By William Wood | In Match Reports - Home Games
Manchester City coasted into the Carling Cup quarter-final with a comprehensive 5-1 dismantling of Championship side Scunthorpe United, with Micah taking his place among the substitutes.
Mark Hughes made a host of changes to the team, with Sylvinho making his City bow, his first appearance since turning out for Barcelona in their defeat of Manchester United in the Champions League final.
The Eastlanders went into the clash on the back of three consecutive draws in the Premier League, and their eagerness to impress was clear within the opening minutes as they grabbed the lead.
Stephen Ireland – restored to the starting-eleven – was the scorer, firing in a deft right-footed chip to kick-start City’s impressive outing, and Shaun Wright-Phillips went close to doubling the lead with his own effort two minutes later.
However, with City seemingly sitting comfortable, a counter-attack down the left by Scunthorpe’s Marcus Williams saw him pick out Jonathan Forte, and the latter added the finishing touch to silence the 36,000-plus crowd.
The goal brought the game back to life as both teams went toe-to-toe, and the City faithful had just minutes to wait before their side found a way through Scunthorpe’s defence.
Pablo Zabaleta’s ball saw Roque Santa Cruz adjust his body and power a header into the back of the net, and it was 3-1 moments after the re-start as Joleon Lescott added to his tally for City as he connected with Wright-Phillips’ corner to head home.
Carlos Tevez then got in on the act, reacting first to a ball into the box and nudging home, and Scunthorpe’s head immediately dropped in recognition of the impossible task before them.
A fifth came from a welcome source, with substitute Michael Johnson blasting from 22-yards into the top corner to cap off an industrious and fruitful experiment for Hughes as his side ran out 5-1 winners.
Santa Cruz picked up the man-of-the-match award, though youngster Vladimir Weiss’ cameo appearance had the fans off their seat and demonstrated the promise he possesses, and City continue their hunt for the first available piece of silverware this term.