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Dzeko: City must keep the heat on United

Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko has called on his team-mates to keep up the pressure on league leaders Manchester United.

City’s 2-0 victory over Fulham on Saturday left United needing to beat Tottenham at White Hart Lane to restore their seven-point lead at the top of the Premier League, but Clint Dempsey’s injury-time equaliser forced Alex Ferguson’s men to settle for a point.

David Silva scored twice for City in a turgid display to see off Martin Jol’s charges, and Dzeko believes playing 24 hours before their title rivals gave his team a mental edge.

“We have to just keep doing what we’re doing,” Dzeko told the club’s official website.

“I think Manchester United will drop points sooner or later but we just need to keep winning and keep the pressure on them.”

City’s top goal-scorer Dzeko failed to hit the back of the net against Fulham, while Silva missed an opportunity to seal a hat-trick and boost the club’s goal difference.

“David took his goals really well and he is disappointed he didn’t maybe get a third, but I’m really pleased for him and that the team won,” Dzeko said.

“We are a bit disappointed we didn’t score more goals after taking the lead so early in the game and I think if we’d scored again in the first half we’d have gone on and won by more but sometimes it doesn’t pan out like that. We got the second at a good time so we have to be happy.

“I’m disappointed I didn’t score, but I think I played okay. As long as we keep winning, I’m happy.”

Mon 21 January, 2013
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