Roberto Mancini was pleased with his blend of youth and experience that saw City through to the fifth round of the FA Cup on Sunday afternoon.
The Blues knocked a battling Scunthorpe United out of a cup competition for the second time this season, and in an entertaining affair goals from Petrov, Onuoha, Sylvinho and Robinho saw the Blues to a 4-2 win.
Abdu Ibrahim and Greg Cunningham were the latest City Academy graduates to make their first team debuts, and Stuart
“We played well, especially at times in the second half, but it was a difficult afternoon for us. Scunthorpe made it hard and deserve some congratulations. We had expected a typical FA Cup tie, which is what we got. I told the player they would need to concentrate for the full game, they did and we got the result but it was not easy.
“Our young players did very well, they have shown me what they can do in training and I had no problem in picking them today. They have the right mentality and this was a big test for them. I’m pleased with them and pleased for them.”
Moment of the day was Sylvinho’s spectacular long-range strike that put City 3-1 ahead midway through the second half, with the veteran Brazilian coming in for praise from his manager.
“Sylvinho is a great player to have in your squad, he sets an example to everyone and deserved his goal. It’s good to have someone like him that can change position if we need, and he had to in the second half. It was a fantastic strike by him and I’m pleased for him for all the hard work he puts in for the squad.”