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Bristol City vs Manchester City a few quick thoughts

  • The quadruple hopes continue for Manchester City
  • Although they were certainly made to work for their place in the Carabao Cup Final
  • A statement which you could say was true across both legs and not just last night’s outing at Ashton Gate
  • Bristol City gave a valiant effort last night in the search of another Manchester scalp but unfortunately for them it was not to be
  • They always needed to score if they were to progress to Wembley but unfortunately for them they just left themselves too much to do
  • The tie was all but done and dusted on 49 minutes, or so it seemed at that point anyway
  • Lee Johnson’s men were undone by a goal either side of the restart as Manchester City edged themselves closer to the final thanks to a 2-0 lead
  • The first of those goals came two minutes before the interval, Leroy Sane’s goal silencing what was up until that point was a raucous Ashton Gate
  • And it would be further silenced when Sergio Aguero doubled his side’s advantage four minutes after the restart
  • But from that point you could perhaps argue that the shackles came off of Bristol City
  • At this point they simply had nothing to lose and started to play with a freedom that they perhaps didn’t have in the first half
  • You could also argue that Pep Guardiola’s men took their feet off the gas slightly what with them being Wembley bound
  • The night would get a bit more interesting though when Marlon Pack’s well placed header halved the deficit
  • At this point the scoreline was a carbon copy of the Etihad
  • Bristol City men would need to find three unanswered goals to go through
  • An almost impossible task but they did at least find one more in injury time when Aden Flint leveled on the night
  • Many would have been guilty of believing that was the final goal of the night and that the EFL Championship side would at least earn a draw on the night
  • Unfortunately for them there was to be one final twist in the tale
  • That twist coming in the way of a Kevin De Bruyne winner in the 6th minute of injury time
  • A sucker punch for the home side who will be disappointed not to have at least come away with the honour of holding the runaway Premier League leaders on their own turf
  • It was not to be and their fairy tale run in this competition comes to an end after taking so many Premier League scalps before them
  • For them it is making sure that their season does not run out of steam with the hopes of then play-offs or automatic promotion on the horizon
  • While for Manchester City can they win all four trophies this season, it would be a brave man to bet against them
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