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PLAYER REVIEWS: Hat Trick Hero Mahrez Shines As Manchester City Thrash Wrestles Burnley 5-0

Manchester City recorded their first Premier League win since Halloween and it was Riyad Mahrez who gave Burnley the most nightmares with a brilliant hat-trick.

The Algerian swept a pass from Kevin De Bruyne home for the opener and curled in the post after 22 minutes to double the hosts’ advantage after firing on a quick throw-in from Kyle Walker.

Bailey Peacock-Farrell had a scorching time for the visitors in goal when City dominated. Here Sportsmail rates both sets of players.

Riyad Mahrez now has 61 goals and 41 assists in the Premier League since his debut in 2014

Man City (4-3-3) Average: 7.5

Ederson – 7

A virtual spectator until the hour when he had to stop a strong punch from Rodriguez.

Kyle Walker – 8

Towering presence in the air to help cope with Burnley’s long ball game and quick thinking saw Mahrez take second place.

Kyle Walker was strong despite Burnley’s pressure and his throw-in led to Mahrez’s second place

John Stones – 7

First league minutes since the opening game of the season and did what he had to do without fuss.

Ruben Dias – 7

Another solid outing from the Portuguese star that is settling in well. Enjoyed the physical challenge Burnley’s direct approach presented.

Benjamin Mendy – 7

The first goal in more than five years was impressive, but a bit of a risk in the defense with poor decision making and passes.

Kevin De Bruyne – 9

A hand in the first and third with excellent assists, his weighted pass to Mendy’s goal was a real collector’s item.

Kevin De Bruyne was typically majestic, adding two more assists to his enviable roster

Rodri – 8

One of his better games as his strong challenge was the opener. Won every 50-50 before being submerged during the break.

Ilkay Gundogan – 7

Grafted hard in the middle and turned out to be an unbeatable barrier next to Rodri and then Fernandinho.

Riyad Mahrez – 8

Made no mistake with three excellent finishes that quadrupled his club total for the season. A deadly prospect if you play with this confidence.

Mahrez’s second goal was Manchester City’s first goal since April 2016

Gabriel Jesus – 7

Worked hard on both sides and founded Torres selflessly, but would have wanted a cause for himself.

Ferran Torres – 7

Frustrations seemed to continue for the new boy as he had ruled out a goal in the first half, but grabbed his chance in the second.

SUBSTITUTES

Fernandinho 6 (for Rodri 45min), Foden 7 (for Torres 67), Garcia 6 (for Dias 70). Subs not used: Sterling, Steffen, Silva, Cancelo.

Burnley (4-2-3-1) Average: 5.3

Bailey Peacock-Farrell – 4

The Northern Ireland international made his Premier League debut and was shocked by the time he escaped an own goal for City’s disallowed “sixth”.

Bailey Peacock-Farrell had a scorching time in goal in a rare performance in place of the injured Nick Pope

Matt Lowton – 5

Did a good job keeping Torres quiet for an hour, but much too pressure to contribute in the future.

James Tarkowski – 5

Bad pass gave City the opener and went downhill from there with some bad decisions and mistakes.

Ben Mee – 6

Displayed self-control despite tremendous pressure. One of the few visitors who come out with any credit.

Charlie Taylor – 5

Eliminated from the quick throw that led to the second and spent much of the game chasing shadows.

Ashley Westwood – 5

Set delivery was decent, but spent the afternoon trying, and failing, to stop the forward flow of City’s stars.

Josh Benson – 5

First foray into league football for the 20-year-old and looked overwhelmed at times but took a decent free kick that just flew wide.

Jay Rodriguez – 6

Used in a wide position where its length was intended to create openings, but it was his 61-minute shot that forced Ederson into his first save.

Dwight McNeil – 7

Young winger played a more central role and looked tricky. Long-distance efforts flew by, but at least provided temporary concern for City.

Dwight McNeil was Burnley’s brightest offensive spark and saw an attempt fly over from a great distance

Ashley Barnes – 5

Burnley’s first shot came after 49 minutes, but it went wide. Inoculated, but not a final product.

Chris Wood – 5

Challenged to every ball when it hit his path – which wasn’t often – but without service he would never make an impact.

SUBSTITUTES

Pieters 5 (for Wood 67min), Vydra 5 (for Barnes 81). Subs not used: Gudmundsson, Norris, Long, Dunne, Goodridge.

REF: Lee Mason 7

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