Roberto Mancini delighted by Edin Dzeko strike

Edin Dzeko
Dzeko scores his first league goal in his 10th league appearance

Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini praised Edin Dzeko after the striker scored his first Premier League goal in the 1-0 win over Blackburn.

The Bosnian joined City from Wolfsburg in January for £27m and had previously scored twice in the FA Cup and twice in the Europa League.

But after nine league games without a goal, Dzeko finally broke his duck.

"I'm very happy for Edin because he deserves to score, he is a good player and a good man," said Mancini.

"I am sure it will help his confidence. Edin is a fantastic striker.

"He had problems with not playing some games and had difficulties not scoring but tonight he scored an important goal for us. It was not easy for him so I will enjoy tonight."

Dzeko's drought had drawn comparison with Fernando Torres, who joined Chelsea from Liverpool for £50m in January but only scored his first goal against West Ham on Saturday.

Dzeko, 25, said: "I'm happy for him [Torres] 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.

"I'm very happy that this goal helped my team to win the game. I'm not the first who didn't make the best start but I'm happy because I scored today and helped the team."

The result put City four points clear of fifth-placed Tottenham and both sides have five games remaining as they battle for a Champions League spot.

Mancini added: "It was a very big win, especially as it was away from home, because at this stage every game is difficult. In the first half, we played some great football and should have scored two goals.

"We scored in the second half when we had some problems because Blackburn played long ball. We found it difficult to play football but we deserved to win.

"Sometimes a top squad needs to find different ways to win and that's what we did."

Blackburn remain a point above the relegation zone in 16th place, having won only three times in 17 league games under manager Steve Kean, who replaced Sam Allardyce in December.

Nevertheless, Kean insisted his team showed enough in defeat to suggest they will avoid relegation.

"We feel as a group if we play like that against Bolton on Saturday we can get a win, never mind a draw," said Kean.

"We're gutted we didn't get anything tonight but if we play like that, we've got a great chance [of staying up]."

City striker Mario Balotelli appeared to be in an offisde position, standing in front of goalkeeper Paul Robinson when Dzeko scored, and Kean was unhappy the goal was allowed to stand.

"Balotelli was right in front of Paul Robinson, so I'm saying that was offside," said Kean.

Rovers also had claims for a first-half penalty dismissed by referee Andre Marriner when Jason Roberts was challenged by Vincent Kompany.

Kean added: "There was contact, Jason was saying he wanted to go through and finish."

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