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FA Cup: Manchester City Ease Into FA Cup Fourth Round

Manchester City’s push to more silverware was aided by a COVID-19 problem in the dressing room, with the Blues easing into the fourth round of the FA Cup with a 4-1 win against Swindon Town.

The fifth-placed squad in League 2 sought to produce an upset against a weakened Manchester City in what was a highly anticipated television event at Energy Check County Ground, however there were some surprises when the team news was given.

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The Premier League champions started with Kevin de Bruyne, Bernardo Silva, Gabriel Jesus, Rodri, Joao Cancelo and Ruben Dias, all of whom are regular starters under Guardiola.

It did, however, take the visitors 14 minutes to break the resolve of their minnow hosts, with academy graduate, Cole Palmer placing a delightful pass across the face of goal for Silva to tap into an empty net.

Although Swindon were never overpowered to a humiliating degree, they remained competitive and would possibly have been able to earn a positive result had they been drawn against another Manchester club, this strike effectively ended the match as a fight.

De Bruyne played a pass into the path of Gabriel Jesus who doubled the score just minutes later, with the Brazilian taking full advantage of the hosts trying some ill-advised expansive football in their own defensive area.

Ilkay Gundogan’s freekick went around the wall after 59 minutes, clipping the back of the net after hitting the left-hand post, leaving goalkeeper, Lewis Ward, fully outstretched to no avail.

Ward actually kept the scoreline much more respectable than it could have been, making a number of key saves before the end of the match.

Home fans were given a chance to dare to dream when the Robins scored a goal themselves, with Harry McKirdy’s diligent performance being rewarded 11 minutes from time.

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