Dzeko's late brace earns City 2-1 win at West Brom

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WEST BROMWICH, England (AP) -Substitute Edin Dzeko grabbed two late goals - the second in injury time - to earn 10-man Manchester City a 2-1 win over West Bromwich Albion on Saturday, maintaining the defending champions' unbeaten start to the English Premier League.

City had to play more than an hour with 10 men following James Milner's dismissal for a professional foul on Shane Long, who put the hosts ahead in the 67th minute.

Dzeko was introduced in the 79th and equalized a minute later by heading home Carlos Tevez's free kick.

The Bosnia striker earned City all three points with a late winner against Fulham last month and did the same at the Hawthorns, steering home Sergio Aguero's pass in the second minute of stoppage time for his sixth of the season.

"If you look at Edin's career for Manchester City, the goals he has scored, he has got a lot of heavy goals, goals that are very important," City assistant coach David Platt said.

"You look back at last season as well and he got some vital goals. To win the league, Aguero's goal will always be the one but remember Edin equalized. He has been a threat all season and his form has been very good all season."

City stayed four points behind leader Chelsea but it threatened to be worse when Long put West Brom in front, latching on to a shot by substitute Peter Odemwingie to turn the ball home.

"I thought we played well, stood up to Manchester City, but they showed when they went to 10 men that they are champions for a reason," West Brom manager Steve Clarke said. "Credit to them, their performance with 10 men was excellent and the only feeling I have now is being disappointed to lose the game so late.

"It was maybe a bad decision to go chasing the winner rather than settling for a point."

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