• Milner scores twice on his 29th birthday
  • Toure's last game before Africa Cup of Nations
  • Wednesday knocked out of both cups by City this season

James Milner scored an injury-time winner as his brace helped Manchester City come from behind to beat Sheffield Wednesday in the FA Cup third round.

Atdhe Nuhiu put the Owls into the lead when he swept home Stevie May's pass.

City failed to register a shot on target for more than an hour until Milner equalised by sliding the ball through the keeper's legs.

Milner, playing in an advanced striking role, completed the win from close range in injury time.

While England international Milner took the headlines on his 29th birthday, it was a double substitution that changed the course of the game.

The 2011 winners had looked short of invention until the introduction of both David Silva and Samir Nasri in a second-half switch that turned the game in City's favour.

Muscular striker Nuhiu opened the scoring after 14 minutes when he fired home at the end of a flowing move down the right that also involved May and Kieran Lee.

Championship side Wednesday, who were beaten 7-0 at the Etihad Stadium in the Capital One Cup in September, then allowed City to dominate possession without getting a true sight of Chris Kirkland's goal.

However, the hosts equalised almost immediately after sending on their two playmakers Silva and Nasri, with the pair linking up on the left of the Owls' box and playing in Milner to convert his second goal of the season.

Manuel Pellegrini's men took control from that point and Milner shot wide, while Silva had an effort well saved as the Premier League side desperately looked to avoid a replay.

They got their wish a minute into stoppage time when Jesus Navas played the ball across the box and Milner nipped in front of his marker to tap into an empty net.

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini:

"We didn't play well at all today and I think the motivation between the two sides was quite different. We played very badly. We didn't play in the way we normally do and we didn't keep the ball or have enough possession.

"It was the same today as it was in cup ties over the last year at home against Watford, Wigan and Newcastle where we failed to get going quick enough.

"But one of the most pleasing things about the way we have played in the last month is we have continued winning, even without any recognised strikers. Playing the way we have, we've still been able to score goals."

Sheffield Wednesday manager Stuart Gray:

"It's a sickener. Once we got our noses in front we knew we could frustrate them and hit them on the break. They had to put David Silva and Samir Nasri on and they had to chase the game.

"We made a talented team play to the max. We deserved the lead and Manchester City ended up giving us the ultimate respect. I always say have a look at what players ended the game, rather than started it."

Atdhe Nuhiu, Sheffield Wednesday

Atdhe Nuhiu now has seven goals for Sheffield Wednesday this season

Samir Nasri and David Silva

Samir Nasri and David Silva came on in the 61st minute

James Milner, Manchester City

James Milner now has three goals this season

Yaya Toure

Yaya Toure was playing his last game before heading to the Africa Cup of Nations

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (6)

Manchester City

  • 13 Caballero
  • 03 Sagna
  • 38 Boyata
  • 20 Mangala
  • 11 Kolarov (Clichy - 75' )
  • 42 Y Touré
  • 06 Fernando
  • 15 Jesús Navas
  • 18 Lampard (Silva - 61' )
  • 07 Milner
  • 35 Jovetic (Nasri - 61' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Hart
  • 08 Nasri
  • 21 Silva
  • 22 Clichy
  • 25 Fernandinho
  • 26 Demichelis
  • 59 Celina

Sheffield Wednesday

  • 43 Kirkland
  • 08 Palmer Booked
  • 15 Lees
  • 05 Loovens
  • 35 Dielna (McCabe - 85' )
  • 19 Maghoma
  • 06 Semedo
  • 20 Lee
  • 17 Helan
  • 07 May (Lavery - 66' )
  • 09 Nuhiu (Maguire - 75' )

Substitutes

  • 10 Maguire
  • 13 Lavery
  • 16 McCabe
  • 21 Corry
  • 25 Young
  • 26 De Havilland
  • 30 Dawson
Ref: Michael Oliver
Att: 44,309

Match Stats

Possession

72 28

Shots

19 6

On target

5 2

Corners

10 4

Fouls

7 13

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Manchester City 2, Sheffield Wednesday 1.

90:00 +4:35 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Manchester City 2, Sheffield Wednesday 1.

90:00 +3:01

Attempt blocked. Jesús Navas (Manchester City) right footed shot from long range on the right is blocked. Assisted by David Silva.

90:00 +2:27

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Gaël Clichy.

90:00 +0:41 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Manchester City 2, Sheffield Wednesday 1. James Milner (Manchester City) left footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by David Silva.

90:00 +0:40

Attempt blocked. David Silva (Manchester City) left footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by Jesús Navas.

90:00 +0:27

Attempt blocked. Yaya Touré (Manchester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Samir Nasri.

89:54

Attempt saved. David Silva (Manchester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Samir Nasri.

87:46

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Chris Maguire.

84:32 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Rhys McCabe replaces Claude Dielna.

83:26

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Glenn Loovens.

82:15

Foul by Fernando (Manchester City).

82:15

Jacques Maghoma (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

80:46

Attempt missed. Yaya Touré (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by James Milner.

79:40

Yaya Touré (Manchester City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

79:40

Foul by Josè Semedo (Sheffield Wednesday).

78:55

Attempt missed. Claude Dielna (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from long range on the left misses to the left. Assisted by Jeremy Helan.

77:35

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Jesús Navas.

77:33

Attempt blocked. Jacques Maghoma (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jeremy Helan.

77:05

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Glenn Loovens.

77:02

Attempt blocked. Dedryck Boyata (Manchester City) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Samir Nasri with a cross.

76:37

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Claude Dielna.

75:41

David Silva (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

75:41

Foul by Glenn Loovens (Sheffield Wednesday).

74:35 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Chris Maguire replaces Atdhe Nuhiu.

74:33 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Manchester City. Gaël Clichy replaces Aleksandar Kolarov.

73:54

Foul by Fernando (Manchester City).

73:54

Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

71:43

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Tom Lees.

71:41

Attempt blocked. James Milner (Manchester City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Yaya Touré with a through ball.

68:49

Bacary Sagna (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

68:49

Foul by Caolan Lavery (Sheffield Wednesday).

66:43

Attempt saved. Yaya Touré (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by David Silva.

65:50 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Caolan Lavery replaces Stevie May.

65:02 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Manchester City 1, Sheffield Wednesday 1. James Milner (Manchester City) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left to the bottom right corner. Assisted by David Silva.

61:34

Attempt blocked. Yaya Touré (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

60:55 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Manchester City. Samir Nasri replaces Stevan Jovetic.

60:36 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Manchester City. David Silva replaces Frank Lampard.

60:14

Stevan Jovetic (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

60:14

Foul by Kieran Lee (Sheffield Wednesday).

58:59

Attempt blocked. Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by James Milner.

58:34

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Glenn Loovens.

53:35

Attempt blocked. Jacques Maghoma (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Stevie May.

52:51

Offside, Manchester City. James Milner tries a through ball, but Frank Lampard is caught offside.

52:24

Fernando (Manchester City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

52:24

Foul by Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday).

52:17

Attempt blocked. Yaya Touré (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by James Milner.

51:19

James Milner (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

51:19

Foul by Glenn Loovens (Sheffield Wednesday).

49:42

Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

49:42

Foul by Jacques Maghoma (Sheffield Wednesday).

48:06

Foul by Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City).

48:06

Liam Palmer (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the right wing.

47:55

Attempt saved. Jeremy Helan (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Atdhe Nuhiu.

45:00

Second Half begins Manchester City 0, Sheffield Wednesday 1.

45:00 +3:21 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Manchester City 0, Sheffield Wednesday 1.

45:00 +2:28

Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00 +2:28

Foul by Stevie May (Sheffield Wednesday).

45:00 +0:30 Booking

Booking Liam Palmer (Sheffield Wednesday) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

45:00 +0:24

Yaya Touré (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

45:00 +0:24

Foul by Liam Palmer (Sheffield Wednesday).

44:02

Foul by Dedryck Boyata (Manchester City).

44:02

Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

40:58

Offside, Manchester City. James Milner tries a through ball, but Aleksandar Kolarov is caught offside.

40:21

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

39:11

Delay in match Claude Dielna (Sheffield Wednesday) because of an injury.

37:36

Attempt missed. Stevie May (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jacques Maghoma.

34:03

Offside, Manchester City. Jesús Navas tries a through ball, but Stevan Jovetic is caught offside.

33:10

Dedryck Boyata (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

33:10

Foul by Stevie May (Sheffield Wednesday).

31:47

Foul by Yaya Touré (Manchester City).

31:47

Josè Semedo (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

27:42

Fernando (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

27:42

Foul by Claude Dielna (Sheffield Wednesday).

27:04

Foul by Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City).

27:04

Jacques Maghoma (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

25:49

Attempt missed. Frank Lampard (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Stevan Jovetic.

23:24

Attempt missed. Yaya Touré (Manchester City) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Fernando.

22:41

Jesús Navas (Manchester City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

22:41

Foul by Jeremy Helan (Sheffield Wednesday).

21:03

Yaya Touré (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

21:03

Foul by Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday).

20:04

Attempt missed. Fernando (Manchester City) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Jesús Navas with a cross following a corner.

19:42

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Claude Dielna.

15:56

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Fernando.

13:53 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Manchester City 0, Sheffield Wednesday 1. Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Stevie May following a fast break.

12:51

Foul by Yaya Touré (Manchester City).

12:51

Jacques Maghoma (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

11:55

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Eliaquim Mangala.

9:25

Attempt missed. Jesús Navas (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high following a corner.

8:51

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Liam Palmer.

7:05

Offside, Manchester City. Aleksandar Kolarov tries a through ball, but Stevan Jovetic is caught offside.

6:21

Attempt blocked. Stevan Jovetic (Manchester City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Frank Lampard.

2:58

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Liam Palmer.

2:55

Attempt blocked. James Milner (Manchester City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jesús Navas.

2:20

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Glenn Loovens.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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