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Manchester City 3 - Aston Villa 0

FA Cup 5th Round

The City of Manchester Stadium

2/3/11

Attendance: 25, 570

Referee: Mark Clattenburg

Manchester City
3 - 0
Aston Villa
Y Toure 5, Balotelli 25, Silva 70
 
 
Venue: The City of Manchester Stadium
 
Attendance: 25, 570
The Teams
Hart
 
 
 
Friedel
 
 
Richards
 
 
83
 
Herd
 
 
Boateng
 
 
 
Clark
 
 
Lescott
 
 
 
Dunne
 
 
83
Zabaleta
 
 
 
Delph
 
 
Barry
 
 
 
Agbonlahor
 
 
Vieira
 
 
 
Petrov
 
 
Y Toure
 
 
79
 
Bradley
 
 
71
Kolarov
 
 
 
Bannan
 
 
Silva
 
 
 
Heskey
 
 
Balotelli
 
 
60
 
Delfouneso
 
 
71
Substitutes
Taylor (GK)
 
 
 
Marshall (GK)
 
 
M Johnson
 
 
 
Downing
 
 
71
Dzeko
 
 
 
Young
 
 
71
Jo
 
 
79
 
Pires
 
 
Tevez
 
 
60
 
Albrighton
 
 
Boyata
 
 
83
 
Reo-Coker
 
 
Wabara
 
 
 
Walker
 
 
83
Game Statistics
13
Goal Attempts
7
6
On Target
2
7
Corners
6
6
Offside
1
13
Fouls
9
1
Yellow Cards
3
60
%
40
Comments...
Johnny On The Spot: This cruise controlled FA Cup victory could well prove to be the most vital of Manchester City's season. Well poised in three competitions, talk swirling around Eastlands had been of tired players and a lengthening injury list...In many Blues eyes, this game was either going to prove to be a launch pad to higher heights or become a familiar trudging cup exit based on years of previous torture...Yet tonight Roberto Mancini got his team selection and tactics spot on to ensure his side dismissed a ragged and very often indisciplined Villa...His players responded to the weekend's lethargic showing against Fulham full of intent and essentially took the Midlanders to the cleaners...In truth more goals could have come but The Citizens eased back on the stick and shut up shop to ensure the club and it's fans now have a very real chance of reaching Wembley...Uncompromising Reading will come to Eastlands in the Quarter Final full of confidence, but if a Silva inspired City remain on top of their game in the coming fortnight, Planet Blue will be dreaming of a first FA Cup final appearance in 30 years...But we must now put that dare to dream on hold in preparation for two massive fixtures which in the context of the season's aspirations the results of which will prove pivotal. Wigan Athletic followed by Dynamo Kiev.




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Writer: Johnny Baguette Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday March 2 2011

Time: 9:39PM

Your Comments

Well played lads, the right City showed up today and we won quite comfortably. I was worried about Balotelli at half-time but looks like his knee isn't fully crocked again. What a peach of a finish by him but again, Silva in the team and we're transformed.
StuMCFC
Great game, great performance against an under-strength Villa side but you can only beat the team that's put in front of ya. Assuming we can dispose of Reading (I know this will be tough), it looks like we'll be enjoying an FA Cup Semi-Final for the first time since 1981! Noice.
rojo2010
Reading will be easy, looking forward to the semi. Good performance tonight, can't understand why Villa played a weakened team, must be worried about the drop?
johnkelv
I get the disttinct impression Houllier's priority is staying in the Premier league - Villa played some neat and tidy stuff, but we never looked the slightest bit troubled by the team he put out. I'm glad we had an easy one, as we really don't need any more injuries. Still, reserve Villa team or not you can only beat what's put in front of you and we did it without breaking sweat. Good omen for the rest of the campaign, and a home tie against Reading whilst not easy should be winnable. No offence to the Arsenal fans, but we hope you lose because we want the rags in the semis!
fifthcolumnblue
Didnt really need to go past 3rd gear tonight. Sit back, let Villa pass aimlessly at the back despite a two goal deficit. Second half they showed a bit more aggression and willingness to compete, but it was too little too late. Got the third, game over.
eighthsin
I think the game only started when the tackles started to go in. Then it was a proper cup tie. Clinical finishing from City and quick passing with accuracy was the key to unlocking Dunneys defenders. I just wish that Balotelli would stop trying to do fancy stuff and stick to simple passes.
Buzz Lightyear
 

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