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Foul by Adam Johnson on David Vaughan, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by David Vaughan.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Ian Evatt on James Milner. Free kick taken by Joe Hart.
Shot from just outside the box by Carlos Tevez goes over the bar.
Foul by Stephen Crainey on Adam Johnson, free kick awarded. Joe Hart takes the free kick.
The ball is crossed by Brett Ormerod, save by Joe Hart.
The ball is delivered by Stephen Crainey, clearance made by Joleon Lescott.
Patrick Vieira is brought on as a substitute for Gnegneri Toure Yaya.
Neal Eardley produces a cross, clearance made by Joleon Lescott.
Pablo Zabaleta is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Free kick taken by Charlie Adam.
A cross is delivered by James Milner, clearance made by Stephen Crainey.
David Carney is brought on as a substitute for Luke Varney.
Stephen Crainey sends in a cross, Gareth Barry manages to make a clearance.
The ball is delivered by Neal Eardley.
Inswinging corner taken by Charlie Adam from the right by-line, clearance made by Vincent Kompany.
The ball is swung over by Stephen Crainey, Brett Ormerod takes a shot. Joe Hart makes a save.
Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Charlie Adam.
Neal Eardley takes a shot. Save by Joe Hart.
Corner taken by James Milner, Craig Cathcart makes a clearance.
The referee blows for offside. Joe Hart restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Nigel De Jong on Charlie Adam. Charlie Adam takes the free kick.
Effort from deep inside the area by Carlos Tevez misses to the right of the target.
Gary Taylor-Fletcher goes off and Brett Ormerod comes on.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ian Evatt by Carlos Tevez. Richard Kingson restarts play with the free kick.
The referee blows for offside. Richard Kingson takes the indirect free kick.
Unfair challenge on Luke Varney by Jerome Boateng results in a free kick. Richard Kingson takes the direct free kick.
Matt Phillips crosses the ball, clearance made by Vincent Kompany.
Gary Taylor-Fletcher takes a shot. Save made by Joe Hart.
Foul by Dudley Campbell on James Milner, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Joe Hart.
Free kick awarded for a foul by James Milner on Charlie Adam. Charlie Adam takes the free kick.
Dudley Campbell fouled by Vincent Kompany, the ref awards a free kick. David Vaughan restarts play with the free kick.
The ball is delivered by Pablo Zabaleta, Craig Cathcart manages to make a clearance.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Gary Taylor-Fletcher on Nigel De Jong. Direct free kick taken by Gareth Barry.
Unfair challenge on Gary Taylor-Fletcher by Gareth Barry results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Richard Kingson.
Inswinging corner taken by Adam Johnson, Gary Taylor-Fletcher manages to make a clearance.
Carlos Tevez takes a shot.
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.
Shot on goal by Carlos Tevez from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
Pablo Zabaleta comes on in place of Aleksandar Kolarov. Inswinging corner taken by Adam Johnson, clearance by Gary Taylor-Fletcher.
Centre by Neal Eardley, Luke Varney takes a shot. Save made by Joe Hart.
Matt Phillips takes a shot. Save by Joe Hart.
Corner taken short by Adam Johnson.
The ball is sent over by Adam Johnson.
Short corner worked by Adam Johnson.
Jerome Boateng takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the crossbar.
The ball is delivered by Jerome Boateng, Stephen Crainey gets a block in.
Effort on goal by Gnegneri Toure Yaya from long range goes over the bar.
Matt Phillips sends in a cross, Header from deep inside the area by Luke Varney goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
The referee blows for offside. Richard Kingson takes the free kick.
Centre by Aleksandar Kolarov, Craig Cathcart makes a clearance.
Foul by Matt Phillips on Aleksandar Kolarov, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Joe Hart.
Ludovic Sylvestre leaves the field to be replaced by Matt Phillips.
Nigel De Jong fouled by Gary Taylor-Fletcher, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Nigel De Jong.
Aleksandar Kolarov is caught offside. Richard Kingson restarts play with the free kick.
The ball is crossed by Neal Eardley, comfortable save by Joe Hart.
Effort from the edge of the penalty box by Jerome Boateng goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Adam Johnson decides to take a short corner.
Carlos Tevez produces a cross, clearance by Ian Evatt.
Gareth Barry gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Dudley Campbell. Free kick taken by Ian Evatt.
Luke Varney gives away a Penalty for an unfair challenge on Gnegneri Toure Yaya. Penalty missed by Carlos Tevez.
Goal scored by Adam Johnson from outside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Man City 1-0 Blackpool.
Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Aleksandar Kolarov, clearance by Gary Taylor-Fletcher.
Adam Johnson takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, Ian Evatt manages to make a clearance.
Carlos Tevez takes a shot. Save made by Richard Kingson.
Carlos Tevez takes a shot. Save by Richard Kingson.
The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Richard Kingson.
Luke Varney is caught offside. Joe Hart takes the free kick.
Gareth Barry has an effort at goal from outside the area which misses left.
Dudley Campbell handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Free kick taken by Joe Hart.
Shot from just outside the box by David Silva misses to the left of the goal.
Charlie Adam concedes a free kick for a foul on Jerome Boateng. Aleksandar Kolarov takes the direct free kick.
Aleksandar Kolarov crosses the ball, Ian Evatt manages to make a clearance.
Foul by Nigel De Jong on Ian Evatt, free kick awarded. Ian Evatt restarts play with the free kick.
David Silva produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the left-hand post.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Carlos Tevez. Richard Kingson takes the indirect free kick.
The ball is swung over by David Vaughan, save by Joe Hart.
Effort from range distance by Charlie Adam goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Charlie Adam played to the near post, Adam Johnson manages to make a clearance.
Gary Taylor-Fletcher takes a shot. Joe Hart makes a save.
Ludovic Sylvestre takes the inswinging corner, clearance made by Gareth Barry.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Adam Johnson from the right by-line, clearance made by Craig Cathcart.
A cross is delivered by Carlos Tevez, Craig Cathcart makes a clearance.
Unfair challenge on Dudley Campbell by Jerome Boateng results in a free kick. Charlie Adam restarts play with the free kick.
A cross is delivered by Aleksandar Kolarov, Charlie Adam makes a clearance.
Outswinging corner taken by Aleksandar Kolarov, Gary Taylor-Fletcher makes a clearance.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gary Taylor-Fletcher by Gareth Barry. Ian Evatt takes the direct free kick.
David Silva has shot on goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
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.
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."
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.
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