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City 1 - Wigan 0

Eastland's

17.30

Attendance: 44,684

City Struggle Against Defiant Wigan

Perhaps this was a performance from both sides that should have been expected.

After an extremely comfortable performance on Wednesday against Aston Villa, the expectations for another classy victory was high, but as usual the performance usually fails to deliver.

Wigan since their arrival to the Premiership, have epitomised a curates egg. One week they deliver the goods, the next they look like accepting a one-way ticket back to the Championship.

Today, Wigan`s performance- full of determination and drive- is one that`s needed if survival is to be secured. City, as Roberto Mancini has suggested over recent weeks, looked jaded as if the fixture congestion is taking its toll.
But, isn`t that what teams should expect if they are to become successful?

Some might argue the end result may have been greater if City had scored the early goal the visitors dreaded. Known to self-implode under pressure, Wigan`s gritty performance was perhaps helped by City`s lack of fluency and urgency.

Starting brightly, we should have made more of the early possession and openings. Yaya Toure, David Silva and Carlos Tevez were finding the gaps with ease, however, the correct final decision was evading the threating trio.

That was until Silva scored his second goal in two matches, courtesy of a horrendous mistake from the usually impressive Ali Al Habsi. Gliding through several challenges, the majestic midfielder took aim more with hope than expectancy. Nevertheless, with the passage to goal looking closed, Al Habsi allowed Silva`s shot to creep under his body.

Hoping to push on, we never looked at our best. The fact our best player was Pablo Zabaleta is credit to the away side.
Never short of passion and commitment Zabaleta outshone his team-mates with another consistent performance.

With frustration growing amongst the crowd and players, Wigan were growing in confidence. With three massive points possible, the performance wasn`t the most important aspect of the game.

Unfortunately these three points were looking far from decided with the visitors enjoy a fine second half. After earlier hitting the post through Alcaraz, Wigan and substitute Conor Sammon should have clinched a desperate equaliser in the dyeing seconds. However, with only Hart to beat his right foot shot crept wide with Eastland`s breathing a huge sigh of relief.

After Arsenal slipped up at home to Sunderland, do these 3 points mean were now looking up rather than down the table?

Star Player

Pablo Zabaleta- Doesn't stop going, if everyone has his passion we will go along way.

Player Ratings


Hart-6

Some important saves, but again his distribution was weak.

Richards-6

Strong defensively.

Kompany-7

Glad too see him back.

Lescott-7

After K.Toure was suspended, Lescott knows he has a role to fill. His recent performances have put him in a great position.

Zabaleta-9

In a poor attacking game the defenders usually receive the plaudits. Today, Zab deserves them all. Not just for defending, for his 100% attitude week in week out.

Vieira-7

His past two performances have been really good. What's happened?

Barry-5

One of his weakest City performances.

Yaya Toure-6

If he wants to he can really put in a performance. Today I don't think he was that interested.

Silva-7

Best of the attacking players.

Balotelli-6

Decent.

Tevez-6

First half he looked like finding thw Wigan net, the second half was a different Tev.

Kolarov-5

Added little.

De Jong-6

Great for him to be back.

Dzeko-5

Not long to impress.




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Date:Saturday March 5 2011

Time: 9:39PM

Your Comments

I'm a bit worried about our team and fatigue. I know all top clubs have this hectic schedule but it is very new to us and some of our players appear leggy and worn out. The returns of Milner and A. Johnson (apparently back in training shortly) can't come soon enough, and with De Jong and Kompany also back, it should mean more fresh legs. Barry looked lethargic and tired, Mancini plays him nearly all the time yet to me he seems like someone who regularly needs resting or his form suffers.
StuMCFC
Weird how Wigan never put that level of effort again versus the rags....This fatigue thing. Between Dynamo's second game against Besiktas and their first against City, the Ukrainians will have played one game! Us? Now is that a good or a bad thing?
Johnny Baguette
I think for a while they did ok against Stretford, could and should have had a couple of goals, but as I say in the Ped Report the quality is missing. They had 2 chances at 0-1 against them and the same against us. It's a bit hard on them when they try so hard and get nothing. They only waved the white flag very late on against the half-wits
pedmachine
Fatigue played it's part, but we got absolutely nothing from Atwell today - some absolutely mystifying decisions went against us in that match, including Tevez getting elbowed in the back of the head without anny punishment handed out to the Wigaqn player. Wigan do play some nice football, but just can't score enough goals to keep themselves in the league. Assuming Wolves do us a favour annd beat the Spuds today, then Wigan are looking increasingly doomed.
fifthcolumnblue
Great summary OAB one of those games when you have to think we have done a UTD grab the 3 points and look to the Kiev game!
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