As it happened: Manchester City survive Cheltenham scare as they advance in the FA Cup
CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - JANUARY 19: A general view of the action during the Sky Bet League Two match between Cheltenham Town and Newport County at The Jonny-Rocks Stadium on January 19, 2021 in Cheltenham, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)


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That's a wrap

That's just about all we have time for tonight, as Manchester City book an FA Cup fifth round date with Swansea City.

Until next time, I've been Tom Young, goodnight!

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Manchester City book their place in the FA Cup fifth round as they see off Cheltenham Town by three goals to one.

They were made to work for it though, an incredible performance from the League Two side, who at one point, looked like they may just pull off a sensational upset.

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A fine team move by Manchester City is finished off by Ferran Torres, who taps in from close range.

The quality showed in the end.

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Manchester City passing the ball around the midfield as the fourth official indicates four minutes of added time.

Tozer is named the BBC Sport MOTM. A warrior's performance from the Cheltenham captain.

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You have to feel for Cheltenham.

Gabriel Jesus fires home from close range to give Manchester City the lead.


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Phil Foden has been the only one interested all night and he's the man who gets City level!

He turns in Joao Cancelo's deep cross at the back post to bring Premier League Manchester City level!

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Man City camped in the Cheltenham half but struggling to create anything to test the keeper.

Awful from the visitors.

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Another chance for City as Foden puts Mahrez in behind, but the Algerian wastes the opportunity, firing an effort straight at the keeper.

The clock is ticking...

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First changes of the night, with Ilkay Gundogan and Ruben Dias on for Tommy Doyle and Taylor Harwood-Bellis.


George Lloyd is off for Long for the hosts

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A little over half an hour for Cheltenham to hang on here and you have to say, the way Manchester City have been playing you'd fancy them to do so.
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Well well well!

A long throw from Tozer finds it's way to the feet of Alfie May, who fires home from close range.

An FA Cup upset on the cards?

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What a chance this is for Manchester City.

Phil Foden's superb ball puts Gabriel Jesus in one-on-one, but the Brazilian can't find the back of the net, with his effort hitting the post and going behind for a goal kick.


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All City in the early exchanges of the second half as Pep's side look for that initial breakthrough.

Cheltenham defending resolutely so far.

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Back underway

We're back underway at the Johnny-Rocks stadium!
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The referee blows for halftime, with nothing to separate the two sides as of yet.


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The fireworks are over, six minutes have been added on.
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The players being taken off the pitch here as overly excited Cheltenham fans outside the ground let off fireworks which are landing on the pitch.

A change for both sides to regroup with five minutes to go until half time.

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Little to report in way of chances, with Manchester City enjoying the lion's share of possession.

Cheltenham look dangerous on the attack though.

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A half-chance for Cheltenham, as Alfie May forces Zack Steffan forced into a near-post save.
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Smart save by Griffith, who gets down quickly to deny Ferran Torres from close range.

City starting to turn the screw a bit here.

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Appeals for a penalty as Torres is brought down by Tozer, nothing going though.
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That is sensational defending from Tozer!

Benjamin Mendy's strike is destined for the top corner but the Cheltenham man manages to head the ball away from danger.

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A good start from Cheltenham, who have settled well here.

A reminder that there is no VAR tonight, let's hope it's irrelevant anyhow!

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A first mention of the values of both squads tonight.

Time to check that off your commentator bingo sheet!

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A brief stoppage in play as Alfie May recieves treatment after flying into the advertising hoardings.

He's up and on his feet though, as play continues.

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Gabriel Jesus has a decent look at an opener inside 30 seconds!

His lofted effort is dealt with well by the Cheltenham stopper.

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We're underway!

Manchester City kick-off and we're underway!
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Kick-off fast approaching

We're a little over five minutes away from kick-off in this hotly anticipated FA Cup tie.


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South Wales Beckons

It looks like it'll be a trip to the Liberty Stadium for the winners tonight.

Swansea City are currently 5-1 up against Nottingham Forest, with just minutes to go down in South Wales.

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High Flying Cheltenham

It's a mountainous task for Cheltenham tonight, there's no questioning that, but the Robins have been in fine form this season.

They currently sit 6th in SkyBet League Two, with their playoff hopes well and truly in tact, but there's only one thing on their mind tonight, and that's Manchester City!

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Wholesale City changes

Only Phil Foden retains his place from the midweek win over Villa as Pep makes 10 changes to his starting eleven tonight.

Could we see the young Englishman adopt a more familiar central role in the absence of Kevin De Bruyne? Only time will tell.

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Manchester City Team News

And for the visitors...

Steffen, Garcia, Harwood-Bellis, Laporte, Mendy, Fernandinho, Doyle, Mahrez, Torres, Foden, Jesus



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Team News: Cheltenham Town

Here is Cheltenham's starting XI for tonight's FA Cup clash.

Griffiths, Raglan, Tozer, Boyle, Blair, Freestone, Thomas, Clements, Azaz, Lloyd, May

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Quadruple in sight?

Manchester City will travel to Cheltenham with hopes of continuing their quest for an unprecedented quadruple.

Pep Guardiola's men have booked their place in the final of the Carabao Cup and are flying high in the Premier League.

They also have a last-16 UCL showdown with Borussia Monchengladbach to look forward to.

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Cheltenham's Biggest Game Yet

The FA Cup is one of the biggest and best competitions in the world, and this fixture shows exactly why!

League Two side Cheltenham Town will welcome Pep Guardiola's men to the Johnny-Rocks Stadium for what is the biggest game in the club's 89-year history.

It's a real shame no fans will be in attendance tonight, but they will undoubtedly be at home, cheering their side on!

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Kick-off time

This FA Cup fourth-round tie will be played at the Johnny-Rocks Stadium in Cheltenham.

Kick-off is scheduled for 17:30 GMT

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Welcome to VAVEL UK's LIVE coverage of the 2020/21 FA Cup match between Cheltenham Town and Manchester City


We will provide you with pre-game analysis, roster updates and news as it happens live here on