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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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The referee brings the game to a close.

93:53 +3.53

A cross is delivered by Gael Clichy.

92:31 +2.31

Joleon Lescott makes a clearance.

91:01 +1.01

Edin Dzeko crosses the ball.

90:54 +0.54

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

90:28 +0.28

Jason Lowe makes a clearance.

90:16 +0.16

Tommy Spurr manages to make a clearance.

88:33

Costel Pantilimon restarts play with the free kick.

87:56

Pablo Zabaleta comes on in place of David Silva.

87:24

The ball is sent over by Chris Taylor.

86:06

Shot by Tom Cairney went wide left of the goal.

85:52

Clearance made by Joleon Lescott.

85:11

Free kick taken by Paul Robinson.

84:30

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

84:01

Corner taken by James Milner.

82:37

Header by DJ Campbell misses left.

81:30

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

81:22

Clearance by Grant Hanley.

80:23

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

80:07

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

79:33

Shot by Yaya Toure went over the crossbar.

79:11

Clearance by Rudy Gestede.

78:54

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

77:56

Joleon Lescott makes a clearance.

77:19

Clearance by Dedryck Boyata.

76:49

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

76:26

Corner taken by James Milner.

76:02

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

74:23

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

74:15

A cross is delivered by Yaya Toure.

72:52

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

69:08

Clearance by Joleon Lescott.

68:41

Header at goal by Alvaro Negredo goes over the bar.

68:39

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

67:42

Free kick crossed by Tom Cairney.

67:08

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

66:45

James Milner delivers the ball.

65:49

Jason Lowe makes a clearance.

65:10

Corner taken by Tom Cairney.

64:00

Lee Williamson goes off and Joshua King comes on.

63:49

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

63:13

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

61:48

Shot by Chris Taylor went over the net.

61:34

A cross is delivered by Tom Cairney.

61:02

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

59:57

Joleon Lescott makes a clearance.

57:47

Clearance by Dedryck Boyata.

57:20

Clearance by Joleon Lescott.

54:26

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

54:24

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

53:47

Chris Taylor produces a cross.

53:07

Gael Clichy delivers the ball.

51:16

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

50:58

Costel Pantilimon restarts play with the free kick.

50:03

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

49:27

Clearance made by Joleon Lescott.

47:10

Tommy Spurr makes a clearance.

46:57

Edin Dzeko manages to make a clearance.

46:15

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

46:01

Paul Robinson takes the free kick.

45:31

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

The second half kicks off.

The first half comes to an end.

45:11 +0.11

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

44:45

Corner taken by David Silva.

44:24

James Milner crosses the ball.

42:22

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

42:18

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

41:34

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

41:26

Clearance made by Tommy Spurr.

39:50

Shot by Chris Taylor cleared the crossbar.

38:57

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

38:12

Adam Henley manages to make a clearance.

37:22

Free kick taken by Paul Robinson.

36:46

The official flags Edin Dzeko offside.

35:32

Centre by James Milner.

34:11

Ben Marshall makes a clearance.

32:38

Clearance made by Matija Nastasic.

29:08

Clearance by Scott Dann.

28:21

The ball is swung over by Ben Marshall.

27:42

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

27:24

The ball is crossed by Tommy Spurr.

26:10

Joleon Lescott restarts play with the free kick.

25:56

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

25:24

James Milner delivers the ball.

23:41

Paul Robinson restarts play with the free kick.

23:08

The ball is sent over by Gael Clichy.

22:28

The ball is sent over by David Silva.

21:14

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

20:40

Tom Cairney crosses the ball in from the free kick.

19:42

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

18:09

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

18:06

Corner taken by Tom Cairney.

17:31

Chris Taylor takes a shot. Blocked by Matija Nastasic.

14:44

Joleon Lescott manages to make a clearance.

12:28

Francisco Javi Garcia makes a clearance.

11:25

Luis Fernandinho restarts play with the free kick.

11:15

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

6:54

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

6:52

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

3:37

David Silva takes the free kick.

3:18

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

1:17

Grant Hanley manages to make a clearance.

0:07

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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