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Sep 24, 2020 at 7.45pm UK
Man CityManchester City
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BournemouthBournemouth
Delap (18'), Foden (75')
Delap (79')
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Zemura (70'), Cook (90+2')

Liam Delap describes "dream" Manchester City debut

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The 17-year-old son of former Stoke midfielder Rory put the holders ahead.

Liam Delap admitted he was "buzzing" after scoring a superb debut goal in Manchester City's 2-1 Carabao Cup victory over Bournemouth.

The 17-year-old son of former Stoke midfielder Rory put the holders ahead in Thursday's third-round tie with a fine 18th-minute strike from just inside the box at the Etihad Stadium.

With Sergio Aguero out injured and Gabriel Jesus rested, the youngster grabbed the chance to impress as City, bidding for fourth successive win in the competition and sixth in eight years, booked a fourth-round trip to Burnley.

Delap said: "I was buzzing, obviously, to get the call up – it was a dream come true. To top it with a goal, I can't ask for much more.

"I'll probably be smiling for a couple of weeks."

Despite falling behind to Delap's effort, Bournemouth responded well and levelled within four minutes through Sam Surridge.

The Cherries frustrated City for long spells and manager Pep Guardiola eventually summoned big guns Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling from the bench.

In the end it took a 75th-minute winner from Phil Foden, tucking home after Riyad Mahrez hit the post, for the hosts to secure victory.

Guardiola was impressed by Delap's first outing.

He said: "We see him in training and he scores a lot. He's a striker we don't have – strong and good in the air.

"We have a lot of confidence with him for the future."

Guardiola made eight changes as he fielded a youthful side.

"It was a young team," he said. "All of them played incredibly. It was good for us. The opponent was tough.

"I felt we deserved the victory. In the second half we were much better."

The downside for City was an injury to 19-year-old Adrian Bernabe, who was carried off in the first half.

"Hopefully it is not serious," said Guardiola, who claimed he now has only 13 fit senior players for this weekend's game against Leicester.

Bournemouth boss Jason Tindall was pleased with the application shown by his side.

He said: "We are disappointed we have gone out of the cup but I'm pleased with the performance.

"We were brave and good in possession and caused Manchester City a few problems.

"It was testament to how we did in the game they brought on the likes of De Bruyne and Sterling.

"I didn't feel they created too many clear-cut opportunities and felt we were a threat. I'm disappointed with losing the game."

Tindall would not be drawn on whether Delap should have been sent off for a challenge on goalkeeper Mark Travers which saw the City youngster booked late in the game.

He said: "I felt it was a late challenge, a bad challenge, a heart-in-mouth-moment to see Trav stay down for some time.

"I was delighted he wasn't hurt but it was difficult to see from where I was in terms of what card it should be."

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CManchester CityMan City38275683325186
2Manchester UnitedMan Utd382111673442974
3Liverpool38209968422669
4Chelsea381910958362267
5Leicester CityLeicester382061268501866
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8Arsenal381871355391661
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10Everton38178134748-159
11Aston Villa38167155546955
12Newcastle UnitedNewcastle38129174662-1645
13Wolverhampton WanderersWolves38129173652-1645
14Crystal Palace38128184166-2544
15Southampton38127194768-2143
16Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton38914154046-641
17Burnley38109193355-2239
RFulham38513202753-2628
RWest Bromwich AlbionWest Brom38511223576-4126
RSheffield UnitedSheff Utd3872292063-4323
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