Manchester City held to draw by Blackburn

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Manchester City were held to a surprise 1-1 draw away at Blackburn Rovers in the Third Round of the FA Cup on Saturday lunchtime.

The Premier League outfit went ahead on the stroke of half time through Alvaro Negredo but Scott Dann equalised after the break to force a deserved replay.

City then had Dedryck Boyata sent off late on to compound a far from comfortable afternoon for the away side.

The result means the two sides will have to do it all again, something that will hardly please manager Manuel Pellegrini as his side head into another hectic period of matches.

In truth, the first half was a tepid affair with Blackburn stifling the majority of City's attacks and neither side could really take control of the match.

However, the script was followed towards the end of the first half as the visitors went in front. David Silva whipped in a teasing set-piece delivery that was nodded on by Edin Dzeko to Alvaro Negredo at the far post, who fired home from close range.

The hosts had reason to be aggrieved though as Negredo looked to be ever-so slightly offside, but nonetheless they put that behind them and fought back in the second half.

Just after the restart, City looked as though they had Pellegrini's words ringing in their ears as they began to assert their clear advantage in class, but it was Blackburn who were the next to find the net.

Striker Rudy Gestede's header was too hot to handle for Costel Pantillimon in the City goal and he fumbled the ball into the path of Scott Dann who slotted home from two yards.

Pellegrini sensed that it might not be going his way and he sent on Yaya Toure and Jesus Navas in an attempt to steal a victory, however the hosts looked more likely to earn a shock win.

Tom Cairney was unfortunate to see his effort flash past the post and Joleon Lescott had to be at his best to deny Jordan Rhodes a golden chance, and Boyata also saw red for a second bookable offence but Rovers couldn't take full advantage which means both sides will be in tomorrow's Fourth Round draw.

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