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.”