Swindon v Manchester City ratings: Ward 5, McKirdy 7; Cancelo 8, Palmer 9

Covid-hit City cruise into FA Cup fourth round

Beta V.1.0 - Powered by automated translation

Manchester City comfortably beat League Two Swindon 4-1 to book their place in the FA Cup fourth round.

Bernardo Silva struck first in the 14th minute to open the scoring before Gabriel Jesus capitalised on a defensive error just before the half-hour mark.

In the second half, City controlled the game and Ilkay Gundogan added to the score with a direct free-kick in the 59th minute as they finished with 78 per cent of possession and 22 shots including eight on target.

Swindon’s Harry McKirdy scored a consolation goal but City added a fourth through Cole Palmer in the final 10 minutes.

There was doubt the tie would go ahead as City currently have 21 members of their “first-team bubble” isolating after testing positive for Covid-19, including manager Pep Guardiola and seven players.

However despite the absences, City named a strong starting XI as stand-in manager Rodolfo Borrell made just four changes from the club’s victory over Arsenal at the weekend.

Player ratings can be seen in the picture gallery above. To view the next image, click on the arrows or swipe if on a mobile device.

Updated: January 08, 2022, 3:51 AM
NEWSLETTERS
MORE FROM THE NATIONAL