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.”