Saturday January 1, 2011 Day 21 Finished The City of Manchester Stadium

Manchester City 1 - 0 Blackpool

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  1. City rejoin United at top with win

    City rejoin United at top with win

    Manchester City held on for a 1-0 victory over Blackpool to move level with city rivals United at the summit of the Premier League table. More

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    Time:90'
    • Manchester City
    • Blackpool
    • - Don't forget you can watch highlights of this match, along with every Premier League game, on our website (UK only).
    • - City rejoin United at the summit of the Premier League table. Blackpool unlucky after an improved second-half performance.
    • 90+3' City hold on for the win!!
    • 90+2' Blackpool unable to get the ball into their hosts' half. Running out of time...
    • 90+1' Tevez working his way across the box and eventually fires a shot at goal - a curling one just over the bar.
    • 90' Three minutes to be added on.
    • 89' Phillips with a turn but then sees his pass intercepted by Lescott.
    • 88' City have conceded 16 PL goals – only Chelsea (15) had conceded fewer in the division prior to today's matches. They are praying they don't concede a 17th...
    • 87' Hart punches away under pressure while at the other end Tevez gives the ball away.
    • 86' Blackpool still attacking, but not finding the space in the final third that City have been able to cultivate. Having said that, they have not looked so good since Silva went off injured.
    • 85' City change: Patrick Vieira on for Toure. The Ivory Coast star has run himself into the ground today.
    • 84' Milner gets a cross in from a difficult position, just dealt with by Blackpool.
    • 83' Blackpool change: David Carney on for Varney.
    • 82' Holloway set to make a change, clapping his men onward. It only takes one chance...
    • 81' All Blackpool. City are not quite the nervous side they once were in this situation, but their fans are biting hard on fingernails at present...
    • 80' Great tip over the bar by Hart! That shot from Neal Eardley was flying towards the far top corner!
    • 79' Toure playing higher up the pitch. He drops back as Blackpool press and nips an attack in the bud after a pass comes off ref Mark Clattenburg.
    • 77' Missed chance for Blackpool, with Campbell left frustrated.
    • 76' Tevez has scored a total of 35 PL goals for Manchester City – two behind Nicolas Anelka’s record of 37 goals for the club during the PL era. Tevez scored twice at Blackpool earlier this season. City team page
    • 75' A stepover from Milner on the left sees him to the byline and his low cross is to the feet of Tevez - his sidefoot finish is a yard over! He was only 10 yards out. City yet to make this game safe.
    • 74' Blackpool change: Brett Ormerod for Taylor-Fletcher in attack.
    • 73' City have lost one of their last 10 PL matches – 2-1 at home to Everton on December 20.
    • 72' Tevez again threatening, but the flag stops him in his tracks on this occasion.
    • 71' TEVEZ MISSES A GREAT CHANCE! He rounds Kingson from a wonderful Toure through-ball but slips as he looks to control the ball with David Vaughan back on the goalline!
    • 70' Phillips has reawoken and dinks a cross to the far post where Boateng has to head away to prevent an equaliser.
    • 69' Hart sold short by a Lescott backpass and has to slide to get to the ball first ahead of Varney. A Vaughan shot from distance is too weak and he gratefully claims.
    • 68' Blackpool's improved showing in attack is slowing somewhat. Perhaps fatigue is taking over.
    • 67' With a win here, City would go back level on points with United at the top of the table. However they will have played two games more. Table
    • 66' City are looking to keep back-to-back clean sheets for the first time since they kept three in a row in November.
    • 65' Toure flagged offside as he attacks from a position out wide.
    • 64' Tevez's kick is blocked by the Blackpool wall.
    • 63' He limps off with that leg knock - he may have jarred it when he landed. City change: On comes James Milner.
    • 62' Silva down hurt and receiving attention from the physio after a challenge from Adam, nothing too vicious. Free-kick in a central position 30-odd yards out.
    • 61' Holloway wants more attacking play from his side, gesturing them forward on the touchline. And why not? They've won at Anfield this season playing that way - although looking at Liverpool that may not mean a lot... Holloway hoping to give city the blues
    • 60' Blackpool are unbeaten in their last five PL matches, winning their last two - the first time they have won back-to-back matches in the top flight in over 44 years. If they come back to win today it will be the first time they have won three in a row in the top flight since a three-match streak in March 1966.
    • 59' Tevez wrestles free and shimmies into the box before bending a great shot just past the far top corner! Almost an absolute beauty.
    • 58' City make a change: Pablo Zabaleta on for Kolarov.
    • 57' After a couple of dozen passes, one loose high one across the pitch is headed up by Toure - and he enters into a strong run down the middle of the pitch. He gets as far as the area, where only a last-ditch tackle and foot stuck out by goalkeeper Kingson stops him scoring!
    • 56' Blackpool playing the ball out at the back, cool and collected. They are playing much better in this half.
    • 55' Phillips is a real handful, a weaving run here leading to a stonking shot that Hart palms away at his near post.
    • 54' Johnson whips a dangerous ball aross the face of the goal - no one there to get a finishing touch on it.
    • 53' The latest scores from around the grounds, with an important one going in at Anfield... Premier League latest
    • 52' Corner for the home side, Johnson cutting back to Boateng but he is stretching and his shot is way off-target.
    • 51' Some noises of discontent in the stands - they want City on the ball and using it better when they are on it.
    • 50' Phillips's first telling contribution is to cross from the byline on to the head of Varney - his strong header is a couple of yards over. He should have done better.
    • 49' Man City have won four of their last five PL matches, including each of the last two. They are looking to win three PL matches in a row for the second time this season.
    • 48' Blackpool with some early ball. One of Holloway's strengths is the ability to make changes to suit the game - can they fight back into this one?
    • 47' Kolarov falls across the ball to shield it out for a goal-kick.
    • 46' The second half starts, with City now attacking the goal to our left.
    • - Blackpool change: Ludovic Sylvestre is replaced by Matt Phillips.
    • 45+1' And the whistle sounds on an entertaining opening 45 minutes.
    • 45' One minute of time to be added on.
    • 44' Mario Balotelli is missing with a knee problem, to answer a reader's question.
    • 43' City break and Toure gives the ball to Johnson, who predictably comes inside on to his left foot - he gets a shot away, blocked by an away defender.
    • 42' Clever pass for Taylor-Fletcher, who flicks inside but there is no one there to finish the lonely ball!
    • 41' Campbell has scored the away side's last three PL goals and netted five this season – all away from home in the second half of matches. Player profile
    • 40' A good game so far - City well on top however. Boateng with a first-time strike a couple of yards wide of the post. The angle was difficult.
    • 39' DJ Campbell, quiet so far, fails to find a team-mate with a pass into the box. Tevez then crosses at the other end before Johnson wins a corner.
    • 38' So City miss a golden chance to put this game further from Blackpool's reach. Will that give Holloway's men hope?
    • 37' TEVEZ PUTS A TERRIBLE SPOT-KICK WIDE!!! It is weak and past Kingson's right-hand post. Similar to the one missed by Peter Odemwingie for West Brom earlier - but not as bad as that one.
    • 36' PENALTY FOR CITY! Toure broke into the box from the right and away midfielder Luke Varney sort of knocked him over as he tried to catch him. Looked a penalty.
    • 35' City straight back on the ball and looking to attack.
    • 34' GOAL FOR CITY! ADAM JOHNSON!! Taylor-Fletcher's second header away from another corner is weak and the winger sets himself before shooting low - the ball flies through a crowd of bodies and deflects off Stephen Crainey and into the corner. 1-0.
    • 33' Toure with a powerful run down the middle and a good ball down the right channel for Tevez, who is going away from goal so shoots first-time - Kingson palms over. Good effort.
    • 32' Offside as Tevez finds Yaya Toure and he looks for a man on the left.
    • 31' Check out the latest scores from the top flight. Premier League latest
    • 30' The possession in the last few minutes is 75 per cent in favour of the home side.
    • 29' City in control of the match now. Blackpool are looking to squeeze the space around their own box, but they are finding enough to cause problems.
    • 28' Another Boateng throw is headed outside the box by Blackpool - this time Barry volleys, well off-target.
    • 27' With players like Silva and Tevez pressing forward and looking hungry, Blackpool may just falter today.
    • 26' A long throw is not dealt with properly by Blackpool centre-half Craig Cathcart, his header dropping to Silva... he brings it down and volleys just past the post. Close again.
    • 25' Lescott keeps calm to nod back to Hart with an away striker pressing.
    • 24' A waste of a free-kick from City and England man Gareth Barry.
    • 23' What a season it has been so far for them. Everyone's certainty to go down at its start, they have proved the critics wrong - and then some.
    • 22' Blackpool have picked up 17 of their 25 points away from home this season. Only City (20) and Arsenal (18) have picked up more away points this season. Blackpool results and fixtures
    • 21' Tevez with the ball at his feet in a central position - he strikes true, straight down Richard Kingson's throat. He takes the ball comfortably.
    • 20' David Silva goes close! He gives the ball to Tevez on the left, who attacks the defender and plays a return ball square - and the Spain star's first-time shot is just wide. Silva player profile
    • 19' City play some keep-ball, moving it around and making their opponents run.
    • 18' Johnson will look to cement his place in the team this afternoon. He is often used as a substitute by Mancini.
    • 17' Adam Johnson tricks his way into the box on the right, but when the ball runs on to Tevez the flag goes up. Correctly.
    • 16' Despite the threat of Blackpool, this is a match City really should be winning if they have aspirations of winning the title.
    • 15' The away side have picked up 25 points from their 17 PL matches – their highest points total at this stage of a top flight season in 46 years since they had the equivalent of 28 points from 17 matches in old Division One in 1964-65.
    • 14' Taylor-Fletcher played in inside the box - he bends a shot towards the far top corner where Joe Hart palms it around the post!! Blackpool with a spell of pressure.
    • 13' Leaders Manchester United earned a smash-and-grab 2-1 win over West Brom at the Hawthornes despite being outclassed for long periods of the match. Lucky United win at West Brom
    • 12' Tevez cutting in from the right, banging a cross-shot that deflects out for another corner. Ian Evatt then blocks a Jerome Boateng shot with his arm, but no penalty is awarded. It was ball to arm.
    • 11' Check out the latest scores elsewhere. Premier League latest
    • 10' Tevez was the top PL scorer in 2010, netting 26 goals – four more than Chelsea’s Didier Drogba.
    • 9' Tevez with a tricky run diagonally into the box, only for a Blackpool defender to nod his cross away.
    • 8' The visitors have lost their three PL matches against clubs currently in the top four of the division this season – losing at Arsenal and Chelsea and at home to Manchester City.
    • 7' All the play in Blackpool's half. They have the ball now, though.
    • 6' A bit of desperate defending from Ian Holloway's side; Joleon Lescott has a dig from outside the box which is blocked.
    • 5' City have won all four previous PL matches against promoted clubs this season, and have already completed the PL double over Newcastle.
    • 4' City put their foot on the ball to calm things down. They will be aware of what a threat their opponents are this afternoon.
    • 3' Gary Taylor-Fletcher has space on the right and executes a nice flick inside to beat Aleksandar Kolarov and move into the box... he cannot quite find a man!
    • 2' Blackpool in orange with the home side of course in sky blue.
    • 1' Off we go, with City kicking from left to right in the first half.
    • 14:55 The teams are out with skippers Adam and Tevez with the ref for the toss.
    • 14:50 Man City make four changes from their 4-0 win over Aston Villa: Jerome Boateng, Aleksandar Kolarov, Gareth Barry and captain Carlos Tevez come in. Hat-trick hero Mario Balotelli is missing with a knee problem.
    • 14:50 Blackpool have captain Charlie Adam back after a suspension, with Elliot Grandin out with a hamstring injury.
    • 14:45 Man City: Hart, Boateng, Kompany, Lescott, Kolarov, De Jong, Barry, Adam Johnson, Toure Yaya, Silva, Tevez; subs: Given, Richards, Zabaleta, Milner, Wright-Phillips, Vieira, Jo
    • 14:45 Blackpool: Kingson, Eardley, Cathcart, Evatt, Crainey, Sylvestre, Vaughan, Adam, Varney, Campbell, Taylor-Fletcher; subs: Halstead, Southern, Ormerod, Baptiste, Phillips, Edwards, Carney
    • 14:45 Referee: Mark Clattenburg (Tyne & Wear)
    • 14:40 This will be the Tangerines' fourth consecutive away match, and their sixth in the last seven matches.
    • 14:35 Blackpool begin the new year in eighth place in the table, their highest ranking on New Year’s Day in 52 years since they were sixth in the division on January 1, 1959. Only one club in PL history has ever been in the top eight on January 1 and gone on to be relegated – Norwich in 1994-95 were seventh on New Year’s Day and eventually went down.
    • 14:30 The home team begin the new year in second place in the table, their highest ranking on New Year’s Day in 29 years – since they were top of the division on January 1, 1982. They are unbeaten in their last five PL matches on New Year’s Day, winning the last two. Their only ever defeat was 2-0 at Newcastle United in 1994.
    • 14:25 City are looking to complete the league double over Blackpool for the first time in 44 years – since beating them home and away in old Division One in 1966-67. Blackpool have not won in their last five top flight matches against them since a 3-0 victory at Maine Road in old Division One in May 1963.
    • 14:20 Man City and Blackpool have met 59 times in the league. Manchester City have won 25, Blackpool 16 and there have been 18 draws.
    • 14:15 You might think this one has a home win written all over it - but think again. Blackpool are unbeaten in their last four away league matches, and have won the last two.
    • - Happy New Year - and welcome to our live comments from Eastlands.
  • Summary

    • 80' Great tip over the bar by Hart! That shot from Neal Eardley was flying towards the far top corner!
    • 75' A stepover from Milner on the left sees him to the byline and his low cross is to the feet of Tevez - his sidefoot finish is a yard over! He was only 10 yards out. City yet to make this game safe.
    • 71' TEVEZ MISSES A GREAT CHANCE! He rounds Kingson from a wonderful Toure through-ball but slips as he looks to control the ball with David Vaughan back on the goalline!
    • 59' Tevez wrestles free and shimmies into the box before bending a great shot just past the far top corner! Almost an absolute beauty.
    • 57' After a couple of dozen passes, one loose high one across the pitch is headed up by Toure - and he enters into a strong run down the middle of the pitch. He gets as far as the area, where only a last-ditch tackle and foot stuck out by goalkeeper Kingson stops him scoring!
    • 37' TEVEZ PUTS A TERRIBLE SPOT-KICK WIDE!!! It is weak and past Kingson's right-hand post. Similar to the one missed by Peter Odemwingie for West Brom earlier - but not as bad as that one.
    • 36' PENALTY FOR CITY! Toure broke into the box from the right and away midfielder Luke Varney sort of knocked him over as he tried to catch him. Looked a penalty.
    • 34' GOAL FOR CITY! ADAM JOHNSON!! Taylor-Fletcher's second header away from another corner is weak and the winger sets himself before shooting low - the ball flies through a crowd of bodies and deflects off Stephen Crainey and into the corner. 1-0.
    • 26' A long throw is not dealt with properly by Blackpool centre-half Craig Cathcart, his header dropping to Silva... he brings it down and volleys just past the post. Close again.
    • 20' David Silva goes close! He gives the ball to Tevez on the left, who attacks the defender and plays a return ball square - and the Spain star's first-time shot is just wide. Silva player profile
    • 14' Taylor-Fletcher played in inside the box - he bends a shot towards the far top corner where Joe Hart palms it around the post!! Blackpool with a spell of pressure.
    • 14:45 Man City: Hart, Boateng, Kompany, Lescott, Kolarov, De Jong, Barry, Adam Johnson, Toure Yaya, Silva, Tevez; subs: Given, Richards, Zabaleta, Milner, Wright-Phillips, Vieira, Jo
    • 14:45 Blackpool: Kingson, Eardley, Cathcart, Evatt, Crainey, Sylvestre, Vaughan, Adam, Varney, Campbell, Taylor-Fletcher; subs: Halstead, Southern, Ormerod, Baptiste, Phillips, Edwards, Carney

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Line-up

    Live Team Line-Up

    • Starting line-up

      • J. Hart
      • J. Boateng
      • V. Kompany
      • J. Lescott
      • A. Kolarov Substitution Out (58′)
      • N. de Jong
      • Y. Touré Substitution Out (85′)
      • G. Barry
      • A. Johnson Goal
      • D. Silva Substitution Out (64′)
      • C. Tévez

      Subs

      • P. Vieira Substitution In85′
      • S. Wright-Phillips
      • S. Given
      • J. Milner Substitution In64′
      • M. Richards
      • P. Zabaleta Substitution In58′
    • Starting line-up

      • R. Kingson
      • N. Eardley
      • C. Cathcart
      • I. Evatt
      • S. Crainey
      • C. Adam
      • L. Sylvestre Substitution Out (45′)
      • D. Vaughan
      • G. Taylor-Fletcher Substitution Out (74′)
      • L. Varney Substitution Out (83′)
      • D. Campbell

      Subs

      • B. Ormerod Substitution In74′
      • K. Southern
      • D. Carney Substitution In83′
      • M. Phillips Substitution In45′
      • R. Edwards
      • A. Baptiste
      • M. Halstead
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