Substitute Tevez sparked three goals in the last six minutes for Manchester City
By Chris Whyatt
Manchester City moved into the FA Cup fifth round after swatting aside League One Notts County with eventual ease.
The visitors shone early on as Karl Hawley's superb shot hit the post.
But the hosts took control of the fourth-round replay as Patrick Viera nodded in David Silva's corner then headed his second after half time.
Substitute Carlos Tevez raced away to add a fine third before setting up Edin Dzeko's headed fourth after which Micah Richards sealed the victory in style.
Champions League qualification chasers City, who continue to search for their first major trophy since 1976, will now meet Aston Villa on Wednesday 2 March for a place in the FA Cup quarter-finals.
Should they beat Villa at home, they will host Everton or Reading for a place in the semi-finals at Wembley.
Yet that rich incentive initially looked a dim prospect as County resembled the high-flying top-flight team with an early full-on assault on City's goal for which they were unlucky not to be rewarded.
Though talismanic top scorer and captain Tevez was left on the bench, manager Roberto Mancini selected a strong starting XI for the visit over a side sitting more than 50 league places below them.
And Paul Ince's side, who
earned a 1-1 draw in the first match,
nearly took the lead 60 seconds in as Joe Hart exposed his absent goal when racing off his line in vein to flap at a deep free-kick.
From Alan Gow's resulting corner, centre-back Krystian Pearce then headed just over the bar from six yards out with the England keeper once again stranded without making a decisive intervention.
Hart had evidently woken up by the 10th minute when he ducked low to push out a powerful Gow free-kick.
City full-back Pablo Zabaleta hooked a cross-shot onto the roof of the net soon after but the hosts were on the ropes as Joleon Lescott did well to snuff out danger from visiting striker Lee Hughes, who has scored 39 goals in 56 league games for County.
And it was in the 20th minute that County peaked.
Picking up a pass with little danger apparent, Hawley let fly with a superbly curled right-footed shot from 25 yards but - with Hart well beaten at full stretch - the ball crashed back off the inside of the shuddering post right behind the City keeper but away from danger.
That close call seemed to galvanise the Blues as Richards found space cleverly on the right wing by spinning former Chelsea left-back Jon Harley, who was appearing in his 28th FA Cup tie.
Former Arsenal midfielder Viera has not impressed regularly for City
But an accurate cross from City's right-back was headed too straight into the open arms of Stuart Nelson by Dzeko.
Serbian international Aleksandar Kolarov soon started to make his unquestionable class tell with a range of excellent dead-ball deliveries.
Both Dzeko and Richards should have done better when meeting his viciously out-swinging corners.
Spanish World Cup winner Silva then decided to get in on the act, shooting just over before jinking into the box to square for Yaya Toure.
Though his snap-shot was deflected wide, it caused the corner which unlocked the 37th-minute opener for City as Silva whipped the ball across for Viera to easily nod in at the near post amid lax marking.
The match, played at an Eastlands stadium with a large number of empty seats, failed to inspire straight after the break as both teams struggled for cohesion.
So the second goal, in the 58th minute, came somewhat out of the blue.
Just like Kolarov's corner, the Frenchman Viera's execution was simple as he guided the pacy cross back into the corner of the goal past a hapless Nelson to kill the contest off.
As that happened, with players jostling for position, City's Italian striker Mario Balotelli had accidentally clashed heads severely with County defender Pearce.
Largely anonymous up to that point, Balotelli was immediately replaced by Tevez - much to the clear frustration of the former Inter Milan youngster who threw his snood to the ground as he stomped down the tunnel.
Hard-working Tevez sought to extend the lead with an explosive long-range shot on 69 minutes which whistled wide.
But, admirably, County tried to stay in the match.
With acute awareness of space, Hawley turned Richards and Kolo Toure in the box but Hart saved his low snap-shot well.
The England keeper was then forced to fly through the air to push the ball over his bar after Gow executed a superb left-foot volley from 20 yards with 10 minutes remaining.
City then pulled away as Dzeko dropped deep to thread a superb though-ball into the path of Tevez, who held off a posse of opposition defenders with typical determination before rounding Nelson to caress the ball into the empty net six minutes from time.
Argentine Tevez returned the favour for his strike partner five minutes later, standing a cultured cross up on the six-yard line for the big Bosnian striker to clatter the ball into the net with his head.
Richards' coup de grace gave the score an unreal gloss when, with the visitors failing to adequately clear a corner, he flicked the ball up to hook a superb shot into the top corner from 12 yards out.
90:00+5:07 The referee blows for the end of the match.
90:00+3:53 Alan Gow fouled by Patrick Vieira, the ref awards a free kick. Craig Westcarr shoots direct from the free kick.
90:00+3:34 Neal Bishop takes a shot. Joleon Lescott gets a block in.
90:00+3:13 The referee blows for offside against Micah Richards. Mike Edwards takes the free kick.
90:00+2:49 Carlos Tevez takes a short corner.
90:00+2:27 Edin Dzeko takes a shot. Save made by Stuart Nelson.
90:00+0:50 Aleksandar Kolarov takes a outswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, assist on the goal came from Aleksandar
90:00+0:50 GOAL - Micah Richards:Man City 5 - 0 Notts County A goal is scored by Micah Richards from deep inside the penalty box to the top left corner of the goal. Man City 5-0 Notts
89:14 Substitution Liam Chilvers on for Krystian Pearce.
88:31 The assist for the goal came from Carlos Tevez.
88:31 GOAL - Edin Dzeko:Man City 4 - 0 Notts County Edin Dzeko scores a headed goal from close range. Man City 4-0 Notts County.
86:15 Close range header by Patrick Vieira misses to the right of the target.
85:30 Neal Bishop gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David Silva. Aleksandar Kolarov restarts play with the free
85:30 Substitution Joao Alves Jo joins the action as a substitute, replacing David Silva.
83:47 Edin Dzeko provided the assist for the goal.
83:47 GOAL - Carlos Tevez:Man City 3 - 0 Notts County Carlos Tevez gets on the score sheet with a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal.
Man City 3-0 Notts County.
82:05 Edin Dzeko takes a shot. Krystian Pearce gets a block in. David Silva takes the outswinging corner, Neal Bishop makes a clearance.
Aleksandar Kolarov concedes a free kick for a foul on Alan Gow. Richard Ravenhill takes the direct free kick.
81:42 David Silva decides to take a short corner.
81:02 David Silva takes a short corner, Pablo Zabaleta takes a shot. Blocked by Krystian Pearce.
80:14 Substitution Gnegneri Toure Yaya leaves the field to be replaced by Gareth Barry.
79:02 The referee blows for offside against Lee Hughes. Indirect free kick taken by Joe Hart.
79:02 Substitution Lewis Gobern is brought on as a substitute for Lee Hughes.
77:32 Alan Gow takes a shot. Joe Hart makes a save. Corner taken by Alan Gow from the right by-line.
76:56 Aleksandar Kolarov gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Alan Gow. John Thompson restarts play with the free kick.
74:06 The offside flag is raised against Aleksandar Kolarov. Free kick taken by Stuart Nelson.
71:32 Richard Ravenhill gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Aleksandar Kolarov. Joleon Lescott takes the direct free
71:08 Effort on goal by Craig Westcarr from a long way out goes over the bar.
70:43 Karl Hawley takes a shot. Save by Joe Hart.
70:18 Unfair challenge on Alan Gow by Micah Richards results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by John Thompson.
70:01 Aleksandar Kolarov takes a outswinging corner.
69:32 Carlos Tevez takes a shot. Save by Stuart Nelson.
67:17 Corner taken short by Craig Westcarr, Effort from deep inside the area by Mike Edwards misses to the right of the target.
66:10 Unfair challenge on Aleksandar Kolarov by John Thompson results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Gnegneri Toure Yaya.
65:28 John Thompson fouled by Carlos Tevez, the ref awards a free kick. Stuart Nelson takes the direct free kick.
59:49 Substitution Stephen Darby goes off and John Thompson comes on.
59:09 Substitution Carlos Tevez comes on in place of Mario Balotelli.
57:24 Aleksandar Kolarov takes a outswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, assist on the goal came from Aleksandar
57:24 GOAL - Patrick Vieira:Man City 2 - 0 Notts County Patrick Vieira scores a headed goal from inside the box. Man City 2-0 Notts County.
52:02 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Joleon Lescott by Karl Hawley. Free kick taken by Kolo Toure.
52:02 Booking Booking for Karl Hawley for unsporting behaviour.
50:55 Alan Gow gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Patrick Vieira. Joleon Lescott takes the direct free kick.
48:08 Foul by Gnegneri Toure Yaya on Alan Gow, free kick awarded. Jon Harley takes the free kick.
46:37 Karl Hawley has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box missing to the wide right of the goal.
45:40 Shot by Aleksandar Kolarov from outside the box goes over the target.
45:01 The referee gets the second half started.
45:00+1:10 The first half comes to an end.
45:00+0:05 Karl Hawley produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the target.
44:31 Mario Balotelli has an effort at goal from outside the area which goes wide right of the goal.
43:35 Stephen Darby fouled by Mario Balotelli, the ref awards a free kick. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Alan Gow from
right wing, Joe Hart makes a save.
43:35 Booking Mario Balotelli receives a caution.
40:54 Gnegneri Toure Yaya concedes a free kick for a foul on Alan Gow. Jon Harley takes the free kick.
40:00 Stephen Darby fouled by Pablo Zabaleta, the ref awards a free kick. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Alan Gow from
right wing, save by Joe Hart.
39:17 Neal Bishop fouled by Micah Richards, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Stuart Nelson.
36:06 David Silva takes the inswinging corner, assist by David Silva.
36:06 GOAL - Patrick Vieira:Man City 1 - 0 Notts County Patrick Vieira finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom right corner of the goal.
Man City 1-0 Notts County.
35:35 David Silva takes a shot. Blocked by Krystian Pearce.
35:07 Corner taken by David Silva from the right by-line.
34:53 Gnegneri Toure Yaya takes a shot. Stuart Nelson makes a save.
34:06 Effort on goal by David Silva from just inside the penalty area goes over the target.
32:50 Unfair challenge on Joleon Lescott by Lee Hughes results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Joe Hart.
30:52 Mike Edwards concedes a free kick for a foul on Edin Dzeko. Shot on goal comes in from Aleksandar Kolarov from the free kick,
save by Stuart Nelson.
29:37 Outswinging corner taken by Aleksandar Kolarov from the left by-line, Effort on goal by Micah Richards from inside the penalty
area goes harmlessly over the bar.
27:07 Patrick Vieira fouled by Neal Bishop, the ref awards a free kick. Aleksandar Kolarov restarts play with the free kick.
26:20 Corner taken by Aleksandar Kolarov played to the near post, Edin Dzeko takes a shot.
25:41 Aleksandar Kolarov takes a shot. Save by Stuart Nelson.
24:48 Foul by Krystian Pearce on Edin Dzeko, free kick awarded. Patrick Vieira takes the direct free kick.
22:32 Corner taken left-footed by Aleksandar Kolarov from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Craig Westcarr.
22:17 Edin Dzeko takes a shot. Save by Stuart Nelson.
20:31 Karl Hawley takes a shot.
18:56 The official flags Alan Gow offside. Joe Hart takes the free kick.
18:22 Foul by Kolo Toure on Alan Gow, free kick awarded. Jon Harley restarts play with the free kick.
17:09 Edin Dzeko gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jon Harley. Free kick taken by Stuart Nelson.
14:27 Pablo Zabaleta crosses the ball.
11:25 The official flags Lee Hughes offside. Indirect free kick taken by Joe Hart.
10:53 Corner taken right-footed by Karl Hawley to the near post, Edin Dzeko makes a clearance.
Correction - 9:02 Lee Hughes fouled by Kolo Toure, the ref awards a free kick. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Alan Gow, Joe
Hart makes a save. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Alan Gow from the right by-line.
9:02 Free kick awarded for a foul by Kolo Toure on Lee Hughes. Alan Gow has a direct shot on goal from the free kick, save by Joe
Hart. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Alan Gow from the right by-line.
8:27 The official flags Aleksandar Kolarov offside. Stuart Nelson takes the indirect free kick.
7:47 Craig Westcarr gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Aleksandar Kolarov. Pablo Zabaleta takes the free kick.
6:48 Mario Balotelli gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Richard Ravenhill. Craig Westcarr takes the direct free
5:24 Lee Hughes takes a shot. Save made by Joe Hart.
4:46 Patrick Vieira gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Richard Ravenhill. Neal Bishop takes the free kick.
1:14 Corner from the right by-line taken by Alan Gow, Krystian Pearce produces a header from inside the six-yard box that clears
0:37 Patrick Vieira gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Alan Gow. Jon Harley restarts play with the free kick.
0:00 The referee gets the game started.
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