Dzeko relief after breaking duck

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 £50million 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 told Sky Sports 1: “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.”