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LONDON --- Manchester City remained in the
hunt for a record trophy quadruple after a hat-
trick from teenager Kelechi Iheanacho helped
them demolish Aston Villa 4-0 in the FA Cup
Fringe players such as Iheanacho got their
chance in fourth-round games throughout the
day, which also saw wins for cup holder Arsenal
and Tottenham, while Liverpool was held by
West Ham to 0-0 in the late kickoff.
But City s convincing victory showed the real
strength in depth of Manuel Pellegrini s squad,
with 19-year-old Iheanacho taking over the
goalscoring duties from Sergio Aguero, who
watched from the bench.
The bookmakers already make City the
favourite to win the English Premier League,
where it lies second behind surprise leader Leices-
ter City, and also to beat Liverpool in the League
Cup final at Wembley Stadium on February 28.
That leaves the Champions League, where
City has a place in the last 16, and the FA Cup.
Iheanacho opened the scoring, and the 19-
year-old striker converted a penalty 20 minutes
later after Raheem Sterling was brought down
in the area. Iheanacho struck again in the second
half after a 30-yard (metre) run, and Sterling
added City s fourth just two minutes after that.
Asked about Iheanacho s performance, Pel-
legrini said: "That s why we didn t replace (Stevan)
Jovetic and Edin Dzeko --- because I see him
working every day and I know how important
he can be."
The City coach also revealed he sent orders
from the touchline for Iheanacho to take City s
"It s unbelievable the way he takes penalties
and I ve seen him do it every day," Pellegrini
said. "That s why he was the right option."
Down in north London, Arsenal s Alexis
Sanchez scored one goal and made the other in
a 2-1 home victory over second-tier side Burn-
ley.Sanchez set up defender Calum Chambers to
give Arsenal the lead, only for Sam Vokes to head
an equaliser for Burnley on the half-hour mark.
Sanchez struck the winner after the break,
turning home Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain s cross
from close range.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was quick to
play down his side s chances of a third consecutive
FA Cup trophy.
"We are still in three competitions and we
will try every time to get a team out to pass the
round," he told the club website.
Nacer Chadli scored twice as Tottenham
cruised to a 4-1 victory in the early kickoff at
Colchester United, after a clash of heads left one
of the home side s defenders in hospital.
Colchester said Alex Wynter suffered a deep
cut in his mouth and was slightly disorientated,
but "otherwise doing OK" after colliding with
teammate Tom Eastman in the opening min-
Colchester, which is at the bottom of England s
third tier, then managed to keep the Premier
League title contender at bay until midway
through the second half --- when Eric Dier scored
with a deflected shot.
Chadli added his second with a header, but
Colchester pulled a goal back when Gavin
Massey s shot rebounded off the post and defend-
er Ben Davies turned the ball into his own net.
Tom Carroll scored Spurs fourth.
"The job s done, we re in the next round,"
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino said.
The big upset of the day looked to be coming
from the south coast, where fourth-tier
Portsmouth was leading top-flight Bournemouth
1-0 until Josh King s equaliser in the 71st minute.
Marc Pugh then scored a second for the Premier
League side to earn a 2-1 victory.
Elsewhere, West Bromwich Albion was held
by third-tier Peterborough to 2-2, while Watford
left it late to beat Nottingham Forest 1-0. Wat-
ford s top scorer, Odion Ighalo, came off the
bench to get the only goal in the 89th minute.
A solo effort by Wilfried Zaha gave Crystal Palace
a 1-0 win over Stoke in an all-Premier League
left, vies for the ball
George Boyd during
the English FA Cup,
fourth round soccer
Arsenal and Burnley
at Emirates stadium
in London, yesterday.
Manchester City's Kelechi Iheanacho, right, celebrates with Manchester City's Jesus Navas
after scoring his second goal against Aston Villa from a penalty during the English FA Cup
fourth round soccer match between Aston Villa and Manchester City at Villa Park in
Birmingham, England, yesterday. AP PHOTO
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