Manchester City made a return to the Etihad Stadium for a 12th successive home FA Cup victory with a straight-forward 5-0 win over Huddersfield Town to make it 13 consecutive seasons in the Fourth Round.
After triumphing against Manchester United in last year’s FA Cup Final on our way to a historic five trophy haul, Pep Guardiola hinted at no let up as he declared he knows “how special the competition is”.
It appeared ominous for Darren Moore’s injury ravaged Terriers, who looked lively on the counter and held out longer than many anticipated, prior to Phil Foden’s 33rd minute opener.
Foden marked his 18th goal involvement of the season, firing home left-footed as the Terriers had to retreat from their compact 4-5-1 formation, allowing Julián Álvarez the time to add a second moments later. Rico Lewis after a beautiful play alongside Matheus Nunes eventually unleash a skewed effort into the path of predatory Álvarez who guided beyond Nicholls.
The introduction of Kevin De Bruyne spurred the Juggernaut into action once more, with Nunes setting Oscar Bobb free down the right. The Norwegian tried to pick out his teammate at the back post, but fortunately for him his shot was deflected and looped in via Nicholls crossbar. Stefan Ortega was forced into a fine save denying an effort from Sorba Thomas before Foden’s long range second truly put the game to bed.
Jérémy Doku then hammered home a fifth meaning giving City new aspirations, with a double-treble not looking too much of a forlorn hope.