Man City have proved their mettle with 4-0 win over Leeds, James Milner says

James Milner was facing the team which gave him his league debut. Photo: PA

Midfielder James Milner was delighted with the way Manchester City bounced back from their setback at Southampton last weekend with a convincing 4-0 FA Cup defeat of Leeds this afternoon.

City were widely criticised for a lacklustre at St Mary's last time out but they were far too strong for Neil Warnock's Leeds as they eased into the quarter-finals.

Yaya Toure set the hosts on their way and a controversial Sergio Aguero penalty doubled the lead before half-time.

Carlos Tevez and Aguero were on target after the break as the npower Championship visitors were swept aside.

Milner, playing against the club who handed him a league debut in 2002, told ESPN: "I hadn't played against them before but once you get on the field it's just another game. It was a good atmosphere and a good result for us in the end.

"It was important we bounced back, they've knocked a few Premier League teams out of cups this season so it was important we did a job and we did it well.

"We had to improve on last week, we did that, we kept a clean sheet and scored four goals so that's pleasing."

Toure added: "We know Leeds are a very tough team.

"They play very good football and are physically strong. Today was a good response from Man City."

Leeds boss Warnock admitted his side were second best but felt aggrieved by the award of the spot-kick, given by referee Mark Clattenburg for the slightest tug on Aguero by United defender Tom Lees.

"I know Mark sees it differently and he's had a good game today but he wouldn't give a foul anywhere else on the pitch," said Warnock.

"The lad is clever the way he appeals but it's such a soft penalty.

""And so we're 2-0 down after 14 minutes. You think the worst but I think they've done really well.

"We have had great cup runs this season but I think in the first 10 minutes the young lads were a little bit overawed. But we hung in there and I was quite pleased they didn't fold.

"The second goal is vital when they're desperate to get a result but it's never a penalty in a million years.

"Let's be fair, they were still better than us but it made it easier for them."

City manager Roberto Mancini was happy his side avoided a cup upset, unlike some Premier League rivals yesterday.

Arsenal lost at home to Blackburn while Everton drew 2-2 at Oldham, the conquerors of Liverpool.

Mancini said: "It was important to win this game, clearly if you score two goals in the first 20 minutes it is easier.

"The FA Cup is a difficult competition. Arsenal yesterday, Everton, other teams that play in the Premier League that went out of the competition ... if you don't play with full concentration it is difficult.

"We started well with good intensity, we were concentrated on this target and after that we scored four goals."

Mancini did not feel the awarding of the penalty was relevant in such a one-sided game.

He added: "The game has finished 4-0 and I don't think we conceded a lot of chances. I think the result is correct but I don't know if it was a penalty."