PREMIER LEAGUE: Man City send Blackburn nearer the brink

Manchester City enhanced their own Champions League aspirations at the possible expense of Blackburn’s place in the top flight with a 1-0 win at Ewood Park.
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Manchester City enhanced their own Champions League aspirations at the possible expense of Blackburn’s place in the top flight with a 1-0 win at Ewood Park.

Manchester City moved five points clear of fifth placed Tottenham thanks to substitute Edin Dzeko's first Premier League goal, leaving Rovers just one point above the drop zone with four games remaining.

With no win in ten games the host’s are in freefall and City nearly took an early lead when David Silva hit a post, but Steve Kean’s team hit back and Chris Samba headed over then Jason Roberts missed a close range header.

But with 15 minutes remaining Dzeko, who had only just joined the fray, when Silva’s cross deflected kindly into the Bosnian’s path who blasted the ball home giving City their first away win in the league of 2011.

Referee: Andre Marriner

Venue: Ewood Park
Attendance: 23,529

Blackburn scorers:
Man City scorers: Dzeko 75

BLACKBURN
01 Robinson
03 Olsson
04 Samba
05 Givet (Diouf 85)
27 Salgado
28 P Jones
02 J Jones (yellow card)
07 Emerton (yellow card)
08 Dunn (Rochina 63)
21 Mwaruwari (Kalinic 71)
30 Roberts

Substitutes
13 Bunn,
31 Hanley,
10 Formica ,
12 Pedersen,
09 Kalinic,
20 Rochina,
41 Diouf

MAN CITY
25 Hart
04 Kompany
05 Zabaleta
13 Kolarov
19 Lescott
11 Johnson (Dzeko 72)
18 Barry (yellow card)
21 Silva (Boyata 90)
34 De Jong (yellow card)
42 Y Toure
45 Balotelli (yellow card) (Vieira 83)

Substitutes
12 Taylor,
38 Boyata,
07 Milner,
08 Wright-Phillips,
24 Vieira,
10 Dzeko,
27 Jo

 
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