Benjani to take his Man City chance

Manchester City striker Benjani bagged his first goal since December 2008 to secure his side a 1-0 victory at The Riverside, a result that saw Mancini's side book a place in the fourth round.

Manchester City striker Benjani bagged his first goal since December 2008 to secure his side a 1-0 victory at The Riverside, a result that saw Mancini's side book a place in the fourth round.

Now the Zimbabwean wants to make a lasting impression on new manager Roberto Mancini.

He told the City's official website: "The manager is giving everybody a chance, that's easy to see.

"I think he wants to give everyone a game, so if you get that chance it's up to you to take it and impress him.

"We were always raising the game, even in the past because there have always been some good players here.

"With a few injuries about at the moment we are all getting the chance, and form in training is important to get into the manager's thoughts."

He conceded that he faces a tough battle to hold onto his starting place, but the striker said he was just pleased to be back playing football.

He added: "I'm so happy to be back because I have had a lot of injury problems over the year, but once I got over those, with so many good players here, it was always going to be difficult to get back into the side.

"It was great that the manager gave me a chance and I knew I had to make the most of it.

"Playing away from home against a team like Middlesbrough is always going to be hard to break through, so I'm happy that I managed to get the goal when the chance came."

 
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