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Manchester City vs Bournemouth at Etihad Stadium

Etihad Stadium Referee : Jonathan Moss
24th September 2020 7:45 PM (BST)
  • 2 Manchester City

    • ‘18' Liam Delap
    • ‘75' Phil Foden
  • 1 Bournemouth

    • ‘22' Sam Surridge


Commentary By


Goodnight from me πŸ‘‹

All in all another positive night then.

We a re through to the fourth round of the Carabao Cup where a trip to Burnley awaits.

A brilliant debut goal for Liam Delap and a tidy debut too for goalkeeper Zack Steffen.

Now it's on to Sunday and a big Premier League clash against Leicester at the Etihad Stadium.

That kicks-off at 16:30 (UK) and we'll have live coverage here in our Matchday Centre from 14.30.

Thanks for joining me this evening. You can check out all the reaction and stats from tonight's game below.

See you Sunday, Blues! 


Pep's praise for the Academy

"We’ve had Phil, Eric, Liam and we have Cole Palmer who will be an exceptional player. We congratulate the Academy. I am the last step, but before there are a lot of people in the club working for this and it is a big success for them. Jason Wilcox is the Academy boss who helps us have these players."


Pep on Zack Steffen

"Well the goal we conceded was almost unstoppable. We didn’t defend the shot properly. After he saved on a counter attack. He was calm. He was safe. He gave a good performance."


Pep on Liam Delap

"He's 17 years old. He’s a different striker to what we have in terms of physicality. We see in training how good a finisher he is. Now is to be calm and keep working.

"We are delighted with his performance. He played really well.


'I was buzzing'

More from Liam Delap:   

β€œI heard that I was going to play this morning.

β€œThe boss announced the team and I heard I was in and I was buzzing.

β€œI like to be aggressive and to give defenders a tough game for 90 minutes.

β€œNow I need to keep working hard and look to take every opportunity I get.”


'A dream come true'

Liam Delap: "I was happy to score it was a dream come true for me.

"To finish like that I was buzzing.

"I saw the keeper coming off his line and I thought I would guide it in."


Full time

Job done. Bournemouth fought until the end but Phil Foden's goal proves the difference and puts us through to the next round of the Carabao Cup.


Delap booking

The young striker is booked after a challenge with the Bournemouth keeper leaves Travers on the floor.

Didn't look malicious as the ball was there to be won and the good news is that the Cherries keeper is up on his feet now.


Phil yer boots!!

Our pressure has finally told!! Riyad Mahrez fires in a shot which cannons back off the post but Phil Foden is there following up and he fires the ball home.

Get in!!



Walker with another overlapping run and cross and again its deflected for a corner.

Harwood Bells is left unmarked at the far post but his header goes wide.

Good chance that.


Great save

Superb work from Steffen saves City. Brooks beats the offside trap and puts in Surridge but Steffen races out of the box and times his block to perfection.

That saved a certain goal.


City knocking at the door before Bournemouth break and some fine work by Harwood Bellis and Garcia blocks Surridge as he prepares to shoot.

Another warning from the visitors.


So close...

A dipping cross from Mahrez from the right flank almost gives us the lead.

It evades Travers in the visitors goal but just drifts the wrong side of the post.

Inches away.


Penalties reminder

Just flagging we would go straight to penalties should it still be all square at full time.

Hopefully it won't come to that though!


No shortage of positives to build on.

Some encouraging touches from Ferran Torres whilst Tommy Doyle has been neat and tidy in his work.

Phil Foden making things look effortlessly easy too.


Scores on the doors ⚽

Elsewhere tonight Liverpool are 4-0 up away at Lincoln at half time in their third round tie whilst Aston Villa are 3-0 up with full time almost up away to Bristol City.


Stick or twist?

With the likes of Raheem Sterling and Kevin De Bruyne on the bench plenty of options for Pep should he need them.

But with games coming thick and fast he will also want to carefully manage his resources.


In the balance

Signs in the last 10 minutes of that first half that we were reasserting control.

Mahrez and Walker looking lively every time they attack.

But Bournemouth remain a threat on the break. All still to play for.



Gosling wrestles Mahrez back as the City man sought to pish forward.

 Looked a booking to me that but Jon Moss lets the Bournemouth man off with just a word of warning


Now Garcia goes down after a challenge with Surridge sees the Bournemouth man's arm meet the Spaniard's face.

Happily he is now up and about again.


So close...

That would have been special.

A Rodrigo rocket from 25 yards whistles inches over the bar after Walker probed forward yet again.

The Bournemouth keeper knew nothing about it.


Double trouble

That Walker Delap axis almost comes off again after a delightful chip through from Rodrigo. 

The City captain a threat every time he pushes forward.



A lovely inviting cross from Walker nearly finds Delap at the far left post. The striker swings his left foot at the ball but fails to connect.


We go again...

An injury to Bournemouth's Kelly gives the players chance to draw breath and regroup.

City just need to maintain our composure and resume our passing game which was bearing fruit before that leveller.


David Brooks was the Bournemouth architect opening up space in the City defence before finding Surridge who turned and dispatched a crisp shot past Steffen.

Game on - frustrating as we had assumed control.


What a moment...

That is quite magnificent.

The 17-year old latches onto a cross field ball, drove in on goal and then unleashed a stunning left foot shot into the top corner.

What an entrance! What a debut 


Some superb build up play from City puts Riyad Mahrez in on the right but Travers is again there to deny the Algerian.

Rodrigo then comes close from the resulting corner.

Encouraging work from City


Handy man

A first save for Zack Steffen from David Brooks' 20 yard shot - but the flag had already gone up. Not that the City keeper was taking any chances though.



City getting into our collective grove now and Bournemouth keeper Mark Travers comes out switfty to deny Ferran Torres a first City goal with a fine block after the Spaniard beat the offside trap


It's good to talk...

From John Edwards at the Etihad...

"Zack Steffen’s voice is ringing out as much as anyone’s here at the Etihad. City have been the aggressors in the opening exchanges but the United States international is roaring instructions to his team-mates.

He has said he’s settled in quickly and his commanding presence would certainly support that."


Line of protection

Eric Garcia sporting some special head gear by way of protection after the Spanish central defender suffered a nasty head wound earlier this month.


In the groove...

Intriguing snippet from John Edwards who is at the Etihad tonight...   

"With Sergio Aguero injured and Gabriel Jesus not included in the matchday squad, striker Liam Delap perhaps has the biggest opportunity to impress this evening.

If the warm up is anything to go by he's certainly got his shooting boots on. The 17-year-old has just hit a sweetly struck volley that gave fellow debutant Zack Steffen no chance.

Start as you mean to go on Liam!"


Teen spirit...

Having seen plenty of Liam Delap both last season and this I can promise you this.

The youngster certainly won't lack for confidence tonight. And for a 17-year-old, he is not afraid to get stuck in!

He's a hugely exciting prospect and a really nice lad to boot.

What's not to like!


Meanwhile elsewhere...⚽

Two other third round ties are taking place tonight.

Aston Villa are currently 2-0 up away to Bristol City while Lincoln City play host to Liverpool at 7.45pm.


Captain Kyle

Few would doubt that Kyle Walker has been in inspired form for City over the past few months.

And his consistency and impact is further recognized tonight with the full back being named captain.

There's no doubt he will be a reassuring presence and solid sounding board for the youngsters around him.


Back in business πŸ’™

Alongside the phalanx of exciting young talent tonight its also great to see Riyad Mahrez back in business with the Algerian fully fit and raring to go after being sidelined earlier on this month after testing positive for COVID-19.


Up for the Cup!! πŸ†

Plenty to chew on with our starting line-up then.

As expected there is a huge emphasis on exciting youth with a blend of experience alongside.

Senior debuts too for Liam Delap and Zack Steffen.

Can't wait to see how the guys go!


Eyes on the prize... πŸ’ͺ

There's no lack of incentive tonight - not least the fact that the winners will travel to Burnley next week for a fourth round tie with the matches continuing to come thick and fast.


Goalden glow... ⚽️

City have scored 18 goals and conceded just five in the last five meetings between the two sides at the Etihad.

That's what I call encouraging reading!!


Wing wizard

Summer signing Ferran Torres gave a brief but hugely exciting glimpse of his vast potential when he came on as a substitute at Wolves.

Could our new Spanish winger also be in line to potentially start tonight?


Magic moments

Flashback to our Carabao Cup final win last March.

A brilliant Sunday at Wembley when we beat Aston Villa 2-1 to lift the League Cup for the third straight year.

It was the last senior game I attended in person before the COVID-19 restrictions kicked in.

I suspect it's a similar story for many of you too.


Stat attack...πŸ“ˆ

If you are in need of a positive omen ahead of tonight's game, try this for size.

Remarkably, we have never lost to the Cherries in a competitive fixture.

Our record reads played 16, won 14, drawn twice.

That's what I call sweet 16!!


Autumn is here ❄️

Definite drop in temperatures today. In fact there has even been debate in our household about whether to switch the central heating on... I vetoed the idea.

Hopefully the City players will warm us all later on tonight!


All change?

Optimism and confidence in the City camp should be sky high after the hugely impressive manner of our display at Molineux though there is expected to be a very different look to our side tonight given Pep's comments after Monday's match.


Good evening Blues...πŸ’™


We're back in business again this evening just three days on from that fabulous opening Premier League win at Wolves.

Tonight the focus switches to the Carabao Cup - a competition that, I think it's fair to say, we have come to enjoy having won the trophy for the past three seasons!

Bournemouth are our opponents at the Etihad this evening and we’ll get under way 19.45PM (UK).

I’ll be here to guide you through the pre-match build up, match action and post-match reaction right here in the Matchday Centre and you can get involved by sharing your thoughts on Twitter using #WNRH.



Pep (on tonight's team selection)

β€œAgainst Bournemouth we will play mostly players in the academy and try to keep energy for the Premier League.

β€œWith the lack of preparation and seven players out, we have to keep the players who played today as fresh as possible.

β€œWe will see how the players recover. We won the Carabao Cup three times and we want to win again but we will have to see.

β€œIt is what it is. We have to adapt. Winning away in this stadium is so difficult. That’s why it’s a good victory for us.

"We cannot pretend we can recover in three days. That’s the situation we have."


SWP (on our senior stars helping youngsters)

β€œThe leaders that are in the position to lead now are good role models on and off the pitch.

β€œThey seem susceptible to help that kid, to help him get where he needs to get to.

β€œMy son has told me that he will go and speak to Sterling and Sterling will have a conversation with him. For that doorway to be open is a nice touch."


Zack Steffen on US goalkeepers

β€œMaybe it’s playing the other sports when we grow up to keep us athletically fit,” he said when asked about the long list of US shot stoppers who have plied their trade in England.

β€œI would say the goalkeeping training that we have in the US is pretty strong, but mostly I would say that the other sports that I played when growing up helped me with goalkeeping and keeping me athletically fit.”


Great news

Kevin De Bruyne has been named in the final three-man shortlist for the 2019-20 UEFA Men's Player of the Year award.

Bayern Munich duo Robert Lewandowski and Manuel Neuer are also nominated for the award.

KDB was Europe’s leading assist maker last term, ending the Premier League campaign with a record-equalling 20.

Across all competitions, he scored 16 times and assisted 23.

The winner will be confirmed during the 2020-21 UEFA Champions League draw ceremony in Nyon on Thursday 1 October.


Full Carabao Cup fourth-round draw

Lincoln City/Liverpool v Arsenal

Burnley v Manchester City/Bournemouth

West Brom/Brentford v Fulham

Everton v West Ham/Hull City

Bristol City/Aston Villa v Stoke City

Leyton Orient/Tottenham v Chelsea

Newport County/Watford v Newcastle United

Brighton v Manchester United


Carabao Cup - Fourth-round draw reminder

City host Bournemouth this evening in the third round, with KO at 745pm.

But don't forget, the draw for the fourth round has already been done. 

The winner of tonight's game at the Etihad will face Burnley away.

Other games that day

  • Lincoln City2
  • Bristol City0
    Aston Villa3