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Manchester CITY 4 - Leicester City 2

FA Cup Third Round

The City of Manchester Stadium

18/01/11

Attendance: 27, 775

Referee: Mark Halsey

Manchester CITY
4 - 2
Leicester City
Tevez 15, Vieira 37, Johnson 38; Kolarov 90
 
Gallagher pen 19, Dyer 83
 
Venue: The City of Manchester Stadium
 
Attendance: 27, 775
The Teams
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
Substitutes
Given (GK)
 
 
 
Logan (GK)
 
 
Barry
 
 
64
 
Neilson
 
 
Jo
 
 
78
 
Teixeira
 
 
Toure
 
 
 
Oakley
 
 
De Jong
 
 
 
Waghorn
 
 
68
Boyata
 
 
 
N'Guessan
 
 
Nimely
 
 
 
Moussa
 
 
30
Game Statistics
10
Goal Attempts
10
8
On Target
7
1
Corners
6
2
Offside
1
15
Fouls
5
1
Yellow Cards
1
58
%
42
Comments...
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.




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Date:Tuesday January 18 2011

Time: 9:43PM

Your Comments

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
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.
arthur7171
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.
johnkelv
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.
StuMCFC
Nice one JB good read ...agree with comments on defence it is becoming more urgent by the game
Doody
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.
fifthcolumnblue
I was embarassed by the number of people there last night. It was pathetic.
SkyBlueSuedeShoes
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.
fifthcolumnblue
Brilliant touch by the ref for their second, maybe we should sign he up
Rob-EFC
maybe we should bring Elano back just to take penalties.
Buzz Lightyear
Attendance was poor but was about the same as the 5th round game against Stoke in the Cup last February so it isn't a serious decline or anything.
StuMCFC
 

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