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Saturday 15 February 2014

FA Cup review: Man City earn 'revenge' over Chelsea

Manuel Pellegrini's side advance, as do Sunderland, but Cardiff are knocked out by Wigan

  • Stevan Jovetic shoots to open the scoring for Man City against Chelsea

  • Samir Nasri, who scored City's second, returned to give the side a boost

  • Fraizer Campbell, second from left, watches his shot go in for Cardiff but it was not enough

  • Sunderland's Craig Gardner scores the only goal against Southampton

Manchester City rediscovered their scoring boots as they beat Chelsea 2-0 in the fifth round of the FA Cup.

In a season in which they have scored more than 100 goals in all competitions, City had gone two matches in the Barclays Premier League without registering a goal, the first of which was the 1-0 home defeat by today’s opponents a fortnight ago. But Stevan Jovetic ended City’s relative goal famine with his strike in the 16th minute. Samir Nasri came off the bench and back from injury to double the lead in the second half and give City a boost ahead of their UEFA Champions League tie at home to Barcelona on Tuesday.

"We wanted revenge today," City captain Vincent Kompany told ITV Sport. "From the word go we were hard in the challenges and we did not give them anything. It is a good victory from us."

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho conceded that his side’s performance did not merit victory.

"City played much better than us and they deserved to win,” he said. "Two weeks ago the best team won and it was the same today.”

Chelsea are next in action next Saturday when can extend their two-point lead over Arsenal in the Barclays Premier League as they host Everton early on. City are at home to Stoke City later in the day.

Sunderland’s good cup form this season continued with a 1-0 victory over Southampton at the Stadium of Light. The Capital One Cup finalists achieved victory through a fierce shot by Craig Gardner shortly after halt-time.

Sunderland head coach Gus Poyet was delighted with the win, although his focus quickly turned to the club's next match, a trip to Arsenal next Saturday in the Barclays Premier League.

"It was a good afternoon for us," Poyet said. "We've got that good way of playing now and fighting for the club and understanding what we want to do.

"Sometimes you need the whole group and sometimes it's not possible and sometimes these games, when they go for you like today they work for us, it's very important for the rest of the season.

"Let's keep believing. This week is going to be totally different before Arsenal, but we're very pleased."

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's Cardiff City were shocked at home by the holders Wigan Athletic, losing 2-1 at Cardiff City Stadium.

Chris McCann put the visiting ahead but Fraizer Campbell levelled for Cardiff before the half hour after good work from Magnus Wolff Eikrem. Wigan retook the lead through a strong shot by Ben Watson, who scored the only goal in last season's final over Manchester City, before the break.

Solskjaer was left to lament his side's profligacy in front of goal.

"It's very disappointing, because we had the majority of the possession, the majority of the shots, more chances, but when you don't take chances you're not going to win games," he said.

On Sunday, Arsenal host Liverpool, Swansea City travel to Everton and Nottingham Forest visit Sheffield United. Brighton & Hove Albion entertain Hull City on Monday.

The draw for the quarter-finals will take place on Sunday at 3.30pm GMT.

FA Cup fifth-round results

Sunderland (Gardner) 1-0 Southampton
Cardiff City
(Campbell) 1-2 Wigan Athletic
Sheffield Wednesday P-P Charlton Athletic
Manchester City (Jovetic, Nasri) 2-0 Chelsea

FA Cup fifth-round fixtures

Sunday 16 February
1.30pm Everton v Swansea City
3pm Sheffield United v Nottingham Forest
4pm Arsenal v Liverpool

Monday 17 February
7.45pm Brighton & Hove Albion v Hull City

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Key Points

  • Man City beat Chelsea 2-0 to reach sixth round of FA Cup
  • Sunderland 1-0 victors over Southampton in early kick-off
  • Cardiff City knocked out by holders Wigan Athletic