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  • Date:25 Apr 2011
  • Kick-off:20:00
  • Venue:Ewood Park
  • Attendance:23,529
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95mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Michel Salgado by Edin Dzeko. Free kick taken by Paul Robinson.

93mins

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.

92mins

Brett Emerton challenges Edin Dzeko unfairly and gives away a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Nigel De Jong.

91mins

Foul by Jason Roberts on Joleon Lescott, free kick awarded. Indirect free kick taken by Joe Hart.

89mins

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.

87mins

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.

87mins

The ball is delivered by Martin Olsson, Patrick Vieira manages to make a clearance.

85mins

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.

83mins

Mario Balotelli goes off and Patrick Vieira comes on.

83mins

Ruben Rochina produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the left-hand post.

82mins

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.

75mins

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.

74mins

Foul by Nikola Kalinic on Vincent Kompany, free kick awarded. Nigel De Jong restarts play with the free kick.

74mins

Aleksandar Kolarov takes a shot. Save by Paul Robinson.

72mins

Adam Johnson leaves the field to be replaced by Edin Dzeko.

70mins

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.

70mins

Nigel De Jong fouled by Ruben Rochina, the ref awards a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Gareth Barry.

69mins

Benjani Mwaruwari produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes wide left of the goal.

68mins

David Silva produces a left-footed shot from outside the box and misses left.

67mins

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Ruben Rochina, save made by Joe Hart.

67mins

The ball is delivered by Michel Salgado, Aleksandar Kolarov makes a clearance.

67mins

Corner taken left-footed by Ruben Rochina to the near post, clearance made by Mario Balotelli.

65mins

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.

63mins

Christopher Samba fouled by David Silva, the ref awards a free kick. Paul Robinson takes the indirect free kick.

63mins

David Dunn goes off and Ruben Rochina comes on.

61mins

Mario Balotelli challenges Phil Jones unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Paul Robinson.

61mins

Jermaine Jones produces a cross, clearance by Vincent Kompany.

59mins

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.

58mins

Martin Olsson sends in a cross.

57mins

Jason Roberts takes a shot. Save by Joe Hart.

54mins

The ball is sent over by Martin Olsson.

53mins

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.

53mins

Brett Emerton takes a shot. Joleon Lescott gets a block in.

52mins

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.

51mins

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.

50mins

Martin Olsson crosses the ball, Aleksandar Kolarov manages to make a clearance.

49mins

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.

48mins

Phil Jones delivers the ball, save by Joe Hart.

47mins

Brett Emerton fouled by Mario Balotelli, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Paul Robinson.

47mins

Corner taken left-footed by Adam Johnson, save by Paul Robinson.

46mins

A cross is delivered by David Silva, Gnegneri Toure Yaya takes a shot. Save made by Paul Robinson.

46mins

Adam Johnson delivers the ball, clearance by Michel Salgado.

46mins

Outswinging corner taken by Adam Johnson, clearance made by Gael Givet.

45mins

The ball is crossed by Aleksandar Kolarov.

45mins

Gnegneri Toure Yaya produces a cross, blocked by Phil Jones.

44mins

The ball is sent over by Adam Johnson, Paul Robinson makes a save.

43mins

Benjani Mwaruwari concedes a free kick for a foul on Joleon Lescott. Free kick taken by Joleon Lescott.

43mins

Christopher Samba takes a shot. Blocked by Aleksandar Kolarov.

42mins

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by David Dunn, Pablo Zabaleta makes a clearance.

42mins

Jason Roberts produces a cross, Pablo Zabaleta manages to make a clearance.

41mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Pablo Zabaleta by Brett Emerton. Free kick taken by Vincent Kompany.

40mins

Michel Salgado produces a cross, Headed effort from close range by Christopher Samba goes wide left of the target.

40mins

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.

39mins

Effort from 18 yards by Mario Balotelli.

39mins

Outswinging corner taken by Adam Johnson.

39mins

Aleksandar Kolarov sends in a cross, clearance by Michel Salgado.

37mins

The ball is crossed by Brett Emerton.

35mins

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.

30mins

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.

28mins

Brett Emerton concedes a free kick for a foul on Gareth Barry. Indirect free kick taken by Aleksandar Kolarov.

24mins

Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Aleksandar Kolarov from the left by-line, Jermaine Jones makes a clearance.

24mins

The ball is delivered by Aleksandar Kolarov, clearance made by Christopher Samba.

19mins

The ball is delivered by Adam Johnson, clearance by Christopher Samba.

17mins

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.

16mins

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Adam Johnson played to the near post, Gareth Barry takes a shot. Michel Salgado makes a clearance.

16mins

A cross is delivered by Pablo Zabaleta, Phil Jones manages to make a clearance.

15mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David Silva by Brett Emerton. Indirect free kick taken by Aleksandar Kolarov.

14mins

Centre by David Silva, clearance made by Phil Jones.

12mins

Gareth Barry challenges Martin Olsson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Paul Robinson takes the indirect free kick.

12mins

Gnegneri Toure Yaya delivers the ball, Martin Olsson gets a block in.

10mins

Effort by Aleksandar Kolarov from a long way out goes over the crossbar.

10mins

A cross is delivered by Brett Emerton, Vincent Kompany manages to make a clearance.

9mins

Aleksandar Kolarov produces a cross, clearance made by Christopher Samba.

6mins

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.

5mins

Centre by Adam Johnson, clearance by Christopher Samba.

5mins

The ball is crossed by Pablo Zabaleta, clearance by Christopher Samba.

4mins

Inswinging corner taken by Adam Johnson, Christopher Samba manages to make a clearance.

3mins

A cross is delivered by Mario Balotelli, Shot from just outside the penalty area by David Silva hits the post.

2mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Benjani Mwaruwari on Nigel De Jong. Nigel De Jong takes the free kick.

1mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jermaine Jones on David Silva. Indirect free kick taken by Nigel De Jong.

Match Preview

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.

Formation:442Manager: Steve Kean

Blackburn

Formation: 4231Manager: Roberto Mancini

Man City

  • Paul Robinson
  • Michel Salgado
  • Christopher Samba
  • Phil Jones
  • Gael Givet
  • Brett Emerton
  • David Dunn
  • Jermaine Jones
  • Martin Olsson
  • Benjani Mwaruwari
  • Jason Roberts
  • SUBS
  • Mark Bunn
  • Nikola Kalinic
  • Mauro Formica
  • Morten Gamst Pedersen
  • Ruben Rochina
  • Grant Hanley
  • Mame Diouf

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Match Report

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.

Form Guide

    LLDDDL
  • Blackburn
  • VS
  • Man City
  • LDWLWL

Last Meetings

  • Man City
  • 1 - 1
  • Blackburn
  • 11/09/2010
  • Man City
  • 4 - 1
  • Blackburn
  • 11/01/2010
  • Blackburn
  • 0 - 2
  • Man City
  • 15/08/2009
  • Man City
  • 3 - 1
  • Blackburn
  • 02/05/2009
  • Blackburn
  • 2 - 2
  • Man City
  • 28/12/2008
  • Man City
  • 2 - 2
  • Blackburn
  • 27/12/2007

Top Scorers

Blackburn

  • N Kalinic 5
  • M Pedersen 4
  • C Samba 4
  • D Hoilett 4
  • J Roberts 3
  • R Nelsen 3
  • B Mwaruwari 3
  • MB Diouf 3
  • B Emerton 2
  • D Dunn 1
  • G Givet 1
  • M Olsson 1
  • S Nzonzi 1
  • G Hanley 1

Man City

  • CA Tevez 14
  • G Toure Yaya 5
  • A Johnson 4
  • DJ Silva 4
  • M Balotelli 4
  • P Vieira 2
  • G Barry 2
  • J Lescott 1
  • K Toure 1
  • PJ Zabaleta 1
  • M Richards 1
  • A Kolarov 1

Goals

Blackburn

    • Total goals 94
    • Goals per game 40
  • 2 (For) 2 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 2 (For) 5 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 6 (For) 4 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 2 (For) 4 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 8 (For) 8 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 7 (For) 10 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 4 (For) 7 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 1 (For) 6 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 8 (For) 8 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

Man City

    • Total goals 104
    • Goals per game 50
  • 7 (For) 1 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 6 (For) 5 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 6 (For) 4 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 6 (For) 2 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 3 (For) 2 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 6 (For) 1 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 7 (For) 3 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 5 (For) 5 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 4 (For) 7 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

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