Blackburn 0-1 Man City

Dzeko relieved to get off mark

April 26, 2011

Edin Dzeko expressed his relief after breaking his Premier League goal duck to earn Manchester City a hard-fought victory against Blackburn.

Edin Dzeko celebrates after giving Manchester City the lead
PA PhotosEdin Dzeko celebrates after giving Manchester City the lead

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The Bosnian fired home the only goal of the game in the 75th minute, just three minutes after emerging from the substitutes' bench.

And he told Sky Sports 1: "I'm very happy that this goal helped my team to win the game. Sometimes it's difficult, I'm not the first who didn't make the best start but I'm happy because I scored today and helped the team.''

Dzeko's drought has been focused on parallel with that of Chelsea's £50 million man Fernando Torres, who opened his Blues account against West Ham on Saturday.

And Dzeko said: "It's football, Torres scored a lot of goals at Liverpool and changed club, I'm happy for him too because I know what the pressure is. Now we have to look at the future - today was very good, it is a new beginning for me and for City.''

Manager Roberto Mancini added: "I'm very happy for Edin because he deserves to score, he is a good player and a good man. In the first half we played a fantastic game, we should have scored two goals minimum. In the second half the game changed, Blackburn played very strong and hard.''

Blackburn boss Steve Kean said: "We're bitterly disappointed, we gave it a right go. After the first 15 minutes we got to grips in midfield and were in the ascendancy before half-time. Even in the second half we were excellent.''

Rovers were denied a first-half penalty after Jason Roberts fell theatrically having clearly been caught by Vincent Kompany, and Kean bemoaned a trio of marginal decisions.

"There was contact, Jason was saying he wanted to go through and finish,'' he said. "We also thought we had a late shout with Niko Kalinic. On the goal, (Mario) Balotelli was right in front of Paul Robinson so I'm saying that was offside.''

Nevertheless, Kean remains confident of top-flight survival and said: "We feel as a group if we play like that against Bolton on Saturday we can get a win, never mind a draw.

"We're gutted we didn't get anything tonight but if we play like that, we've got a great chance.''