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  • Date:04 Jan 2014
  • Kick-off:12:45
  • Venue:Ewood Park
  • Attendance:18,813
  • Dann (54)
  • Negredo (45) Negredo (44)
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Goal!

Live Commentary

94mins

The referee brings the game to a close.

94mins

A cross is delivered by Gael Clichy.

93mins

Joleon Lescott makes a clearance.

92mins

Edin Dzeko crosses the ball.

91mins

Short corner taken by James Milner from the right by-line.

91mins

Jason Lowe makes a clearance.

91mins

Tommy Spurr manages to make a clearance.

89mins

Costel Pantilimon restarts play with the free kick.

88mins

Pablo Zabaleta comes on in place of David Silva.

88mins

The ball is sent over by Chris Taylor.

87mins

Shot by Tom Cairney went wide left of the goal.

86mins

Clearance made by Joleon Lescott.

86mins

Free kick taken by Paul Robinson.

85mins

Foul by Dedryck Boyata on DJ Campbell, free kick awarded.

85mins

Corner taken by James Milner.

83mins

Header by DJ Campbell misses left.

82mins

Gonzalez Jesus Navas takes a shot and went wide right of the net.

82mins

Clearance by Grant Hanley.

81mins

DJ Campbell joins the action as a substitute, replacing Ben Marshall.

81mins

Jordan Rhodes joins the action as a substitute, replacing Rudy Gestede.

80mins

Shot by Yaya Toure went over the crossbar.

80mins

Clearance by Rudy Gestede.

79mins

Corner taken by David Silva from the left by-line.

78mins

Joleon Lescott makes a clearance.

78mins

Clearance by Dedryck Boyata.

77mins

Header by Francisco Javi Garcia misses to the right of the target.

77mins

Corner taken by James Milner.

77mins

Gonzalez Jesus Navas takes a shot. A parry by Paul Robinson prevents the goal.

75mins

Alvaro Negredo leaves the field to be replaced by Gonzalez Jesus Navas.

75mins

A cross is delivered by Yaya Toure.

73mins

Edin Dzeko has an effort at goal. Paul Robinson parries the ball but the danger is not over.

70mins

Clearance by Joleon Lescott.

69mins

Header at goal by Alvaro Negredo goes over the bar.

69mins

Corner taken by David Silva from the left by-line.

68mins

Free kick crossed by Tom Cairney.

68mins

Joshua King fouled by Dedryck Boyata, the ref awards a free kick.

67mins

James Milner delivers the ball.

66mins

Jason Lowe makes a clearance.

66mins

Corner taken by Tom Cairney.

64mins

Lee Williamson goes off and Joshua King comes on.

64mins

Yaya Toure is brought on as a substitute for Luis Fernandinho.

64mins

Edin Dzeko has an effort at goal. Paul Robinson fumbles the ball.

62mins

Shot by Chris Taylor went over the net.

62mins

A cross is delivered by Tom Cairney.

62mins

Foul by Dedryck Boyata on Ben Marshall, free kick awarded.

60mins

Joleon Lescott makes a clearance.

58mins

Clearance by Dedryck Boyata.

58mins

Clearance by Joleon Lescott.

55mins

Scott Dann scores a right footed goal. Blackburn 1-1 Man City.

55mins

Rudy Gestede heads at goal. Costel Pantilimon parries the ball but the danger is not over.

54mins

Chris Taylor produces a cross.

54mins

Gael Clichy delivers the ball.

52mins

Foul by Grant Hanley on Alvaro Negredo, free kick awarded.

51mins

Costel Pantilimon restarts play with the free kick.

51mins

Corner taken by Tom Cairney from the left by-line.

50mins

Clearance made by Joleon Lescott.

48mins

Tommy Spurr makes a clearance.

47mins

Edin Dzeko manages to make a clearance.

47mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Luis Fernandinho on Lee Williamson.

47mins

Paul Robinson takes the free kick.

46mins

Tom Cairney fouled by Gael Clichy, the ref awards a free kick.

46mins

The second half kicks off.

46mins

The first half comes to an end.

46mins

Alvaro Negredo scores a left footed goal. Blackburn 0-1 Man City.Edin Dzeko provided the assist for the goal.

45mins

Corner taken by David Silva.

45mins

James Milner crosses the ball.

43mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Alvaro Negredo on Grant Hanley.

43mins

Edin Dzeko takes the chance to get an effort at goal.

42mins

Unfair challenge on David Silva by Lee Williamson results in a free kick.

42mins

Clearance made by Tommy Spurr.

40mins

Shot by Chris Taylor cleared the crossbar.

39mins

Tom Cairney takes a shot. Joleon Lescott gets a block in.

39mins

Adam Henley manages to make a clearance.

38mins

Free kick taken by Paul Robinson.

37mins

The official flags Edin Dzeko offside.

36mins

Centre by James Milner.

35mins

Ben Marshall makes a clearance.

33mins

Clearance made by Matija Nastasic.

30mins

Clearance by Scott Dann.

29mins

The ball is swung over by Ben Marshall.

28mins

Luis Fernandinho takes a shot. Paul Robinson blocks the ball.

28mins

The ball is crossed by Tommy Spurr.

27mins

Joleon Lescott restarts play with the free kick.

26mins

Rudy Gestede gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Joleon Lescott.

26mins

James Milner delivers the ball.

24mins

Paul Robinson restarts play with the free kick.

24mins

The ball is sent over by Gael Clichy.

23mins

The ball is sent over by David Silva.

22mins

Corner from the left by-line taken by Tom Cairney.

21mins

Tom Cairney crosses the ball in from the free kick.

20mins

Alvaro Negredo gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Adam Henley.

19mins

Scott Dann has a headed effort at goal. Costel Pantilimon catches the ball.

19mins

Corner taken by Tom Cairney.

18mins

Chris Taylor takes a shot. Blocked by Matija Nastasic.

15mins

Joleon Lescott manages to make a clearance.

13mins

Francisco Javi Garcia makes a clearance.

12mins

Luis Fernandinho restarts play with the free kick.

12mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Lee Williamson on Luis Fernandinho.

7mins

Header at goal by Joleon Lescott. Grant Hanley gets a block in.

7mins

Corner taken by James Milner from the right by-line.

4mins

David Silva takes the free kick.

4mins

Jason Lowe concedes a free kick for a foul on David Silva.

2mins

Grant Hanley manages to make a clearance.

1mins

Clearance made by Joleon Lescott.

The referee gets the game underway.

Match Preview

Pellegrini: Cup important for team Manuel Pellegrini is determined to keep Manchester City firing on all fronts, even though he will make changes for Blackburn this weekend. City begin their fourth trophy challenge of the season as they travel to the Skybet Championship side in the third round of the FA Cup. They are well placed in all the others, being second in the Barclays Premier League, through to the last 16 of the Champions League and into the semi-finals of the Capital One Cup. Pellegrini wants to add the FA Cup to his list of targets but after four games in 12 days over Christmas, and a League Cup date with West Ham next Wednesday, he must utilise his squad. He said: "We are going to make changes because we are playing too often in the last (few) weeks. "We are going to try to have a good squad and to win the first game in our FA Cup (campaign) because for our team it is an important cup. "I said from the beginning of the season if we are going to play in every competition we must play with exactly the same importance. "The FA Cup is a very traditional competition here in England and in every country of Europe the cup is always an important competition. "I just told the players it an important test for us, not only for the team but for individual performances. "Some players will have the chance to play now in the FA Cup. "As I said with the Capital One, both cups finish at Wembley and to finish at Wembley with a final is important for every team." City boast a powerful squad and multiple changes for different competitions have barely affected their momentum in recent weeks. Pellegrini made eight changes for last month's League Cup quarter-final at Championship high-flyers Leicester but a team containing Joe Hart, Vincent Kompany, Jesus Navas, David Silva and Edin Dzeko came through 3-1. Pellegrini believes a similar test could await his side at Ewood Park. He said: "All the teams playing at home are very difficult teams. "Maybe Blackburn are not in the best moment in the Championship but, playing at home and playing against us, they will be very motivated and try to win. "Maybe (it will be) a similar game to that we played against Leicester - a difficult game. "If we think, 'We are in Premier League and they are in Championship - we are going to win', it is an important mistake. "We must play with concentration, with intensity and with the tempo we need if we want to win." Pellegrini is pleased with where his side stand at the midpoint of the season, but knows there are more important tests to come. He said: "I am very happy because in all the competitions we are playing, we are in a good moment. "It was a good first half of the season to prepare for what we must win, but we must win important things in the second (half) to be a successful season." With Martin Demichelis currently injured, City have little other cover at centre-back for first-choice pair Vincent Kompany and Matija Nastasic, who have both had injury problems this season. When asked further if Joleon Lescott could be loaned out, Pellegrini said: "At this moment, we are not considering. We will see in the future, during the transfer window, what will happen." Midfielder Jack Rodwell will miss the Blackburn game with a hamstring injury. Blackburn boss Gary Bowyer admits everyone at the club is looking forward to welcoming City to Ewood Park. The 42-year-old has called upon players and supporters alike to enjoy the occasion but is under no illusions about Rovers' chances of progressing. He said: "You can look at it two ways, you can meet the challenge head on or you can sit back and worry about this player and that player. "We've decided to go the other way and enjoy it and measure where we are against them, and why not. "We're just going to approach the game in the right manner and pay the respect to Manchester City but, at the same time, ask our players to express themselves. No one is expecting us to win, so it's a chance for us to go and enjoy ourselves. "We're fully aware of the fact that for us to beat Manchester City we're going to need a hell of a lot of luck, we're going to need our players to be on top of their game and we might need Manchester City to have a really bad off-day because they've got some talent. "If they rest some of the stars they've got then they're replacing them with other world-class stars. "The opportunity to come and watch world stars - and that's what we're talking about - is very rare for the Blackburn public now because of the fact that we're not in the Premier League. "We're hoping they'll come out in their thousands and make it a really good atmosphere and a really good day." Bowyer is boosted by the availability of Tom Cairney and Rudy Gestede after both players made their loan moves permanent on Friday. Bowyer will check on midfielder David Dunn, who has missed his side's last three matches with a hamstring problem. Jason Lowe returns from suspension and Corry Evans (ankle) remains doubtful.

Formation:451Manager: Gary Bowyer

Blackburn

Formation: 442Manager: Manuel Pellegrini

Man City

  • Paul Robinson
  • Adam Henley
  • Scott Dann
  • Grant Hanley
  • Tommy Spurr
  • Tom Cairney
  • Jason Lowe
  • Chris Taylor
  • Lee Williamson
  • Ben Marshall
  • Rudy Gestede
  • SUBS
  • Matthew Kilgallon
  • Joshua King
  • DJ Campbell
  • Jordan Rhodes
  • Simon Eastwood
  • Ruben Rochina
  • Alan Judge

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