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.