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Manchester City pushed themselves forcefully into second place with a 3-2 victory over Blackpool at Bloomfield Road. The victory wasn`t as routine as perhaps expected, but two goals from Carlos Tevez and a delightful goal from David Silva helped City to a dramatic victory.

Manchester City boss, Roberto Mancini may have been criticised for his decision to leave Adam Johnson on the bench after coming on and proving he was in such devastating form, but, as was the case with Johnson- where his winner from the bench against Newcastle drew plaudits- another sub proved critical as this time Silva, the Spanish technically gifted footballer came off the bench to make a remarkable impact, scoring what proved to be a sensational winner as well as providing the match with the sparkle it deserved.

When two teams with such contrasting lifestyles are pitted together, the most likely outcome would be a City walkover. However, with Blackpool finding life in the Premier League to their liking, they used all the tools necessary to cause an upset. It might not have been the fairytale result they encountered at Anfield, or even the result they could have left with if fortune had favoured them. Nevertheless, it was a performance full of grit and determination that would have Ian Holloway proud.

Holloway`s side have proved over the first 8 games that their Premier League material, but when a team like Manchester City, a side that boasts title ambitions visit, the end result isn`t always going to be pleasant. City haven`t hit full tilt yet and are still without key players, but we`re a side that has been based on a sturdy, resolute foundation that is rarely failing to deliver.

Roberto Mancini took this as his chance to switch the formation, the 4-3-3 line-up that has faced critics at the start of the season was abolished, with the Italian tactician reverting to 4-4-2, with both Toure brothers rested and Adam Johnson getting a start instead of David Silva.

For 65 minutes the fixture asked so much without receiving any answers. The intent was evident from both sides- only to witness all the pressure result in very little.
The Tangerines started brighter and for the majority of the match had the chances to take the lead. Dj Campbell was proving to be a strong competitor and had his chances to take the game to City.

Despite both teams trying to force the issue, it wasn`t until another super-sub from Mancini, that the game enjoyed such a creative, fruitful spell. Within minutes Silva`s quick feet were causing problems and when he slipped in Tevez, the Argentinean hit-man reacted superbly, flicking the ball in with his deft touch.

Blackpool probably could have been excused for feeling hard done by and crawling into their shell, but when Charlie Adam, the midfield sensation, clipped his acute cross into the box, Marlon Harewood levelled beating Lescott to the ball and heading home.

With the scores tied again it was up to Blackpool to do something they failed to against Blackburn, keep it that way. Ultimately, the failed. Within seconds, Wayne Bridge was bearing down on the opposition goal and despite being tackled the ball fell to Tevez, who again smashed home this time with the aid of a deflection.

The Blues continued to press and having hit the woodwork with Milner and Tevez previously, Silva then struck the post before scoring a beautiful winner. After collecting a short free kick, Silva jinked his way into the Blackpool box, skipping two lunging tackles, before perfect curling the ball into the far corner. The move was bringing back happy memories of Kinkladze and Silva deserved all the praise as he sent the City faithful into raptures.

The home side still had the chance to showcase how brilliantly they played, when Taylor Fletcher slotted home from a corner, but unfortunately for The Tangerines it was too late.

So, as was the case last time out against Newcastle, Mancini`s super sub tactics are proving inspiring, City head into their next crunch Premier League fixture against Arsenal hot on Chelsea`s tails.

Star Player

Kompany, Strong, resolute and anticipated everything. Was very solid at the back.

Player Ratings


Could do little with either goal. Good distribution.


Still coming back to full sharpness.


Strong, resolute and anticipated everything. Was very solid at the back.


Isn't as comfortable or confident as Kompany or his main partner Toure.


Reasonable. Bad free kick for Blackpool's first goal but very good run for City's second.

De Jong-7

Was solid and with the spotlight on him he performed admirably.


Cool and comfortable performance.


Shined in parts but didn't have the same impact as he did coming off the bench.


Disciplined, energetic and whole-hearted display. Noone can fault his effort or tenacity.


Tried, but it wasn't his day.


Another two goals from captain fantastic. A goal scorer is exactly what the top teams need and Carlos is definitely ours.


An inspiring substitute. Really changed the game for the better.


Slotted in well.


Provided City with more steel

Date:Sunday October 17 2010
Time: 6:58PM

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17/10/2010 19:21:00
Tevez was about a 5 until we changed the system. As much as we all want to see 2 up front - it just doesnt work at this point in time. Maybe we will look a bit more fluid in a few months after players have gelled more. I thought de Jong had his worst game of the season and was anonymous for a lot of the game. The man is all about tackles, and this media witch hunt has certainly affected him. Credit where its due though, a lot of players would crack under the pressure, but he soldiered on and got through it. Cant finish this without congratulating Blackpool either - really well played and good luck :)
17/10/2010 19:37:00
For three decades we've been on the receiveing end of top four sides grinding out results against us when playing poorly.
Johnny Baguette
17/10/2010 19:51:00
Im not trying to cause a stir and get an arugment but blackpool were robbed...They seriously dominated the game for 80mins and if it wasn't for dogdy linesman then blackpool would have walked away with the 3 points they deserve. Im not being harsh either because half the country would say the same....your performance was nowhere near premier league champions standard BUT you got the job done which many teams wouldn't have done so hats off.
17/10/2010 20:02:00
I can't wait for this City side to be fully gelled and firing.
Johnny Baguette
17/10/2010 20:30:00
Tell us sthg we dont know PAvfc, we didnt play as well as we can, they played better for most parts. Some decisions go for you, some dont, nothing new. Unfortunately for B'pool, its points that matter and we got all three today. What a classy goal by Silva by the way. If you sympathise with them so much maybe your team can hand them 6 points when you play them. Have you interviewed half the country already?
17/10/2010 20:34:00
I said it a few weeks ago and i'll say it again now, Emanuel Adabayor can no longer control a football, footballs have turned their backs on him and severed friendships. I don't care if he hits a purple patch now or even a light pink patch, we need to find a club daft enough to buy him in January. Please no loans! On a brighter note it would appear that we haven't even got out of second gear yet! Roll on the future.
17/10/2010 20:37:00
The media seems to have effectively tamed De Jong. Hopefully this is a precautionary measure while the heat is on him and he will be his normal self soon as without his fire, he really is half the player. Our lack of strength in midfield, shakiness at the back (Kolo Toure has gone from being a liability for us to a crucial part of our team), and an abject performance by Adebayor who seems to have springs attached to his boots meant we underperformed badly. Adebayor's days appear to be numbered as he isn't the target man Mancini wants, he looks weak and doesn't even jump for the ball half the time. Balotelli is a different sort of player but I believe we will see more of him than Adebayor, before Mancini makes one last chance to sign his ideal target man, Edin Dzeko, in January.
17/10/2010 20:39:00
Great decision to rule out their first! The original target was offside and the linesman had temporarily lost the ability to see into the future to find out what 'might happen'!!
17/10/2010 21:18:00
We've got the Spurs/Fulham match to thank for Blackpool's goal being disallowed - the Ref in that game copped so much flack for allowing Huddlestone's goal in similar circumstances that he had no choice but to disallow Blackpool's. And let's face it, their player was a lot more active than Gallas was. I'm sure we'll be on the receiving end of some decisions like this sooner or later. massive respect to Blackpool though, after Chelsea they've definitely been our toughest opponents this season. Genuinely think they'll make Alan Green eat his words and stay up quite comfortably.
18/10/2010 00:07:00
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