Manchester City made to work for win
Published 03/01/2011 | 00:00
Manchester City 1 Blackpool 0: Three stunning misses from Carlos Tevez almost proved costly as Manchester City narrowly edged out Blackpool 1-0 to keep 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 the home side held on for all three points.
Tevez should have scored after only 22 seconds. Charlie Adam misplaced a backpass that went straight to the Argentinian, but he screwed his shot wide.
Blackpool had a chance when Gary Taylor-Fletcher beat Aleksandar Kolarov to break into the box, only to pull his cross behind the run of DJ Campbell.
Ludovic Sylvestre's neat pass left Taylor-Fletcher free in front of the City goal but Joe Hart saved.
David Silva was inches away from the opener in the 20th minute, but his shot scraped the wrong side of the post from Tevez's cross. Silva hooked Craig Cathcart's header out of the air before sending a half-volley just wide.
Tevez was off-target again when he blazed over after being played in by Yaya Toure.
The breakthrough came in the 33rd minute when Taylor-Fletcher cleared a corner 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 brought down by Luke Varney.
Tevez then missed an unbelievable chance to score, racing clear and rounding the goalkeeper, only to slip in front of the open goal. Tevez missed another chance when he directed James Milner's pull-back wide from the penalty spot.