Villa Defeated

Today (14 March) in 2006 Manchester City defeated Aston Villa 2-1 to reach the FA Cup quarter-final. City’s goals were scored by Georgios Samaras (17 minutes) and Darius Vassell (48). Steve Davis netted for Villa with five minutes to go but the Blues managed to hold out for the win.

City boss Stuart Pearce commented: ‘I was so proud of my players – they were fantastic. All of them were outstanding. I thought we played pretty well when we did the things we’re good at. There was a bit of pressure on us – people think being at home it was a foregone conclusion but it never is.’

Dunne, Samaras and Barton

No, not a firm of solicitors but the goalscorers when Manchester City defeated Charlton Athletic 3-2 on this day (12 February) in 2006. Some described Barton’s 62nd minute goal as his greatest ever goal. You can judge for yourself… Highlights of the game here: