Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Pelle Relieved as His 'Bad' Boys Progress

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Pelle Relieved as His 'Bad' Boys Progress

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MATCH REACTION CITY 2 SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY 1 MANUEL Pellegrini admits he is relieved City are in the fourth round of the FA Cup, saying the Blues 'played badly' against Sheffield Wednesday.

The Championship side took a shock 14th-minute lead through Atdhe Nuhiu before James Milner netted twice to calm the anxious crowd inside the Etihad Stadium.

And, after last year's shock elimination at the hands of Wigan, City boss Pellegrini was grateful for the 2-1 win.

"I am relieved because I don't think we played very well," the Chilean said.

"We played very bad, except for the last 20 minutes that maybe we went up another gear to try to create space against a team that defended very well.

"We didn't play in the way we normally do, we didn't press well, so we didn't recover the ball. When we had the ball we didn't have a good possession, we didn't have good movements.

"We didn't create chances to score, Sheffield Wednesday had just one chance to score so, playing one-goal behind, it's doubly difficult.

"It maybe is linked also to the amount of games we played in 10 days and the motivation we have against a team from the Championship when they play against the Premier League. You see that all the scores (in the FA Cup) are very tight."

David Silva and Samir Nasri's arrival five minutes before Milner's equaliser galvanised another late City comeback.

The Blues annihilated Wednesday 7-0 in the Capital One Cup in September but Pellegrini wasn't surprised by the Blues' determined visitors.

"I said before that 7-0 was not really what happened in that game," Pellegrini stressed.

"They were coming from a good victory against Wigan, so I didn't expect an easy game.

"The games are all different, we didn't do well but after that we returned to our normal offensive formation with Navas, Silva, Nasri and Milner up top."

Pellegrini managed City to the quarter-finals last year and again highlighted their desire to regain the FA Cup after the breakthrough triumph in 2011. …

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