VIDEO: Manchester City 5 – 1 Crystal Palace (Highlights) [Capital One Cup]
The Capital One Cup has lost its last representatives from the capital. Crystal Palace were left flying the flag for London but they encountered a northern powerhouse, in the shape of Manchester City, and were duly dispatched from the competition.
Alan Pardew had overseen City’s elimination last season, when his Newcastle side won at the Etihad, but the sequel had an altogether sorrier ending for the 54-year-old, who suffered his heaviest defeat as Palace manager. Wilfried Bony, Kevin De Bruyne, Kelechi Iheanacho, Yaya Touré and Manu García secured a fifth win in six games for the 2014 winners, who host Hull in the quarter-finals and must be the favourites to regain this trophy.
If this was another exhibition of attacking potency, a sense of freshness was the most encouraging element. City are accustomed to seeing expensive signings strike but the presence of two products of their youth system on the scoresheet was welcome indeed for a club with aspirations to develop their own players. Their fifth goal was made in the academy, with the 17-year-old García sweeping in the 19-year-old Iheanacho’s pass.