Man City 4 Stoke 0: Iheanacho double helps Pellegrini’s men move back up to third

“I need to work hard in training and in games to show my quality”

Kelechi Iheanacho

In fact, City were so comfortable that centre-back Nicolas Otamendi tried a shot from 40 yards as the half drew to a close.

That proved to be the end of Given’s afternoon, with Jakob Haugaard – 17 years the Irishman’s junior with Given having turned 40 this week – sent on for the second half.

Stoke improved massively after the break and Joselu should have scored with a shot from 10 yards but he sent it over the bar before Mame Biram Diouf headed just wide.

In between, Iheanacho gave Haugaard an early test with a fizzing shot that the Dane pushed over the bar.

Marko Arnautovic was proving a handful and he forced Hart into a save but, as in the first half, a period of Stoke pressure ended with a City goal.

Pablo Zabaleta – making his 300th City appearance – got away down the right and cut the ball back for Iheanacho to tap home after 64 minutes.

The teenager was clearly enjoying himself and 10 minutes later, with Stoke’s defence caught square, he ran on to substitute Wilfried Bony’s pass and rounded Haugaard before slotting home.

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