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Manchester City vs Rotherham United at Etihad Stadium

Etihad Stadium Referee : David Coote
6th January 2019 2:00 PM (GMT)
  • 7 Manchester City

    • ‘12' Raheem Sterling
    • ‘43' Phil Foden
    • ‘45'+1' Semi Ajayi (OG)
    • ‘52' Gabriel Jesus
    • ‘73' Riyad Mahrez
    • ‘78' Nicolás Otamendi
    • ‘85' Leroy Sané
  • 0 Rotherham United


Commentary By Rob Pollard


Good night from us...

Not a bad way to round off the weekend was it?

A 7-0 win, a place in the fourth round of the FA Cup secured and a first-ever Etihad goal for Phil Foden made for a special Sunday.

Stay tuned to for more post-match reaction and those eagerly-awaited highlights. You won't want to miss those!

And don't forget we're back in action here at the Etihad on Wednesday for the first leg of our Carabao Cup semi-final against Burton. See you then...


Pep on Foden

"Today he was there, and his movement was incredible. Of course, the pass from Gundo was incredible but these kind of balls are so difficult to defend. 90 mins for his experience and self-confidence, but of course he must improve. He lost some balls but that’s normal, he is 18 years old! He will learn in future and play better!"


Pep on KDB

"We spoke with him yesterday about playing 65, 70 minutes for his rhythm and his injury.

"He played incredible, created a good amount of chances and has vision that others aren’t able to see.

"Last season he played incredible minute but hopefully second leg of season he will help us because we need him."



"We took it seriously and do what we have to do to be a great club. Have to do our job, and we did it amazingly again. Eight or nine fresh legs and they saw what their mates did on Thursday against Liverpool. That’s more important that we are in next round. Everyone was really, really good."


Zinchenko played the ball forward to Mahrez, who found himself infield. He played a brilliant one-two with Gundogan and finished clinically with a first-time finish. 


De Bruyne with another superb low cross that causes all sorts of problems for the Rotherham backline. Jesus can't connect with it and Ajayi backheels clear. Not sure how much he knew about it, mind. 


Mahrez's cross dealt with in an unorthodox manner by Vaulks, who is practically lying on the floor when he chest controls it before jumping to his feet to clear. 


Rotherham basically sat back and waiting to counter and it's making life difficult for City. Fair play to them, they're a well-drilled outfit. 


City struggling a little bit at the moment to penetrate this packed Rotherham defence. We need something special in the final third to open them up again. 


Not good at the back from City. Ederson plays Stones into trouble under pressure from Forde and the centre-back has to hurriedly hack the ball clear. 


City moving the ball well and pulling Rotherham all over the pitch. Any doubts over our intensity levels after Thursday have dissipated in these opening 25 minutes. 


Class from De Bruyne. Produces a delicate, brushed header to completely outfox a Rotherham midfielder and come away with the ball at his feet. 

The man is a genius. 


How did we not turn that one home? Mahrez again tormenting the Rotherham defence. This time whips in a dangerous low ball but, somehow, Rotherham get it clear. 


City need to keep intensity high

The atmosphere and intensity of the game on Thursday were fantastic. It was a pleasure to be here for what was a memorable night. 

Will today be a case of after the Lord Mayor's show? City's team selection suggests it won't be.

Pep Guardiola is clearly going for it, and Fernandinho said after the Liverpool game that the level has to remain the same, no matter who the opponents are. 

Personally, I can't wait for this today.


City team news

Ederson, Walker, Stones, Otamendi, Zinchenko, Gundogan, De Bruyne, Foden, Mahrez, Sterling, Jesus

Subs: Muric, Danilo, Laporte, Sane, Bernardo, Fernandinho, Sandler 



City have been drawn against Rotherham for just the second time in the FA Cup, beating them in a third-round replay in 1978-79 the other time.


Good omen?

Rotherham have lost each of their last five FA Cup games, conceding two or more goals in each of those matches (14 in total) - their last victory in the competition came in round one of the 2013-14 season, beating Bradford 3-0.



"Every time I play for City, I enjoy it. I try and take every opportunity. I think I've been doing quite well. β€œI’m still learning and trying to improve. I try and get better every day – in all my game. I'm still young and need to learn so much."


Up for the Cup

Plenty of Rotherham fans already in evidence around the Etihad. Several thousand of their fans are expected here today which should help make for another great atmosphere.


It's the second of four consecutive home games for the Blues, with our Carabao Cup semi-final first leg tie with Burton taking place on Wednesday followed by a return to Premier League duty at home to Wolves next Monday. Busy, busy...


City last played Rotherham at senior level in March 2002, when the two sides played out a 1-1 draw at Millmoor.

Alan Lee gave the home side the lead, only for Ali Benarbia to equalise on the hour mark as Kevin Keegan's City coasted towards promotion back to the top flight.

Almost 36 years earlier, a team managed by Joe Mercer and Malcolm Allison clinched the old Second Division championship with a 1-0 at the same venue, a result that sparked a hugely successful period for the Club.


Rotherham boss Paul Warne

"I know whatever XI I put out on Sunday, they will give it a right go. [We can win] with a little bit of magic and a wry smile.

"We know how phenomenal they are, but our saving grace is in football you don't have to be the best team to win. You don't have to create the most chances, you don't have to have the most possession - you just have to score more.

"I'll send the lads out with positivity and hopefully they can make a right name for themselves."

Other games that day

  • Fulham1
    Oldham Athletic2
  • Sheffield United0
  • Woking0
  • Preston North End1
    Doncaster Rovers3
  • Millwall2
    Hull City1
  • Queens Park Rangers2
    Leeds United1
  • Newport County2
    Leicester City1
  • Crystal Palace1
    Grimsby Town0
  • West Bromwich Albion1
    Wigan Athletic0
  • Bournemouth1
    Brighton and Hove Albion3