A last-minute Aleksandar Kolarov strike finally killed off Sven-Goran Eriksson’s Leicester as Manchester City booked an FA Cup fourth-round trip to Notts County with a 4-2 victory.
Leading 3-1 thanks to two goals in 77 first-half seconds from Patrick Vieira and Adam Johnson, City looked to be coasting home after Paul Gallagher’s penalty had levelled Carlos Tevez’s opener.
But Tevez missed a second-half spot kick and Lloyd Dyer provided a few nervous moments when he halved the deficit with eight minutes remaining, only for Kolarov to launch a low 25-yard drive to snuff out Leicester’s hopes.
Tevez put City ahead in the 15th minute. Turning sharply past Yuki Abe as he collected a throw from fellow Argentinian Pablo Zabaleta, he bundled his way past Jack Hobbs’ challenge before lashing home his 16th of the season.
The home side were not in front for long though as Dyer burst between Joleon Lescott and Vieira, falling over the latter man’s leg inside the box. Gallagher converted from the spot but left the field with injury shortly after
Within the space of two minutes towards the end of the opening period, the Premier League title chasers took control.
This time, Tevez was the creator, lifting a superb pass beyond the Leicester defence to Zabaleta. Silva met the South American’s cut-back and, though Souleymane Bamba blocked on the line, the ball screwed across the six-yard box to Vieira, who tapped into an empty net.
Then Silva spotted Johnson’s defence-splitting run and slipped a precise pass to the England winger who finished clinically beyond Chris Weale.
Any lingering hopes for the visitors should have been snuffed out before the hour when Tevez went down in the area as he cut inside Hobbs. The Leicester defender was spared a red card despite being the last man and Tevez blasted his penalty at Weale’s legs.
Dyer ensured a grandstand finish when he shrugged off Vincent Kompany to slot past Joe Hart, but Kolarov’s first goal for City finally secured a fourth round berth for Roberto Mancini’s men a minute from time.