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Phil Foden explains what he said to Alfie May after Cheltenham v Man City

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JANUARY 10: Phil Foden of Manchester City passes the ball during the FA Cup Third Round match between Manchester City and Birmingham City at Etihad Stadium on January 10, 2021 in Manchester, England. Sporting stadiums around England remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Victoria Haydn/Manchester City FC via Getty Images)

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Phil Foden was generous in victory after Manchester City survived a major FA Cup scare against Cheltenham Town. Alfie May gave League Two side Cheltenham a shock lead in Saturday’s fourth-round tie at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium just before the hour mark. It stayed that way until less there was less than 10 minutes to go as Foden equalised in the 81st minute.

Gabriel Jesus then put City in the front three minutes later, and Ferran Torres sealed the victory with a third goal deep into added time. Foden was seen in conversation with Cheltenham goalscorer May at the final whistle.

“I said he’s a great player,” the City midfielder replied. “I think he’s their most influential player. I said he had a great game and your team did well today.”

On the game itself, Foden said: “I thought we were a bit slow at times in the first-half, but it was all down to them. They played really well and made it really hard for us, they sat in deep and had a good shape. The pitch was a bit bobbly at times as well, but in the end, I’m delighted we got the win.”

Asked what boss Pep Guardiola said to his players at the interval, Foden added: “He said that we were playing well and to keep going, but some of the long balls weren’t working in the first-half, it was just bouncing out of play, so he said to try and keep it shorter. I think we did that well in the second half, we broke the lines with the passes and in the end, we got the goal.”

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