Manchester City survived a scare at Ewood Park as they hung on for a replay against Championship side Blackburn Rovers in a pulsating FA Cup clash.

Last year's beaten finalists looked on course to reach the fourth round when Alvaro Negredo fired them into the lead before half-time.

But Scott Dann deservedly levelled for Rovers and City had to play a nervous last nine minutes, including stoppage time, with 10 men after defender Dedryck Boyata was sent off for his second booking near the end.

A replay was probably not on the wish-list before kick-off for City boss Manuel Pellegrini, who already has a crowded fixture list in January that includes both legs of his side's Capital One Cup semi-final with West Ham.

Blackburn's FA Cup pedigree

  • It is 130 years since Blackburn Rovers first won the FA Cup, in 1884. They have won the trophy on six occasions, but not since 1928.

But he will be grateful to still be in the draw for the next round after seeing a spirited Blackburn side threaten what would have been a huge upset.

Rovers were neat and tidy in possession from the start and looked dangerous down the flanks in the early stages, but their final ball into the box did not always punish some hesitant defending.

City were initially out of sorts going forward too but began to build some pressure around the half-hour mark and soon produced the game's first real opening.

Boyata did well to find David Silva with a pull-back from the right but the Spaniard made a mess of his finish, blazing his shot high over the bar.

If that chance was a hint that City could create a goal out of nothing, Negredo's opener proved it.

The Spanish striker struck on the stroke of half-time, turning in Edin Dzeko's header from Silva's cross.

Blackburn's frustration was shown when Rovers duo Grant Hanley and Chris Taylor were involved in a shoving row as the players walked off for the break.

But Rovers, who lie 10th in the Championship, continued to attack their more illustrious hosts after the break, and got their reward when Dann fired home in the 54th minute.

The centre-back, reportedly a target of Crystal Palace during the January transfer window, reacted first when City keeper Costel Pantilimon fumbled Rudy Gestede's header and sidefooted home.

City were rattled and Blackburn, who caused one of the biggest shocks of last season's FA Cup when they knocked out Arsenal at the Emirates in the fifth round, clearly scented another upset here.

They fired a succession of balls into the area to test a jittery City defence, with Pantilimon looking an uncertain presence behind them.

City were still threatening at the other end, and Negredo should have done better with his header after former England keeper Paul Robinson, returning after a year out with illness, had kept out Dzeko's snap-shot.

Jesus Navas came off the bench to force Robinson into another diving save and City looked more likely to get a winner.

But Boyata's dismissal turned the last few minutes into a survival mission for the visitors, and Blackburn could have snatched a famous victory when Tom Cairney's shot whistled a few inches wide.

Blackburn Rovers manager Gary Bowyer:

"It was an absolutely phenomenal effort from our lads playing against a world-class team and they restored some pride in the club today.

"We always knew it was going to be a very difficult challenge but the spirit that they have and the character they are developing... It's a young squad that is improving, but you could see the unity they have together.

"That has been important for us throughout the season. I have nothing but pride and praise for them.

"It would be wrong to single out individuals but on this occasion, and the fact that Paul has not played for so long, he made some crucial saves for us in the second half and his experience helped us massively."

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini:

"We were not lucky. It was a very close match and I think we had more clear options than Blackburn but we played against a very strong team who were at home.

"They had a lot of motivation and that is normal when you have a Championship team playing against a Premier League team.

"We were going to be travelling to Abu Dhabi and having a friendly match there, now we are going to play against Blackburn Rovers at home.

"What is better? It is impossible to know."

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Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (6)

Blackburn Rovers

  • 01 Robinson
  • 27 Henley
  • 03 Spurr
  • 06 Lowe
  • 16 Dann
  • 05 Hanley
  • 45 Cairney
  • 19 Taylor
  • 39 Gestede (Rhodes - 81' )
  • 17 Williamson (King - 64' )
  • 12 Marshall (Campbell - 81' )

Substitutes

  • 04 Kilgallon
  • 07 King
  • 10 Campbell
  • 11 Rhodes
  • 13 Eastwood
  • 23 Rochina
  • 25 Judge

Manchester City

  • 30 Pantilimon
  • 38 Boyata Dismissed after an earlier booking
  • 22 Clichy
  • 25 Fernandinho (Y Touré - 64' )
  • 06 Lescott
  • 33 Nastasic Booked
  • 07 Milner
  • 14 Javi García
  • 10 Dzeko
  • 09 Negredo (Jesús Navas - 74' )
  • 21 Silva (Zabaleta - 88' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Hart
  • 04 Kompany
  • 05 Zabaleta
  • 13 Kolarov
  • 15 Jesús Navas
  • 42 Y Touré
  • 64 Mesquita Lopes
Ref: Michael Oliver
Att: 18,813

Match Stats

Shots

12 14

On target

3 5

Corners

6 8

Fouls

6 7

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Blackburn Rovers 1, Manchester City 1.

90:00 +4:00 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Blackburn Rovers 1, Manchester City 1.

90:00 +2:09

Attempt missed. Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by DJ Campbell.

90:00 +0:28

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Jason Lowe.

88:12

Offside, Blackburn Rovers. Grant Hanley tries a through ball, but Jordan Rhodes is caught offside.

87:56 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Manchester City. Pablo Zabaleta replaces David Silva.

87:28

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Joleon Lescott.

86:06

Attempt missed. Tom Cairney (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by DJ Campbell.

84:40 Dismissal

Dismissal Second yellow card to Dedryck Boyata (Manchester City) for a bad foul.

84:30

Foul by Dedryck Boyata (Manchester City).

84:30

DJ Campbell (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

83:43

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Adam Henley.

82:37

Attempt missed. DJ Campbell (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Jordan Rhodes with a cross.

81:30

Attempt missed. Jesús Navas (Manchester City) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by James Milner following a fast break.

80:23 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. DJ Campbell replaces Ben Marshall.

80:07 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Jordan Rhodes replaces Rudy Gestede.

79:32

Attempt missed. Yaya Touré (Manchester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

79:06

Attempt blocked. James Milner (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

78:39

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Scott Dann.

76:49

Attempt missed. Javi García (Manchester City) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by David Silva with a cross following a corner.

76:28

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Scott Dann.

76:04

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Paul Robinson.

76:02

Attempt saved. Jesús Navas (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Yaya Touré.

74:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Manchester City. Jesús Navas replaces Álvaro Negredo.

72:52

Attempt saved. Edin Dzeko (Manchester City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Yaya Touré.

68:41

Attempt missed. Álvaro Negredo (Manchester City) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by David Silva with a cross following a corner.

68:22

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Thomas Spurr.

67:48

Attempt missed. Ben Marshall (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is too high following a set piece situation.

67:11 Booking

Booking Dedryck Boyata (Manchester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

67:08

Foul by Dedryck Boyata (Manchester City).

67:08

Joshua King (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

64:47

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Javi García.

63:59 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Joshua King replaces Lee Williamson because of an injury.

63:49 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Manchester City. Yaya Touré replaces Fernandinho.

63:16

Attempt missed. Álvaro Negredo (Manchester City) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

63:13

Attempt saved. Edin Dzeko (Manchester City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Álvaro Negredo with a headed pass.

61:48

Attempt missed. Chris Taylor (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from very close range is too high. Assisted by Jason Lowe with a cross.

61:02

Foul by Dedryck Boyata (Manchester City).

61:02

Ben Marshall (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

54:24 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Blackburn Rovers 1, Manchester City 1. Scott Dann (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner following a corner.

54:23

Attempt saved. Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ben Marshall with a cross.

53:50

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Gaël Clichy.

51:16

Álvaro Negredo (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

51:16

Foul by Grant Hanley (Blackburn Rovers).

50:47

Offside, Blackburn Rovers. Paul Robinson tries a through ball, but Rudy Gestede is caught offside.

49:40

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Joleon Lescott.

46:12

Foul by Fernandinho (Manchester City).

46:12

Lee Williamson (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

45:31

Foul by Gaël Clichy (Manchester City).

45:31

Tom Cairney (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00

Second Half begins Blackburn Rovers 0, Manchester City 1.

45:00 +1:34 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Blackburn Rovers 0, Manchester City 1.

44:47 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Blackburn Rovers 0, Manchester City 1. Álvaro Negredo (Manchester City) left footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Edin Dzeko following a corner.

44:46

Attempt missed. Edin Dzeko (Manchester City) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by David Silva with a cross following a corner.

44:26

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Scott Dann.

42:22

Foul by Álvaro Negredo (Manchester City).

42:22

Grant Hanley (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

42:18

Attempt blocked. Edin Dzeko (Manchester City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Dedryck Boyata.

41:34

David Silva (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

41:34

Foul by Lee Williamson (Blackburn Rovers).

39:50

Attempt missed. Chris Taylor (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high. Assisted by Lee Williamson.

38:57

Attempt blocked. Tom Cairney (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jason Lowe.

36:46

Offside, Manchester City. Gaël Clichy tries a through ball, but Edin Dzeko is caught offside.

34:09

Attempt missed. David Silva (Manchester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

27:42

Attempt saved. Fernandinho (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by James Milner.

25:56

Joleon Lescott (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

25:56

Foul by Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers).

23:52

Attempt blocked. Ben Marshall (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Rudy Gestede.

23:10

Offside, Manchester City. Gaël Clichy tries a through ball, but James Milner is caught offside.

20:42

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Joleon Lescott.

20:21 Booking

Booking Matija Nastasic (Manchester City) is shown the yellow card.

19:42

Foul by Álvaro Negredo (Manchester City).

19:42

Adam Henley (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

18:09

Attempt saved. Scott Dann (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Tom Cairney with a cross.

17:34

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Matija Nastasic.

17:31

Attempt blocked. Chris Taylor (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jason Lowe with a headed pass.

11:15

Fernandinho (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

11:15

Foul by Lee Williamson (Blackburn Rovers).

6:28

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Ben Marshall.

5:44

Hand ball by Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers).

3:18

David Silva (Manchester City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

3:18

Foul by Jason Lowe (Blackburn Rovers).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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