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Notts County   1 - 1   Man City

Paul Ince (left) and City boss Roberto Mancini
Ince will have another chance to pit his wits against Roberto Mancini

Notts County boss Paul Ince praised his side after they drew against Manchester City in the FA Cup fourth round.

Neal Bishop headed County in front at Meadow Lane on the hour before Edin Dzeko levelled with 10 minutes left.

"I've never seen a clock go so slowly," Ince said. "City are a quality side and we haven't got the fitness they have but we showed so much character.

"We still tried to win it in front of our fantastic fans who were awesome and we deserve another crack at them."

Ince had one slight note of caution ahead of the replay at Eastlands, adding: "We started slowly and gave them too much respect.

"But, once we got going, we gave them problems."

The former England skipper believed that City may have under-estimated his team, admitting: "I know how these games work.

"You are playing a lesser team and you think you can cruise through. I did it with Manchester United.

"It is not the case. Belief can overcome complacency. On days like this, the club from the lower echelons should be given the credit they deserve, not have people say City did not play well. We stopped them playing."

We didn't want a replay before the game but I am happy to have one now

City boss Roberto Mancini

County goalscorer Bishop had mixed emotions after the match.

"I am sure when we wake up in the morning we will realise our achievement but, at the moment, I can't help thinking about what might have been."

City manager Roberto Mancini was also pleased with the commitment of his players but was critical of the heavy Meadow Lane playing surface.

"It is difficult," the Italian commented. "The pitch is very hard. It is impossible to play football.

"The other team work very hard and if you don't work hard you can lose the game.

"We didn't deserve to lose but this is the FA Cup. We didn't want a replay before the game but I am happy to have one now."

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see also
Notts County 1-1 Man City
30 Jan 11 |  FA Cup
Sunderland 1-2 Notts County
08 Jan 11 |  FA Cup
Man City 4-2 Leicester
18 Jan 11 |  FA Cup

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