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  • Date:01 Jan 2011
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:City of Manchester Stadium
  • Attendance:47,296
Goal!

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93mins

Foul by Adam Johnson on David Vaughan, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by David Vaughan.

92mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Ian Evatt on James Milner. Free kick taken by Joe Hart.

91mins

Shot from just outside the box by Carlos Tevez goes over the bar.

88mins

Foul by Stephen Crainey on Adam Johnson, free kick awarded. Joe Hart takes the free kick.

87mins

The ball is crossed by Brett Ormerod, save by Joe Hart.

87mins

The ball is delivered by Stephen Crainey, clearance made by Joleon Lescott.

85mins

Patrick Vieira is brought on as a substitute for Gnegneri Toure Yaya.

84mins

Neal Eardley produces a cross, clearance made by Joleon Lescott.

84mins

Pablo Zabaleta is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Free kick taken by Charlie Adam.

84mins

A cross is delivered by James Milner, clearance made by Stephen Crainey.

82mins

David Carney is brought on as a substitute for Luke Varney.

82mins

Stephen Crainey sends in a cross, Gareth Barry manages to make a clearance.

82mins

The ball is delivered by Neal Eardley.

81mins

Inswinging corner taken by Charlie Adam from the right by-line, clearance made by Vincent Kompany.

80mins

The ball is swung over by Stephen Crainey, Brett Ormerod takes a shot. Joe Hart makes a save.

80mins

Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Charlie Adam.

80mins

Neal Eardley takes a shot. Save by Joe Hart.

78mins

Corner taken by James Milner, Craig Cathcart makes a clearance.

77mins

The referee blows for offside. Joe Hart restarts play with the free kick.

77mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Nigel De Jong on Charlie Adam. Charlie Adam takes the free kick.

75mins

Effort from deep inside the area by Carlos Tevez misses to the right of the target.

74mins

Gary Taylor-Fletcher goes off and Brett Ormerod comes on.

73mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ian Evatt by Carlos Tevez. Richard Kingson restarts play with the free kick.

72mins

The referee blows for offside. Richard Kingson takes the indirect free kick.

71mins

Unfair challenge on Luke Varney by Jerome Boateng results in a free kick. Richard Kingson takes the direct free kick.

70mins

Matt Phillips crosses the ball, clearance made by Vincent Kompany.

69mins

Gary Taylor-Fletcher takes a shot. Save made by Joe Hart.

68mins

Foul by Dudley Campbell on James Milner, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Joe Hart.

68mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by James Milner on Charlie Adam. Charlie Adam takes the free kick.

67mins

Dudley Campbell fouled by Vincent Kompany, the ref awards a free kick. David Vaughan restarts play with the free kick.

67mins

The ball is delivered by Pablo Zabaleta, Craig Cathcart manages to make a clearance.

66mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Gary Taylor-Fletcher on Nigel De Jong. Direct free kick taken by Gareth Barry.

65mins

Unfair challenge on Gary Taylor-Fletcher by Gareth Barry results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Richard Kingson.

64mins

Inswinging corner taken by Adam Johnson, Gary Taylor-Fletcher manages to make a clearance.

64mins

Carlos Tevez takes a shot.

64mins

David Silva leaves the field to be replaced by James Milner. David Silva fouled by Charlie Adam, the ref awards a free kick. Carlos Tevez takes the free kick.

59mins

Shot on goal by Carlos Tevez from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.

58mins

Pablo Zabaleta comes on in place of Aleksandar Kolarov. Inswinging corner taken by Adam Johnson, clearance by Gary Taylor-Fletcher.

55mins

Centre by Neal Eardley, Luke Varney takes a shot. Save made by Joe Hart.

55mins

Matt Phillips takes a shot. Save by Joe Hart.

55mins

Corner taken short by Adam Johnson.

54mins

The ball is sent over by Adam Johnson.

54mins

Short corner worked by Adam Johnson.

52mins

Jerome Boateng takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the crossbar.

52mins

Corner taken short by Adam Johnson.

52mins

The ball is delivered by Jerome Boateng, Stephen Crainey gets a block in.

51mins

Effort on goal by Gnegneri Toure Yaya from long range goes over the bar.

50mins

Matt Phillips sends in a cross, Header from deep inside the area by Luke Varney goes harmlessly over the crossbar.

49mins

The referee blows for offside. Richard Kingson takes the free kick.

49mins

Centre by Aleksandar Kolarov, Craig Cathcart makes a clearance.

47mins

Foul by Matt Phillips on Aleksandar Kolarov, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Joe Hart.

46mins

Ludovic Sylvestre leaves the field to be replaced by Matt Phillips.

45mins

Nigel De Jong fouled by Gary Taylor-Fletcher, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Nigel De Jong.

44mins

Aleksandar Kolarov is caught offside. Richard Kingson restarts play with the free kick.

43mins

The ball is crossed by Neal Eardley, comfortable save by Joe Hart.

40mins

Effort from the edge of the penalty box by Jerome Boateng goes wide of the right-hand upright.

40mins

Adam Johnson decides to take a short corner.

39mins

Carlos Tevez produces a cross, clearance by Ian Evatt.

38mins

Gareth Barry gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Dudley Campbell. Free kick taken by Ian Evatt.

36mins

Luke Varney gives away a Penalty for an unfair challenge on Gnegneri Toure Yaya. Penalty missed by Carlos Tevez.

34mins

Goal scored by Adam Johnson from outside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Man City 1-0 Blackpool.

34mins

Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Aleksandar Kolarov, clearance by Gary Taylor-Fletcher.

33mins

Adam Johnson takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, Ian Evatt manages to make a clearance.

33mins

Carlos Tevez takes a shot. Save made by Richard Kingson.

33mins

Carlos Tevez takes a shot. Save by Richard Kingson.

32mins

The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Richard Kingson.

29mins

Luke Varney is caught offside. Joe Hart takes the free kick.

28mins

Gareth Barry has an effort at goal from outside the area which misses left.

27mins

Dudley Campbell handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Free kick taken by Joe Hart.

26mins

Shot from just outside the box by David Silva misses to the left of the goal.

24mins

Charlie Adam concedes a free kick for a foul on Jerome Boateng. Aleksandar Kolarov takes the direct free kick.

22mins

Aleksandar Kolarov crosses the ball, Ian Evatt manages to make a clearance.

21mins

Foul by Nigel De Jong on Ian Evatt, free kick awarded. Ian Evatt restarts play with the free kick.

20mins

Carlos Tevez takes a shot. Save by Richard Kingson.

20mins

David Silva produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the left-hand post.

17mins

The assistant referee flags for offside against Carlos Tevez. Richard Kingson takes the indirect free kick.

17mins

The ball is swung over by David Vaughan, save by Joe Hart.

15mins

Effort from range distance by Charlie Adam goes wide of the right-hand upright.

15mins

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Charlie Adam played to the near post, Adam Johnson manages to make a clearance.

15mins

Gary Taylor-Fletcher takes a shot. Joe Hart makes a save.

14mins

Ludovic Sylvestre takes the inswinging corner, clearance made by Gareth Barry.

12mins

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Adam Johnson from the right by-line, clearance made by Craig Cathcart.

10mins

A cross is delivered by Carlos Tevez, Craig Cathcart makes a clearance.

8mins

Unfair challenge on Dudley Campbell by Jerome Boateng results in a free kick. Charlie Adam restarts play with the free kick.

6mins

A cross is delivered by Aleksandar Kolarov, Charlie Adam makes a clearance.

5mins

Outswinging corner taken by Aleksandar Kolarov, Gary Taylor-Fletcher makes a clearance.

5mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gary Taylor-Fletcher by Gareth Barry. Ian Evatt takes the direct free kick.

1mins

David Silva has shot on goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

1mins

Carlos Tevez produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.

The match begins.

The ref blows to end the first period.

The referee starts the second half.

The referee ends the match.

Match Preview

City eye top spot Manchester City could begin 2011 as Premier League leaders in their own right should they beat Blackpool at Eastlands. If neighbours Manchester United fail to overcome West Brom in the early kick-off, it will open the door to City cementing top spot for longer than the five hours they were there on Tuesday. Skipper Carlos Tevez is expected to return although leaving out his replacement, Mario Balotelli, will not be easy given the Italian's hat-trick against Aston Villa. Assistant boss Brian Kidd has pleaded for understanding as Balotelli tries to combat the destructive power of homesickness. "There has to be an empathy towards players," said Kidd. "When they do feel this homesickness you don't brow beat them all the time. "The players have been very good with Mario too. There is an understanding there. "Everyone tends to look at the materialistic side of things but it is never easy." Blackpool will be without midfielder Elliot Grandin, who had to be substituted less than 20 minutes in to Tuesday's 2-0 victory at Sunderland having picked up a hamstring injury and looks set to be sidelined for the next three matches. Captain Charlie Adam returns after missing the game at the Stadium of Light through suspension. Boss Ian Holloway is looking for revenge having been incensed at the way the Seasiders lost to City at Bloomfield Road in October, claiming that three crucial wrong decisions had swung the game. The 47-year-old was aggrieved that Gary Taylor-Fletcher had an effort disallowed when it was still 0-0, thought Tevez had been offside when opening the scoring and also felt that a foul had been committed against Ian Evatt in the build-up to the Argentinian's second goal, which put City 2-1 ahead. Roberto Mancini's team eventually triumphed 3-2 and Holloway believes he has a score to settle. "I want some revenge if we can possibly be good enough to get it," Holloway said. "I think Man City have improved massively in the period since they played us and that they are going from strength to strength, but we are going to go to their ground and I want to see if we can beat them this time. "I won't be going there to shut up shop or say 'goodness me, they are fantastic'. We are going to try to attack them, so hopefully it will be a good game."

Formation:4231Manager: Roberto Mancini

Man City

Formation: 433Manager: Ian Holloway

Blackpool

  • Joe Hart
  • Jerome Boateng
  • Vincent Kompany
  • Joleon Lescott
  • Aleksandar Kolarov
  • Nigel De Jong
  • Gareth Barry
  • Adam Johnson
  • Gnegneri Toure Yaya
  • David Silva
  • Carlos Tevez
  • SUBS
  • Shay Given
  • Micah Richards
  • Pablo Zabaleta
  • James Milner
  • Shaun Wright-Phillips
  • Patrick Vieira
  • Joao Alves Jo

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Match Report

City forced to work for win Three stunning misses from Carlos Tevez almost proved costly as Manchester City narrowly edged out Blackpool to stay level with neighbours United at the top of the Barclays Premier League. Tevez missed a first-half penalty and then two sitters in the space of five minutes after the break, including an open goal as he fell after rounding the goalkeeper. But all that came after Adam Johnson's 33rd-minute strike and City endured a nervous finish to take all three points. Tevez returned to lead the City attack as a knee injury ruled out Mario Balotelli only four days after his hat-trick against Aston Villa, one of four changes manager Roberto Mancini made to the side that won 4-0. Ian Holloway made only one change to the Blackpool team that won 2-0 at Sunderland, with captain Charlie Adam returning from suspension in place of Elliot Grandin, who suffered a hamstring injury at the Stadium of Light. Tevez should have scored after only 22 seconds as the match got off to a tremendous start. Adam misplaced a backpass that went straight to the Argentinian, but he screwed his shot wide. David Silva fired wide moments later, while Blackpool had a fantastic chance when Gary Taylor-Fletcher beat Aleksandar Kolarov to break into the box, only to pull his cross back behind the run of DJ Campbell. Tevez was almost played in again by another sloppy Blackpool pass, but this time he was forced wide and his cross was headed away from Yaya Toure by Ian Evatt. But Blackpool, playing their fourth straight away game, were also playing with plenty of intent and Ludovic Sylvestre's neat pass left Taylor-Fletcher free in front of goal, with Joe Hart making a fine save to deny him. Silva was inches away from capping a fine move with the opening goal in the 20th minute, but his shot scraped the wrong side of the post from Tevez's cross. Silva went just wide again when he hooked Craig Cathcart's header out of the air on the edge of the area before sending a half-volley just the wrong side of the post. City had been failing to test Richard Kingson and Tevez was off target again when he blazed over after being played in by Toure. But the breakthrough came in the 33rd minute when Taylor-Fletcher cleared a corner straight to Johnson, who sent a low shot through the crowd and past the unsighted goalkeeper. Tevez then wasted the chance to make it 2-0 three minutes later as he sent a penalty wide left after Toure was clumsily brought down by Luke Varney. Holloway replaced Sylvestre with Matt Phillips at the break and the winger made a lively start, with Varney heading just over from his cross. Phillips then tested Hart, breaking from the halfway line before sending a shot through the legs of Vincent Kompany which the England goalkeeper pushed away from danger. Toure was denied a brilliant solo goal as he raced from deep inside his own area, beating four defenders, before being denied by a fine challenge from Cathcart as he prepared to shoot. Pablo Zabaleta came on for his 100th City appearance and immediately teed up Tevez to curl a shot just wide of the right-hand post. City then suffered a blow as Silva came off with a knee injury, replaced by James Milner. Joleon Lescott almost played a suicidal backpass with Hart just winning the race against Campbell to clear. Tevez then missed an unbelievable chance to score, racing clear and rounding the goalkeeper, only to slip in front of the open goal and allow Blackpool to recover. It was clearly not Tevez's day and he missed another great chance when he directed Milner's pull-back wide from the penalty spot after breaking free of his marker. That kept the pressure on City and Hart needed fingertips to push Neal Eardley's rising drive over the crossbar. From the resulting corner, substitute Brett Ormerod saw his header touched over by the England goalkeeper. Blackpool kept up the heat in the final minutes, but City, using some often desperate defending, hung on.

Form Guide

    DWWLWW
  • Man City
  • VS
  • Blackpool
  • LDWDWW

Last Meetings

  • Blackpool
  • 2 - 3
  • Man City
  • 17/10/2010
  • Blackpool
  • 3 - 3
  • Man City
  • 16/01/1971
  • Man City
  • 2 - 0
  • Blackpool
  • 26/08/1970
  • Man City
  • 1 - 0
  • Blackpool
  • 04/02/1967
  • Blackpool
  • 0 - 1
  • Man City
  • 24/09/1966
  • Man City
  • 0 - 3
  • Blackpool
  • 04/05/1963

Top Scorers

Man City

  • CA Tevez 10
  • G Toure Yaya 3
  • M Balotelli 3
  • G Barry 2
  • A Johnson 2
  • P Vieira 1
  • J Lescott 1
  • PJ Zabaleta 1
  • DJ Silva 1
  • M Richards 1

Blackpool

  • M Harewood 5
  • L Varney 5
  • D Campbell 5
  • G Taylor-Fletcher 2
  • I Evatt 1
  • DO Vaughan 1
  • A Baptiste 1
  • N Eardley 1
  • M Phillips 1

Goals

Man City

    • Total goals 48
    • Goals per game 32
  • 5 (For) 1 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 4 (For) 2 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 4 (For) 3 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 2 (For) Period 31-40 mins
  • 1 (For) Period 41-50 mins
  • 5 (For) 1 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 3 (For) 2 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 4 (For) 2 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 4 (For) 5 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

Blackpool

    • Total goals 42
    • Goals per game 26
  • 2 (For) 1 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 2 (For) 4 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 2 (For) 2 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 1 (For) 4 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 8 (For) 3 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 1 (For) 4 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 1 (For) 1 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 4 (For) 2 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 5 (For) 8 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

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