Seasiders sunk by two-goal Tevez

Blackpool had the better of Sunday’s first half by the seaside but
City went ahead in the 67th minute through yet another Carlos Tevez
goal. Marlon Harewood drew the hosts level 11 minutes later but
Tevez went straight up the other end to put City back ahead with
his 28th goal in 31 league games. David Silva scored a fine third
for City in the final minute but Gary Taylor-Fletcher pulled one
back in stoppage time to give Blackpool the respectability they
deserved. In fact they could count themselves unfortunate to have
lost the game and will no doubt point to some questionable
decisions with the officials. City were on the back foot from the
start but Tevez made his intentions clear as early as the fourth
minute when he dragged his shot across the face of the area. Adam
Johnson thumped in a shot that Matt Gilks did well to turn over the
bar two minutes later before DJ Campbell dragged an effort wide of
the post as Blackpool responded. Back came City and Vincent
Kompany’s powerful header was saved by Gilks in the 19th minute
following a cross from James Milner. Taylor-Fletcher sent a shot
widly wide after finding himself in space 20 yards out for
Blackpool, while Campbell was also wasteful in the 33rd minute
sending a free header wide of the post after a cross from Stephen
Crainey. City responded immediately with Nigel de Jong releasing
Tevez. He tried to pick out Adebayor but David Vaughan was alert to
the danger and made the clearance. Adebayor then looked to be held
back by Crainey and failed to connect with a header. The ball broke
to Tevez but it came off his chest and Gilks made an easy block.
Blackpool, however, should have taken the lead in the 54th minute
when Luke Varney scampered away down the wing and chipped the ball
into the path of Campbell. He got an excellent first touch but
dragged his effort wide of the post with only goalkeeper Joe Hart
to beat. There was another scare for City shortly afterwards with
Taylor-Fletcher finding the net following a through ball from
Charlie Adam, but he was ruled to be offside. The Blackpool
supporters were furious at the decision, but this was a decent
spell by Holloway’s side and they were went close again in the 63rd
minute when Hart tipped over a 20-yard thunderbolt from Adam after
Campbell had laid the ball into his path. Neal Eardley forced
another good save from Hart two minutes later but Blackpool were
made to pay for the missed chances in the 67th minute when Tevez
forced home a Silva cross at the end of a flowing City move. Milner
then twice came close to extending City’s lead. He saw his chip
cleared off the line by Eardley before Gilks turned his effort over
the bar. Blackpool hit back, though, and equalised in the 78th
minute with substitute Harewood guiding a header beyond Hart
following a free-kick by Adam. The home supporters celebrated like
they had won the league but they lasted only a minute as Tevez
regained lead for City. He nicked the ball of Ian Evatt and rifled
in a shot that took a deflection off Cathcart. Tevez then saw his
effort came back off the bar before Silva added a fine third in the
90th minute after twisting and turning inside the box.
Taylor-Fletcher turned in a second for Blackpool in stoppage time
but there was no time left for any late drama.