Sunday 19 February 2017

Pellegrini finds new City slicker

Manchester City 5 Crystal Palace 1

Mark Ogden

Published 29/10/2015 | 02:30

Crystal Palace's English striker Patrick Bamford (R) vies with Manchester City's Argentinian defender Martin Demichelis
Crystal Palace's English striker Patrick Bamford (R) vies with Manchester City's Argentinian defender Martin Demichelis
Manchester City's Ivorian midfielder and captain Yaya Toure scores their fourth goal from the penalty spot
Crystal Palace's South Korean midfielder Lee Chung-yong (R) vies with Manchester City's Spanish midfielder Manuel Garcia Alonso

On a night when an interview with Kelechi Iheanacho in the Manchester City programme was entitled, 'Remember My Name,' it was perhaps not the best timing for the official team-sheet to spell it incorrectly, but it will not happen again if the teenager continues to perform like this.

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Crystal Palace certainly know all about the Nigerian forward, having seen him score a stoppage-time winner at Selhurst Park last month, and the 19-year-old was a thorn in their side again as he inspired Manuel Pellegrini's team to an all-too-comfortable victory at the Etihad.

Assists for Kevin De Bruyne and Manu Garcia and a clinically finished second-half goal capped an impressive full debut by the youngster, incorrectly billed as 'Iheancho' on the City team-sheet.

Next time, they will spell his name correctly because nobody will be forgetting Iheanacho if the promise he displayed in this game is rewarded by Pellegrini with a greater involvement in the first-team.

With Sergio Aguero still sidelined with a hamstring injury sustained on international duty earlier this month, Kelechi's pace and purpose are commodities that Pellegrini can ill afford to overlook.

With City's 2014 League Cup triumph Pellegrini's first piece of silverware at the Etihad, the importance of this competition to the Chilean was underlined by his team selection against Palace.

Although Pellegrini made six changes from the team that started last Sunday's 0-0 draw against Manchester United, it was still a starting 11 packed with top-level experience, with the exception of a teenage forward. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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