Milner fires warning to Prem rivals

Carlos Tevez scored a brace as City climbed to second place with a
3-2 win at Bloomfield Road, a result which extends their unbeaten
run to five games. City were pushed all the way by a spirited
Blackpool side who found the target through Marlon Harewood and
Gary Taylor-Fletcher, but David Silva’s sublime third for City
proved the difference. “They put us under a lot pressure, which we
knew they would. They’ve got a good home support behind them and
they’re a good team that play it around really well,” Milner told
Sky Sports. “We managed to ride the storm, score three good goals,
and hung on at the end. “The best is to come but it’s the sign of a
good team when they can win and not play the best football.
“Hopefully we can keep improving as a team, keep moving forward and
hopefully you’ll see the best of us soon.” Fellow England
international Gareth Barry reserved special praise for two-goal
hero Tevez. “He’s carried on from last season,” said Barry. “He’s a
world-class striker. “Last season he got 20-odd goals and I’m sure
he can do that again. If he does we’ll be right up there come the
end of the season.” He added: “We got exactly what we expected – a
good Blackpool team that’s surprised a few teams already. We knew
it was going to be a tough game. “But we stayed strong and we knew
we’d get them on the counter-attack. We scored three good goals.”
Reflecting on City’s solid opening to the campaign, Barry added:
“It’s a fantastic start. “It’s still early doors with some tough
games coming up, but if we can keep this run going the confidence
will keep growing.” City boss Roberto Mancini was happy to win ugly
at the expense of a typically robust Blackpool side. “Sometimes it
is important to win like we did today,” he told Sky Sports. “Today
we didn’t play well. It was important at the end that we scored
three goals. It is not easy to score three goals away from home.”
Blackpool manager Ian Holloway felt referee Phil Dowd got “three
massive decisions wrong”, contributing to his side’s defeat.
Holloway felt Tevez was offside for his first goal and that a foul
had been committed against one of his players in the build-up to
the Argentinian’s second, while the Blackpool boss felt aggrieved
at a disallowed Taylor-Fletcher effort in the second period.
“They’ve got to get those right. Three goals. Our goal, Elliot
Grandin was offside but it went to Taylor-Fletcher and he scored.
Their [first] goal, Tevez was offside with a backheel and the
second one was a foul on my defender, absolutely blatant. I just
saw all that on the telly. Heartbreaking. “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 diddly squat, week in, week out. But there
you go, such is life.”