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Man City academy chief proud of graduates after derby win

Manchester City academy chief Jim Cassell was thrilled to see so many of his graduates perform in Sunday's derby victory at Old Trafford.

"We had three of our lads on the pitch, which is a fantastic result for the Academy," Cassell told City's website. "Michael Johnson's injured, and he could well have played, and there are other fringe players that are breaking into the squad. Kelvin Etuhu is there, Ched Evans is doing well on loan and Daniel Sturridge has played some part of late.

"Things are looking good, and it would be very interesting if we picked an Under 21 team within the club. With the quality of young players we are bringing through, it bodes well for the future.

"We're all delighted. A Manchester derby is special, everyone here has a smile on their face and a spring in their step, but that's gone now and we're looking forward to the next game. The only result that really matters for me now is our Youth Cup tie at Bristol City on Wednesday night."

Sunday was not the only derby win of the week, the Under 18s warmed up for their cup tie with a 5-0 demolition of their rivals from across the city, however Cassell is not getting carried away.

"We did have a particularly good performance and a great result against United, but the real pleasure of the week for me was the way the people of Manchester respected the special occasion that it was for the city. I think Manchester City as a club made an outstanding contribution to the way the week evolved."

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