City clinch cup final boost

Manchester City warmed up for the FA Cup final with a win, edging out West Bromwich Albion 1-0 in the Premier League on Tuesday.

Last Updated: 08/05/13 at 07:03 Post Comment

Edin Dzeko: Solitary strike settled a close encounter

Edin Dzeko: Solitary strike settled a close encounter

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Roberto Mancini made eight changes to his starting XI, with a trip to Wembley on Saturday in mind, but he saw City recover from a slow start to stamp their authority on proceedings and take the lead through Edin Dzeko's controlled volley.

The Baggies did all they could to force a leveller, with Markus Rosenberg rattling the crossbar with a fiercely-struck second-half free-kick, but it was not to be for Steve Clarke's side.

Despite the visitors' lack of obvious incentive, coming into the game comfortable in eighth place, they started brightly. Romelu Lukaku had three good chances inside the opening six minutes but failed to trouble Joe Hart, shooting and heading at the keeper and dragging another effort wide.

Carlos Tevez had City's first attempt after linking well with Samir Nasri and cutting inside, but his shot was well off-target.

City settled and Jack Rodwell had a chance after Boaz Myhill failed to deal with an Aleksandar Kolarov free-kick, but shot over from close range.

The hosts then enjoyed a good spell as Rodwell was inches away from turning a Kolarov corner towards goal and Tevez rattled the crossbar with a powerful drive from distance.

The opening goal came moments later as Tevez broke away down the right and clipped back a delicate cross for Dzeko. The Bosnian, guilty of a glaring miss at Swansea on Saturday, watched carefully and guided a well-weighted volley past Myhill.

City maintained the momentum and Rodwell had a shot cleared off the line and another effort deflected wide before Milner drove against the foot of the post.

The break came at a good time for West Brom and they began the second period with renewed vigour.

Rosenborg smashed a free-kick against the bar after being tripped by Javi Garcia on the edge of the area and Hart then saved well from Billy Jones' follow-up header. Hart was in action again soon after, tipping a low effort from James Morrison wide of the post.

West Brom applied pressure for a spell but were unable to break through and City came back at them.

Nasri slipped past three defenders on a run into the box but Tevez could not connect with his cross and Rodwell's attempt was blocked. The ball came back to Rodwell but again he was denied as Myhill saved.

Baggies substitute Shane Long fired into the side-netting with his first touch, Maicon came off the City bench and blazed over, but the game petered out in the closing minutes as Mancini's men held on.

Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

More Match Results

Wednesday, 20 May 2015
19:45
Arsenal 0-0 S'land Report
Monday, 18 May 2015
20:00
W Brom 3-0 Chelsea Report
Sunday, 17 May 2015
16:00
Man Utd 1-1 Arsenal  
13:30
Swansea 2-4 Man City  
Saturday, 16 May 2015
17:30
Liverpool 1-3 C Palace  
15:00
Burnley 0-0 Stoke  
QPR 2-1 Newcastle Report
S'land 0-0 Leicester  
Tottenham 2-0 Hull City  
West Ham 1-2 Everton  

Footer 365

Carlton Cole doesn't know if he will stay at West Ham next season

West Ham striker Carlton Cole revealed he still does not know where his future lies beyond this season.

Louis van Gaal believes David De Gea will stay at Manchester United

Louis van Gaal believes David De Gea will stay at Manchester United despite speculation linking him with Real Madrid.

Roy Hodgson wants Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard on England coaching staff

Roy Hodgson wants Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard on the England coaching team when they retire from playing.

Mail Box

Only One Real Manager Of The Year

Winning the Premier League with the best squad in the Premier League is only par; Ronald Koeman did a whole lot better. Plus, the last word on Raheem and...

Don't Slate Sterling For Ambition...

Raheem Sterling deserves credit for his desire to quit Liverpool, according to one mailboxer. Also: why football should not be compared to business and Degsy's latest spot of bother...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company