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Jan 30, 2016 at 3pm UK at Villa Park
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Manuel Pellegrini "impressed" by Kelechi Iheanacho

Manuel Pellegrini says that he is impressed but not surprised by Kelechi Iheanacho's man-of-the-match display during Manchester City's FA Cup victory at Aston Villa.

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has admitted that he was impressed but not surprised by Kelechi Iheanacho's performance in his side's 4-0 FA Cup rout of Aston Villa on Saturday.

The Nigerian striker netted a hat-trick as part of a man-of-a-match performance in the Midlands, but speaking afterwards, Pellegrini said that Iheanacho's performances in training have hinted at his potential.

"I see him working every day, so I know what he can do during the game," Pellegrini told reporters. "Maybe I received some criticism for why we didn't replace Edin Dzeko and Stevan Jovetic at the beginning of the season, and I answered that we have Kelechi.

"It's very important for him to have the chance to demonstrate why he is in this squad, so I think that was a very useful game for him.

"To score a hat-trick is not easy but I'm impressed because I see him in the way he works every day and how he's improving in every session working with these important players."

Iheanacho has featured 14 times for City - 12 of them as a substitute - in the league this season, scoring twice and registering one assist.

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