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David Silva is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Stuart Nelson takes the free kick.
The ball is delivered by Aleksandar Kolarov, Jon Harley manages to make a clearance.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Edin Dzeko on Krystian Pearce. Direct free kick taken by Stephen Darby.
The ball is swung over by Karl Hawley, Close range headed effort by Lee Hughes goes wide of the left-hand post.
Micah Richards leaves the field to be replaced by Vincent Kompany.
Aleksandar Kolarov takes a shot. Neal Bishop gets a block in. Patrick Vieira takes a shot. Jon Harley gets a block in.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Krystian Pearce by Edin Dzeko. Free kick crossed left-footed by David Martin from right channel.
The ball is swung over by Stephen Darby, Patrick Vieira manages to make a clearance.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Lee Hughes on Aleksandar Kolarov. Free kick taken by Aleksandar Kolarov.
Edin Dzeko scores a goal from close range to the top left corner of the goal. Notts County 1-1 Man City.Assist by Micah Richards.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Gareth Barry on Richard Ravenhill. Stuart Nelson takes the free kick.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Lee Hughes. Jerome Boateng takes the free kick.
(Man City) makes a substitution, with Aleksandar Kolarov coming on for Pablo Zabaleta.
Corner taken by David Silva, Edin Dzeko produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box that clears the crossbar.
Pablo Zabaleta produces a cross, Neal Bishop gets a block in.
Lee Hughes is caught offside. Joleon Lescott restarts play with the free kick.
Craig Westcarr is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Pablo Zabaleta takes the indirect free kick.
James Milner booked for unsporting behaviour. Unfair challenge on David Martin by James Milner results in a free kick. Stuart Nelson takes the free kick.
Karl Hawley takes the inswinging corner, Patrick Vieira makes a clearance. David Martin takes a shot. Jerome Boateng gets a block in.
The ball is delivered by James Milner, Lee Hughes manages to make a clearance.
Short corner taken by James Milner.
Micah Richards takes a shot. Blocked by Jon Harley. Outswinging corner taken by James Milner, Neal Bishop makes a clearance. Gareth Barry has an effort at goal from 20 yards. Save by Stuart Nelson.
Jon Harley produces a cross, Close range headed effort by Lee Hughes misses to the right of the goal.
The referee gives a free kick against Craig Westcarr for handball. Free kick taken by Patrick Vieira.
The ball is crossed by Pablo Zabaleta, Header from deep inside the area by Edin Dzeko goes over the bar.
The offside flag is raised against Edin Dzeko. Stuart Nelson takes the free kick.
David Silva on for Joao Alves Jo. The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Jerome Boateng.
Craig Westcarr takes a shot. Comfortable save by Joe Hart.
Unfair challenge on Stephen Darby by Joleon Lescott results in a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Alan Gow, Pablo Zabaleta manages to make a clearance.
Neal Bishop booked for unsporting behaviour.
Neal Bishop finds the net with a headed goal from close in. Notts County 1-0 Man City.Corner taken by Alan Gow from the right by-line played to the near post, the assist for the goal came from Alan Gow.
Jon Harley crosses the ball, Pablo Zabaleta manages to make a clearance.
Unfair challenge on Richard Ravenhill by Edin Dzeko results in a free kick. Richard Ravenhill restarts play with the free kick.
Alan Gow challenges Jerome Boateng unfairly and gives away a free kick. Gareth Barry restarts play with the free kick.
Corner from left by-line taken by James Milner.
Craig Westcarr takes a shot. Save made by Joe Hart.
The ball is delivered by Micah Richards, Effort from deep inside the area by Edin Dzeko clears the bar.
Gnegneri Toure Yaya crosses the ball, Edin Dzeko takes a shot. Save made by Stuart Nelson.
Neal Bishop sends in a cross, clearance by Jerome Boateng. Foul by Craig Westcarr on Jerome Boateng, free kick awarded. Jerome Boateng takes the direct free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jon Harley by Gnegneri Toure Yaya. Free kick taken by Jon Harley.
Corner taken right-footed by James Milner from the right by-line, Mike Edwards manages to make a clearance.
Mike Edwards sends in a cross, clearance by Pablo Zabaleta.
The ball is crossed by Pablo Zabaleta, Mike Edwards makes a clearance.
Unfair challenge on Alan Gow by Patrick Vieira results in a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Jon Harley.
Foul by Richard Ravenhill on Gnegneri Toure Yaya, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Gareth Barry.
Lee Hughes takes a shot. Comfortable save by Joe Hart.
Centre by James Milner.
The ball is crossed by James Milner, clearance by Jon Harley.
The ball is sent over by Craig Westcarr, save by Joe Hart.
The ball is swung over by Joao Alves Jo, clearance made by Mike Edwards. Shot from just outside the area by Joao Alves Jo goes over the bar.
Patrick Vieira challenges Richard Ravenhill unfairly and gives away a free kick. Mike Edwards takes the direct free kick.
Unfair challenge on Jerome Boateng by Richard Ravenhill results in a free kick. Gareth Barry restarts play with the free kick.
James Milner challenges Jon Harley unfairly and gives away a free kick. Stuart Nelson takes the free kick.
The ball is sent over by Alan Gow, clearance by Micah Richards.
The ball is crossed by Craig Westcarr, clearance by Jerome Boateng.
Pablo Zabaleta crosses the ball.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Stephen Darby by Pablo Zabaleta. Free kick crossed by Craig Westcarr, Gareth Barry manages to make a clearance.
Micah Richards challenges David Martin unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jon Harley takes the free kick.
James Milner sends in a cross, Krystian Pearce manages to make a clearance.
Unfair challenge on Pablo Zabaleta by David Martin results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Joleon Lescott.
The offside flag is raised against Alan Gow. Joe Hart takes the indirect free kick.
Stephen Darby fouled by Edin Dzeko, the ref awards a free kick. Richard Ravenhill takes the direct free kick.
Unfair challenge on Alan Gow by Jerome Boateng results in a free kick. Stephen Darby takes the direct free kick.
James Milner delivers the ball.
David Martin concedes a free kick for a foul on James Milner. Gareth Barry takes the direct free kick.
David Martin takes a shot. Blocked by Pablo Zabaleta. Corner taken by Alan Gow, Micah Richards makes a clearance.
The official flags Edin Dzeko offside. Stuart Nelson takes the free kick.
The ball is delivered by Gnegneri Toure Yaya, Stephen Darby gets a block in.
The ball is crossed by James Milner, Header from close in by Joao Alves Jo misses to the left of the goal.
James Milner crosses the ball, Stephen Darby manages to make a clearance.
A cross is delivered by Jerome Boateng, Lee Hughes makes a clearance.
Mike Edwards receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. James Milner fouled by Jon Harley, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by James Milner.
Edin Dzeko has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box missing to the wide right of the target.
A cross is delivered by Neal Bishop, clearance made by Joleon Lescott.
Gnegneri Toure Yaya takes a shot. Save by Stuart Nelson. Corner taken by James Milner from the right by-line.
Gnegneri Toure Yaya challenges Stephen Darby unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Stephen Darby.
Unfair challenge on Richard Ravenhill by Patrick Vieira results in a free kick. Neal Bishop restarts play with the free kick. The official flags Lee Hughes offside. Jerome Boateng takes the free kick.
Alan Gow fouled by Jerome Boateng, the ref awards a free kick. Alan Gow produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick.
Ince relishing tie with old foes City
Paul Ince insists knocking Manchester City out of the FA Cup as Notts County manager would give him just as much pleasure as when he beat them as a Manchester United player.
Ince played in six Manchester derby games during his time at United, including a famous victory for the Reds at Maine Road in 1993 when they fought back from 2-0 down to win 3-2 with a double from Eric Cantona and a goal from Roy Keane.
A year later, he also helped Sir Alex Ferguson`s side beat City 5-0 at Old Trafford in his final season before leaving to join Inter Milan.
Ince experienced defeat against City just once during his six years at United - a 5-1 hammering at Maine Road in 1989.
That loss still wrangles with Ince and the Notts boss would welcome a little revenge when Roberto Mancini`s big-spending Premier League title chasers go to Meadow Lane in the fourth round of the cup tomorrow.
"I had some good times with United against City and we only lost once, that was my second game for the club," said Ince.
"I remember we beat Millwall 5-0 at home in my first game and I thought it was easy, then we went to Maine Road and got beat 5-1.
"It was probably one of the worst days of my life, and I never want to feel like that again. I couldn't leave my hotel room in Manchester for a few days. That was the only time we got beat by City when I played.
"If we were to beat them tomorrow I would get the same buzz I did when I beat them with United.
"It would be fantastic. First and foremost, we have got to go out and do ourselves proud."
Notts have beaten City in the FA Cup once before. The Magpies were in the old Division Two when they famously won 1-0 at Meadow Lane in a fifth-round tie in February 1991 - Gary Lund scoring the goal to write his name into club folklore.
Vincent Kompany has given an insight into how fierce Manchester City training sessions have become as they bid for glory on three fronts.
Not that the Belgium international is complaining about what goes on behind the scenes at their Carrington complex.
In fact Kompany says it is an indication of how much the players want success with City aiming for a Champions League place as well as winning the Europa League.
Then there is the FA Cup and a fourth-round tie against League One Notts County tomorrow.
Kompany said: "We have a very competitive squad. We may not yet be at the level of clubs who have won things for so many years but we are getting there. Our ambition is the same as theirs.
"If you look in training, a defeat in training can lead to a very dramatic scene where people are very angry at each other.
"I believe with this mentality we have now and the longer we are together we will be able to achieve great things. We will enjoy it as well as we enjoy being around each other."
Kompany insists there will be no complacency at Meadow Lane.
County, managed by former Manchester United midfielder Paul Ince, disposed of Sunderland in the third round - and in the top flight's side own backyard as well.
City for their part needed a replay before getting past Championship side Leicester.
Those two games gave Kompany an indication of how tough matches can be against lower league opposition.
County lie 59 league places below City and the Belgian wants his side to dictate the pace from the kick-off.
"We have seen what has happened in this competition so far. They have gone to Sunderland and won there," he told www.mcfc.co.uk
"We have to adapt. We have to make sure we are not influenced by their game. We want to play our game. If we don't we will be in trouble."
Mancini could give a run-out to Shaun Wright-Phillips, who has been on the fringes this season.
Mancini said: "He is an important player but I understand he could be like Emmanuel Adebayor in that he has lost his confidence.
"He has not played many games. If Shaun stays here, it is important he finds his confidence."
Defender Micah Richards could come into contention after a back problem while striker Edin Dzeko is set to make his debut in the competition.
However winger Adam Johnson misses out after suffering an ankle injury and will not be risked with a crucial league match to come against Birmingham on Wednesday at St Andrews.
Dzeko hands City lifeline
Edin Dzeko threw Manchester City an FA Cup lifeline after Notts County had come agonisingly close to humiliating Roberto Mancini's men in a 1-1 draw.
Neal Bishop's header on the hour threatened to add City's name to the Sunderland scalp County collected in the previous round.
Shocks in the FA Cup are almost as old as County themselves and, for 20 minutes, the League One outfit thought they were going to claim another.
But Dzeko had other ideas and drilled home Micah Richards' low cross 10 minutes from time to break his own City duck, and rescue the Eastlands outfit who must play again in three weeks' time for the right to reach the last 16.
Having struggled to dispose of Sven-Goran Eriksson's Leicester in the last round, Mancini would have expected to be similarly troubled by a team managed by Paul Ince.
After all, their shared history includes a red card for Mancini for a tackle on Ince during a particularly ill-tempered Serie A spat between Sampdoria and Inter Milan.
And the world's oldest Football League club did not disappoint, matching City blow for blow on a pudding of a pitch, churned up badly by the two rugby matches that had been played on it over the past week.
Certainly Jon Harley's tackle on James Milner was straight out of the 15-a-side code's textbook, although as referee Chris Foy elected to show Mike Edwards the yellow card, perhaps he did not get a good view.
By that point City should have been ahead from the only decent opportunity of the opening 45 minutes.
Micah Richards burst down the right flank and sent over a low cross to the near post.
Yaya Toure got his not-inconsiderable frame to the ball first and prodded it goalwards.
But Stuart Nelson was alive to the danger and turned it away with an excellent feet-first save.
Having opted to rest Carlos Tevez, Mancini handed #27million new-boy Dzeko his FA Cup debut.
The Bosnian was still searching for his first City goal and had a couple of glimpses before breaking his duck.
One shot from the angle of the area soared disappointingly over, then Krystian Pryce needed to make an excellent tackle to prevent the Bosnian trying his luck from very close range.
Another opportunity came his way immediately after the break too when Richards went on another overlapping run. For the money he cost, the Blues might have expected more than a scooped shot that did not threaten the home goal.
It was a costly miss too as Lee Hughes made his muscular presence felt in an aerial duel with Joleon Lescott which he was convinced should have brought about a penalty.
Referee Chris Foy only gave a corner, which as it turned out, was just perfect for the League One outfit, whose next opponents are Walsall on Wednesday.
It was that type of opposition Bishop was dreaming of playing against when he fulfilled his ambition to play in the Football League with Barnet, aged 26.
Those thoughts might well have gone flashing through his mind as he was submerged by delirious team-mates after rising to meet Gow's near-post corner and glancing the ball beyond Hart.
The introductions of David Silva and Aleksandar Kolarov were designed to generate some attacking impetus, of which there was precious little from City beyond a dipping Gareth Barry effort that Nelson did well to tip over.
But those who question the resolve within Mancini's squad have clearly got it wrong.
With time ticking away, a touch of quality from Silva released Richards once more.
As he had done before, the full-back crossed low and hard. This time, from six yards, Dzeko did not miss.
The hosts did not just accept their fate. Edwards galloped in at the far post but failed to get a touch to Harley's free-kick as it flew an inch wide.
Hughes went close to grabbing a last-minute winner too, and although City were on top at the end, a draw was the least County deserved for their efforts.
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