Fortune favours Tevez as Lady Luck deserts Blackpool

Even since Carlos Tevez found his feet in the English game he has been followed by a trail of luck that spans across all three clubs he has played for. Signed “illegally” by West Ham on August 23 2006, Tevez was single-handedly credited with keeping the Hammers up at the end of the 2006/07 season. West Ham won seven of their last nine league matches and it was the Argentine that scored the only goal against Manchester United on the last day of the season to beat the drop.

Moving to Manchester United that summer, Tevez failed to nail down a regular starting place under Sir Alex Ferguson during the two years he spent on the red half of the city but he did endear himself with the fans of the Red Devils with his many late strikes. His presence off the bench was enough to liven up the Old Trafford faithful and they always knew with Tevez on the pitch any result was still possible. He scored late goals aplenty to help United secure back-to-back league titles before moving to Manchester City in the summer of 2009 and since then, that luck has continued.

On any other day, Blackpool would have run out deserved winners against City at Bloomfield Road. Elliot Grandin would not have been ruled offside for attempting to play the ball, a decision that William Gallas got away with for Tottenham Hotspur, and Gary Taylor-Fletcher would have ran onto Charlie Adam’s pass and put the Seasiders in front. Desperate to get a goal against the financial minnows of the Premier League and not playing well, Roberto Mancini would have thrown the sink at the home side. Of course, Ian Holloway’s men would have held on to claim a historic result. But, that’s not what happened.

Minutes after Taylor-Fletcher’s effort was disallowed, Tevez got away with being in an offside position to flick David Silva’s cross past Matthew Gilks and 25 seconds after Marlon Harewood had headed the Tangerines level, Tevez saw a shot of his deflect off Craig Cathcart and away from Gilks’ grasp.

Without that stroke of fortune, Mancini and his club captain would be making sense of losing to the underdogs. But Sunday, like so many days, was Tevez’s day. The Argentinean striker does not read the scripts of matches. He prefers to tear them up. It should have been Charlie Adam’s day on Sunday. The Scottish midfielder bossed much of the game and all his performance lacked was leading his team to glory. Instead, his opposing captain enjoyed the better outcome of two dubious offside decisions and helped his side to a victory they really did not deserve.

Of course, title contenders are supposed to win games it appears they should not but City did it thanks to a man that is constantly thinking of giving up the game. In the interest of excitement, this writer hopes Tevez changes his mind.

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