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Cheltenham Town v Manchester City Live Commentary, 23/01/2021

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A. May (59)
P. Foden (81)
Gabriel Jesus (84)
Ferran Torres (90+4)
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Thanks for joining us for this FA Cup thriller, that is all for now. Goodbye!
Cheltenham deserve so much credit for their performance, and City will struggle to face a side that-well organised again this season. Every single one of Duff's players delivered the goods, but the gulf in class proved too much in the end. While Cheltenham will return to League Two, Man City will now play Swansea in the fifth round of the FA Cup.
A superb second-half comeback from Man City breaks Cheltenham's hearts in the fourth round of the FA Cup. Duff's men had done so well to take the lead through May, and they looked to be doing enough to keep Guardiola's troops at bay. However, Foden's goal changed the flow of the match, and the goals soon came quickly. After hitting the post earlier in the match, Jesus made amends with a neat finish, before Torres scored a third with the last kick of the game.
İ. Gündoğan
Manchester City
90' + 4' Just like Cancelo, Gundogan steps off the bench and delivers the goods for Guardiola by grabbing an assist.
Ferran Torres
Manchester City
90' + 4' GAME SET AND MATCH!!! CHELTENHAM 1-3 MAN CITY - Torres wraps up proceedings with a simple finish as City carve their way through the Cheltenham defence. Gundogan was the man to pick him out, and he couldn't miss from point-blank range.
90' Four minutes of stoppage time to come...
A. Addai
C. Clements
Cheltenham Town
88' One final change for Cheltenham as Clements is replaced by Addai.
B. Tozer
Yellow Card
Cheltenham Town
84' Tozer goes into the referee's book after a poor challenge.
Manchester City
84' Fernandinho has led City's midfield around the park, and he gets his reward after securing the assist for Jesus' goal.
Gabriel Jesus
Manchester City
84' CITY HAVE DONE IT!! CHELTENHAM 1-2 MAN CITY - Jesus finally gets a goal after going close on several occasions. The City forward has stayed onside by the thinnest of margins and latched onto Fernandinho's lofted pass. After bringing the ball under control, he showed great composure to fire past Griffiths with power.
82' City now have the bit between their teeth and they are desperate to avoid extra-time. Cheltenham have ten minutes to hang on!
João Cancelo
Manchester City
81' Guardiola's decision to replace Mendy with Cancelo pays off, within minutes he grabs an assist.
P. Foden
Manchester City
81' GOAAAALLLL! CHELTENHAM 1-1 MAN CITY - Foden comes to City's rescue with a beautiful volley at the back post. Cancelo's cross proved too much for the Cheltenham defence, and Foden was one of three City players ready to attack. Thankfully, he stayed onside and slotted the ball past Griffiths.
A. Williams
F. Azaz
Cheltenham Town
81' Azaz is unable to continue here due to cramp and that will give Williams the chance to impress off the bench.
80' Cancelo tries to make an immediate impression, but he bends a shot past the far post and Griffiths will get the chance to waste more time.
João Cancelo
B. Mendy
Manchester City
77' Guardiola makes a change at the back as Mendy is replaced by Cancelo.
75' Cheltenham are looking to reach the FA Cup fifth round for just the second time in their history, previously doing so back in 2002. They have just over 15 minutes left to hang on!
73' Laporte!! The City defender climbs high at a corner and thinks he has scored, but his header takes a deflection before Cheltenham clear from the resulting set-piece.
70' GRIFFITHS!!! The Cheltenham keeper pulls off another fine save to deny Mahrez from the edge of the box. The former Leicester City ace has done brilliantly well to stay onside and make his way towards the penalty area, before firing his shot down the middle of the goal, allowing Griffiths to get his body in the way.
S. Long
G. Lloyd
Cheltenham Town
68' Duff reacts by making a change of his own as Long replaces Lloyd.
İ. Gündoğan
T. Doyle
Manchester City
68' Gundogan will hope to add some creativity to Guardiola's midfield as Gundogan replaces Doyle.
Rúben Dias
T. Harwood-Bellis
Manchester City
67' Fellow youngster Harwood-Bellis is also off the pitch, with Dias on in his place.
65' Guardiola has readied the cavalry; the regular first-teamers are warming up and look ready to come on shortly.
62' We are in for a mammoth last 30 minutes now in this FA Cup tie. Can the League Two side hold on for an almighty upset in the fourth round?
Aymeric Laporte
Yellow Card
Manchester City
60' Laporte is shown a yellow card, and he appears to have spoken out of turn to the officials.
G. Lloyd
Cheltenham Town
59' Lloyd may not have known too much about that assist, but his touch was vital as it allowed May to nip in before Mendy and Steffen. What a moment for Cheltenham!
A. May
Cheltenham Town
59' GOAAAALLLL!!!!! CHELTENHAM 1-0 MAN CITY - Would you believe it? The League Two side have taken the lead thanks to May. Duff's side went for another long throw-in, and it has worked a treat. Lloyd's touch at the near post has turned the ball into May's path who pounced to perfection before firing the ball past Steffen and into the roof of the net.
57' Since losing to Wigan in February 2018, Man City have won their last seven FA Cup games against sides from a lower division by an aggregate score of 26-4. If they want to improve that record, they will need to buck their ideas up and quickly.
54' OFF THE POST!!!! Jesus clips the upright and City continue to wait for their opening goal. Foden's throughball was perfectly-weighted for Jesus, but he fails to find the corner, and it remains goalless.
52' JESUS! City win another free-kick, but Jesus fails to convert Doyle's cross. The Brazilian jumped with Tozer, but he seemed to give up on the header, and rather than go for goal, he has let the ball hit his face and bounce clear.
50' Torres shows signs of frustration after going for goal from a difficult angle, only to fire his shot into the empty stands.
49' City win a free-kick after that Raglan tackle, but the cross towards the far post sails over everyone's head and the chance goes begging.
C. Raglan
Yellow Card
Cheltenham Town
48' Raglan joins Boyle in the book after a very late challenge on Jesus.
46' We are back underway at the start of the second half!
Once Guardiola has had the chance to speak to his players, City should improve in the second half. On another day, they could be two or three goals to the good, but Cheltenham deserve to be level at the break, and they will be full of confidence when the game gets back underway shortly.
Tozer's clearance brings the half to a close, and it is quite apt that he is the man to end the half, considering he is the reason City have yet to score. His goalline clearance denied Mendy inside the first 15 minutes, while he has also made several vital interceptions since then. Cheltenham have given an excellent account of themselves inside the first 45 minutes, with May a thorn in City's side so far.
45' + 6' City win another corner as Doyle's cross is blocked by a late lunge from Tozer.
45' + 5' Foden and Torres keep swapping roles in midfield and attack, but Guardiola may ask the former to drop into a deeper position to try and improve City's hold on the game.
45' + 3' Tozer! Cheltenham test the City defence from a long throw-in, with Tozer climbing above his markers at the near post. The Cheltenham defender thought he had scored, but Steffen's touch means they settle for a corner.
45' There will be six minutes of stoppage time at the end of the first half because of the delay.
44' We are back underway after the short delay due to the fireworks.
42' The fireworks continue, and we are still waiting for the game to resume at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium.
40' The game has been stopped as someone nearby has started to let fireworks off. The two teams are being led towards the tunnel by the referee.
38' Mahrez stings the palms of Griffiths, but the Cheltenham keeper is able to bring the ball under control at the second attempt.
35' WIDE! Fernandinho tries to lead by example and go for goal from range, only to see his shot miss the goal by inches. Griffiths looked beaten, but the ball fails to find the back of the net.
32' CLOSE! Foden hits the side-netting and will be disappointed he failed to hit the target. Mendy's cutback picked out the England international, but he rushed his shot and Griffiths watched it go wide of his near post.
30' May breaks free and tries to beat Steffen from the edge of the box, only to be flagged offside at the last second.
28' City are starting to dominate from the halfway line now, but Cheltenham have everyone behind the ball so, Guardiola's men need to be patient if they want to open the scoring.
W. Boyle
Yellow Card
Cheltenham Town
24' Boyle is shown the first yellow card of the match after a strong challenge on Doyle in midfield.
22' STEFFEN! The City keeper is on hand to keep May at bay, and it is a good job he was alert to the danger. May tried to outfox him at his near post, but he had to settle for a corner.
21' WIDE! Jesus is the latest City player to try his luck in front of goal. The Brazilian tries to head home but gets his bearings wrong, and the ball ends up hitting his shoulder before flying behind for a goal-kick.
20' City's passing appears slicker in the last few minutes, but they still need to keep their guard up, with Cheltenham flying forward when they get the chance.
18' SAVE!!! Griffiths denies Torres, and the young forward was inches away from opening the scoring. The Spaniard latched onto a cross and looked destined to score, but Griffiths showed tremendous agility to get down to his left and deny him.
17' CLOSE!!! City appeal for a penalty after Tozer catches Torres with a high boot, but the referee claims he got a touch to the ball. Replays suggest that Cheltenham may have got away with one there.
15' Laporte has seen plenty of the ball in the early stages, but City needs their midfield to start taking control of the game.
13' City try to open the scoring from back-to-back corners, but they fail to trouble Griffiths and Cheltenham continue to battle away in search for the opening goal.
12' OFF THE LINE!!!! Mendy looks stunned as Tozer somehow stops his left-footed drive from finding the back of the net. The City left-back crept into the box and took aim, only for Tozer to leap back towards goal and concede a corner.
9' Laporte forces Griffiths into a save from a free-kick, but the Frenchman does not get enough power behind his header, and it ends up being an easy stop for the Cheltenham keeper.
8' Cheltenham win a free-kick and Clements' ball is a dangerous one, but City's defence eventually deals with the danger, and it remains goalless.
7' The home side have made a decent start here; they have not allowed City to get into any rhythm.
5' Cheltenham's pitch will no doubt be a leveller for this match. There is already large chunks of turf scattered across the park, and City will need to adjust to that in the early stages.
3' May is back on his feet, and the Cheltenham medical staff seem happy for him to continue.
3' There is a slight worry here for Cheltenham as May stays down after crashing into the hoardings following that attack.
2' Steffen is called into action straight away as he is forced to dive towards the near post to stop May from getting to a low cross.
1' We are underway in this FA Cup clash!
Kick-off is moments away as the two teams make their way onto the pitch at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium.
This FA Cup clash is the first-ever competitive meeting between the two teams. The Robins do not have a good record against top-flight opponents though, having lost all eight of their League Cup or FA Cup ties to top-flight clubs.
Cheltenham boss Michael Duff makes two changes to the side that drew 1-1 against Newport County on Tuesday. Ellis Chapman and Chris Hussey drop out, with Lewis Freestone and Chris Clements coming into the side. Guardiola makes ten alterations to the team that beat Aston Villa in midweek, with Foden the only one to retain his place. Steffen starts in goal, while teenagers Harwood-Bellis and Doyle get the chance to impress.
SUBS: Rodrigo, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Ederson, Ruben Dias, Raheem Sterling, Ilkay Gundogan, Adrian Bernabe,Bernardo Silva, Joao Cancelo.
MAN CITY (4-3-3): Zack Steffen; Taylor Harwood-Bellis, Eric Garcia, Aymeric Laporte, Benjamin Mendy; Ferran Torres, Fernandinho, Tommy Doyle; Riyad Mahrez, Gabriel Jesus, Phil Foden.
SUBS: Dan Bowry, Scott Flinders, Andy Williams, Alex Addai, Max Harris, Sean Long, Callum Ebanks.
CHELTENHAM (3-5-2): Joshua Griffiths; Charlie Raglan, Ben Tozer, William Boyle; Matty Blair, Finn Azaz, Conor Thomas, Chris Clements, Lewis Freestone; Alfie May, George Lloyd.
Cheltenham sit sixth in League Two ahead of kick-off, while City are second in the Premier League table. Cheltenham are unbeaten in five in all competitions, while City last lost a match in November, with Tottenham getting the better of them on that occasion.
Cheltenham beat Mansfield Town in extra-time to reach the fourth round, while Pep Guardiola's men cruised past Birmingham City 3-0. The winners of this battle will take on Swansea City after their victory over Nottingham Forest earlier this afternoon.
Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the FA Cup clash between League Two outfit Cheltenham Town and Premier League giants Manchester City. The home side will be hoping to pull off the biggest shock in the competition so far this season, but they will need City to have a rare off night if they are to reach the fifth round.