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On This Day: Manchester City beat Tottenham in the greatest FA Cup comeback ever

Fourteen years ago today in February 2004, Kevin Keegan’s Manchester City pulled off the greatest comeback in the history of England’s prestigious FA Cup competition.

It was a first half of complete misery for travelling Blues at White Hart Lane as Tottenham rampaged to a 3-0 lead after just 43 minutes. And then to make matters worse, the volatile Joey Barton was sent off before half-time for dissent.

At half-time, there was little hint about what was to come, with many City fans looking downhearted – especially when there was a fifth round tie against neighbours Manchester United on the line.

After the break, Sylvain Distin headed home from eight yards to give City some hope. Just a little, given they were playing a man down.

Then, on 69 minutes, Paul Bosvelt scored a wicked deflection off Anthony Gardner to put City within a goal of forcing a replay.

Boy wonder Shaun Wright-Phillips sent City’s fans into raptures after 80 minutes, latching on to a hopeful ball from what appeared to be an offside position, but the goal stood – and Blues couldn’t believe it!

And then it happened, with just seconds left on the clock – Jon Macken’s header looped over Kasey Keller into the Spurs net to make it Tottenham 3-4 Manchester City, the greatest comeback in FA Cup history.

Kevin Keegan said after the game: “They’ll talk about this game long after we’ve all gone.”

Fourteen years have past and we certainly haven’t forgotten it!

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