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Stoke City 0 - Manchester City 1

FA Cup Fourth Round

The Britannia Stadium


Attendance: 19,814

Referee: Howard Webb

Stoke City
0 - 1
Manchester City
Zabaleta 85′
Venue: The Britannia Stadium
Attendance: 19,814
The Teams
29 Sorensen
30 Pantilimon
04 Huth
04 Kompany
17 Shawcross
05 Zabaleta
28 Wilkinson
06 Lescott
30 Shotton
13 Kolarov
06 Whelan
07 Milner
15 Nzonzi
14 Garcia
21 Kightly
18 Barry
26 Etherington
21 Silva
09 Jones
10 Dzeko
19 Walters
32 Tevez
27 Nash
01 Hart
20 Upson
22 Clichy
16 Adam
44 Rekik
18 Whitehead
11 Sinclair
10 Owen
17 Rodwell
25 Crouch
16 Aguero
33 Jerome
64 Lopes
Game Statistics
Goal Attempts
On Target
Yellow Cards
Johnny On The Spot: City go marching on. 6 consecutive wins since Boxing Day, 15 goals scored, 3 conceded at Norwich and 5 clean sheets. The Blues are really building up a head of steam now having slain another unwanted record in finally outmuscling Stoke in their own part deserted back garden...Stoke were appalling and there can be no excuses for the message sent from a 19,000 home attendance which was bolstered by City's sold out 4,500 travelling allocation and a few hundred more besides. Who in their right mind would pay to watch that football team week in, week out...? Pablo Zabaleta's by now trademark goal represented justice for the 5,000 who had witnessed Glenn Whelan's shockingly unpunished second half two footed stamp on Javi Garcia. The Spaniard had a terrific game. How the officials missed it was beyond belief...City should have been out of sight by half time and it was clear that Tony Pulis then sent his men out to rough City up the way they have done repeatedly at home for years, but Roberto Mancini's champions have wised up to Stoke's approach with the increased frequency of cup contests and are no longer bullied into submission...This was a tremendous result ahead of a tricky trip to London and Queen's Park Rangers inside 72 hours. On behalf of everyone connected with Manchester City, thank God we don't have to face Stoke again this season. Stats Courtesy BBC Sport

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Writer: Johnny Baguette Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday January 26 2013

Time: 2:44PM

Your Comments

Well in Zaba. That's another monkey off our back. Javi Garcia really coming into his own now.
A disappointing crowd and a disappointing match, Manchester City having to find a way through a packed Stoke flat back 8, but in the end it was a good win and a decent team goal with a strikers finish from stand in Skipper Zabaletta. The stats speak for themselves, ahead in all areas except fouls and cards. A truly professional job done at a difficult ground to go to and get a result
Buzz lightyear
I thought it were great! A lesson in patience.
"On behalf of everyone connected with Manchester City, thank God we don't have to face Stoke again this season." - made me laugh because it's so true, we've played them three times in three of the last four seasons. And it's painful to watch us try and get through a thuggish wall of negativity. Their fans would throw out the money card but Swansea and others prove little money can buy you a good footballing team.
Funny, but I can't remember a single one of Stoke's shots on target.

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