or with the answer to this question: what job should Neil Warnock do
instead of football management?
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
City: Pantilimon, Zabaleta, Toure, Nastasic, Kolarov, Milner, Toure,
Javi Garcia, Silva, Aguero, Tevez.
Subs: Hart, Maicon, Lescott, Nasri, Dzeko, Rodwell, Clichy.
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
Pudzianowski Roberto Mancini for mounting a title defence that
barely justifies the description, Neil Warnock for, well, being Neil
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
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
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.
Mark Ogden's prediction: Manchester City 2 Leeds United 1.
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