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Negredo warns City will keep working

Alvaro Negredo (inset) has vowed the hard work will not cease as Manchester City fight to keep their season firing on all fronts.

City suffered a hiccup, and were condemned to an unwanted replay, as they were held to a 1-1 draw at Championship Blackburn in the FA Cup third round.

The sides will now have to meet again at the Etihad Stadium on January 15, a fixture that will fill a rare blank midweek slot in City's busy schedule.

Already this month City face West Ham in a two-legged League Cup semi-final and have further Premier League games against Newcastle, Cardiff and Tottenham.

Seeing off Blackburn would merely add to the congestion ahead of the resumption of the Champions League next month but Negredo is embracing that challenge.

The Spaniard, who took his goal tally for the season to 15 by putting City ahead at Ewood Park, said: "It wasn't an easy game for anyone.

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"We did take the lead but in the end we drew. Now we have to play an extra game.

"That is not what we wanted but that is what it is and we will have to play the replay at home. It was a bad day but we have to keep working and reach the next round."

The 28-year-old added: "It was important to score. It didn't mean the victory or that we got through to the next round but we have to keep working hard, as we are doing."

City started sluggishly and Blackburn made the early running but Negredo's effort just before the interval looked to have put them on their way.

But Blackburn responded positively and when Costel Pantilimon spilled a header from Rudy Gestede, Scott Dann smashed in the equaliser.

Both sides then had chances to win, and Rovers were indebted to keeper Paul Robinson for good saves from Edin Dzeko and Jesus Navas.

City were left hanging on after Dedryck Boyata was sent off for a second bookable offence in the 85th minute and Rovers threw caution to the wind but missed late chances.


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