Dzeko seized his opportunity to impress the boss.
Edin Dzeko often bemoans his fate at Manchester City as a striker with starter's skills who is nonetheless too often hammered to the City bench.
Given the start against Newcastle United in a Capital One Cup match, though, for about 100 minutes Dzeko did precious little with the opportunity.
Dzeko had mustered all of two shots before making his mark on the match. But then did he ever.
Early in extra time, Dzeko took control of a pass that did not even seem intended for him, turned into the left side of the Newcastle penalty area and put Alvaro Negredo's marker on a tee for him.
For good measure, moments later it was Dzeko—sent in by James Milner—who rounded Newcastle keeper Tim Krul before calmly depositing City's second tally into the middle of the Newcastle goal.
And that is Dzeko for you, isn't it? He can go 100 minutes and look like he is doing a bad Andy Carroll impersonation.
Then in the next 10 minutes, he makes the other 21 men on the pitch look like schoolboys.
However you slice it, Dzeko was the clear-cut man of the match against Newcastle.