Monday 26 September 2016

Samir Nasri focus

Published 09/04/2016 | 20:11

Manchester City's Samir Nasri celebrates scoring his side's winner
Manchester City's Samir Nasri celebrates scoring his side's winner

Manchester City's Barclays Premier League home clash with West Brom on Saturday saw playmaker Samir Nasri back in the Blues starting line-up for the first time since September.

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Here, Press Association Sport assesses how the Frenchman, who has been sidelined by a thigh problem, fared in City's 2-1 win.

LINK-UP PLAY

This was a game in which City lacked intensity in attack for long periods - but when they did show some threat, Nasri was usually involved.

Things started badly for him, with him colliding with referee Mike Jones as the hosts lost possession in the build-up to Stephane Sessegnon's sixth-minute opener for Albion. But when Aleksandar Kolarov won the penalty which Sergio Aguero converted in the 19th minute to make it 1-1, it was a Nasri pass the full-back had latched onto before being brought down by Sessegnon.

Nasri subsequently produced a few more notable moments of invention in the first half as he tried to get his side going, nice attempted combinations with Aguero and Wilfried Bony just failing to come off.

GOAL THREAT

After a quiet first half for Nasri in terms of actual attempts on goal, he then enjoyed a sweet moment in the 66th minute as he notched what proved the winner.

It was only a simple tap-in after the ball broke to him via a blocked Aguero shot, but it was clear how much being back among the goals meant to the 28-year-old as he ran away in celebration with a broad smile on his face.

Nasri almost then added another goal in the last 10 minutes, curling a fine shot just wide.

OVERALL

Nasri's winning goal not only made for a nice moment in the context of his return from injury - it was just reward for a decent individual performance.

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