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Man City   1 - 0   Blackpool

Man City celebrate Adam Johnson's first-half goal
Johnson (left) celebrates putting Man City ahead with his first-half left-foot strike

By Jonathan Stevenson

Manchester City kept up the pressure on Premier League leaders Manchester United as they produced a battling performance to see off Blackpool.

Carlos Tevez shot wide after 24 seconds before Gary Taylor-Fletcher forced Joe Hart to save as Blackpool improved.

But City went ahead when Adam Johnson's 25-yarder was deflected in and Tevez missed from the penalty spot soon after following a foul on Yaya Toure.

Tevez missed a host of second-half chances but City did enough to win.

The result keeps City, who were hanging on to the win at the end, on the same points as neighbours United at the top of the division after the Red Devils' 2-1 win at West Brom earlier on Saturday, though City have played two games more.

Blackpool almost matched Man City - Holloway

City were full of confidence after the 4-0 spanking of Aston Villa on Wednesday and would not have expected a helping hand from Blackpool but with only seconds on the clock a crazy backpass from Seasiders captain Charlie Adam - returning after a one-match ban - threatened to gift the hosts the lead.

Tevez, himself back after a one-match absence, his due to injury, fastened on to Adam's carelessness and seemed set to make the Scot pay, but the City skipper delayed his shot for too long and could only drag wide from an angle on the right.

For a while, Blackpool appeared to have heeded their warning as they took the game to their high-flying hosts and began to cause some mischief at the other end, as Taylor-Fletcher collected an Adam pass and forced Hart into a flying save with a 12-yard shot towards the far corner.

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But a brief flurry of activity in the City half only seemed to jolt Roberto Mancini's side into action and with Tevez and David Silva at their industrious hub, they began to assert their authority.

Twice Silva drilled shots narrowly off target, once after a glorious give-and-go with Tevez, before the Argentine received Yaya Toure's pass and fizzed a right-foot drive goalwards that forced Richard Kingson into a fine save.

The goal was coming and shortly after the half-hour mark it duly arrived when Taylor-Fletcher could only head a corner as far as Johnson 25 yards out and the England winger hit a low left-foot shot that clipped the heels of Stephen Crainey and flew into the net.

Eastlands breathed a sigh of relief and within two minutes City should have doubled their advantage. Yaya Toure surged into the box down the right and was knocked over by Luke Varney, but Tevez could only roll the spot-kick wide of Kingson's right-hand upright.

Platt relieved to see Man City beat Blackpool

The miss did not reflect Tevez's impact in the game - the striker was causing mayhem with his powerful running and City were beginning to create chances at will as Jerome Boateng shot off target either side of the break.

Blackpool sent on Matt Phillips for the second half and the winger was easily their biggest threat of an equaliser, his pace and directness forcing Mancini to replace Kolarov with Pablo Zabaleta, though Phillips also had the beating of the Argentine as he brought a sprawling stop from Hart.

But Tevez, who scored twice at Newcastle on Boxing Day, was enduring a nightmare in front of goal despite his best efforts to wrap the game up.

He had three fine chances to ease any pressure on City, first curling over from the left after showing great strength to get past his defender, then collecting a Toure pass and rounding Kingson only to slip at the vital moment, before finally firing wide first-time from 12 yards after brilliant work from substitute James Milner.

As the clock ticked down, Blackpool began to believe they could gatecrash City's new year party and Hart had to be at his alert best to fingertip over Neal Eardley's rasping 25-yard piledriver as City joined United at the summit on 41 points.


Man City coach David Platt: "It was hard work and became harder because we didn't take our chances.

"We needed that cushion as we knew they'd keep coming at us.

"With 10-15 minutes left they were in the ascendancy and we were happy when the whistle went. The second goal would have just relieved some tension."

Blackpool manager Ian Holloway: "We couldn't have done any more, either me or the players.

"We managed to contain them, especially compared to our last two games, and we had some great chances ourselves.

"We weren't positive enough in the first half but we believed in ourselves more after and took the game to them. We made a real game of it in the end."

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Saturday, 1 January 2011

Barclays Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Man City 1-0 Blackpool FT
(HT 1-0)
  • A Johnson 34

    Man City

    Substitutes

    Blackpool

    Substitutes

    Ref: ClattenburgAtt: 47,296
    MAN CITY
    BLACKPOOL

    Possession

    • Man City 56%
    • Blackpool 44%

    Attempts on target

    • Man City 4
    • Blackpool 6

    Attempts off target

    • Man City 11
    • Blackpool 2

    Corners

    • Man City 10
    • Blackpool 4

    Fouls

    • Man City 11
    • Blackpool 9
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+3:18 The referee blows for the end of the match.
    • 90:00+2:33 Foul by Adam Johnson on David Vaughan, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by David Vaughan.
    • 90:00+1:27 James Milner fouled by Ian Evatt, the ref awards a free kick. Joe Hart restarts play with the free kick.
    • 90:00+0:39 Shot by Carlos Tevez from just outside the area goes over the net.
    • 87:38 Free kick awarded for a foul by Stephen Crainey on Adam Johnson. Free kick taken by Joe Hart.
    • 86:28 The ball is crossed by Brett Ormerod, save made by Joe Hart.
    • 86:17 A cross is delivered by Stephen Crainey, clearance made by Joleon Lescott.
    • 84:19 Substitution Gnegneri Toure Yaya goes off and Patrick Vieira comes on.
    • 83:53 The ball is swung over by Neal Eardley, clearance by Joleon Lescott.
    • 83:30 The referee gives a free kick against Pablo Zabaleta for handball. Charlie Adam takes the direct free kick.
    • 83:08 The ball is swung over by James Milner, Stephen Crainey manages to make a clearance.
    • 81:58 Substitution David Carney is brought on as a substitute for Luke Varney.
    • 81:20 Stephen Crainey crosses the ball, clearance made by Gareth Barry.
    • 81:12 The ball is sent over by Neal Eardley.
    • 80:14 Inswinging corner taken by Charlie Adam, clearance made by Vincent Kompany.
    • 79:45 The ball is crossed by Stephen Crainey, Brett Ormerod takes a shot. Save by Joe Hart.
    • 79:29 Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Charlie Adam.
    • 79:08 Neal Eardley takes a shot. Save by Joe Hart.
    • 77:30 Corner from the left by-line taken by James Milner, clearance made by Craig Cathcart.
    • 76:49 The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Joe Hart.
    • 76:02 Nigel De Jong challenges Charlie Adam unfairly and gives away a free kick. Charlie Adam restarts play with the free kick.
    • 74:28 Effort on goal by Carlos Tevez from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the goal.
    • 73:14 Substitution Brett Ormerod replaces Gary Taylor-Fletcher.
    • 72:11 Ian Evatt fouled by Carlos Tevez, the ref awards a free kick. Richard Kingson restarts play with the free kick.
    • 71:12 The offside flag is raised against Carlos Tevez. Free kick taken by Richard Kingson.
    • 70:38 Luke Varney fouled by Jerome Boateng, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Richard Kingson.
    • 69:14 The ball is swung over by Matt Phillips, Vincent Kompany manages to make a clearance.
    • 68:36 Gary Taylor-Fletcher takes a shot. Save made by Joe Hart.
    • 67:52 Dudley Campbell challenges James Milner unfairly and gives away a free kick. Joe Hart takes the free kick.
    • 67:42 Unfair challenge on Charlie Adam by James Milner results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Charlie Adam.
    • 66:42 Dudley Campbell fouled by Vincent Kompany, the ref awards a free kick. David Vaughan restarts play with the free kick.
    • 66:12 The ball is crossed by Pablo Zabaleta, Craig Cathcart makes a clearance.
    • 65:01 Gary Taylor-Fletcher gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nigel De Jong. Free kick taken by Gareth Barry.
    • 64:29 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gary Taylor-Fletcher by Gareth Barry. Direct free kick taken by Richard Kingson.
    • 63:49 Corner taken by Adam Johnson from the right by-line, clearance by Gary Taylor-Fletcher.
    • 63:40 Carlos Tevez takes a shot.
    • 63:20 Charlie Adam challenges David Silva unfairly and gives away a free kick. Carlos Tevez takes the free kick.
    • 63:20 Substitution (Man City) makes a substitution, with James Milner coming on for David Silva.
    • 58:34 Shot from inside the area by Carlos Tevez clears the bar.
    • 57:36 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Adam Johnson, Gary Taylor-Fletcher manages to make a clearance.
    • 57:36 Substitution Aleksandar Kolarov leaves the field to be replaced by Pablo Zabaleta.
    • 54:45 The ball is crossed by Neal Eardley, Luke Varney takes a shot. Comfortable save by Joe Hart.
    • 54:24 Matt Phillips takes a shot. Save by Joe Hart.
    • 53:45 Adam Johnson sends in a cross.
    • 53:20+1:00 Short corner taken by Adam Johnson from the left by-line.
    • Correction - 53:20 Short corner worked by Adam Johnson.
    • 51:45 Effort on goal by Jerome Boateng from just inside the penalty box goes harmlessly over the target.
    • 51:28 Short corner taken by Adam Johnson.
    • 51:21 Jerome Boateng sends in a cross, blocked by Stephen Crainey.
    • 50:35 Effort on goal by Gnegneri Toure Yaya from long range goes over the bar.
    • 49:21 The ball is crossed by Matt Phillips, Luke Varney produces a header from inside the area that goes over the crossbar.
    • 48:16 Carlos Tevez is ruled offside. Richard Kingson takes the free kick.
    • 48:04 The ball is swung over by Aleksandar Kolarov, clearance made by Craig Cathcart.
    • 46:14 Unfair challenge on Aleksandar Kolarov by Matt Phillips results in a free kick. Joe Hart takes the free kick.
    • 45:01 The match restarts for the second half.
    • 45:01 Substitution Matt Phillips is brought on as a substitute for Ludovic Sylvestre.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+1:08 The referee blows for half time.
    • 44:15 Gary Taylor-Fletcher gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nigel De Jong. Direct free kick taken by Nigel De Jong.
    • 43:44 The assistant referee flags for offside against Aleksandar Kolarov. Richard Kingson takes the free kick.
    • 42:32 Neal Eardley crosses the ball, save by Joe Hart.
    • 39:32 Jerome Boateng has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the goal.
    • 39:01 Short corner worked by Adam Johnson.
    • 38:46 The ball is sent over by Carlos Tevez, clearance made by Ian Evatt.
    • 37:35 Unfair challenge on Dudley Campbell by Gareth Barry results in a free kick. Ian Evatt restarts play with the free kick.
    • 35:17 Penalty missed by Carlos Tevez.
    • 35:17 Luke Varney challenges Gnegneri Toure Yaya unfairly and gives away a Penalty.
    • 33:33 GOAL - Adam JohnsonMan City 1 - 0 Blackpool Adam Johnson finds the back of the net with a goal from outside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Man City 1-0 Blackpool.
    • 33:04 Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Aleksandar Kolarov, Gary Taylor-Fletcher makes a clearance.
    • 32:29 Corner taken by Adam Johnson played to the near post, Ian Evatt manages to make a clearance.
    • 32:19 Carlos Tevez takes a shot. Save by Richard Kingson.
    • 31:20 Aleksandar Kolarov is ruled offside. Richard Kingson takes the free kick.
    • 28:47 The official flags Luke Varney offside. Joe Hart restarts play with the free kick.
    • 27:26 Gareth Barry produces a left-footed shot from outside the penalty box and misses left.
    • 26:26 The referee gives a free kick against Dudley Campbell for handball. Free kick taken by Joe Hart.
    • 25:44 David Silva produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the target.
    • 23:23 Charlie Adam gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jerome Boateng. Aleksandar Kolarov takes the direct free kick.
    • 21:50 Centre by Aleksandar Kolarov, Ian Evatt makes a clearance.
    • 20:15 Foul by Nigel De Jong on Ian Evatt, free kick awarded. Ian Evatt takes the direct free kick.
    • 19:55 Carlos Tevez takes a shot. Richard Kingson makes a save.
    • 19:25 Effort from inside the area by David Silva misses to the left of the goal.
    • 16:55 Carlos Tevez is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Richard Kingson.
    • 16:29 A cross is delivered by David Vaughan, save by Joe Hart.
    • 14:54 Charlie Adam has an effort at goal from long range that misses to the right of the goal.
    • 14:20 Charlie Adam takes the inswinging corner, Adam Johnson makes a clearance.
    • 14:04 Gary Taylor-Fletcher takes a shot. Joe Hart makes a save.
    • 13:19 Inswinging corner taken by Ludovic Sylvestre from the left by-line played to the near post, Gareth Barry manages to make a clearance.
    • 11:24 Corner taken left-footed by Adam Johnson, Craig Cathcart makes a clearance.
    • 9:13 Centre by Carlos Tevez, clearance by Craig Cathcart.
    • 7:39 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Dudley Campbell by Jerome Boateng. Direct free kick taken by Charlie Adam.
    • 5:35 Aleksandar Kolarov crosses the ball, clearance by Charlie Adam.
    • 5:00 Corner taken by Aleksandar Kolarov from the left by-line, clearance by Gary Taylor-Fletcher.
    • 4:24 Foul by Gareth Barry on Gary Taylor-Fletcher, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Ian Evatt.
    • 0:53 Shot from just outside the area by David Silva misses to the right of the target.
    • 0:24 Carlos Tevez has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the goal.
    • 0:00 The ref blows the whistle to start the match.

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    Barclays Premier League table snapshot

    As it stood on 1 Jan 2011 23:59 UK

    Position Team P GD PTS
    1 Man Utd 19 23 41
    2 Man City 21 17 41
    3 Arsenal 20 20 39
    4 Tottenham 20 7 36
    5 Chelsea 19 18 34
    6 Sunderland 21 2 30
    7 Bolton 21 5 29
    8 Stoke 20 1 27
    9 Liverpool 19 -1 25
    10 Blackpool 18 -4 25
    11 Blackburn 21 -8 25
    12 Newcastle 19 -3 22
    13 Everton 20 -3 22
    14 West Brom 20 -10 22
    15 West Ham 21 -11 20
    16 Aston Villa 19 -14 20
    17 Wigan 19 -14 20
    18 Fulham 20 -5 19
    19 Birmingham 19 -6 19
    20 Wolves 20 -14 18

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