Blackburn 1-1 Manchester City
FA Cup third round, Ewood Park
Goals: Negredo (45'), Dann (55')
Scott Dann's far post tap-in ensured Blackburn Rovers drew 1-1 with Manchester City at Ewood Park on Saturday, guaranteeing an FA Cup third round replay for both sides.
Alvaro Negredo converted on the stroke of half-time to give City what was perhaps a deserved lead, but the home side improved significantly in the second half and Dann's goal was the least they warranted as they took the game to their more vaunted opponents.
Dedryck Boyata's late red card for a second bookable offence further handed the initiative to the Championship side, although they could not find a winner—even after the introduction of top scorer Jordan Rhodes.
Manuel Pellegrini will expect far better from his side when the two teams meet again for the replay.
First half comments
Costel Pantilimon: Dealt comfortably with a few high balls and close-range headers
Dedryck Boyata: Occasionally nervous on the ball, and seemed troubled by Blackburn’s Marshall down City’s right.
Joleon Lescott: Dominant in the air and coped well with Gestede’s physical threat
Matija Nastasic: A quieter half than his centre-back partner, but no noticeable errors.
Gael Clichy: Solid and dependable, a useful combination with Milner down the left was evident at times.
James Milner: Precise on the ball all half, a couple of good deliveries into the box nearly created goals.
Fernandinho: Showed his power at times to break up Blackburn attacks.
Javi Garcia: A quiet half from the Spaniard.
David Silva: Some uncharacteristic errors from the playmaker, who overhit a few early through balls and squandered the best opening of the half.
Alvaro Negredo: Easily City’s most dangerous player, with one sublime touch to beat Grant Hanley a sign of his class. Was in the right place to fire home the opener just before the break.
Edin Dzeko: Aided Negredo well at times, but was a less influential presence throughout the half—although he did provide the assist for the opener with his flick-on.
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Second half comments
Costel Pantilimon: Will feel he should have done better for Dann's goal, spilling Gestede's initial header.
Dedryck Boyata: Continued to be tormented by Blackburn's wide players, with his eventual red card not a massive surprise.
Joleon Lescott: Continued his first half efforts, and will be disappointed his side did not end up with the win.
Matija Nastasic: Continued to compliment Lescott without really imposing himself on matters.
Gael Clichy: Was pushed back into his own half more in the second stanza.
James Milner: Some great corners nearly resulted in a Man City winner.
Fernandinho: Quickly withdrawn for Yaya Toure.
Javi Garcia: Continued to be relatively quiet, despite playing the full game.
David Silva: Failed to find the killer ball in the second half.
Alvaro Negredo: Withdrawn before the final whistle—although there was some speculation the Man City bench actually meant to bring out Dzeko.
Edin Dzeko: Improved as the game went on, threatening Paul Robinson with a couple of good attempts.
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