Cheltenham Town hosted Manchester City in the empty stadium scenery we have become accustomed to . This game was one which fans wished to have watched from the stands.
The Blues won the game with a 3-1 score but the score line doesn’t even explain half of what transpired in the game.
Pep Guardiola rested most of his regular starters and opted to play Doyle, Garcia and Harwood-Bellis amongst the changes he made. On the hand, Cheltenham played with their favoured 3-5-2 formation and came all guns blazing with a nothing to lose attitude.
Manchester City had a couple of chances to have won the game earlier on but credit need to be given to 19 year old Griffiths and his backline because they managed to keep out 6 of the 9 Man City shots on target.
One such heroic save came in the first half after Tozer headed clear Benjamin Mendy’s beautiful strike.
Gabriel Jesus missed City’s clearest chance to break the deadlock after Foden’s defense splitting pass found him in the 53 minute.
Even though this game ended as a loss for Cheltenham, Ben Tozer’s influential displayed will be remembered for the little while. He had lethal throw ins and also put in a superb shift in defense for 80 minutes.
One of his throw ins paid dividends in the 58 minute after it troubled City and Alfie May tucked it away to break the deadlock and 5 game streak of keeping shutouts.
After City went a goal down, Pep decided to bring on 3 game changers in Gundogan, Cancelo and Dias for Doyle, Mendy and and Harwood-Bellis respectively. Cancelo was the first to contrbute to the scoreline after he assisted Foden 9 minutes from time.
The second goal came 3 minutes after the equaliser from a Fernandinho pass that went over the Cheltenham defense and found Jesus- whose back was facing the goal but he managed to control turn and convert the goal .
Gundogan was the next substitute to make an impact after he assisted Ferran Torres deep in stoppage time to completely see the game off and make 3-1.