Dzeko spares Man City''s blushes at Notts County

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London, Jan 31 (AP) Edin Dzeko rescued Manchester Citywith a late equalizer in a 1-1 draw at Notts County in the FACup fourth round and 10-man Arsenal required an 86th-minutepenalty by Cesc Fabregas to edge past Huddersfield 2-1.

Dzeko volleyed home a cross from Micah Richards in the80th minute yesterday to score his first goal since the Bosniastriker joined the bigspending northwest club on January 7.

County, which plays in the third tier and is managed byformer Manchester United midfielder Paul Ince, went ahead inthe 59th through midfielder Neal Bishop''s near-post header butnow faces a replay at Eastlands.

Huddersfield was threatening an upset at Emirates Stadiumwhen Alan Lee headed home a corner in the 66th to cancel outArsenal''s 21st-minute opener, which came when Peter Clarkedeflected a Nicklas Bendtner shot into his own net.

By that time, Arsenal had lost playmaker Samir Nasri to ahamstring injury and defender Sebastien Squillaci to a redcard for a professional foul, but Fabregas came off the benchto slot in the winning spot kick after Bendtner was draggedback in the area.

Fulham took advantage of the early sending-off ofTottenham defender Michael Dawson to thrash its London rival4-0, while West Ham beat Nottingham Forest 3-2 and Stoke won1-0 at Wolverhampton.

County, which is 18th in England''s 24-team thirddivision, would have been full value for a win if it had heldon at Meadow Lane.

"You can''t help but think what might have been," saidman-of-the-match Bishop.

Dzeko signed for a reported fee of 27 million pounds (USD42 million) from Wolfsburg but hadn''t scored in his first twomatches for City - Premier League games against Wolves andAston Villa.

But leading the line in the absence of top scorer CarlosTevez, who was out with back injury, Dzeko couldn''t miss whenhe was picked out by Richards on the right.

"He needs more time to understand the team but it''simportant (for Dzeko) to score this goal," City managerRoberto Mancini said. MORE (AP) PM

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said Nasri''s injury was "serious" and could keep him out for three weeks, leaving theFrance international - who arguably has been the team''s bestplayer this season - a major doubt for the first leg of theChampions League last-16 match against Barcelona on February16.

"It''s a big blow," said Wenger, who only started Nasriagainst Huddersfield because he feared Tomas Rosicky wouldn''tbe able to play 90 minutes following a recent bout of illness.

"I have regrets about that now. The plan backfired. Weare at the stage of the season where to lose bodies will bevery difficult for us."

Tottenham''s defending was dismal at Craven Cottage, withcaptain Dawson particularly at fault.

The England defender''s awry pass was picked up by ClintDempsey, who was fouled by Alan Hutton for a penalty thatDanny Murphy tucked away in the 11th.

Dawson was then caught in possession two minutes later byMoussa Dembele and received a red card for tugging the shirtof the Belgium striker in the area.

Murphy went the other way from the spot to beat Tottenhamgoalkeeper Heurelho Gomes again before further first-halfgoals by Brede Hangeland and Dembele increased Spurs'' misery.

Nigeria forward Victor Obinna scored a hat trick for WestHam in the London club''s victory over Forest at Upton Park andGerman defender Robert Huth''s 81st-minute header put Stokethrough to the fifth round at Molineux.

Premier League leader Manchester United, which will playnon-league side Crawley in the last 16, advanced out of thefourth round by beating Southampton 2-1 on Saturday, whendefending champion Chelsea drew 1-1 at Everton. (AP) PM

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