Vital Report - Man City 5-1 Crystal Palace
Crystal Palace's Capital One Cup run is over after a thrashing at the Etihad Stadium against Man City on Wednesday.
If Palace are to secure any silverware, and the chances of doing this in the League Cup appeared to really open up this season, it's now known it isn't going to happen after a heavy defeat was suffered at Man City.
Bony, De Bruyne, Iheanacho, and Toure all scored to have Man City in complete control before a last minute Delaney goal got one back for Palace, even then the hosts had the last word through Garcia Alonso to make it five-one!
Man City boss Pellegrini might have left out the likes of Hart, Sterling and Fernandinho yet this 'second string' City side was more than strong enough and full of 'first choice' options with their defensive power proving too much for Palace, who named a side that wouldn't have been out of place for a Premier League game really.
The breakthrough came at the midway point of the first half when Bony (22), filling in for the injury Aguero, powerful home a header to get the ball rolling, which as powerful an attacking display as it was it wouldn't have been expected for it to be 'as powerful' at became!
De Bruyne's (44) impressive start for many Man City since his huge money transfer in the summer carried on with him scoring his sixth-goal in nine-matches to make it two-nil just before half time.
The third was set up by De Bruyne for young striker Iheanacho (59), the tormentor of Palace in late Premier League defeat at Selhurst Park this season, who made it three ahead of the hour and that was that. The striker had played a key role in the second Man City goal too.
With a penalty awarded, as the game ticked towards the final 15-minutes, Toure (76) had the chance which he took as he beat Hennessey for four!
Finally Palace had something to cheer when Delaney (89) headed in a last minute goal for some consolation.
However, Man City still had the final say with an even later fifth from sub Garcia Alonso (90) ended a disappointing night for Palace who now have to turn attentions back to the Premier League with a meeting against City's Manchester rivals United on Saturday.
You have to look for whatever positives you can from a defeat like this, seeing Ward make his Palace return from injury when he came on definitely was a positive!
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