Man City survive huge FA Glass scare, Arsenal crash out

January 24, 2021 Sports
Manchester City received a huge FA Glass scare by fourth-tier Cheltenham before a good overdue blitz gave them a good 3-1 win on Saturday after Southampton dumped holders Arsenal out of the competition.

Six-time winners City were minutes from exiting at the fourth-spherical stage before goals from Phil Foden, Gabriel Jesus and Ferran Torres broke the hearts of the brave Group Two side.

City boss Pep Guardiola made 10 improvements for the visit to the southwest of England but his side was still packed with internationals.
The house team -- 72 places below City in the football pyramid -- produced a stirring defensive display but also sporadically threatened at the different end of the pitch.

Jesus hit the content soon after the restart as City upped the tempo carrying out a goalless first fifty percent but it was the home workforce who broke the deadlock.

The visitors didn't manage the outstanding Ben Tozer's longer throw and Alfie May fired in from close range right before the hour mark.

Guardiola threw on Ilkay Gundogan and Joao Cancelo in a good desperate bid to discover a way back into the video game and was rewarded found in the 81st minute when Foden volleyed in Cancelo's cross.

Three minutes later on Jesus made amends for his earlier miss and Torres managed to get 3-1 with the ultimate kick of the overall game, turning in Gundogan's low cross.

"We came in this article with humility and got the quality to help make the difference," said Guardiola.
"They used their top quality in the container, they are taller and much better than us there and we showed clips how to solve it. It really is difficult to regulate that."

The Catalan had warm words for Foden, who's the club's top-scorer in every competitions this season.

"Phil Foden is in a great moment and with great confidence," he added. "He's clinical before goal."

Cheltenham boss Michael Duff said he was first "super proud" of his players, bemoaning the actual fact the match needed to be played nowadays as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

"It's a shame because (with fans) the area would've been bouncing," this individual said. "Would which have experienced us through within the last 10 minutes? I'm not so sure -- but the key is to enjoy it."

- Arsenal out -

Earlier, Arsenal, who've won the competition a record 14 times, transpired 1-0 at Southampton thanks to a Gabriel own target.

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta made seven improvements from his team's 3-0 league win against Newcastle in Monday, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and midfielder Emile Smith Rowe both absent.

Southampton, FA Cup winners in 1976, earned a well-deserved lead found in the 24th minute when Kyle Walker-Peters' ball across the six-yard location was inadvertently turned found in by Gabriel.

The visitors went near an equaliser through Eddie Nketiah's deflected shot but were forced to leave empty-handed.

"We'd a dream to accomplish it again like last year (win the FA Glass) and the fantasy today is over," said Arteta.

"I am aswell disappointed with just how we conceded the target in an area where we realize we shouldn't be doing that. As well I cannot fault the effort of the players."

West Ham, who'll face either Manchester or Liverpool within the next round, crushed third-tier Doncaster 4-0 in spite of multiple changes from supervisor David Moyes even though fellow Premier Group sides Brighton and Sheffield United as well progressed.

Pablo Fornals gave impressive West Ham an early lead in the home to Doncaster because they dominated the League One aspect from the kick-off.

Andriy Yarmolenko doubled the lead before a second-half private goal from Andy Butler and a late hit from debutant Oladapo Afolayan.

Goals from Yves Bissouma and Steven Alzate were enough to seal a good 2-1 win for Brighton against League One Blackpool.

Chris Basham and Billy Sharp scored for Premier League strugglers Sheffield United against Group One opponents Plymouth.

Somewhere else, Swansea thumped fellow Championship side Nottingham Forest 5-1, while Bristol City beat Millwall 3-0. Barnsley defeat Championship leaders Norwich 1-0.

On Sunday, Premier Group leaders Manchester United face Liverpool in the tie of the round, while Chelsea sponsor Luton.
Source: Daily-sun - Sports News

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