By Rhonda Richards | In Match Reports - Home Games
Manchester City came from behind at the death to win 2-1 at West Brom thanks to super-sub Edin Dzeko.
James Milner’s sending-off midway through the first-half severely hampered Roberto Mancini’s men, and Shane Long’s goal seemed to have secured the victory for Steve Clarke’s side.
However, Dzeko levelled proceedings before Sergio Aguero teed the substitute up for the winner in injury time.
Micah lined up on the right flank for the visitors, and it was he who went closest first, connecting with a corner and forcing a fine save from Ben Foster.
With 23 minutes on the clock, City were reduced to 10-men. Vincent Kompany lost possession on the halfway line and, with Long clean through, James Milner was forced to dive in and was subsequently handed his marching orders.
City continued to press, with Mario Balotelli skinning three players only for his well-directed shot to be parried by Foster, whilst Carlos Tevez similarly saw an effort turned away just after the break.
Mancini’s men scuffed two further chances moments later, Micah setting up Balotelli only for the Italian to scuff his shot, and Yaya Toure’s follow up header flew over.
Somewhat against the run of play, the hosts took the lead. Peter Odemwingie’s shot seemed destined for Joe Hart’s hands, but Long snuck in to side-foot home to make it 1-0 to West Brom.
Dzeko was brought on as City’s attempts to find a way through became increasingly desperate, and the move duly paid off. First, Tevez’s corner brought Foster off his line, and Dzeko was there to head home to draw his side level.
Micah then saw his latest effort cleared off the line, whilst Romelu Lukako saw a header and overhead kick saved.
With time ticking away, City snatched the three points, Aguero surging forward and laying it off to Dzeko who in turn tapped home to make it 2-1.
There was still time to Lukaku to grab a late goal of his own but his effort was blocked on the line by Aleksander Kolarov, with City holding out for the win that for long spells of the game looked likely to elude them.
West Brom: Foster, Tamas, McAuley, Olsson, Ridgewell, Mulumbu, Yacob, Fortune, Morrison, Dorrans, Long.
Manchester City: Hart, Richards, Kompany, Lescott, Clichy, Milner, Barry, Nasri, Yaya Toure, Balotelli, Tevez