Verdict: Blackpool 2 Manchester City 3

Time to call on the cliche of a rollercoaster at Blackpool as City eventually triumphed 3-2 after a thrilling second half saw a collection of great goals. David Silva evoked memories of Georgi Kinkladze with his strike, while Carlos Tevez demonstrated hunger and a delicate touch to flick in his opener.

Roberto Mancini finally elected to field both Adebayor and Tevez in the starting line-up. It was a straightforward call with Yaya injured. The surprise was in seeing them line-up as a 4-4-2 rather than having Tevez sitting in a deeper role.

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Player ratings: Blackpool v Manchester City

Hart – Looked to enjoy his return to an old stomping ground, seeing more action than our manager might have wanted. Joe displayed sound handling and distribution was more accurate than of late. 7

Boateng (Richards 76) – Still not stopping any crosses as he stands off opponents. Only glimpses of his range of passing. Should improve with more games, but at the moment Jerome is no better than Richards. 6

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