FA Cup: Injury-hit Manchester City find cure for travel sickness

Goals from Sergio Aguero, Kelechi Iheanacho and Kevin De Bruyne ended Norwich’s cup interest, as Manchester City cruised to a second away win in a row, having previously not won in six trips.
FA Cup: Injury-hit Manchester City find cure for travel sickness

“Maybe we had a lot of criticism because we were not winning away but I am always very happy with the way we play away,” said City boss Manuel Pellegrini.

“We try to do the same things, to play attractive football. I think the fans enjoy our football and today we demonstrated it doesn’t matter who plays, the mentality is always the same.”

Pellegrini hopes to have star duo Yaya Toure and David Silva back for the Premier League trip to Everton in midweek.

“We couldn’t play with Mangala, Kompany, Fernandinho, Yaya, Silva and Nasri because of injury,” Pellegrini said.

“But I hope at least Yaya, Fernandinho and Silva will be back on Wednesday.”

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew praised Wilfried Zaha, who struck the winner against Southampton after Oriol Romeu cancelled out Joel Ward’s opener.

Zaha passionately celebrated the goal, having previously been criticised by Pardew for diving and under-performing. “He had some nice moments, second half, some great flair. The goal was very, very important, because I keep telling him to just wait that half a second on that final moment, that wasn’t an easy finish that he had there, and he took it really, really well, so I was really pleased for him.

“That’s the only part of his game that’s missing, but he’s in the box, he gets a knockdown – great.”

West Ham boss Slaven Bilic feels he has a squad capable of achieving FA Cup glory this season. Bilic make seven changes to his starting line-up as Nikica Jelavic’s first goal for the club secured a 1-0 win over Wolves.

“We don’t play in Europe, we are not in a situation of Liverpool who have two cups and Europe and all that. It’s good that we put the players who didn’t play last week into the team but it wasn’t a big risk because when we had all those players out injured all those other players played.

“Not one of them was short of match fitness. Some of them did really well, nobody was disappointing.”

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe welcomed the arrival of former Arsenal striker Benik Afobe from Wolves after his side dispatched Birmingham 2-1.

“I felt we needed a striker. Callum (Wilson) we lost and that was a huge blow to us and we have lost Josh King with hamstring problems. It has left us very light and we need firepower. We need players who can come in and do the job.”

Watford manager Quique Sanchez Flores reiterated his determination to keep strikers Troy Deeney and Odion Ighalo, after Deeney hit the winner against Newcastle, in Ighalo’s absence: “Deeney and Ighalo are good players for this team, and for this project we need players of this level.

“I am sure these players will not be going in the middle of the season.”

Arouna Kone relished his start up front in 19-goal Romelu Lukaku, scoring the opener in Everton’s 2-0 win over Dagenham.

“Number nine is my favourite position but we have a very good squad this season and Lukaku is scoring many goals,” said Kone.

“I like to play with two strikers but it was my first time to play as a number nine and I scored so I am happy – but I am ready to play anywhere to help the team.”

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