Swindon 1-4 Man City: Player Rating

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Manchester City booked their place in the fourth round of the FA Cup with a comfortable 4-1 victory over a lively Swindon Town on Friday night.

Pep Guardiola’s aggressive obsession with cup competitions was clear from the start, with Cole Palmer as the only academy player to get the nod in a lineup full of established international stars.

Bernardo Silva had the first chance of the match within five minutes when he steered his shot over the crossbar, but he made no mistake ten minutes later when he knocked home after an excellent post from Palmer.

Swindon’s desire to play from the back was admirable, but a few careless passes gave Gabriel Jesus a slight second just before half an hour.

The first half ended with a thunder from Joao Cancelo who was so close that even the ITV team that covered the match changed the score to 3-0, but unfortunately City had to settle for a two-goal pillow at the break.

The third goal came 15 minutes after the break, when Ilkay Gundogan bent a free kick around the Swindon wall to hit the goalkeeper in the bottom corner.

The plot had barely restarted when City received a penalty, but Jesus’ tame effort was well saved by Lewis Ward in Swindon’s net.

The hosts refused to go to bed and were obviously keen to take advantage of this opportunity, and they got the goal that their ambition deserved 12 minutes after the match. Harry McKirdy showed real composure to gun past Zack Steffen to give the home fans something to cheer for.

To stifle all tension, the superb Cole Palmer took a fourth card after that, after which a brilliant effort went into the top corner.

Rodri almost added a late five but his scream from a distance was kept excellent by Ward’s fingertips, who made sure that City had to settle for just the four goals.

Cancelo almost got a screamer / ADRIAN DENNIS / GettyImages

Zack Steffen (GK) – 6/10 – Fast off his line but lucky not to give Swindon a goal back with a bad pass. Could probably have done better with the goal.

Kyle Walker (RB) – 7/10 – Made many wiretaps at the back post to deny Swindon on their raids ahead.

Ruben Dias (CB) – 6/10 – Not very busy but did everything needed with the class.

Nathan Åke (CB) – 7/10 – Really solid and impressive in the air. Played as a player trying to prove a point.

Joao Cancelo (LB) – 8/10 – Typically superb and had almost a brilliant goal for good.

Gündoğan finds the corner just outside the box – and @ManCity looks to be heading for the fourth round! ?

? @EmiratesFACup pic.twitter.com/zQ45OWmHgy

– ITV Football (@itvfootball) January 7, 2022

Rodri (DM) – 7/10 – Kept everything calm in the midfield and regained possession of the ball perfectly.

Ilkay Gundogan (CM) – 6/10 – Did not really do much but got a nice free kick.

Kevin De Bruyne (CM) – 6/10 – Not as devastating with his pass as usual but was good looking and played a smart ball to the second. Replaced after 65 minutes.

Do we need to talk about this Cole Palmer assistant?

? The teenager puts it on a plate for Bernardo Silva to press @ManCity in front of Swindon

? @EmiratesFACup pic.twitter.com/D0818Cavly

– ITV Football (@itvfootball) January 7, 2022

Cole Palmer (RW) – 9/10 – Really impressive. Wanted the ball and always tried to hit her husband to the right. A huge threat and an excellent goal.

Bernardo Silva (ST) – 8/10 – As impressive as ever. Drifted around the last third and looked like a real striker with his goal.

Gabriel Jesus (LW) – 6/10 – Fought against the excellent Kaine Kesler-Hayden but took his goal very well. Too bad he did not match it with his punishment.

85. Romeo enters the stage!

? 1-4? #ManCity pic.twitter.com/5vzkxZXiOn

– Manchester City (@ManCity) January 7, 2022

James McAtee (CM) – 6/10

Romeo Lavia (CM) – N / A

Luke Mbete (CB) – N / A

Kayky (RW) – N / A

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