Dzeko on target in Rovers defeat
Edin Dzeko ended his long wait for his first goal in the Barclays Premier League and in the process helped Manchester City close in on a top-four finish and a place in the Champions League with a 1-0 victory over Blackburn.
The Bosnian, a £27million signing from Wolfsburg in January, scored the winner in the 75th minute, three minutes after stepping off the bench.
He was embraced by his team-mates after breaking his duck in the top flight in this his 10th appearance. But for Blackburn the prospect of relegation is still a huge threat.
City almost took the lead early on with a sweeping move that unlocked the home side. Pablo Zabaleta delivered the ball from the right and Gareth Barry touched it to David Silva. The Spanish forward connected perfectly only to see his shot hit the post.
Play switched down the other end and Jason Roberts had a claim for a penalty dismissed by referee Andre Marriner following a challenge by Vincent Kompany.
City started the second half like they did the first and Paul Robinson took no chances and pushed over a close-range header from Yaya Toure following a cross from Silva.
However, Blackburn almost took the lead in the 50th minute following a swift counter attack.
Brett Emerton picked out Roberts and his header appeared to be going wide only for Martin Olsson to get on the end of it and send a shot into the side netting.
Adam Johnson was replaced by Dzeko in the 72nd minute and the he responded three minutes later with the decisive goal. Silva supplied the cross and Phil Jones only succeeded in sending his clearance straight to Dzeko, who smashed it home without hesitation.
Blackburn, however, should have drawn level in the 87th minute but Phil Jones headed over from close range.