MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MARCH 13: Nigel De Jong of Manchester City (L) celebrates with goalscorer Micah Richards (C) and teammate Vincent Kompany (R) during the FA Cup sponsored by E.On Sixth Round match between Manchester City and Reading at the City of Manchester Stadium on March 13, 2011 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
It was important that Thursday's defeat in
It wasn’t the convincing performance hoped for however, at times displaying the familiar frustrations of recent weeks, but in the absence of a dominating display it was a hard working showing that ultimately brought about a deserved win.
At times it looked a tired performance, from a side who had a long journey back from Kiev less than 72-hours previously, but whilst the performance was punctuated by frustration and a sense that there was always more to come, the side stuck at the task well and their patience rewarded when Micah Richards headed home with little over fifteen minutes remaining to set up a semi-final clash with United at Wembley next month.
Mancini made changes from Thursday night’s defeat in
Goalless at the break then and nerves definitely present; with the draw having been made prior to kick-off there was a sense that the stakes had been raised further. City’s record when level at the break was patchy: winning just four of the eleven games that had been tied at half-time.
If not entirely convincing still after the break, there was at least a greater sense of purpose and conviction in the play. This led to greater and more sustained pressure on the
United now await in the semi-finals then as City bid to make their first FA Cup final in 30-years. The two sides have met once previously at this stage: back in 1926 when City prevailed 3-0 before being defeated 1-0 by