By William Wood | In Match Reports - Away Games
Robinho scored perhaps his final goal in a Manchester City shirt as Roberto Mancini’s men overcome Scunthorpe United 4-2 to book their place in the FA Cup fifth-round.
The Premier League side wasted little time in gaining the advantage, Martin Petrov gliding passed several defenders and blasting a left-footed shot into the back of the net.
Stephen Ireland then almost sent Benjani clean through moments later only for Joe Murphy to race off his line and make the clearance, whilst Martyn Woolford flashed a longe range shot just wide.
Paul Hayes had a host of chances to level proceedings, the most noteworthy of which was a half-volley near the penalty area which flew wide.
However, he made amends with 29 minutes on the clock as he hit a fine volley first-time to make it 1-1, though replays suggested he was in an offside position.
Robinho looked to immediately help City restore their advantage, though a shot from the edge of the hosts’ box fell tamely into the hands of Murphy.
The second did come however, and from the unlikeliest of sources as Nedum Onuoha collected Ireland’s clever flick and stabbed home.
It was much of a muchness after the break as Scunthorpe offered their fair share of goal-threat, while Petrov at the other end went close after nice interchange with Robinho.
City once again hit their opponents on the break, and another surprising source offered up the best goal of the game. Collecting a short pass, left-back Sylvinho turned and unleashed an unstoppable drive from 40 yards which caught Murphy flat-footed and flew into the box.
An impressive triple save by the Scunthorpe stopped a minute later kept them in the tie as he first denied Petrov and then blocked two quick-fire Robinho efforts, and events took a turn for the better for the home side as Byrne pulled a goal back with a deflected volley.
There was still time for Brazil international Robinho to steal the headlines and he did so with a clinical finish to a fine City move, putting daylight between the two sides again in what could prove to be his final act for Mancini’s side.
There were to be no more goals in a classic FA Cup tie that enjoyed goals galore, and as City march on in another domestic cup, the question remains as to whether Robinho will be among the squad should they reach the final of either this competition or the Carling Cup.
Scunthorpe: Murphy, Byrne, Mirfin, Jones, Williams, Thompson, Togwell, McCann, Woolford, Hayes, Hooper. Subs: Lillis, Milne, Sparrow, Forte, May, Josh Wright, Crosby.
Man City: Taylor, Onuoha, Boyata, Kompany, Sylvinho, Ibrahim, De Jong, Ireland, Mwaruwari, Robinho, Petrov. Subs: Nielsen, Richards, Zabaleta, Wright-Phillips, Barry, Bellamy, Cunningham.
Scunthorpe: Hayes (29’), Boyota (o,g, – 69’)
Man City: Petrov (3’), Onuoha (45’), Sylvinho (57’), Robinho (84’)