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Preston North End vs Manchester City at Deepdale

Deepdale Referee : Lee Mason
24th September 2019 7:45 PM (BST)
  • 0 Preston North End

  • 3 Manchester City

    • ‘19' Raheem Sterling
    • ‘35' Gabriel Jesus
    • ‘42' Ryan Ledson (OG)


Commentary By John Edwards


Over and out

Taylor's words seem like a good place to end things this evening, so that's all from us. 

There were plenty of positives to take from tonight's game, not least of all the performance of our young players and into the hat for round four we go. 

Up next is a trip to Everton at 5.30pm on Saturday and we'll be there to keep you up-to-date with all the match action right here on

See you then!


Preston boss, Alex Neil

"Whether they are playing in the Champions League or against a Championship team, they treat their games the same and that’s why they are champions."


Foden on Preston test

"I think it was about controlling the game and not playing to their strengths, not giving fouls away in silly areas and not making it a battle. I thought we dealt with that well today. It's great start to the defence. The aim is to try and win it again."


Pep on Garcia and Harwood-Bellis

β€œI’m happy for them. They are training with us and we will need them, so they are going to help us. We defended well, and they gave a really good performance.

β€œI think all the team helped them and they helped the team – it is not easy, but they did really well, and they are young, talented players with a strong mentality, and they complemented each other really well.

β€œWith Gundogan, Bernardo and David in front of them, we tried to protect them, and they played with confidence.”


Tale of the tape

The numbers behind our comfortable victory this evening:

πŸ”Ή Possession: 65.5%

πŸ”Ή Shots: 18

πŸ”ΉShots on target: 5

πŸ”Ή Corners: 6

πŸ”Ή Fouls: 5


Teenage Kicks

An impressed Club Journalist, David Clayton, on our youngsters' performance this evening:

"Taylor Harwood- Bellis was calm and confident on his first team debut and his performance will have delighted Pep Guardiola who rates the teenager highly. Tall and powerful for a 17-year-old, he will become physically stronger in the next couple of years and looks an exciting prospect.

"His central defensive partner Eric Garcia continues to impress every time he plays. At 18, he is an outstanding talent who belies his age and experience at this level and almost scored his first senior goal as he slid David Silva’s cross just past the far post."


Job done βœ…

It was business as usual for City at Deepdale tonight. Pep Guardiola made nine changes from Saturday and played a couple of youngsters but the end result is the same: a comfortable victory. 

Eric Garcia and Taylor Harwood-Bellis were more than up to the challenge at the back and at the other end Raheem Sterling and David Silva did what they do best. 

All in all, a good night's work! 



Gabriel Jesus drills one at Ripley from 10 yards and the Preston keeper keeps it out with his legs.

A good bit of trickery down the right from Bernabe in the build up to that! 



Benjamin Mendy whips a cross in from the left and Gabriel Jesus flexes his body to send the ball towards goal with his chest! 

Mendy's had a lot of joy down the left flank since coming on. πŸ‘


Nearly a dream debut for Taylor Harwood-Bellis then.

Adrian Bernabe collects a short corner on the right and curls it to the far post for Gabriel Jesus to flick on. Harwood-Bellis was arriving behind him but couldn't quite get there in time.




A final change from Pep as Riyad Mahrez comes on for Raheem Sterling, who departs to the applause of the away end.

Fully deserved! πŸ‘


Shout out to Bernardo

Just before that Foden effort, Bernardo had sprinted back into the left-back slot to sweep up a loose ball. There wasn't a great deal of danger, but he wanted to make sure.

Love that desire! 



Phil Foden crashes one against the bar!

It's a great effort from the youngster, who carved a yard of space in the area before unleashing, but he was falling as he hit it. 

A goal for one of the young lads would be πŸ‘Œ



A couple of changes from the boss...

ON: Benjamin Mendy and Adrian Bernabe

OFF: Angelino and David Silva 

Straight in, lads! πŸ’ͺ


Warning ⚠️

A rare moment of concern for Claudio Bravo as Josh Harrop holds off Eric Garcia and cracks a low strike against the upright. 

The North End striker had the keeper beaten but Garcia stuck out a leg to take the sting out of the shot.



What a moment that would have been for Eric Garcia!

Acrobatics from David Silva send Phil Foden's ball across the face of goal and the young defender comes sliding in, but sends it wide of the post. πŸ˜«


In front at Bradford! πŸ‘



Cheers from the North End faithful as their side string a series of passes together before Eric Garcia steps to win it back with all the assuredness of a seasoned campaigner!  


On the front foot

Normal service has resumed as City twice go close early in this second half.

Phil Foden's shot is deflected the wrong side of the post before Gabriel Jesus heads wide after a teasing centre from Angelino.


So far, so good then!?

It's been a comfortable and commanding display from the defending champions in that first half. It's a regular occurrence, but Raheem Sterling has been a constant thorn in the host's side, while at the back, Taylor Harwood-Bellis and Eric Garcia have looked composed on the ball and solid when called upon to defend. 

More of the same after the break, please!


Preston 0-3 City

A slice of good fortune about this one, Blues, but we're not complaining!

Raheem Sterling was involved again, feeding David Silva down the left hand side of the box. Merlin looked to hook the ball back over to Joao Cancelo at the far post but Ledson's outstretched leg diverted it into the back of the net.

They all count! 


Preston 0-2 City

GET IN! πŸ‘

Sterling turns provider after collecting a pass from Silva and sliding it through to Gabriel Jesus, who drills the ball between Ripley's legs with his left foot.

Lovely stuff! 


Preston get away with a clanger after Phil Foden intercepts Connor Ripley's attempt to play out from the back. 

The ball's worked to Gabriel Jesus on the edge of the area but his low drive is straight at Ripley. 

Top work from Phil there! 


Youngster πŸ‘Œ

Eric Garcia threaded a lovely ball through to David Silva in the build-up to that disallowed goal. 

The 18-year-old's looked very assured so far! πŸ‘


Goal disallowed

City have the ball in the back of the net again but it's ruled out for offside by the match officials (VAR is not in use this evening). 

Gabriel Jesus dinked the ball over Ripley after David Silva sent him clear, but the assistant's flag was up. πŸ˜«


Great play from Sterling, who collected a pass from Eric Garcia in the middle of the Preston half, spun away from the attentions of Darnell Fisher and drove into the heart of the host's box.

He faked to shoot and sent Ripley diving before his actual effort deflected off defender Ben Davies into the unguarded net.

Great stuff! πŸ™Œ



Raheem Sterling goes twisting and turning through the box before hitting a fierce left foot drive that Preston 'keeper Connor Ripley beats away. 

Good work from our No.7! 


Knocking on the door

City's first chance falls to Gabriel Jesus after David Silva collects a short corner and angles a ball to the far post.

Jesus gets above his man but can't steer his header on target.


Snapping at the heels

A niggly opening few minutes here at Deepdale, with Preston conceding a number of fouls in quick succession. 

Referee, Lee Mason, has a word with the captain, Alan Browne.


Phew πŸ˜…

A decent chance for the hosts in the opening minute as Fisher whips one in from the right. It's a teasing ball that looked destined for Harrop's head, but the striker can't quite connect.

An early let off! 


Radio reminder πŸ“»

Due to broadcasting restrictions we're unable to provide radio commentary for tonight's cup tie here on Full match commentary is available directly from BBC Radio Manchester.


U21 team news

The first team are in the heart of Lancashire this evening, but Yorkshire is the venue for Paul Harsley’s U21 side, who face Bradford City in the Leasing.Com Trophy.

They’re without Taylor Harwood-Bellis, Adrian Bernabe and Alpha Diounkou, of course, but here’s how they lineupβ€¦πŸ‘‡

And they get under way in a matter of minutes!


One for the stattos...πŸ“ˆ

In 59 years of League Cup football, this is the first time we have faced Preston in the competition.

🀞 we leave Deepdale with a 100% record against the Lilywhites in the Carabao!


Tactical preview

Club Journalist, David Clayton, with confirmation of how we'll shape up at Deepdale:

"Claudio Bravo returns in goal for the first time since his Community Shield heroics against Liverpool, while Phil Foden makes his first start of the campaign after recovering from a stomach bug.

"Taylor Harwood-Bellis is joined by 18-year-old Eric Garcia in central defence, with Angelino at left-back and Joao Cancelo also making his full debut for the Blues.

"David Silva skippers the team and will support the attack with Foden, while Ilkay Gundogan is likely to assume the anchor role.

"Gabriel Jesus, Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva forge a powerful-looking front trio."


Team notes πŸ“‹

Plenty of talking points in the squad tonight then, Blues, as Pep opts for a mixture of youth and experience...

πŸ”Ή Debut and first competitive senior appearance for Taylor Harwood-Bellis.
πŸ”Ή A full debut for Joao Cancelo.
πŸ”Ή Angelino's full debut in his second City spell.
πŸ”Ή A first start of the season for Phil Foden and Eric Garcia.


Incoming: Team news ⏰

Fifteen minutes until we find out how we're lining up this evening. Will Pep take the chance to blood some youngsters or will it be business as usual?

Stay tuned to find out! 


Opposition view πŸ—£οΈ

Big respect from the opposition...πŸ‘Š

Inside the Preston camp courtesy of striker Tom Barkhuizen:

"It's one that we are all looking forward to, we are not going in to the game thinking we are going to lose, we know it's going to be a difficult game, we are all realistic.

"They are one of the top three teams in the world but we go in to every game thinking we can win and it will be the same again.

"It's going to be difficult, we have all acknowledged that, but it's 11 against 11 and strange things happen in the cup."


Counting down...⌚

It’s nearly time, Blues.

Kick-off is fast approaching and we’ll be here for the rest of the evening bringing you the latest updates and match action as it happens.

Here’s a reminder of the key times ahead of the game:

Β·       Team news: 6.45pm (BST).

Β·       Kick-off: 7.45pm (BST).


Alex Neil πŸ’¬

β€œIn my opinion, City and Liverpool are on a different level right now.

β€œIf you look at both teams, and the results that they get – even on Sunday when Chelsea were better and on top of Liverpool, they still found a way to win.

β€œWhat tends to happen is that when one of these teams does drop points – like City at Norwich – then you get a fierce reaction after that and unfortunately for Watford, they bore the brunt of that. That’s what they are capable of doing and it was eight going on 15.

β€œI have watched the game back and their quality in final third areas is incredible at times. We know what we are coming up against, but it is just another game and we have to see what we can go and do.”


Fernandinho (on playing at centre-back) πŸ’¬

β€œBoth our centre-backs are injured, so they find that I can play there. I’m here to help so that's fine.

β€œAs for the future, we will see what happens. It's better to think about now.

β€œSometimes experience can help, even if you don't play - talking to the players, helping to fix some things.

β€œThis is the best way to be in the team, helping wherever you can.”


A good omen? πŸ€

City's women's team kicked off our defence of the Continental Cup with a 5-0 triumph over Leicester on Sunday!

Pauline Bremer and Caroline Weir continued their exceptional scoring from with a brace apiece, before Tessa Wullaert completed the rout.

Watch the highlights.


A chance for the youngsters to shine? 🌟

With many predicting City to field a youthful side for tonight's clash, Pep Guardiola has revealed Taylor Harwood-Bellis has made the step up to the first-team squad following the injuries to Aymeric Laporte and John Stones.

The 17-year-old featured during our preseason tour of Asia but has played for the Elite Development Squad since returning home.

However, Guardiola says he is now part of the senior set-up and refused to rule out utilising the youngster this evening.

β€œFrom now on, he will train with us,” said the City boss. β€œWhether he will play or not, we’ll see.

β€œThe guys from the Academy spoke really well about him before preseason.

β€œI saw in preseason. He is aggressive, he wins duels, he pays attention. β€œ


It's matchday! ⚽

Here we go again! City kick-off our defence of the Carabao Cup this evening with a Third Round trip to Preston North End.

It's a 7:45pm kick-off at Deepdale and as this is your place to be for match commentary with all of the live build-up, minute-by-minute coverage and post-match reaction!

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