Everton 0 Manchester City 2 analysis: David Silva stars as Manuel Pellegrini's side confirm Premier League title credentials

ANALYSIS: Pellegrini's charges came through toughest examination this season

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STAR MAN

David Silva: The City playmaker has started the season superbly and was again in fine form. Some of his movement and passing was brilliant and he could torment some teams if he maintains this level. He might have had two goals in the opening minutes and he was unlucky to hit the post early in the second half.

MOMENT OF THE MATCH

The winner by Aleksandar Kolarov was a well-worked goal that further demonstrated the multi-faceted nature of City's attacking threat. City have only played three games but already they have shown they can score in a variety of different ways, a strong warning to the rest of the competition. Kolarov timed his run perfectly and finished well.

EVERTON 0 MAN CITY 2 MATCH REPORT

VIEW FROM THE BENCH

Everton boss Roberto Martinez will be pleased with the way his side dealt with the threat of City for much of the game. City's attack was fluid but they had little joy until Kolarov found a way through. With their attack also dangerous, the signs are good for Everton despite the result. Opposite number Manuel Pellegrini can reflect on another satisfactory result and clean sheet, with his side coming through their toughest examination yet.

 

MOAN OF THE MATCH

Tim Howard may come in for a bit of criticism. The normally reliable American goalkeeper probably should not have been beaten at his near post by Kolarov's strike and he was caught out as Yaya Toure flicked neatly into the area for Samir Nasri to clip home the second goal.

WHO'S UP NEXT?

Barnsley v Everton (Capital One Cup, Wednesday 26 August)

Manchester City v Watford (Premier League, Saturday 29 August)

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