Notts County came within ten minutes of a major upset at Meadow Lane as they made a mockery of 59 places separating the two sides.
City made changes to their line-up but for a team with Champions League aspirations they struggled against their League One opposition and in the end were grateful to a first goal from recent signing Edin Dzeko
The first half was fairly even with County not overawed in the slightest against an under par City.
Then just after the hour a major upset looked on the cards as Neal Bishop’s glancing header from Alan Gow’s corner gave County the lead.
But the Premier League side rallied and ten minutes from time Micah Richards crossed and Dzeko from close range finished emphatically to save City’s blushes.
The home side then hung on for four minutes of added time to fight again at the City of Manchester Stadium.
Referee: Chris Foy
Venue: Meadow Lane
Notts County scorers: Bishop 59
Man City scorers: Dzeko 80
04 Edwards (yellow card)
10 Bishop (yellow card)
19 Gow (Hawley 70)
02 Richards (Kompany 88)
05 Zabaleta (Kolarov 77)
07 Milner (yellow card)
42 Y Toure
27 Jo (Silva 62)
28 K Toure,
34 De Jong,