FA CUP FOURTH ROUND: Mancini relieved as City held at County

Notts County thoroughly deserve their second chance against Premiership opposition after holding Manchester City 1-1 in the FA Cup.
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Notts County thoroughly deserve their second chance against Premiership opposition after holding Manchester City 1-1 in the FA Cup.

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
Attendance: 16,587

Notts County scorers: Bishop 59
Man City scorers: Dzeko 80

NOTTS COUNTY
17 Nelson
02 Darby
04 Edwards (yellow card)
12 Pearce
26 Harley
08 Ravenhill
10 Bishop (yellow card)
21 Martin
09 Hughes
19 Gow (Hawley 70)
20 Westcarr

Substitutes
01 Burch,
05 Lee,
06 Thompson,
16 Gobern,
25 Spicer,
15 Hawley,
27 Burgess

MAN CITY
25 Hart
02 Richards (Kompany 88)
05 Zabaleta (Kolarov 77)
17 Boateng
19 Lescott
07 Milner (yellow card)
18 Barry
24 Vieira
42 Y Toure
10 Dzeko
27 Jo (Silva 62)

Substitutes
01 Given,
04 Kompany,
13 Kolarov,
28 K Toure,
21 Silva,
34 De Jong,
60 Guidetti

 
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