City ease past Watford in the FA Cup 3rd round at the Etihad. Goals from Carlos Tevez and Gareth Barry give Robert Mancini’s side a two-goal lead at the break before teenager Marcos Lopes grabs the headlines with a third in added time to complete a 3-0 victory over the Hornets.
The press lead with headlines of ‘The Second Coming’ as a struggling City re-appoints Malcolm Allison as first-team coach alongside manager Tony Book. Though technically Book’s number two, Allison soon takes control as City fight to stay in the First Division. The poor form is mystifying considering Book's side had finished second and fourth in the top flight the previous two seasons.
City begin the new decade with arguably the Club’s worst result of all-time as Malcolm Allison’s First Division City are dumped out of the FA Cup third round by Fourth Division Halifax Town. Paul Hendrie’s 80th-minute winner on a muddy pitch at The Shay that had become impossible to play flowing football on, proves enough to see off a side that included the most expensive footballer in English football in the form of Steve Daley.
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