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Matt Phillips produces a cross.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Charlie Adam, Luke Varney takes a shot. Gary Taylor-Fletcher grabs a goal from close range low into the middle of the goal. Blackpool 2-3 Man City.The assist for the goal came from Luke Varney.
David Vaughan crosses the ball.
A cross is delivered by Matt Phillips, comfortable save by Joe Hart.
David Silva is booked.
David Silva finds the net with a goal from just inside the area to the top left corner of the goal. Blackpool 1-3 Man City.Assist by James Milner.
Carlos Tevez fouled by Charlie Adam, the ref awards a free kick. James Milner takes the direct free kick.
Foul by Gary Taylor-Fletcher on David Silva, free kick awarded. Nigel De Jong takes the direct free kick.
Marlon Harewood produces a cross, Micah Richards manages to make a clearance.
Carlos Tevez takes a shot. Blocked by Ian Evatt. Corner crossed in by David Silva, David Vaughan gets a block in. David Silva delivers a pass corner to short, Matthew Gilks makes a save.
Micah Richards fouled by Marlon Harewood, the ref awards a free kick. Patrick Vieira comes on in place of Adam Johnson. Free kick taken by Joe Hart.
Shot from just outside the box by Carlos Tevez misses to the right of the target.
The ball is swung over by Stephen Crainey.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Carlos Tevez. Matthew Gilks takes the indirect free kick.
Carlos Tevez finds the net with a goal from just inside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Blackpool 1-2 Man City.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Wayne Bridge on Luke Varney. The ball is delivered by Charlie Adam, Marlon Harewood finds the net with a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Blackpool 1-1 Man City.Charlie Adam provided the assist for the goal.
Carlos Tevez gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David Vaughan. Free kick taken by Ian Evatt.
The official flags Adam Johnson offside. Matthew Gilks restarts play with the free kick.
The ball is delivered by Micah Richards, clearance by Ian Evatt.
Micah Richards is brought on as a substitute for Jerome Boateng. Matt Phillips comes on in place of Neal Eardley.
The ball is sent over by Stephen Crainey, clearance by Wayne Bridge.
Charlie Adam fouled by Gareth Barry, the ref awards a free kick. Stephen Crainey takes the free kick.
James Milner has a drilled shot.
James Milner takes a shot. Neal Eardley manages to make a clearance.
Nigel De Jong fouled by Gary Taylor-Fletcher, the ref awards a free kick. Vincent Kompany takes the direct free kick.
Foul by Gareth Barry on Luke Varney, free kick awarded. Charlie Adam has a direct shot on goal from the free kick.
Carlos Tevez is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.
The ball is delivered by David Silva, Carlos Tevez grabs a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Blackpool 0-1 Man City.Assist on the goal came from David Silva.
James Milner crosses the ball.
The official flags Carlos Tevez offside. Indirect free kick taken by Matthew Gilks.
Neal Eardley takes a shot. Joe Hart makes a save. Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Charlie Adam from the left by-line, Joe Hart fouled by Dudley Campbell, the ref awards a free kick. David Silva replaces Emmanuel Adebayor. Marlon Harewood on for Elliot Grandin. Free kick taken by Joe Hart.
Charlie Adam takes a shot. Save by Joe Hart. Outswinging corner taken by Charlie Adam, Shot by Gary Taylor-Fletcher from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Craig Cathcart by Carlos Tevez. Craig Cathcart takes the direct free kick.
Jerome Boateng sends in a cross, Matthew Gilks makes a comfortable save.
Wayne Bridge produces a cross, clearance by Ian Evatt.
Stephen Crainey sends in a cross.
Carlos Tevez is caught offside. Matthew Gilks restarts play with the free kick.
Dudley Campbell takes a shot from just outside the penalty area which clears the crossbar.
A cross is delivered by Adam Johnson, clearance by Craig Cathcart. Corner taken right-footed by James Milner to the near post, Shot from deep inside the area by Joleon Lescott clears the crossbar.
The official flags Dudley Campbell offside. Free kick taken by Joe Hart.
James Milner produces a cross, clearance made by Craig Cathcart.
Elliot Grandin is ruled offside. Joleon Lescott takes the free kick.
The ball is delivered by Charlie Adam, Joe Hart makes a save.
Luke Varney crosses the ball, Dudley Campbell has an effort at goal from close in which goes wide right of the goal.
Luke Varney challenges Gareth Barry unfairly and gives away a free kick. Adam Johnson takes the free kick.
Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Adam Johnson, Craig Cathcart makes a clearance.
Adam Johnson is caught offside. Free kick taken by Matthew Gilks.
Gareth Barry is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Charlie Adam crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, save by Joe Hart.
The ball is crossed by David Vaughan.
Adam Johnson takes the outswinging corner, Vincent Kompany produces a header from close range which goes wide of the left-hand post.
Centre by Wayne Bridge, David Vaughan manages to make a clearance.
Carlos Tevez produces a cross.
Adam Johnson sends in a cross.
The ball is crossed by Adam Johnson.
James Milner sends in a cross, blocked by Stephen Crainey. Corner from right by-line taken by James Milner.
Outswinging corner taken by James Milner.
James Milner challenges Stephen Crainey unfairly and gives away a free kick. Elliot Grandin delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, comfortable save by Joe Hart.
The referee gives a free kick against James Milner for handball. Direct free kick taken by Stephen Crainey.
Emmanuel Adebayor is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Neal Eardley.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Elliot Grandin. Joe Hart takes the indirect free kick.
The ball is swung over by Charlie Adam, clearance made by Joleon Lescott.
The ball is swung over by Charlie Adam, Wayne Bridge makes a clearance.
Charlie Adam produces a cross, clearance by Gareth Barry.
Carlos Tevez delivers the ball, David Vaughan manages to make a clearance. Corner taken by James Milner, Charlie Adam manages to make a clearance.
Stephen Crainey crosses the ball, Headed effort from deep inside the area by Dudley Campbell misses to the left of the goal.
Handball by Joleon Lescott. Elliot Grandin restarts play with the free kick. Gary Taylor-Fletcher produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the target.
Stephen Crainey is caught offside. Joe Hart takes the free kick.
The ball is swung over by Jerome Boateng. The official flags Emmanuel Adebayor offside. Matthew Gilks takes the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Neal Eardley by Emmanuel Adebayor results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Neal Eardley.
Gary Taylor-Fletcher crosses the ball, blocked by Joleon Lescott.
Mishit shot by Elliot Grandin.
Shot from 25 yards by Elliot Grandin. Vincent Kompany gets a block in.
The ball is crossed by Jerome Boateng, clearance made by Stephen Crainey. Centre by Adam Johnson. Emmanuel Adebayor is caught offside. Matthew Gilks takes the free kick.
Effort from outside the penalty box by Luke Varney goes wide left of the goal.
Charlie Adam has an effort at goal from outside the area which misses left.
The ball is delivered by James Milner, Vincent Kompany takes a shot. Save by Matthew Gilks.
Free kick awarded for a foul by David Vaughan on Carlos Tevez. Direct free kick taken by Carlos Tevez.
Adam Johnson delivers the ball, David Vaughan manages to make a clearance.
Charlie Adam produces a cross, Gareth Barry makes a clearance.
The ball is crossed by Neal Eardley, Jerome Boateng manages to make a clearance.
Foul by Elliot Grandin on Gareth Barry, free kick awarded. Joleon Lescott takes the free kick.
The ball is delivered by Gareth Barry, Ian Evatt manages to make a clearance.
The ball is swung over by Neal Eardley, blocked by Wayne Bridge. The ball is sent over by Charlie Adam.
A cross is delivered by Luke Varney, clearance made by Vincent Kompany.
The ball is delivered by James Milner, free kick awarded for a foul by Gareth Barry on Neal Eardley. Direct free kick taken by Matthew Gilks.
Effort from outside the area by Charlie Adam goes wide right of the goal.
The ball is crossed by Luke Varney, save by Joe Hart.
Dudley Campbell produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the goal.
Charlie Adam produces a cross, Vincent Kompany manages to make a clearance.
Jerome Boateng challenges Luke Varney unfairly and gives away a free kick. Stephen Crainey takes the direct free kick.
Shot by Adam Johnson. Matthew Gilks makes a save. Corner taken by Adam Johnson.
Adam Johnson has an effort at goal. Matthew Gilks makes a save. Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Adam Johnson from the left by-line.
Stephen Crainey sends in a cross, Vincent Kompany manages to make a clearance.
Carlos Tevez has an effort at goal from close in which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
James Milner takes a shot. Save made by Matthew Gilks.
Foul by Luke Varney on James Milner, free kick awarded. Joleon Lescott takes the free kick.
The ref blows the whistle to start the match.
The referee blows for half time.
The second half has started.
The final whistle goes and the game is over.
No new worries for Holloway
Blackpool manager Ian Holloway has no fresh injury worries ahead of Manchester City's visit to Bloomfield Road on Sunday.
Matt Gilks (leg), Neal Eardley (ankle) and Craig Cathcart (back) were forced out of international duty with Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland respectively but have all recovered.
Keith Southern will be pushing for a start after returning to full fitness following a knee injury while Billy Clarke, Alex Baptiste (both knee) and Louis Almond (shoulder) remain on the sidelines.
Holloway described City's trip to Blackpool as probably "the biggest mismatch in the history of football".
Roberto Mancini's multi-millionaires visit Bloomfield Road for the first time in the Barclays Premier League with the sides only four points apart following Blackpool's stunning start to the season.
The Seasiders have won three away games, most recently against Liverpool at Anfield two weeks ago, and are now looking for their first home victory of the season.
They will have fewer tougher tests than City, who currently sit second in the table and on track to qualify for the Champions League for the first time.
Holloway said: "They've got fantastically wealthy owners, they were the biggest spenders by a mile this summer and they're hoping that will buy them all sorts of success and trophies.
"And then there's us trying to stay in the division and trying to hang on to our new-found heights, so to speak.
"To me it's just one team against another, but from an outsider's point of view, it probably is the biggest mismatch in the history of football, but let's see what we can do."
Blackpool have provided the surprise story of the Premier League so far, and they have achieved their results without Holloway compromising his commitment to attacking football.
But he knows it is their work ethic that is the Tangerines' biggest asset, and he has stressed to his players that there must be no let-up on Sunday.
"If we don't work hard on Sunday I can tell you what the score's going to be," he said.
"I can't tell you how many it will be, but Manchester City will win."
Mancini has declared Jerome Boateng fit to face Holloway's side.
Boateng missed Germany's midweek encounter with Kazakhstan after picking up a virus but has now recovered and is expected to feature at Bloomfield Road.
Micah Richards and Pablo Zabaleta have both recovered from hamstring injuries but Mario Balotelli (knee) and Aleksandar Kolarov (ankle) will be missing for another 10 days.
Mancini has warned his City players they must deliver a performance better than the one they produced against Chelsea.
Either Mancini was the victim of a wind-up or he had his tongue stuck firmly in his cheek when he claimed Sunday's visit to Blackpool had been likened to a day out in Rimini.
Yet he was being deadly serious when he assessed the challenge that lies ahead.
"I have watched Blackpool three or four times and this will be a very tough game," the City manager said.
"I have a lot of respect for them. If we want to win there we must play better than we did against Chelsea."
Mancini has a lot of admiration for the positive approach Holloway has ensured his side adopt, even on the toughest of away days.
"They play good football," acknowledged Mancini.
"What I like is that they don't just defend and wait for something to happen just because they don't want to concede a goal.
"They play in a different way because they want to score.
"That is a good thing for the manager. And the manager is good anyway."
Tevez does it again
Skipper Carlos Tevez maintained his remarkable scoring record for Manchester City as they overcame a stubborn Blackpool to go second in the Barclays Premier Leauge with a 3-2 win.
Tevez's second-half brace in the victory against Blackpool at Bloomfield Road was just what manager Roberto Mancini wanted.
The former Manchester United striker has now scored 28 goals in his last 31 league games and become a cult figure in the process.
Substitute David Silva was also on target while Marlow Harewood, who also stepped off the bench, and Gary Taylor-Fletcher replied for Blackpool.
City only got going as a team in the second half but Tevez made his intentions clear as early as the fourth minute when he dragged his shot across the face of the area.
Blackpool again found themselves on the back foot two minutes later. Adam Johnson thumped in a shot that Matt Gilks did well to turn over the bar.
The home team responded two minutes later but DJ Campbell dragged his effort wide of the post.
Back came City and Vincent Kompany's powerful header was saved by Gilks in the 19th minute following a cross from James Milner.
Blackpool were not short of confidence after beating Liverpool and Taylor-Fletcher found himself in space 20 yards out only to direct his effort nearer the corner flag than the goal.
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 with only goalkeeper Joe Hart to beat dragged his effort wide of the post.
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 Hart came to City's rescue in the 63rd minute, tipping over a 20-yard thunderbolt from Adam after Campbell had laid the ball into his path.
Two minutes later Blackpool came close again, Neal Eardley forcing a good save from Hart.
They were made to pay in the 67th minute with Tevez opening the scoring. He got in front of Craig Cathcart as substitute Silva played the ball in and forced it home.
Milner 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 however hit back and equalised in the 78th minute with substitute Harewood guiding a header beyond Hart following a free-kick by Adam.
The home side's celebrations last only a minute with Tevez regaining the 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 third in the 90th minute. Taylor-Fletcher then got a second for Blackpool in stoppage time.
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