Birmingham City are out of the FA Cup after they were comfortably beaten 3-0 by Manchester City this afternoon.
Pep Guardiola’s side are a formidable team, so it was always going to be a huge task for Blues to stay in the game. However, the tie was effectively over after 15 minutes, with Bernardo Silva scoring twice in the first quarter.
Unsurprisingly, the hosts dominated possession, and a third would arrive just after the half hour mark when Phil Foden scored.
From that point, it was damage limitation for Aitor Karanka’s side, as they tried to avoid a hammering. And, in fairness, they did that, even if City eased up.
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Whilst a decent showing towards the end offered some reason for optimism, the fans were not happy with Karanka considering the game was over so early.
As well as that, his subs were also criticised. Here we look at some of the reaction from Twitter…
— M Brennan 💙 🏐 (@MattyBrennan) January 10, 2021
Karanka – this is a joke! They. Are laughably bad. But I’m not laughing #BCFC
— Gary Loveridge (@Garyinash04) January 10, 2021
— Ellis🇯🇲🏴 (@Ellis_22) January 10, 2021
Karanka’s continued usage of Clayton is the most baffling thing about him #bcfc
— ToweringZigic (@ToweringZigic) January 10, 2021
Wow, I just can't get my head around Karanka's subs? Does he even know its a cup game? #BCFC
— Bobby Jones (@bobbyjones007) January 10, 2021
— D_A_N (@GameStarterMan) January 10, 2021
Two defensive subs at 3-0 down away at Man City in the cup??????? Why not go for it? Karanka needs to sort his subs out this is ridiculous #BCFC
— Sam (@samking_03) January 10, 2021