Date: 11th March 2013 at 1:19pm
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Barnsley were completely outclassed at the Etihad as the gulf between the two sides was evident from the off.

Carlos Tevez hit a hat-trick for Man City and showed no signs of his off field problems getting to him after being arrested on Thursday for motoring offences.

The Premier League Champions took the lead after only 11 minutes. The reds defence failed to read Yaya Toure`s clever chipped pass to put David Silva through. His effort was pushed on to the post by Steele but Tevez was there to follow up from close range, something which happened all evening – Man City players queuing to put the ball in the back of the net from rebounds with no Barnsley defenders in sight.

The second came when Tevez escaped down the right and his cross found the run of Kolarov who finished neatly into the far corner.

Tevez scored the third from close range and the game was over for Barnsley and only half hour had past.

Tevez completed his hat-trick just after half time after Nasri crossed from the by-line.

Silva scored the fifth in a move he started and finished himself. Steele saved the initial shot but again City were on hand to follow up.

The best chance for the reds fell to Man Utd loanee Ryan Tunnicliffe who raced through on goal only to see Pantilimon save to preserve Man City`s record of not having conceded a goal in the FA cup so far this season.

Barnsley were poor throughout and gave their opponents too much respect and time on the ball particularly in the first half.

Man City had far too much for Barnsley but the reds failed to press them and I would have felt better with the score line if I had seen some crunching challenges from the Barnsley players and a bit more harassing when Man City had the ball.

Man City were better in every department and looked a threat from everywhere especially down our right hand side as Etuhu get getting sucked inside and there was often two or three players in acres of space ready to pile the pressure on the reds defence.

Barnsley improved after the changes were made with Mellis in particular playing well as Man City gave him the time and space to show what he could do.

Man City had taken their foot off the gas at this point but the midfield that finished the game against City is the one I would start against Brighton.

Mellis has been impressive of late when coming on and we need O`Brien in the team for his energy and work rate.

The cup adventure has been good but Tuesday is far more important and we need a result in this one.