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January 4, 2014 12:45 PM GMT
Ewood Park — Blackburn, Lancashire
Referee:‬ M. Oliver‎
Attendance:‬ 18813‎
 
55′ Scott Dann
Negredo 45′
Top of the Match
Tom Cairney
Tom Cairney
Blackburn Rovers
Edin Dzeko
Edin Dzeko
Manchester City
Flop of the Match
D. Boyata
D. Boyata
Manchester City
D. Boyata
D. Boyata
Manchester City

Blackburn 1-1 Manchester City: Petulant Boyata sees red as Rovers force replay

The Championship side came close to knocking out their more illustrious opponents, with Manuel Pellegrini's side, reduced to 10 men, forced to work hard to cling onto the draw

By Matthew Rogerson

Chris Taylor Gael Clichy Blackburn Rovers Manchester City FA Cup
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Blackburn Rovers pounced on an error from Costel Pantilimon to earn a hard-fought draw against 10-man Manchester City in the FA Cup third round on Saturday to set-up a replay at the Etihad Stadium.

Gary Bowyer's men had matched their Premier League opponents for much of the first half until, just before the break, Edin Dzeko's flick-on from a corner was headed into the back of the net by Alvaro Negredo.

The home team were gifted an equaliser moments after the restart, though, as Pantilimon spilled Rudy Gestede's header into the path of Scott Dann, who tucked the ball past the Romanian from close-range.

MATCH VIEW
By Tom Marshall-Bailey
Blackburn Rovers and Manchester City will have to do this all over again at the Etihad Stadium to progress to the next round, with the hosts perhaps the most aggrieved not to be in the hat for the fourth-round draw after a pulsating encounter at Ewood Park.

Manuel Pellegrini's men struggled to get going early on but were rewarded for their persistence right on the stroke of half-time as an offside-looking Alvaro Negredo clinically dispatched Edin Dzeko's flick-on.

But, instead of seizing the initiative at the start of the second half, they were strangely subdued and conceded just 10 minutes after the break as Scott Dann pounced on Costel Pantilimon's shocking fumble from Rudy Gestede's header to level the scores.

Dedryck Boyata was sent off late on to ensure a grandstand finale but City held firm as the first third-round clash of the day ended all square here in East Lancashire.
Blackburn pushed for a winner late on, bringing on top scorer Jordan Rhodes just before City saw defender Dedryck Boyata sent off, but, despite going close, were unable to breach Manuel Pellegrini's men for a second time.

Pellegrini promised to field a strong side in the competition and he kept to his word, with regulars such as Fernandinho, David Silva and Negredo all handed starting spots, while the Chilean named Joleon Lescott captain after dismissing reports that the defender could leave the club in January.

For the hosts, Paul Robinson made his first start since December 2012 having suffered a blood clot on his lung while Gestede was preferred to leading scorer Rhodes up front.

City, who were defeated in the final of last season's competition, enjoyed plenty of possession in the opening exchanges but were let down by their final ball while Rovers' first effort on target came courtesy of Dann's header, which was easily saved with by Pantilimon.

It sparked the hosts' first spell of pressure as Tom Cairney's free kick delivery and another Dann header caused problems for City's back line.

Silva and Nedgredo both went close midway through the half before City eventually went ahead through the former Sevilla man on the stroke of half time.

Negredo continued his fine form by latching onto Dzeko's header from Silva's set-piece, calmly converting at the far post amid disagreements and shouts of offside from the Blackburn defence.

Blackburn were level 10 minutes after the interval, however, with Pantilimon largely culpable, as he flapped at a routine header from Gestede before allowing skipper Dann in for a simple finish.

City had not lost or conceded a goal in their previous five FA Cup ties against lower division opposition and quickly set about trying to score a second and re-take the lead.

Negredo acrobatically headed wide with an open goal gaping after Robinson saved from Dzeko, before the hosts' goalkeeper was alert to deny substitute Jesus Navas' long-range strike.

City piled on the pressure late in the game but to no avail, and, when Boyata received a second yellow card for a poorly-timed challenge on DJ Campbell, the hosts smelt blood. Cairney went closest with a powerful long-range effort but Bowyer's men had to settle for a replay.


Blackburn Rovers

1
Paul Robinson
Goalkeeper
3.00
39
Adam Henley
Defender
3.00
31
Grant Hanley
Defender
3.00
6
Scott Dann
Defender
55′
3.50
-
Tommy Spurr
Defender
2.50
35
Ben Marshall
Midfielder
81′
2.50
18
Chris Taylor
Midfielder
3.50
35
Jason Lowe
Midfielder
3.50
14
Lee Williamson
Midfielder
64′
3.50
45
Tom Cairney
Midfielder
4.00
14
Rudy Gestede
Striker
81′
3.50

Manchester City

2.00
30
1.50
38
D. Boyata
Defender
68′ 85′
3.00
22
Gael Clichy
Defender
2.50
6
3.00
33
3.50
21
David Silva
Midfielder
88′
2.50
25
Fernandinho
Midfielder
64′
3.00
7
James Milner
Midfielder
2.00
14
Javi García
Midfielder
3.00
10
Edin Dzeko
Striker
3.00
9
Negredo
Striker
45′ 74′

Substitutes

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Simon Eastwood
Goalkeeper
 - 
27
 - 
25
Alan Judge
Midfielder
 - 
9
2.50
15
3.00
-
2.50
-
 - 

Substitutes

 - 
1
Joe Hart
Goalkeeper
 - 
13
2.50
5
 - 
4
2.50
15
 - 
64
Marcos Lopes
Midfielder
2.50
42
Yaya Touré
Midfielder
64′

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Coach/Manager

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  • Red Card
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  • Substitution OUT
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Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Britt Assombalonga Britt Assombalonga
Midfielder
Peterborough United
5 1
Joe Garner Joe Garner
Striker
Preston
5 0
Sam Clucas Sam Clucas
Midfielder
Mansfield Town
5 0
Chris Porter Chris Porter
Striker
Sheffield United
4 2
Reuben Reid Reuben Reid
Striker
Plymouth Argyle
4 1