Carabao Cup Review: Manchester City beat Fulham 2-0

By George Davis, Alex Jordan and Lance Whittaker November 01, 2018

Manchester teenager Brahim Diaz scores twice as City overcome Fulham.

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    Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola lauded David Silva for playing "like Phil Foden" during the 4-1 victory over Newport County in the FA Cup fifth round.

    The Premier League champions failed to find the net throughout the first half at Rodney Parade as the fourth-tier hosts initially frustrated their more fancied opposition.

    Leroy Sane broke the resistance in the 51st minute, while England youth international Foden scored a brace - either side of Padraig Amond's reply for Newport - and Riyad Mahrez was also on target.

    Veteran midfielder Silva, one of many City regulars who started in south Wales, completed 82 minutes in difficult conditions and earned praise for his professionalism.

    "Incredible," Guardiola told reporters when asked to describe the World Cup winner's performance.

    "[He is] 33 years old, fights, wins duels. Really, really good.

    "David is a fantastic player. He played here at a League Two club like an 18-year-old, like Phil Foden."

    City's hard-earned progression to the quarter-finals keeps them in hunt for four trophies at home and abroad.

    They visit Schalke in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie on Wednesday before a date with Chelsea in the EFL Cup final at Wembley Stadium four days later.

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    Pep Guardiola felt his Manchester City players "showed everybody how incredible they are" as they beat Newport County 4-1 to reach the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.

    The Premier League champions were unable to find a breakthrough in the first 45 minutes at Rodney Parade and could even have fallen behind to their League Two opponents despite dominating possession.

    However, Leroy Sane broke the deadlock six minutes into the second half and a flurry of late goals saw Phil Foden score twice either side of Padraig Amond's strike, before Riyad Mahrez added a fourth for City.

    Guardiola told BT Sport: "It was a real tough game. We believed it was done [at 2-0] and then they scored, which is typical of this sort of game.

    "Then Phil scored an incredible third goal and they softened in the last few minutes.

    "My players showed everybody how incredible they are. I have a big compliment for all the guys today who played.

    "The first 15 to 20 minutes was difficult. They were better than us in long-ball situations, but in the second half we adjusted with some movement."

    Newport, who are 15th in England's fourth tier, put in a superb display against their illustrious visitors and Guardiola added: "I was really impressed. The home crowd was amazing. I am surprised they are in the position they are.

    "Here I realised English football better than ever and why the cup is special for a team in those conditions - they use their strength points and that's why the cup always has big surprises."

    Next up for City is the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie against Schalke, before an EFL Cup final meeting with Chelsea next Sunday.

    "We are still in four competitions and we accept all the challenges," said Guardiola. "Today it was League Two and in four days we play on the biggest stage. We have to change mentality."

    "The big mistake is believing you are better than the other ones. Look at what happened between [Manchester] United and PSG, and also Ajax having an incredible game against Real Madrid."

    Newport boss Mike Flynn said: "It's no disgrace to lose to City, no matter the score. I said to the lads, 'I'm so proud of you, you deserve all the plaudits.'"

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    Phil Foden netted an impressive FA Cup brace in Manchester City's 4-1 fifth-round win at Newport County despite a Rodney Parade pitch he branded the worst he has played on.

    Pep Guardiola's free-scoring Premier League leaders were kept at bay during a keenly contested first half before Leroy Sane broke the deadlock six minutes into the second period.

    Foden dispatched a fine solo effort in the 75th minute but the 18-year-old's fifth goal of the season was required to settle nerves a minute from time after Newport striker Padraig Amond reduced the arrears.

    "We showed our professionalism, keeping the ball moving. In the end it showed," the England Under-21 international told BT Sport.

    "We scored straight away after [Amond] scored, it's always good to do that.

    "[The pitch] is the worst I've played on, to be honest."

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