Holloway hits out at officials

The visitors moved to second place in the table thanks to a 3-2
victory which included a brace from Carlos Tevez. Holloway, sitting
in the stand as he was serving a one-match touchline ban, took
issue with referee Phil Dowd. He went public on his thoughts
despite being punished by the FA for remarks to referee Mike Dean
following the home defeat by Blackburn. Holloway felt Tevez was
offside for his first goal and that a foul had been committed
against Ian Evatt in the build-up to the Argentinian’s second. The
Blackpool boss was also aggrieved at a disallowed Gary
Taylor-Fletcher effort in the second period. Holloway said: “The
big decisions swung the game their way and Goliath has just walked
off with all three points. “David has been left to fill his
slingshot. I wonder what the score would have been otherwise. “I
think David would have been happy and Goliath would have had a mark
where we had hit him.” Tevez made the breakthrough after getting in
front of Craig Cathcart only for substitute Marlon Harewood to
equalise. However, Tevez immediately replied and David Silva made
it 3-1 to City with his first league club for the club – a fine
solo effort – before Taylor-Fletcher scored Blackpool’s at the back
post in stoppage time. Holloway added on Sky Sports: “He’s got
three massive decisions wrong, which cost my team against one of
the so-called big teams. “For me, we could have been one point
behind them if things had gone our way, as they clearly should have
done. “We’re getting absolutely bo diddley squat, week in, week
out. But there you go, such is life.” City manager Roberto Mancini
was pleased to see his side move on to the shoulders of Chelsea and
believes they can still improve. He said: “We are continuing to
change our mentality and it was an important result for us today.
“We worked hard in the first half and scored three goals in the
second half which is not easy. Blackpool played very well. “Strong
teams win some games they probably do not deserve. It is impossible
to always play well. But we did score three goals away from home.”
Tevez has now 28 goals in his last 31 league games and team-mate
Gareth Barry said: “He’s carried on from last season. He’s a
world-class striker. “Last season he got 20-odd goals (29) and I’m
sure he can do that again. If he does we’ll be right up there come
the end of the season.”