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"Oh, we're down one on the road again? Sigh...all right."
It is hard to say where City would be without Edin Dzeko's late-season heroics this season. One place they would not be is within four points of Chelsea, where they remain after stealing this win from West Bromwich Albion.
Dzeko has been providing late-game magic for City all year, often doing so from the bench. He tallied in the opener against newly-promoted Southampton, four minutes after the Saints took a 2-1 lead at the Etihad. Samir Nasri's eventual game-winner got the bold type in the papers, but Dzeko made it possible.
Two weeks later, City was again struggling at home against a decidedly mediocre-or-worse QPR side. Dzeko scored the game-winning goal just two minutes after Bobby Zamora had evened the match and caused no end of concern to the home fans.
Then away at Fulham, with City looking very much like it would get just one point at Craven Cottage, there was that man again. Dzeko scored in the 87th minute (one minute after coming onto the pitch), and City claimed a much-needed three points to stay within speaking distance of the top of the table.
And now this game. Dzeko came on in the 79th minute, scored in the 80th minute to equalize, then drilled home the unlikely winner in stoppage time. That's twice now that he has scored enormous goals upon entering the game. You would think the opposition would see it coming by now.
Edin Dzeko is a goal-scorer who scores huge goals. We knew this already, but it bears repeating.