Adam Johnson says he was forced to ignore the instructions of Roberto Mancini against Wolves on Wednesday night - a decision that paid dividends for Manchester City.
After the visitors had fallen behind at Molineux, Johnson levelled the scoring with a fine strike from the edge of the box before playing a pinpoint ball to Samir Nasri as City took the lead.
Johnson, though, had been told by Mancini to ensure he gave City some width, but the England international was glad he decided to cut in from the wing.
"I think it was to stay out wide, but I wasn't getting too much of the ball early on so I drifted inside a little bit," Johnson told Sky Sports.
"I try to mix my game up a bit to keep the full-back guessing and I think I did that tonight."
City ran out 5-2 winners against Wolves, with Edin Dzeko scoring either side of an own goal from Dorus de Vries.
And, with City now into the last eight of the Carling Cup, they could be drawn against Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal or Liverpool.
But, says Johnson, following Sunday's humiliation of United, they are ready to take on anyone.
"I think we will play anyone at the minute. Our confidence is up and we have shown that we are a confident team at the minute," he added.
"Anyone we play against, going away or at home, I don't think it really matters who we get."