Pellegrini: I’m relieved because I don’t think we played very well today.


Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini said his side were far from their best after securing a win over Sheffield Wednesday at the Etihad.

The Citizens were left trailing from the 15th minute of their FA Cup clash when the Owls' Atdhe Nuhiu found the net but Pellegrini's men bounced back in the second-half after James Milner’s goal in the 66th minute cancelled out Nuhiu's lead.

And late on in the game, Milner who turned 29 today scored again in injury time to grab a win for Manchester City.

“I’m relieved because I don’t think we played very well today,” said the City boss Pellegrini.

“Apart from the last 20 minutes, we played very badly because we didn't press well, we didn't have good movement and we didn’t make any chances while Sheffield Wednesday had just one opportunity from which they scored.

“We tried to change things in the final half-hour and found another gear and with Yaya Toure, James Milner, Samir Nasri and David Silva all on the pitch, we began to find space and finally create chances

“Each game is different and we didn’t do as well this time, but as soon as we returned to our normal formation in midfield we looked much better and scored two goals.

“We didn’t expect it to be easy today and when you go behind to a side from the Championship, they make it hard for you and they played very well today.

“The FA Cup is a fantastic competition and there is one game a month from now until May and it is something we will be doing our best to win.”


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