Manchester City v Leeds United: live

17 February 2013 01:40
Email or with the answer to this question: what job should Neil Warnock do instead of football management? Latest MANCHESTER CITY 2 LEEDS UNITED 0 41 min White and McCormack trade passes to work it down the right wing but one too many blue shirts to navigate and it comes to nothing. 39 min Warnock (S) gets one-on-one with Toure (K) down the left wing, trying to hit the byline. Toure (K) just muscles him out of it, Warnock (S) resigned to his fate, for a goal kick. Nicely sums up the game, that, City in total command and Leeds looking like they don't believe there's a way back in this one. 37 min Opportunity for Leeds as McCormack spreads play wide right before sending over a low, square cross that is just behind everyone, Byram the closest to making contact for Leeds but his weight was going the wrong way and never really on. 35 min City corner from Kolarov is aimed at the near post where Garcia comes across to meet it, just getting a touch too much on it to flick it beyond the far post rather than inside it. 33 min Garcia has a couple of nibbles at Brown, nasty too, scrapping down the back of his legs. Referee has just a word for the minute but his card is marked. Brown does dish it out as much, if not more, than anyone else, well, definitely more than everyone else, but that was a slightly cowardly response from Garcia. 31 min Milner takes a throw in in front of the Leeds fans and gets a warm round of applause from those in the stands. Yaya Toure is less liked by the travelling support just now, and fires a stinger of an effort just over from 25 yards to antagonise them even more. Twitter: Henry Winter - great scenes #lufc fans doing the Poznan 29 min Kolarov convinces half the City fans he's scored with the old trick of finding the outside of the net with an angled shot, the wag. 28 min Hold up in play as Warnock (S) gets a comnforting arm and gentle words from the physio after contracting a nasty case of a football to his delicates at speed. Everyone gives him a minute of silence. 26 min Free kick to Leeds out wide right inside the City half. A chance to load the box and . wait, it's a short one down the line, the ball is angled in to the box and Lees was a better connection away from pulling one back. Sloppy from City there. 24 min ESPN's latest slow motion effort has Neil Warnock shaking his head like he's in an nature documentary having just seen one of his cubs eaten. First time on the day the use of the super slow has made sense. Makes him look even sadder and more dejected than he is. 21 min It's all gone a little flat (what with the game as a contest largely having been put to bed), though a fair few of the Leeds support are trying their best to liven it up with a spot of collective scarf twirling. It hasn't worked, but well done for trying. 19 min Leeds have their first attempt at goal, Diouf with a header from outside the box. He made a decent fist of it but still a yard over the bar with the goalkeeper watching it sail by. 18 min Milner clatters in to Warnock for a foul. Not that Warnock, mind, Stephen, his former team-mate at the Villa, who dusts himself down and gets on with things. 17 min Hard to put a finger exactly on Leeds' problems here but two things are clear, their tactic of pushing their full-baks forward is suicide against a quick attack of Aguero and Tevez, and City are, like, well up for this one, yeah? GOAL! 15 min Man City 2 Leeds 0 PENALTY from Aguero is tucked away with the breezy casualness of a man of his shooting at goal talents. It was the Argentine who was tugged back by Lees for the award of the penalty, a touch soft but not too much to complain about. This is going to get ugly for the visitors 13 min Ah, that's lovely, a chant that all corners of the ground can join in, hands across the parochial hatred divide. "Stand up if you hate Man U," ah, bless. 12 min Slight hold up in the game as Peltier receives some treatment. When we get goign again Aguero cuts inside to feed Tevez for a decent looking shot that ripples the outside of the net. This is goign to eb a logn afternoon for Leeds if they remain as open as this. 10 min Aguero almost has Silva away down the left but Lees stretches on the slide to cut out the danger at the expense of a corner. That lands at the feet of Yaya Toure who wants all day to do anythign with it allowing his shot to be blocked, before Silva shoots wide. 08 min Hello . a spot of handbags and pushy shovey between Brown and Yaya Toure. The referee is having a word as we watch the replay - Brown knocks over Toure then stands over him telling him to get up, when he can't get up, because Brown is stood over him. Toure has a shove and it's all very meah - but no cards, just a stern telling off. 07 min That goal marked Yaya Toure's first since the final of 2011, a game he also scored in, you'll remember. A strong team out for City and a seriousness about them that suggests they realise victory in this competition could be a soothing balm to a disappointing season elsewhere. GOAL! 05 min Man City 1 Leeds 0 Too easy. Tevez and Yaya Toure carve a diagonal line through the Leeds defence, Toure stayed calm, rounded the goalkeeper and slotted in to an empty net. They looked on their game from the off. Now they have the game by the scruff of the neck. 04 min Leeds lump one forward that dribbles through to Pantilimon (time for another ESPN slow mo of Mancini waving at someone - a new bit of kit in the editing suite perhaps?) 03 min City looking bright and fresh with Zabaleta getting to the byline and looping over a high cross that looked dangerous until Ashdown got under it and claimed comfortably. 02 min Free kick for Leeds just inside the City half is floated to the back of the box but easily dealt with by Kolarov. 01 min We get under way at the Etihad. Nothing has happened yet, but ESPN have already given us a slow mo of Diouf smirking. Do they know something we don't? Does he? Does it matter? Not really. On we go. 13.55 It's an old gag, but that doesn't stop it being funny, eh? ESPN's pitch-side commentary team + errant sprinkler = lols: 13.50 Neil Warnock is happy. Why? He's currently hearing the sound of his own voice. "You can't stop world class players . as long as my players give me everything . etc . and so on ." 13.45 Team news Manchester City: Pantilimon, Zabaleta, Toure, Nastasic, Kolarov, Milner, Toure, Javi Garcia, Silva, Aguero, Tevez. Subs: Hart, Maicon, Lescott, Nasri, Dzeko, Rodwell, Clichy. Leeds United: Ashdown, Byram, Lees, Peltier, Warnock, White, Austin, Brown, Varney, Diouf, McCormack. Subs: Kenny, Pearce, Morison, Tonge, Norris, Habibou, Hall. Referee: Mark Clattenburg (Tyne & Wear) 13.40 Good afternoon everyone. The second of our liveblogs today – which takes us one step closer to Huddersfield Town v Wigan Athletic; the one we're all waiting for, right? Oh, right, well, no matter – sees us pay a visit to the Etihad Stadium for what promises to be a combustible affair, in the dugouts at least. Both managers approach today's fixture under a weight of pressure that would floor Mariusz Pudzianowski Roberto Mancini for mounting a title defence that barely justifies the description, Neil Warnock for, well, being Neil Warnock. Warnock is used to not being liked, of course. But it's usually everyone else rather than his own clubs' supporters who are sick of him. The Leeds fans have grown impatient with the gruff Yorkshireman after their own bid to return to the Premier League looks more forlorn by the week. The odd cup success keeps him safe, and this one would be worth weeks for him if it happened, but the chances of both these men being in the job they hold today come the start of next season is slim. City ought to be too strong for a Leeds side shorn of their top scorer, Luciano Becchio, now of Norwich City, and will have observed what happened when Chelsea played at Elland Road in the Capital One Cup. But in recent seasons Leeds have, whether they like it or not, carved out a niche as a lower league team worth the odd giant killing in the cups. It could go either way. Though you can be sure that whoever sees his side lose with have a damn good explanation, that involves veins throbbing and fingers being pointed. Match Notes Whether winning the FA Cup will be enough to keep Roberto Mancini in a job at Manchester City remains to be seen, but the Italian could do without Leeds United standing in his way in the fifth round. Recent seasons have seen the Yorkshire club defeat Manchester United as a League One outfit, take Arsenal to a replay and eliminate Spurs in the last round. Leeds have giant-killing form and Mancini ought to be wary. Stat of the game: Leeds have drawn on four of their last visits seven to City in league and cup. 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