon Pack – 7
Pack may have been struggling against Manchester City’s creative midfield three, but he climbed well to head home Bristol City’s second-half goal, which is only his second in all competitions this season.
Liam Walsh – 5
Walsh had a difficult night, understandably, as De Bruyne and Silva interchanging saw him mainly chase shadows all evening.
Joe Bryan – 7
Continued to build on his home performance against Man United as he defended brilliantly against a very creative and tricky Bernardo Silva. The left-back could soon be on the way to the Premier League with the performances he has been putting in.
Jamie Paterson – 6
Paterson was struggling to see much of the ball and often lost it when he did, but his hard work paid off when a good cross set up Pack for a great header to make it 2-1.
Bobby Reid – 7
Reid worked tirelessly all night and played a big part in both of his team’s goals. He played a great cushioned ball to Paterson who then set up Pack, and additionally Reid’s climb to nod down for Flint almost got his team a draw.
Nathan Baker – 5
The defender should have arguably got closer to Aguero as he allowed him to pick his spot and make it 2-0. However, it was always going to be difficult being thrown on at center back against Aguero in the middle of the match.
Famara Diedhiou – 7
The substitute, who has spent a long time on the sidelines injured, made a big impact off the bench, he held the ball up well, worked hard and helped Bristol City create more chances. Causing havoc from a high long ball he played an important role in Bristol City’s goal.
Ryan Kent – 6
The Liverpool loanee showed off some skills and did well in possession, but he did not see as much of the ball as he would have liked.