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Man City high five Scunthorpe in Carling Cup

Manchester City were far too slick for Championship club Scunthorpe United, winning 5-1 in the Carling Cup fourth round.

The Eastlands outfit completely dominated their rivals, going past at will and creating scoring chances with ease and it didn't take long to get on the board.

Midfielder Stephen Ireland showed City's intentions by gliding to the edge of the box after a pass from Shaun Wright-Phillips and slotting neatly past Iron goalkeeper Joe Murphy in the 3rd minute.

Scunthorpe got back on level terms in the 26th minute through Jonathan Forte who finished with ease from a couple of yards against the run of play.

But City restored their lead 12 minutes later when summer signing Roque Santa Cruz headed into the far corner after a cross from Pablo Zabaleta and it was another new City player, Joleon Lescott, made it 3-1 with a header of his own in the 56th minute.

From then on in it was easy pickings for Mark Hughes' side as they completely took over proceedings and gave the visitors no chance.

First Carlos Tevez prodded home from a corner in the 71st minute and then substitute Michael Johnson made it five with a soaring 25-yard strike six minutes later.

Andrew Slevison
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