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Stoke City 0 - Manchester City 1

FA Cup Fourth Round

The Britannia Stadium

26/1/13

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
 
 
40'
17 Shawcross
 
 
 
05 Zabaleta
 
 
28 Wilkinson
 
 
73'
 
06 Lescott
 
 
30 Shotton
 
 
 
13 Kolarov
 
 
62'
06 Whelan
 
 
 
07 Milner
 
 
15 Nzonzi
 
 
 
14 Garcia
 
 
21 Kightly
 
 
67'
 
18 Barry
 
 
26 Etherington
 
 
 
21 Silva
 
 
09 Jones
 
 
73'
 
10 Dzeko
 
 
19 Walters
 
 
 
32 Tevez
 
 
87'
Substitutes
27 Nash
 
 
 
01 Hart
 
 
20 Upson
 
 
 
22 Clichy
 
 
40'
16 Adam
 
 
 
44 Rekik
 
 
18 Whitehead
 
 
73'
 
11 Sinclair
 
 
10 Owen
 
 
 
17 Rodwell
 
 
87'
25 Crouch
 
 
73'
 
16 Aguero
 
 
62'
33 Jerome
 
 
67'
 
64 Lopes
 
 
Game Statistics
9
Goal Attempts
15
4
On Target
8
4
Corners
7
2
Offside
1
6
Fouls
6
1
Yellow Cards
3
43
%
57
Comments...
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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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.
Bluedub
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.
RobsonGreensleeves
"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.
StuMCFC
Funny, but I can't remember a single one of Stoke's shots on target.
fifthcolumnblue
 

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