x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 July 2017

City retain place thanks to Johnson

A 33rd-minute goal clinched the victory that kept City level on points with neighbours Manchester United at the top of the table.

MANCHESTER //David Platt, Manchester City's first team coach, admitted they were glad to hear the final whistle after a host of missed chances led to a nervy climax to their 1-0 win over Blackpool.

Adam Johnson's 33rd-minute goal clinched the victory that kept City level on points with neighbours Manchester United at the top of the table, having played two games more

But they failed to make the game safe, despite dominating proceedings, with captain Carlos Tevez the main culprit. He missed a string of chances, including a penalty just three minutes after Johnson's opener, to leave his side hanging on through a nervous finish. Joe Hart had to make a number of saves to keep City ahead, and the defending got desperate towards the end.

"What we didn't do today was to take advantage of some good opportunities to get that second goal," said Platt.

"If you can get a second goal straight away that cushion enables players to play with a bit more freedom, but we didn't take the opportunities," Platt added.

"We were definitely the happier team to hear the final whistle."

Tevez also missed an open goal as he fell after rounding the goalkeeper, but Platt says the forward should not be too downhearted.

"The most disappointing thing for a striker is when you don't get any chances but today he had eight or nine and if he keeps going like that the goals will come."

For Blackpool, the disappointment of defeat was tempered by another strong display from a team that continues to defy all pre-season predictions.

"We threw just about everything we had at them," manager Ian Holloway said. "We couldn't have been more positive if we tried, but unfortunately we're on the bus home with our tails between our legs."