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Manchester City
3 - 0
Aston Villa

FA Cup 5th Round

The City of Manchester Stadium


Attendance: 25, 570

Referee: Mark Clattenburg

Manchester CityAston Villa
Y Toure 5, Balotelli 25, Silva 70
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
Taylor (GK)     Marshall (GK)    
M Johnson     Downing     71
Dzeko     Young     71
Jo     79 Pires    
Tevez     60 Albrighton    
Boyata     83 Reo-Coker    
Wabara     Walker     83
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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.

Writer:Johnny Baguette
Date:Wednesday March 2 2011
Time: 9:39PM


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.
02/03/2011 21:44:00
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.
02/03/2011 21:51:00
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?
02/03/2011 22:05:00
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!
02/03/2011 22:05:00
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.
02/03/2011 22:39:00
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
03/03/2011 07:32:00
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