City boss Daniel Farke declared his satisfaction at his side’s progression to the second round of the Carabao Cup, following their 3-2 victory over Swindon Town.
Oliver Lancashire put Swindon ahead on 25 minutes but City fought back immediately to head into the interval with a two-goal advantage, thanks to goals from Cameron Jerome, Wes Hoolahan and James Maddison.
Swindon pulled a goal back in the second half through Paul Mullin and made things a lot tighter than they should have been, but Farke said he was satisfied to make it through to round two.
“We wanted to win this game, we wanted to go through to the next round,” he said. “That’s what it’s all about in the cup games and we did it so yeah, I’m satisfied with the win.
“I’m really satisfied with the first half. I think we played brilliantly in the first half. I’m not so happy with the second half.
“It was a typical cup game in the second half because of some bad luck situations. It was a real hard struggle in the second half and I think we had to do better in the second half.
“All in all, it’s a win and I’m happy we are in the second round.”
Farke pinpointed City’s performance in the final 20 minutes of the first half as the most pleasing element of his side’s display.
“We dominated the game from the first second and had a brilliant possession game,” he added. “Our positional game was really good and we created a lot of chances.
“We were not so concentrated on the finish in the first few minutes and that’s why it was 0-0 after 25 minutes.
“We gave them an unnecessary free-kick and didn’t defend it hungrily enough. Football is always about the small things and we conceded a goal.
“But we stayed really cool and I think the last 20 minutes [of the first half] were brilliant. We were very precise in the last third in this 20 minutes, scored a lot of goals and could have scored more.”