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Patrick Vieira gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Alan Gow. Craig Westcarr has an effort direct from the free kick.
Neal Bishop takes a shot. Joleon Lescott gets a block in.
Micah Richards is caught offside. Mike Edwards takes the free kick.
Short corner worked by Carlos Tevez.
Edin Dzeko takes a shot. Stuart Nelson makes a save.
Micah Richards fires in a goal from inside the penalty area to the top left corner of the goal. Man City 5-0 Notts County.Aleksandar Kolarov takes the outswinging corner, Aleksandar Kolarov provided the assist for the goal.
Liam Chilvers comes on in place of Krystian Pearce.
Edin Dzeko finds the back of the net with a headed goal from close in. Man City 4-0 Notts County.The assist for the goal came from Carlos Tevez.
Close range headed effort by Patrick Vieira misses to the right of the goal.
Joao Alves Jo replaces David Silva. David Silva fouled by Neal Bishop, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Aleksandar Kolarov.
Carlos Tevez finds the back of the net with a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Man City 3-0 Notts County.Assist on the goal came from Edin Dzeko.
Edin Dzeko takes a shot. Blocked by Krystian Pearce. Outswinging corner taken left-footed by David Silva, clearance made by Neal Bishop. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Alan Gow by Aleksandar Kolarov. Direct free kick taken by Richard Ravenhill.
Short corner worked by David Silva.
Short corner taken by David Silva, Pablo Zabaleta takes a shot. Krystian Pearce gets a block in.
Gareth Barry replaces Gnegneri Toure Yaya.
Lewis Gobern is brought on as a substitute for Lee Hughes. The offside flag is raised against Lee Hughes. Indirect free kick taken by Joe Hart.
Alan Gow takes a shot. Save made by Joe Hart. Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Alan Gow.
Unfair challenge on Alan Gow by Aleksandar Kolarov results in a free kick. John Thompson takes the free kick.
Aleksandar Kolarov is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Stuart Nelson.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Aleksandar Kolarov by Richard Ravenhill. Joleon Lescott takes the direct free kick.
Craig Westcarr takes a long range shot clearing the bar.
Karl Hawley takes a shot. Save by Joe Hart.
Alan Gow fouled by Micah Richards, the ref awards a free kick. John Thompson restarts play with the free kick.
Aleksandar Kolarov takes a outswinging corner.
Carlos Tevez takes a shot. Save made by Stuart Nelson.
Short corner taken by Craig Westcarr from the left by-line, Mike Edwards produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Aleksandar Kolarov by John Thompson. Gnegneri Toure Yaya restarts play with the free kick.
Unfair challenge on John Thompson by Carlos Tevez results in a free kick. Stuart Nelson takes the direct free kick.
Stephen Darby leaves the field to be replaced by John Thompson.
Mario Balotelli leaves the field to be replaced by Carlos Tevez.
Patrick Vieira finds the net with a headed goal from inside the penalty box. Man City 2-0 Notts County.Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Aleksandar Kolarov played to the near post, assist by Aleksandar Kolarov.
Karl Hawley is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour. Karl Hawley concedes a free kick for a foul on Joleon Lescott. Kolo Toure restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Patrick Vieira by Alan Gow. Direct free kick taken by Joleon Lescott.
Gnegneri Toure Yaya concedes a free kick for a foul on Alan Gow. Jon Harley takes the free kick.
Karl Hawley has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box missing to the wide right of the goal.
Shot by Aleksandar Kolarov from outside the box goes over the net.
Karl Hawley produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the net.
Effort from outside the area by Mario Balotelli goes wide right of the goal.
Mario Balotelli is given a yellow card. Mario Balotelli gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Stephen Darby. Free kick crossed left-footed by Alan Gow, save made by Joe Hart.
Gnegneri Toure Yaya challenges Alan Gow unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jon Harley.
Foul by Pablo Zabaleta on Stephen Darby, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed left-footed by Alan Gow, save by Joe Hart.
Unfair challenge on Neal Bishop by Micah Richards results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Stuart Nelson.
Patrick Vieira fires in a goal from close range to the bottom right corner of the goal. Man City 1-0 Notts County.Inswinging corner taken left-footed by David Silva from the right by-line to the near post, the assist for the goal came from David Silva.
David Silva takes a shot. Krystian Pearce gets a block in.
David Silva takes a inswinging corner.
Gnegneri Toure Yaya takes a shot. Stuart Nelson makes a save.
David Silva takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the bar.
Unfair challenge on Joleon Lescott by Lee Hughes results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Joe Hart.
Mike Edwards gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Edin Dzeko. Shot comes in from Aleksandar Kolarov from the free kick, save by Stuart Nelson.
Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Aleksandar Kolarov from the left by-line, Shot on goal by Micah Richards from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
Foul by Neal Bishop on Patrick Vieira, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Aleksandar Kolarov.
Corner taken by Aleksandar Kolarov from the left by-line to the near post, Edin Dzeko takes a shot.
Aleksandar Kolarov takes a shot. Save by Stuart Nelson.
Edin Dzeko fouled by Krystian Pearce, the ref awards a free kick. Patrick Vieira restarts play with the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Aleksandar Kolarov played to the near post, Craig Westcarr makes a clearance.
Edin Dzeko takes a shot. Save by Stuart Nelson.
Karl Hawley takes a shot.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Alan Gow. Joe Hart takes the free kick.
Kolo Toure gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Alan Gow. Direct free kick taken by Jon Harley.
Edin Dzeko gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jon Harley. Stuart Nelson restarts play with the free kick.
The ball is crossed by Pablo Zabaleta.
The referee blows for offside against Lee Hughes. Indirect free kick taken by Joe Hart.
Inswinging corner taken by Karl Hawley from the left by-line played to the near post, Edin Dzeko manages to make a clearance.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Lee Hughes by Kolo Toure. Shot comes in from Alan Gow from the free kick, save made by Joe Hart. Alan Gow takes a inswinging corner.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Aleksandar Kolarov. Stuart Nelson takes the indirect free kick.
Craig Westcarr concedes a free kick for a foul on Aleksandar Kolarov. Pablo Zabaleta restarts play with the free kick.
Mario Balotelli gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Richard Ravenhill. Craig Westcarr takes the direct free kick.
Lee Hughes takes a shot. Save by Joe Hart.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Richard Ravenhill by Patrick Vieira. Direct free kick taken by Neal Bishop.
Corner taken left-footed by Alan Gow, Krystian Pearce produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box that clears the crossbar.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Patrick Vieira on Alan Gow. Free kick taken by Jon Harley.
Kidd hails Ince achievements
Manchester City assistant manager Brian Kidd is not surprised to see Notts County boss Paul Ince making a name for himself in the management game.
Although, like Kidd himself, Ince did not have the greatest of times as manager at Blackburn, he has noted how the former England star's reputation is blossoming in the lower leagues.
It comes from a character Kidd helped to forge when they shared common goals at Manchester United - Ince as a midfield schemer in Sir Alex Ferguson's first title-winning team, and Kidd as the Scot's assistant.
And it is no shock to Kidd that Ince has masterminded an FA Cup fourth-round replay against big-spending City following their stalemate at Meadow Lane three weeks ago.
"Paul is doing a cracking job down there," said Kidd. "He is very knowledgeable, and very passionate, as he was as a player. You can see him on the touchline.
"I am sure he will do really well. Looking back, Blackburn will turn out to be a great experience for him. He will be stronger for it."
Kidd believes Ince has clearly benefited from time spent in a star-studded Old Trafford dressing room.
"When you look at who came through when I was at United, you can see the mentality they were brought up in," said Kidd.
"They wanted to win. But they also loved football. It was not a money thing.
"Paul Ince certainly had that. He was a fantastic midfield player and is part of the fabric of Manchester United."
Ince knows a second Barclays Premier League scalp beckons after defeating Sunderland, managed by former United team-mate Steve Bruce, in the previous round.
However, City are intent on sealing a fifth-round meeting with Aston Villa too as they continue their twin bid for a top-four berth and silverware, which would be their first in 35 years.
For all the money the Blues have spent over the past two and a half years, boss Roberto Mancini is experiencing difficulty in rotating his squad, with the likes of the injured Adam Johnson and Nigel de Jong notable absentees.
There is also little respite from the fixture list as Aris Salonika head to Eastlands on Thursday for their Europa League last-32 second leg, when victory will almost certainly pitch City into a meeting with dangerous outfit Dynamo Kiev.
It would be a good time for Mario Balotelli to regain his fitness and for Edin Dzeko to start scoring on a regular basis.
"I definitely feel they will make an impact from now until the end of the season," Kidd said of the attacking duo.
"For what they are producing on the training pitch, if they get time playing, I don't see why it won't happen.
"There are plenty of games coming up. Hopefully we can progress in the Europa League and reach the next round of the FA Cup.
"That is when your heavy artillery has to go and win games."
Neal Bishop, who scored to put County on the verge of a famous victory two weeks ago, believes the League One side can produce another upset after eliminating the Black Cats.
"We have beaten a couple of Premier League teams since I`ve been at the club, like Sunderland this year. We also beat Wigan last season," said the 27-year-old.
"And we have never been outclassed, so there's no reason if we go there and perform okay that this should be any different.
"They are world-class players but if we can get about them and get in their faces, then stranger things have happened.
"If you go there and sit back and invite them on to you, you're asking to get beaten. But that's not the way we are as a team and that`s not the way the gaffer wants us to play."
Bishop added: "A lot of people look at that first game and think that was our chance at our place.
"It was strange afterwards because if you`d offered us 1-1 before the game we would have taken it but after the game we were a bit disappointed, especially with the way their goal came about.
"We felt we could have won it and that says a lot. I think we did more than enough to give ourselves another crack.
"We will go up there and take plenty of fans so we'll hopefully not get intimidated by the names in their team and the atmosphere or the day itself."
Lewis Gobern is doubtful with a thigh injury while fellow winger Alan Judge and midfielder David Martin will miss out with foot and groin problems respectively.
Defender Liam Chilvers could be among the substitutes after recovering from a knee injury but loan duo Conor Clifford and Kevin McDonald are ineligible as they were not registered with the club for the original tie.
Five-goal rout flatters City
Manchester City's expensively-assembled squad of stars were indebted to 34-year-old free transfer signing Patrick Vieira for getting them past game League One side Notts County in their FA Cup fourth round replay.
Vieira, however, does have form in this competition, winning the famous trophy four times with Arsenal and scoring the decisive goal in a penalty shoot-out on the last of those occasions in 2005.
But with City's #50million strikeforce of Mario Balotelli and Edin Dzeko struggling to trouble a team 59 places below them it was left to the veteran Vieira to score with headers either side of half-time.
That gave Roberto Mancini's side the breathing space they needed, having weathered an early storm, and substitute Carlos Tevez, Dzeko and Micah Richards all scored in the final six minutes to distort the scoreline somewhat.
City now face a delayed fifth round tie at home to Aston Villa.
Despite appearances there was no shame in the defeat for County who, as they did in the first meeting at Meadow Lane three weeks ago, took the attack to their more illustrious opponents.
Had they enjoyed more fortune they would have had much more to show for opening 25 minutes of domination than Karl Hawley's shot which rebounded back off the post.
From the off they attacked City and almost took advantage of an early error from Joe Hart when he flapped at deep free-kick and only the considerable frame of Yaya Toure getting in the way of Neil Bishop's shot spared the goalkeeper's blushes.
Krystian Pearce headed over the corner while Hart took no risks with Alan Gow's dipping free-kick, opting to tip it around the post.
County's best chance came midway through the first half when Hawley cut in from the left to curl a right-footed shot beyond Hart only to be denied by the far post with the ball agonisingly rolling back across the face of the goal.
But the tide began to turn just before the half-hour, starting when Nelson saved brilliantly from Dzeko's close-range header.
Aleksander Kolarov tested the goalkeeper from outside the penalty area, Dzeko failed to connect with a free header, Balotelli thought he should have had a penalty when he crashed to the floor in the area under a challenge from Craig Westcarr and Micah Richards wastefully headed over.
Balotelli also had a low shot from David Silva's cross turned behind by Nelson but even his resistance had to break some time, although City's opener was not without some luck.
David Silva's corner was met by the head of Vieira but it was the touch off Pearce which ultimately beat the County goalkeeper.
County came out after the break with renewed determination but their fire was quickly extinguished 13 minutes after the restart when Vieira met Kolarov's corner to power home his second header of the game.
But a clash of heads between Balotelli and Pearce at the set-piece ended the Italian's participation as Tevez came on to replace him.
However, before the temperamental striker, unhappy about his substitution, departed down the tunnel he directed a few words in Mancini's direction.
The visitors pressed on gamely and Gow produced a superb two-handed tip-over from Hart with his shot from range.
But their valiant fight was ended six minutes from time when Tevez outsprinted the defence to round Nelson and roll the ball into an empty net.
County undeservedly conceded two further late goals when Tevez crossed for Dzeko to head in from close range and Richards blasted home from a corner.
There was still time left for Dzeko to shoot straight at Nelson with only the goalkeeper to beat as County's defence was torn apart again.
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