EDIN Dzeko scored against West Brom for the third time this term as the FA Cup finalists edged out an open game at the Etihad Stadium.
Scorer: Manchester City: Dzeko (35)
The Bosnian, whose double at The Hawthorns in October included a last-gasp winner, netted a volley after 35 minutes.
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 City goalkeeper Joe Hart.
Carlos Tevez had City’s first attempt after linking well with Nasri and cutting inside but his shot was well off-target.
City then enjoyed a good spell with a number of chances, the best of which saw Tevez rattle the crossbar.
The opening goal came moments later as Tevez broke away down the right and clipped back a delicate cross for Dzeko.
The Bosnian, who was guilty of a glaring miss at Swansea, guided a well-weighted volley past Boaz Myhill.
Despite a number of chances in the second half – with Markus Rosenberg smashing a free kick against the bar after being tripped by Javi Garcia on the edge of the area and Hart then saving well from Billy Jones’ follow-up header – West Brom’s pressure petered out and City came back at them.