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Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Michel Salgado by Edin Dzeko. Free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
Joleon Lescott concedes a free kick for a foul on Nikola Kalinic. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Martin Olsson, save by Joe Hart.
Brett Emerton challenges Edin Dzeko unfairly and gives away a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Nigel De Jong.
Foul by Jason Roberts on Joleon Lescott, free kick awarded. Indirect free kick taken by Joe Hart.
Edin Dzeko handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Dedryk Boyata joins the action as a substitute, replacing David Silva. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Ruben Rochina, clearance by Pablo Zabaleta.
Unfair challenge on Jason Roberts by Vincent Kompany results in a free kick. The ball is sent over by Ruben Rochina, Phil Jones has a header from close range and clears the crossbar.
The ball is delivered by Martin Olsson, Patrick Vieira manages to make a clearance.
Unfair challenge on Edin Dzeko by Christopher Samba results in a free kick. Mame Diouf is brought on as a substitute for Gael Givet. Free kick taken by Nigel De Jong.
Mario Balotelli goes off and Patrick Vieira comes on.
Ruben Rochina produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the left-hand post.
Pablo Zabaleta concedes a free kick for a foul on Jason Roberts. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Brett Emerton from left wing, Pablo Zabaleta makes a clearance.
David Silva sends in a cross, Edin Dzeko finds the net with a goal from inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Blackburn 0-1 Man City.David Silva provided the assist for the goal.
Foul by Nikola Kalinic on Vincent Kompany, free kick awarded. Nigel De Jong restarts play with the free kick.
Aleksandar Kolarov takes a shot. Save by Paul Robinson.
Adam Johnson leaves the field to be replaced by Edin Dzeko.
Unfair challenge on Aleksandar Kolarov by Brett Emerton results in a free kick. The referee shows Brett Emerton a yellow card. Nikola Kalinic on for Benjani Mwaruwari. Aleksandar Kolarov takes the free kick.
Nigel De Jong fouled by Ruben Rochina, the ref awards a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Gareth Barry.
Benjani Mwaruwari produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes wide left of the goal.
David Silva produces a left-footed shot from outside the box and misses left.
Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Ruben Rochina, save made by Joe Hart.
The ball is delivered by Michel Salgado, Aleksandar Kolarov makes a clearance.
Corner taken left-footed by Ruben Rochina to the near post, clearance made by Mario Balotelli.
Nigel De Jong gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ruben Rochina. Brett Emerton restarts play with the free kick. Christopher Samba takes a shot. David Silva gets a block in.
Christopher Samba fouled by David Silva, the ref awards a free kick. Paul Robinson takes the indirect free kick.
David Dunn goes off and Ruben Rochina comes on.
Mario Balotelli challenges Phil Jones unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
Jermaine Jones produces a cross, clearance by Vincent Kompany.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Martin Olsson by Nigel De Jong. Booking for Nigel De Jong for unsporting behaviour. Free kick crossed right-footed by David Dunn, clearance by Gnegneri Toure Yaya.
Martin Olsson sends in a cross.
Jason Roberts takes a shot. Save by Joe Hart.
The ball is sent over by Martin Olsson.
Pablo Zabaleta concedes a free kick for a foul on Jason Roberts. The free kick is swung in right-footed by David Dunn, comfortable save by Joe Hart.
Brett Emerton takes a shot. Joleon Lescott gets a block in.
Mario Balotelli gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gael Givet. Mario Balotelli shown a yellow card. Free kick crossed right-footed by David Dunn from left wing, Vincent Kompany manages to make a clearance.
A cross is delivered by Brett Emerton, Martin Olsson produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the left-hand post.
Martin Olsson crosses the ball, Aleksandar Kolarov manages to make a clearance.
Foul by Jermaine Jones on Gnegneri Toure Yaya, free kick awarded. Caution for Jermaine Jones. Free kick crossed left-footed by Aleksandar Kolarov, Joleon Lescott challenges Martin Olsson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
Phil Jones delivers the ball, save by Joe Hart.
Brett Emerton fouled by Mario Balotelli, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
Corner taken left-footed by Adam Johnson, save by Paul Robinson.
A cross is delivered by David Silva, Gnegneri Toure Yaya takes a shot. Save made by Paul Robinson.
Adam Johnson delivers the ball, clearance by Michel Salgado.
Outswinging corner taken by Adam Johnson, clearance made by Gael Givet.
The ball is crossed by Aleksandar Kolarov.
Gnegneri Toure Yaya produces a cross, blocked by Phil Jones.
The ball is sent over by Adam Johnson, Paul Robinson makes a save.
Benjani Mwaruwari concedes a free kick for a foul on Joleon Lescott. Free kick taken by Joleon Lescott.
Christopher Samba takes a shot. Blocked by Aleksandar Kolarov.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by David Dunn, Pablo Zabaleta makes a clearance.
Jason Roberts produces a cross, Pablo Zabaleta manages to make a clearance.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Pablo Zabaleta by Brett Emerton. Free kick taken by Vincent Kompany.
Michel Salgado produces a cross, Headed effort from close range by Christopher Samba goes wide left of the target.
Jason Roberts fouled by Nigel De Jong, the ref awards a free kick. The free kick is swung in left-footed by David Dunn, Pablo Zabaleta manages to make a clearance.
Effort from 18 yards by Mario Balotelli.
Outswinging corner taken by Adam Johnson.
Aleksandar Kolarov sends in a cross, clearance by Michel Salgado.
The ball is crossed by Brett Emerton.
Corner from the left by-line taken by David Dunn, Christopher Samba has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the goal.
Gareth Barry challenges Martin Olsson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Gareth Barry is shown a yellow card. David Dunn shoots direct from the free kick, Joe Hart makes a comfortable save.
Brett Emerton concedes a free kick for a foul on Gareth Barry. Indirect free kick taken by Aleksandar Kolarov.
Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Aleksandar Kolarov from the left by-line, Jermaine Jones makes a clearance.
The ball is delivered by Aleksandar Kolarov, clearance made by Christopher Samba.
The ball is delivered by Adam Johnson, clearance by Christopher Samba.
Michel Salgado concedes a free kick for a foul on David Silva. Free kick crossed left-footed by David Silva from left wing, Phil Jones makes a clearance. Adam Johnson produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the target.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Adam Johnson played to the near post, Gareth Barry takes a shot. Michel Salgado makes a clearance.
A cross is delivered by Pablo Zabaleta, Phil Jones manages to make a clearance.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David Silva by Brett Emerton. Indirect free kick taken by Aleksandar Kolarov.
Centre by David Silva, clearance made by Phil Jones.
Gareth Barry challenges Martin Olsson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Paul Robinson takes the indirect free kick.
Gnegneri Toure Yaya delivers the ball, Martin Olsson gets a block in.
Effort by Aleksandar Kolarov from a long way out goes over the crossbar.
A cross is delivered by Brett Emerton, Vincent Kompany manages to make a clearance.
Aleksandar Kolarov produces a cross, clearance made by Christopher Samba.
Unfair challenge on Mario Balotelli by David Dunn results in a free kick. Mario Balotelli produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick, comfortable save by Paul Robinson.
Centre by Adam Johnson, clearance by Christopher Samba.
The ball is crossed by Pablo Zabaleta, clearance by Christopher Samba.
Inswinging corner taken by Adam Johnson, Christopher Samba manages to make a clearance.
A cross is delivered by Mario Balotelli, Shot from just outside the penalty area by David Silva hits the post.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Benjani Mwaruwari on Nigel De Jong. Nigel De Jong takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Jermaine Jones on David Silva. Indirect free kick taken by Nigel De Jong.
Olsson wants Rovers to win ugly
Blackburn have to put their new style of football to one side and play ugly to ensure the top-flight survival, according to their Swedish star Martin Olsson.
Rovers have abandoned their renowned direct approach since Sam Allardyce was sacked and replaced by Steve Kean, but have also found themselves dragged into the relegation fight.
Manchester City are the visitors to Ewood Park needing a victory of their own in the chase for a Champions League spot, and 22-year-old Olsson says Blackburn need to fight for their lives.
Olsson, who plays left-back or left wing for Rovers, admitted the players have had to adapt to change since Allardyce left.
He said: "Keano is a different kind of manager, he likes to play the ball on the ground with lots of one-touch, two-touch football.
"It was different to Sam but we have to get used to that and it has been going well on the pitch but we haven't got the points we wanted.
"To be honest now is not the time to play attractive football, it's about getting points and digging in. Even if we do long balls, I don't really care how we play so long as we get the points."
Kean has been the target of criticism from disaffected fans but Olsson insisted it was unfair to blame the manager.
He added: "You can't blame it all on him, we players have to do our job as well.
"But we know the situation we are in and if we just keep playing with confidence I can't see us going down.
"We have been playing some great football at times but some decisions haven't gone our way and we've been a bit unlucky as well.
"We haven't even thought about relegation, we're strong mentally and cannot even think about the negatives. We've been in the Premier League for a long time and it's not going to happen that we're going to go down now."
Ryan Nelsen and Vince Grella are injured for Rovers and Steven Nzonzi serves the last match of a three-game suspension. Roque Santa Cruz, meanwhile, is unavailable against his parent club.
Junior Hoilett, the 20-year-old Canada-born striker, should be back after missing the defeat at Everton with a hamstring problem.
Meanwhile, Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has warned his players not to let him down when they face Rovers.
There is a wave of euphoria in and around Eastlands with the FA Cup final against Stoke to look forward to next month and the chance to end a 35-year wait for a major trophy.
Mancini, however, wants a reality check following the Wembley win over Manchester United when they travel to Ewood Park.
The Italian is keen to avoid a performance similar to the one they gave against Liverpool, which ended in a 3-0 defeat.
City are on course for a top-four place and a spot in the Champions League while Blackburn are in freefall after failing to win any of their last 10 league games.
Mancini said: "It has been a good week but now Manchester United are in the past. We should forget it.
"Now we need to focus only only on the next four games before the final. It is impossible to think of the final at this moment.
"We have games against Blackburn and West Ham, teams fighting against relegation. These matches are very dangerous.
"If we think we can go to Blackburn and play 50% it is better we stay at home and not spend the money to go there. If we have the same focus as against United, the same concentration we will win a lot of games.
"That is important because we have lost many points in the last month. We must remember what happened at Liverpool.
"We must give 100% because Blackburn are a strong team at home and it will be a very hard game."
Mancini could be tempted to name an unchanged line-up.
Italian striker Mario Balotelli looks set to retain his place following the victory over United as Carlos Tevez has a hamstring injury.
With defender Micah Richards also absent with a similar problem, Pablo Zabaleta is set to stay in the team following the Wembley triumph.
Dzeko on target in Rovers defeat
Edin Dzeko ended his long wait for his first goal in the Barclays Premier League and in the process helped Manchester City close in on a top-four finish and a place in the Champions League as they recorded a 1-0 victory over Blackburn.
The Bosnian, a #27million signing from Wolfsburg in January, scored the winner in the 75th minute, three minutes after stepping off the bench.
He was embraced by his team-mates after breaking his duck in the top flight in this his 10th appearance. But for Blackburn the prospect of relegation is still a huge threat.
After beating Manchester United and securing a place in the FA Cup final it was no surprise City started brightly.
However, they failed to make their possession pay in the first half especially and Blackburn began to grow in confidence.
But in all came right for Mancini in the end and they are now four points clear of fifth-placed Tottenham.
City almost took the lead in the third minute with a sweeping move that unlocked the home side. Pablo Zabaleta delivered the ball from the right and Gareth Barry touched it to David Silva.
The Spanish forward connected perfectly only to see his shot hit the post and come back out.
Blackburn again found themselves on the back foot four minutes later when City won a free-kick 25 yards out but Mario Balotelli's effort was gathered cleanly by goalkeeper Paul Robinson.
The visitors kept up the pressure and Zabaleta saw his cross cleared by Phil Jones in the 17th minute.
From the resulting corner Barry's header was cleared off the line by Michel Salgado.
Play switched down the other end and Jason Roberts had a claim for a penalty dismissed by referee Andre Marriner following a challenge by Vincent Kompany.
Then Phil Jones showed some invention to go on a galloping run and link up with Martin Olsson before being crowded out.
City responded and Balotelli carved out an opening for himself in the 39th minute only to see his effort blocked.
The momentum was with Blackburn and Chris Samba saw his towering header go narrowly wide of the post a minute later after being set up by Salgado.
City were being stretched and Roberts was allowed room to deliver the ball into the area but Zabaleta made the clearance.
City started the second half like they did the first and Robinson took no chances and pushed over a close-range header from Yaya Toure following a cross from Silva.
However, Blackburn almost took the lead in the 50th minute following a swift counter attack.
Brett Emerton picked out Roberts and his header appeared to be going wide only for Olsson to get on the end of it and send a shot into the side netting.
But it was City who almost edged in front in the 68th minute when Silva carved out an opening only to find the wrong side of the post with his curling effort.
Adam Johnson was replaced by Dzeko in the 72nd minute and the he responded three minutes later with the decisive goal.
Silva supplied the cross and Phil Jones only succeeded in sending his clearance straight to Dzeko, who smashed it home without hesitation.
Blackburn, however, should have drawn level in the 87th minute but Phil Jones headed over from close range and then Olsson's effort was blocked by Joe Hart in stoppage time.
These are worrying times for the home side who remain one point outside the bottom three with four matches to go.
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