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Manchester City thrash Sheffield Wednesday to start defence of Capital One Cup

Man City 7-0 Sheffield Wednesday

By Eleanor Crooks

Manchester City scored seven times in the second half as they began their defence of the Capital One Cup by thrashing Sheffield Wednesday 7-0.

Manuel Pellegrini named a strong side but City – who will host Newcastle in the last 16 – were frustrated by a spirited performance from the visitors in a goalless first half before the home side romped to victory.

"I really enjoyed that because we saw the team that we were used to seeing last year," said Pellegrini.

"We have not been scoring so many goals at home so it is the first game we have returned to the team that everyone saw here last year.

"It is important to try to retain the trophy but the most important thing was to play like we did."

The contest turned in a frenetic 15-minute period at the start of the second half – Frank Lampard, Edin Dzeko and Jesus Navas netting before Yaya Toure scored from the spot following a foul on Lampard that earned Kamil Zayatte a red card.

Dzeko added the fifth 13 minutes from time and teenager Juan Angel Pozo marked his debut with a late sixth before man-of-the-match Lampard rounded off a 7-0 win.

Willy Caballero replaced Joe Hart in goal to make his first appearance since the Community Shield while Lampard's emotional point-saving goal against Chelsea on Sunday earned him a second City start.

Eliaquim Mangala was making his second successive start and almost scored a stunning first goal for City in the 19th minute.

The big defender met Aleksandar Kolarov's corner with a hooked volley but the ball smacked against the near post.

The hosts tried to up the pace in the closing stages of the first half but the Owls stood firm and fully deserved to go in level.

Pellegrini resisted any temptation to make changes at half-time and was rewarded within two minutes of the restart.

Lampard is showing his goalscoring touch applies just as well in sky blue and he bundled the ball in via a deflection.

Dzeko emphatically converted a Navas pass for his 10th goal in 11 League Cup games.

And then Navas did it all himself, smashing his shot past Chris Kirkland.

The bad news kept coming for Wednesday as Zayatte was caught out by Milner's neat ball and tripped Lampard in the box.

As the last man, the defender was shown a straight red card, and Toure found the bottom corner with the spot-kick.

The game won, Pellegrini took off Toure and sent on 18-year-old striker Pozo, billed as 'mini Messi'.

Pozo joined the club two years ago from Real Madrid's academy and has been prolific in City's youth teams.

The misery was not over for the visitors, Dzeko adding another to his cup collection in the 77th minute with a towering header.

In the 88th minute Pozo slotted the ball into an empty net for City's sixth and Lampard added the seventh.

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