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Manchester CITY
4 - 2
Leicester City

FA Cup Third Round

The City of Manchester Stadium


Attendance: 27, 775

Referee: Mark Halsey

Manchester CITYLeicester City
Tevez 15, Vieira 37, Johnson 38; Kolarov 90 Gallagher pen 19, Dyer 83
Hart     Weale    
Zabaleta     Naughton    
Lescott     Hobbs    
Kompany     Bamba    
Kolarov     Berner    
Y Toure     78 Gallagher     30
Vieira     Wellens    
Milner     Abe    
Johnson     King    
Tevez     Dyer    
Silva     64 Howard     68
Given (GK)     Logan (GK)    
Barry     64 Neilson    
Jo     78 Teixeira    
Toure     Oakley    
De Jong     Waghorn     68
Boyata     N'Guessan    
Nimely     Moussa     30
Game Statistics
Goal Attempts
On Target
Yellow Cards
Johnny On The Spot: A strong City side were sent out to get the job done quickly of reaching the fourth round and Notts County, but were again pushed all the way by resilient Leicester...Yet the hard working Championship side were in truth aided by more inexplicable City defending and erratic refereeing from City legend Mark Halsey...City's case for the defence has become very shaky of late and The Blues have now conceded 7 goal in 3 games, 5 coming against The Foxes. Roberto Mancini will be heavily focused on addressing the situation urgently with crucial league games against Villa, Birmingham and West Brom imminent in the pre European competition race to get points on the board...We have reached the no margin for error phase of the season and put simply, City will not realise the holy grail of a trophy this year if the side drift into a we'll score more than you mentality...There were shades of the haphazard form under Mark Hughes tonight as City's central midfield never fully functioned correctly and left the back four repeatedly exposed...Up front the main question mark was over why The Citizens failed to exploit the wings more often and get in behind Leicester rather than go through the middle...Negatives aside, an important win from a pulsating tie that we can file under "one we would have lost in the past again." When it counted City had the class and extra gear to see off courageous opponents and that refusal to be beaten could yet realise long craved for success.

Writer:Johnny Baguette
Date:Tuesday January 18 2011
Time: 9:43PM


a good performance by Leicester, they lost their best player from the first leg(Gallagher) quite early on but did well to put another two passed Joe Hart, but you always had that feeling city were not firing on all six cylinders.
Buzz Lightyear
18/01/2011 22:08:00
we're letting the goals in again show's the importance of having a settled central defence which has been changed around in recent games.
18/01/2011 22:09:00
A good win, King Carlos missed a pen again, which put us under pressure when Leicester scored a second. Nigel was missed, but Silva did well before he came off, so good to see him back. All in all a good old fashioned cup tie, which we won well in the end.
18/01/2011 22:10:00
Though both goals we conceded were questionable. That penalty was by no means blatent, there didn't seem to be any contact and their players didn't even appeal! Then the second, Halsey basically assisted it with his deflection. We wouldn't have conceded a second if not for that. But generally, yeah, our defence has been shaky but dealt with the setpieces a lot better today than the last two games. Lescott was very poor though.
18/01/2011 22:14:00
Nice one JB good read ...agree with comments on defence it is becoming more urgent by the game
18/01/2011 23:43:00
Not sure whether that scoreline flatters Leicester or not TBH! On the one hand they were a surprisingly good side - on the other, their penalty was dubious at best, and Mark Halsey provided the assist for their second goal. Surely the ref should stop the game and give a dropped ball when his actions provide such an advantage? Felt we could (and should) have had about 7 last night, two sitters and a penalty missed didn';t matter last night, but we really should be putting away our chances! Job done though, bring on Notts County.
19/01/2011 08:25:00
I was embarassed by the number of people there last night. It was pathetic.
19/01/2011 09:11:00
Have to confess I only live 3 miles from the ground but didn't go despite wanting to - even at £15.00 per ticket I'm really struggling until payday, would imagine a lot of others are too.
19/01/2011 09:21:00
Brilliant touch by the ref for their second, maybe we should sign he up
19/01/2011 09:45:00
maybe we should bring Elano back just to take penalties.
Buzz Lightyear
19/01/2011 11:56:00
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