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Manchester City qualified to the Forth-Round after beating Swindon Town

Swindon Town 1-4 Manchester City

Pep Guardiola may not have been present, but Manchester City was still in control as they beat Swindon Town 4-1 in the FA Cup.

Manchester City ran out comfortable 4-1 winners over hosts Swindon Town in Friday’s FA Cup third-round clash.

City, under the guidance of assistant coach Rodolfo Borrell after Pep Guardiola, contracted COVID-19 never looked in danger of suffering a first FA Cup defeat to a side from the fourth tier or lower since 1984.

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Match Summary:

Swindon were lucky to hold out for 14 minutes, but Silva – who had previously wasted two great chances – was never going to miss when the excellent Palmer presented him with a tap-in. 0-1

City then pounced on Louis Reed’s questionable flick just outside his area as Swindon attempted to play out from the back,

With Kevin De Bruyne feeding Jesus into the box for a simple finish. 0-2

The contest was over – if it wasn’t already – in the 59th minute as Gundogan cleverly curled his free-kick around the wall

And into the bottom-right corner. 0-3

The Swindon goalkeeper’s wall positioning may have played a part, though Lewis Ward went some way to making amends

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When saving Jesus’penalty after Jordan Lyden fouled the Brazilian.

City could not keep a clean sheet, with Jonny Williams capitalising on Rodri’s error and playing Mckirdy into the area to finish past the suspect Zack Steffen. 1-3

But the away side had the last laugh, Palmer planting an exceptional finish into the top-left corner. 1-4

Palmer takes his chance

Silva was probably the best player on the pitch, but you would expect that of him against fourth-tier opposition.

Otherwise, Palmer was arguably the standout player, with the right-winger setting up the first goal brilliantly

And generally causing havoc with his excellent ability on the ball before getting the fourth with one of his game-high 14 touches in the box.

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