Bristol City's Korey Smith sets sights on more Carabao Cup glory

Ruben Hill
January 10, 2018

Manchester City won the match 2-1, but Bristol City probably had the superior supporters group on this night.

On the other hand, Bristol City nearly brought an impressive 8,000 fans to the Etihad.

Sergio Aguero of Manchester City scores their winning goal past Bristol City's Frank Fielding. They obviously respect them even more now.

Pep Guardiola's men advanced to the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup by beating Leicester City on penalties after the game ended in a 1-1 draw.

"There's no doubt we're an extreme underdog against Manchester City, so it's very similar to when that Kilmarnock side beat Celtic in the cup final", he told the press ahead of Tuesday's cup-tie. They will again be without long-term absentees Jens Hegeler, Gary O'Neil, Callum O'Dowda and Ivan Lucic.

"This game is over two legs so it's a little bit different, you've probably got to use your head a little bit more". So if a player is playing more, he's going to be happier.

Can the Robins cause an upset in the first leg at the Etihad? "The other guys have many, many things to improve, and Leroy especially".

Sterling started in an unfamiliar striker role and worked hard hurrying the Bristol City defenders.

Manchester City have progressed from their last eight League Cup ties against sides from a lower division, scoring 28 goals in the process. But the two teams have enjoyed differing fortunes in the Carabao Cup (EFL Cup) this season.

Its latest triumph was a 4-1 win over Burnley in the FA Cup third round and Guardiola said his side must begin hoarding silverware if it is to earn a lasting reputation to match its stellar form this season.

Smith will need to be at his best once again on Tuesday, if he is to help his side end Manchester City's surreal 31-game domestic unbeaten record.

On the half-hour, TV replays proved John Stones had been held back by Bailey Wright as he made his run towards the ball from a corner-kick, but referee Anthony Taylor - who had annoyed the home support by waving away a number of questionable challenges - either didn't spot it or felt there was no infringement.

Bristol manager Lee Johnson saw it similarly to the above quotes from Guradiola.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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