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Manchester City edge past Swindon to book their place in the fourth round of the FA Cup

Even with a COVID outbreak and a few injuries The Men in Blue managed to breach Swindon’s defence without breaking a sweat and booked their place in the fourth round of the FA Cup.

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Last updated: 08.01.2022
Manchester City edge past Swindon to book their place in the fourth round of the FA Cup

With a 4-1 victory, one has to wonder what it will take to stop Manchester City. Even with a COVID outbreak and a few injuries The Men in Blue managed to breach Swindon’s defence without breaking a sweat. The only thing missing in this fixture except Jesus' penalty was an animated Pep Guardiola on the sideline. With the majority of the squad and staff members ruled out with the COVID virus, Borrell came in to lead the team. The squad depth of any team is one of the major factors which can make a difference in being a challenger and a champion. Manchester City as a team puts the spotlight on this factor which is often ignored quite easily.


Swindon’s struggle against High Press

Manchester City’s trademark under the reign of Pep Guardiola is their relentless high press football. Swindon tried to be brave by trying to play from the back. But this strategy is quite hard to pull off against a team like Manchester City. As City came charging in to put pressure on the backline Jesus capitalised from the heavy touch of Rob Hunt to double the lead for the visitors. Their trademark has forced out a lot of mistakes from their opponents and this was yet another instance.


Is Cole Palmer a star in making?

His quick feet allowed him to go past Swindon’s defence and set up the first goal. The final goal of the game was a beautiful finish after wrapping his foot around the ball and producing a curve to find the far post. Cole Palmer is walking the same path Phil Foden walked on a few years ago. His development under Pep Guardiola has evolved him into an attacking midfielder. Garry Neville’s comment about how David Silva has left two-three Silva’s behind him will resonate in his mind. Cole Palmer is the next David Silva in making. His performances are improving as his time on the pitch has started to increase. It won’t be a surprise to see Cole Palmer in a lead role for the next season.


McKirdy continues his hot run

McKirdy has played a huge role in the success which Swindon Town has enjoyed this season. His goal scoring form has continued even against a resolute defence of Manchester City. Harry McKirdy’s clinical performance was once again on display as Williams broke through City’s formation. He slipped past the ball into the path of McKirdy as he came running from the right flank. Even as the angle stood against him McKirdy didn’t flinch to breach Zack Steffen who stood like a wall in front of the goal.

Swindon fans came in to watch their team in action against Manchester City and they were not disappointed. Ma City showed their professionalism and respect by putting on a strong line-up against the second-tier English side.     

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