Manchester City have slumped to defeat in the FA Cup fifth round, after losing for the third time in five years to hoodoo side Wigan in England’s most historic cup competition.
The big game-changing incident saw Fabian Delph sent off by referee Anthony Taylor late in the first half, a similar challenge to those that have been inflicted on City this season – thought none of the nine similar challenges against City players resulted in a red card.
Pep was angry at his Wigan counterpart Paul Cook at half-time, suggesting he disagreed with the decision to send Delph off. But in his post-match interview, the Catalan said that had nothing to do with Delph and he believes the referee was justified in his decision-making.
“It’s a red card. It’s a red card, yeah,” Pep told the media after the game.
“What did I say to Cook? ‘Stay in your area’.”
Elaborating on the Delph incident, Pep said: “For me it’s an unnecessary action and the ref decided what he decided. I’m not here to judge, it can be a red card.”
City must now regroup and prepare for the Carabao Cup final against Arsenal at the weekend. Of interest, Guardiola has never lost two games in a row as City coach…
We’re on the march with Guardiola, we’re all going to Wembley!
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