Blackpool 2-3 Manchester City

Manchester City are now just two points behind Chelsea at the top of the Premier League after a 3-2 win over Blackpool at Bloomfield Road.

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.