No Pep, but no problem for Manchester City as the Premier League leaders cruised on to a 4–1 FA Cup win at Swindon.
Guardiola was missing for Manchester City’s trip to the League Two side following a positive Covid-19 test but his in form charges simply strolled into the next round.
Stand in boss Rodolfo Borrell opted for a strong starting team in the West Country with a dominant City comfortably 2-0 up before the break.
Cole Palmer’s run and cross was buried by Bernardo Silva before Kevin De Bruyne seized on a Swindon mistake to tee up Gabriel Jesus.
And despite Swindon looking to make a fist of it in the second 45, a rampant City simply stepped it up late on.
Ilkay Gundogan curled home a trademark set piece before Jesus’ dreadful penalty meant he was kept out from the spot.
But despite, the result being out of sight in the final stages, there was still time for a little sprinkle of cup magic, with brilliant finishes at both ends in the final ten.
Harry McKirdy broke through to fire home a consolation for Swindon before man of the match Palmer cracked home a brilliant fourth.
Full Time from the County Ground it’s Swindon Town 1 Manchester City 4
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