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Manchester City vs Burnley at Etihad Stadium

Etihad Stadium Referee : Graham Scott
26th January 2019 3:00 PM (GMT)
  • 5 Manchester City

    • ‘23' Gabriel Jesus
    • ‘52' Bernardo Silva
    • ‘61' Kevin De Bruyne
    • ‘73' Kevin Long (OG)
    • ‘85' Sergio Agüero (Pen)
  • 0 Burnley


Commentary By Caroline Oatway


Onto the next one...

Righto, chums, that's all from me.

A pleasure once again to bring you coverage of today's game - another glorious goal fest to add to the collection!

See you again on Tuesday night for our Premier League trip to Newcastle.

In the meantime, let us know on Twitter @ManCity who you want in Monday's Fifth Round draw...

Enjoy your weekend, Blues!


Sean Dyche:

"It was not about us, it was about them - they have elite players and they are so clinical.

"We patched together a team today so I'm not too disgruntled. We are out of the cup, which I have a lot of respect for, but our bigger goal is the Premier League.

"It is very difficult when teams like this play the way they do. Who is going to stop them winning everything if they are in that mood? They are a top, top team and if you catch them on a day like today they punish every mistake you make.

"They punished every chance, but I'm not going to over-think this one, it gets parked quickly, as the bigger fight is the Premier League."



"Winning eight games in a row, this month has been good.

"I could say it's because we played against lower league sides but it's what we have to do.

"Everybody has played as we want to arrive in the last stages of the FA Cup, Champions League and Premier League and fight to the end.

"IT's the only way I understand."


Pep Guardiola:

"We're really pleased for the commitment, especially with all the games in our legs and minds.

"Of course, we have to improve a few things but we made good movements. I'm satisfied to be in the next round and in draw on Monday."

(On ruthlessness): "I think all the clubs - everyone - play to score goals. Everyone wants to win and that's why.

"We do it for the people, but we've done it from the beginning since we arrived here."


FA Cup results

Accrington Stanley 0-1 Derby

Brighton 0-0 West Brom

Doncaster 2-1 Oldham

Middlesbrough 1-1 Newport

Newcastle 0-2 Watford

Portsmouth 1-1 QPR

Shrewsbury 2-2 Wolves

Swansea 4-1 Gillingham



A comprehensive display - solid on all fronts. In truth, Burnley rarely threatened as City dominated, patiently waiting to unlock the Clarets defence.

Once we did, the floodgates opened as the quality shone through.


Nothing he could do about that one

De Bruyne collects Bernardo's through-ball and smashes the ball across the box. It hits Long and flies into the roof of the net.



A flowing move with a hint of fortune, as the pace of Bernardo's effort proves too much for Pope to handle.

2-0 and breathing space! That's better!


What a chance for Burnley!

A dreadful mistake by Otamendi allows Vydra in but fortunately, he can only hit the side-netting.

A huge let-off!


Not many goals elsewhere in the FA Cup at the break...

Accrington Stanley 0-1 Derby (FT)

Brighton 0-0 West Brom

Doncaster 0-0 Oldham

Middlesbrough 0-0 Newport

Newcastle 0-0 Watford

Portsmouth 0-0 QPR

Shrewsbury 0-0 Wolves

Swansea 2-0 Gillingham



City lead 1-0 at the break, courtesy of Gabriel Jesus' eighth goal of 2019!

An otherwise rather uneventful half, aside of course, from the poor corner flag.



De Bruyne clips a beautiful ball over the Burnley defence, searching out Gundogan. The midfielder didn't expect to receive it and just mis-timed his control. Otherwise, there'd have been a tap-in from six yards!


Brazilian magic!

Fantastic play, as the forward collects Danilo's ball to the by-line and drives into the centre, past two defenders, to drill a low effort into the near post.

A goal all of his own making!



Walker is cautioned for a challenge on Defour. Probably a case of a succession of fouls, after that assault on the corner flag!

(He had been trying to keep the ball in play, in case you were wondering!)


Corner flag down!

Trouble abrewing, as the corner flag is down, under a challenge from Walker. It's snapped in half and no-one knows what to do!

Remember this happening at Sheffield Wednesday away a few years ago with about 30 seconds to go. Lengthy stoppage now until it's replaced!



Gundogan with the game's first attempt, as De Bruyne plays a corner to the edge of the area - but the German gets it all wrong and blazes into Row Z.


Promising opening

Couple of early lofted balls into the penalty area for Gabriel Jesus to chase.

He'll be looking to continue his recent good form and has looked lively in the opening exchanges.


Francis Lee (part of the City squad, who lifted the FA Cup 50 years ago):

"In those days, the FA Cup was more important than the Championship.

"It was everybody's ambition to play in a winning team in the FA Cup Final.

"What a special day."


Familiar faces

No place in the Burnley starting XI for Blue hero Joe Hart, while defender Ben Mee is also on the bench.

Sale-born Mee captained City to FA Youth Cup success in 2008, having progressed through the ranks in the Academy.

Incidentally, he was in the year above me at Sale High School!


Burnley boss Sean Dyche:

“You’ve got to perform, to keep their chances to a minimum. They’re likely to create chances because even against some really tough sides they’ve managed to create chances.

“Most people go for the fact that they have real quality, which they do, lots of it and depth with it. But I like the way they work off the ball, the way they work to get the ball back, and equally, I like their focus and attention.

“They stay locked onto the game, they are ready to react to everything so we’ve got to at least be that and be ready for what comes.

“You’ve got to play well, key players have got to play well; and you need a decision. Now and again you need a decision to go your way in these games, we’ve not always had that.”


Club journalist David Clayton:

"A different-looking midfield featuring De Bruyne, Ilkay Gundogan and Fernandinho for this afternoon’s game.

"Ferna will anchor the trio, while Bernardo and Mahrez will accompany Jesus in attack.

"Nicolas Otamendi returns in central defence alongside John Stones while Kyle Walker and Danilo will provide additional options as attacking full-backs.

"City have a very strong bench, if Pep Guardiola needs options at any stage."


The chosen ones?

So, Pep Guardiola has asserted he is going to field a strong team this afternoon in a competition he dubbed one of Europe's 'most prestigious'.

Who would you pick to face the Clarets? Team news will be revealed in just under 15 minutes.

(I'd try and get Shaun Goater out of retirement, personally, but that ain't an option!)


Up for the Cup!

A very good afternoon from the Etihad Stadium!

We've just under two hours until kick-off in today's all-Premier League encounter.

How are we feeling? Confident? Nervous? Personally, like most, I love the FA Cup so there's definitely a buzz about this game!


Pep on the FA Cup

“The FA Cup is a prestigious – not just in this country, everywhere– and I would like to go through.

“First year we were in the semi-finals against Arsenal and we could not reach the final, and last season was Wigan.

“So, Burnley at home. We are going to try and understand the game and play well. Try to play our game and go through.”

Pep on Silva

Pep Guardiola says he would love to see David Silva remain at Manchester City beyond the end of his current agreement.

Silva signed a new deal in November 2017 keeping him tied to the Club until the summer of 2020, at which point he will be 34.

He has been superb this season, with some saying the 32-year-old is now better than ever, and Guardiola admits he would love for the Spanish schemer to remain at the Club for as long as possible.

“In this kind of case, it depends on the player,” he said. “For me, if he is fit and his performances are the same as this season, I’m more than delighted.

“It’s not easy to find around the world [a player like that].

“But I think they have to decide for themselves. At that age, your mind controls your legs and your desire and willing to stay.

"It depends on him.” 


Strong side

Pep Guardiola says he has a near fully-fit squad ahead of this weekend’s FA Cup fourth-round tie at home to Burnley.

 Vincent Kompany remains out, as does long-term absentee Claudio Bravo, but the rest of the first-team squad are available for selection.

And after playing five academy players in the 1-0 win over Burton Albion in the Carabao Cup semi-final on Wednesday, Guardiola says they will not be involved when Sean Dyche’s side visit the Etihad as he looks to play his strongest squad in a bid to remain in all four competitions.

“They [academy players] have to be prepared, just in case,” he said.

“Now, except Vinny, the other ones are fit and everybody can play.

“Tomorrow there will be no players from the academy.

“I always try to put out a strong team. It’s FA Cup against Premier League side like Burnley so we will play with the best team we believe to win the game.

“They players are quite well. We will see today [at training].

“We will make regeneration. Some players have a few problems but I think they will be okay.”

Other games that day

  • Accrington Stanley0
    Derby County1
  • Brighton and Hove Albion0
    West Bromwich Albion0
  • Swansea City4
  • Shrewsbury Town2
    Wolverhampton Wanderers2
  • Newcastle United0
  • Portsmouth1
    Queens Park Rangers1
  • Doncaster Rovers2
    Oldham Athletic1
  • Middlesbrough1
    Newport County1
  • AFC Wimbledon4
    West Ham United2
  • Millwall3