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Manchester City
5 - 0
Notts County

FA Cup 4th Round Replay

The City of Manchester Stadium


Attendance: 27, 276

Referee: Mike Jones

Manchester CityNotts County
Vieira 37 , 58, Tevez 84 , Dzeko 89 , Richards 90
Hart     Nelson    
Richards     Darby     60
K Toure     Edwards    
Lescott     Pearce     90
Kolarov     Harley    
Balotelli     60 Hawley    
Vieira     Ravenhill    
Y Toure     81 Bishop    
Silva     86 Westcarr    
Zabaleta     Gow    
Dzeko     Hughes     80
Taylor (GK)     Burch (GK)    
Kompany     Lee    
Boateng     Thompson     60
Barry     81 Smith    
Jo     86 Chilvers     90
Tevez     60 Gobern     80
Nimely     Spicer    
Game Statistics
Goal Attempts
On Target
Yellow Cards
Johnny On The Spot A slow starting and lethargic City positively thundered into the 5th round once Carlos Tevez was introduced to turn the screw on a flagging County who had again taken the game to The Blues from the first whistle. All credit to them for giving City a few kicks up the backside in this tie...Early on, City looked ragged and in need of inspiration. It came from an unlikely source when a struggling Patrick Vieira rolled back the years with two trademark headers...City's midfield was again failing to take a grip on proceedings despite David Silva's constant urgency and numerous players didn't appear to be on the same wavelength as the side failed to push up in numbers when required...But all that changed with the unleashing of El Apache in favour of a fuming Mario Balotelli who stormed down the tunnel after his substitution. Despite some fine touches, the enigmatic Italian striker had lost momentum and discipline...Tevez and Silva immediately sparked to life and stretched a tiring County repeatedly, inspiring Edin Dzeko in the process. Tevez plundered his 50th goal in Sky Blue thanks to a fine through ball from Dzeko and the favour was returned a few minutes later...In the context of the season's aspirations, this result represents a timely confidence booster during the most crucial fortnight of the season to date. If City can build upon this and beat Aris at Eastlands in Europe in four days time, Roberto Mancini's team, of whom he is starting to tinker a little less with, will be well set for an exciting three months of football.

Writer:Johnny Baguette
Date:Sunday February 20 2011
Time: 3:56PM


Great performance, but it took us a lot of minutes too get started. Funny thou how once tevez got in the goals and opportunities started flying in. Maybe notts were tired at that stage thou.
Blueman 87
20/02/2011 16:04:00
If City beat Villa at home in the 5th Round, The Citizens will face Everton at home next up.
Johnny Baguette
20/02/2011 16:09:00
WTF is going on? Two (2) headed goals -both from set pieces? Wow! Not a hugely great performance, but I'll take the result any time. Balotelli didn't look too interested, but promising signs of a Tevez/Dzeko partnership - the ball from Edin that put Tevez through for our 3rd goal was fantastic. Nice to see Tevez return the favour later on, though Dzeko should have buried his late chance to make it 6-0. Job done, let's see how we get on against Villa, then think about who we're playing - If we get through there's no guarantee it will be the toffees we play!
20/02/2011 16:19:00
Yes indeed, 5th we shud say Come On Reading!
Johnny Baguette
20/02/2011 16:30:00
Tevez. Tevez. Tevez. We cannot lose him!
20/02/2011 16:54:00
Totally agree about Ballotelli Fifth. I'd go a step further though and say he was a jeffing disgrace. Go home!
20/02/2011 16:58:00
21 attempts on goal and only 50% on target, Bob you have to sort this. Balotelli deserved the yellow and If the club do get a reasonable offer in the Summer for hi, then they should take it. If I paid someone thousands a week, I woujld want a hell of a lot more for my money than I am getting right now. He has to change his attitude as it stinks.
Buzz Lightyear
20/02/2011 17:14:00
Bit harsh on Balo IMO. He wasnt awarded a penalty when he should have been, and was constantly fouled with the referee happy to wave play on - when he was giving Notts one every time a player went to ground. Can understand his frustrations but also fans frustrations. Every genius is a bit mental, we just need to wait until he is fit again to see the genius shine through.
20/02/2011 18:00:00
Balotelli gets nothing off the referees, in a game before his injury he was being hacked down too and the referee constantly waved play on while some of these pseudo-footballers at Stoke etc. are getting away with constant hack 'n' slash jobs. He needs to mature but it won't happen overnight.
20/02/2011 19:09:00
Tevez now up to 50 City goals in 69 City League and Cup Starts.
Johnny Baguette
20/02/2011 19:20:00
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