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I'm walking in the air - Bryan

Joe Bryan told BCTV he was 'floating' following City's shock 2-1 victory over Manchester United in the Carabao Cup quarter-finals.

The Bristolian started the ball rolling against the Premier League giants with a fine effort just after half-time, before the vistors equalised through Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Korey Smith ended up as City's hero, scoring the winner deep into stoppage time, before joining Bryan to celebrate in front of the TV cameras afterwards.

Asked about his stunning opener, Bryan told BCTV: "I don't know what happened; I made a third-man run, they didn't track me and I just hit it.

"My dad used to tell me since I was five until I was twenty 'just hit it', and it's gone in, dream come true.

"I didn't see it on the big screen, I was winded, all the boys jumped on me - I think I've broken about four ribs!"


City's lead actually lasted just eight minutes before Ibrahimovic levelled with a drilled free kick.

Bryan's immediate thoughts turned to steadying the ship following the equaliser: "Don't concede again, after all the hype and with all the cameras you have to stay professional.

"We stayed calm, we stayed true to what we do and worked hard.

"Korey and Marlon controlled the game in the middle, we just kept going, that's the trademark of our team this year."


With the match seemingly heading into extra time, an unlikely match winner in Smith popped up and showed ice-cool composure to slot the ball past Sergio Romero in the United goal.

The match winner told BCTV: "I don't score all the time but I've managed to bag a couple this year!

"As you can see the boys are absolutely buzzing when I do score.

"The goal was unbelievable. I said to the boys at half time when I made a run in behind they weren't tracking me, and if I did have the energy in the second-half to make the run in behind to look for me."

Smith added: "Luckily Tayls came on, fresh legs and played a great ball over the top.

"I had a similar chance on my left in the first-half but it was a bit under me so I thought let me just touch it and get the shot off as soon as I could.

"It's unbelievable. I'm in shock."


Bryan was quick to praise the atmosphere generated by supporters in a sold out Ashton Gate: "That was crazy, they really got behind us tonight and they're the ones who should take credit for the win, they drove us to it."

Smith summed up City's incredible cup run and the focus for the coming weeks: "We've beaten four Premiership teams to get to the semi-finals, it's an amazing day for the club and the supporters.

"We're in the semi-final of a major cup competition, but our main focus is the league, we've got to recover for a big game on Saturday."