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Wigan Athletic 0 - Manchester City 1

Barclays Premier League

DW Stadium

16/01/12

Attendance: 16,026

Referee: Martin Atkinson

Wigan Athletic
0 - 1
Manchester City
 
Dzeko (22)
 
Venue: DW Stadium
 
Attendance: 16,026
The Teams
Ali Al Habsi
 
 
 
Joe Hart
 
 
Antolin Alcaraz
 
 
 
Pablo Zabaleta
 
 
Gary Caldwell
 
 
 
Stefan Savic
 
 
Maynor Figueroa
 
 
 
Joleon Lescott
 
 
Ronnie Stam
 
 
 
Gael Clichy
 
 
James McCarthy
 
 
 
James Milner
 
 
Jordi Gomez
 
 
(81)
 
Gareth Barry
 
 
James McArthur
 
 
(68)
 
David Silva
 
 
(81)
Albert Crusat
 
 
(68)
 
Sergio Aguero
 
 
(90)
Hugo Rodallega
 
 
 
Samir Nasri
 
 
(74)
Victor Moses
 
 
 
Edin Dzeko
 
 
Substitutes
Michael Pollitt
 
 
 
Costel Pantilimon
 
 
Steve Gohouri
 
 
 
Adam Johnson
 
 
(90)
Ben Watson
 
 
(68)
 
Aleksandar Kolarov
 
 
Franco Di Santo
 
 
(68)
 
Owen Hargreaves
 
 
Callum McManaman
 
 
(81)
 
Nedum Onuoha
 
 
(81)
Emmerson Boyce
 
 
 
Nigel De Jong
 
 
(74)
Conor Sammon
 
 
 
Karim Rekik
 
 
Game Statistics
7
Goal Attempts
12
4
On Target
8
4
Corners
5
16
Fouls
15
3
Yellow Cards
3
0
Red Cards
0
48
%
52
Comments...
Johnny On the Spot:...This could prove to be one of the most crucial Manchester City wins of the campaign. Despite more profligacy, rank bad luck and shipping yet another inexplicable refereeing decision, The Blues have returned to the sort of quick pass and move, space finding form that threatens somebody soon is going to get a right battering....The brief tonight was clearly to up the midfield work rate and to a man the men in the middle responded, resolute in protecting a central defence that has had the press vultures circling....Despite a shaky opening few minutes and a 10 minute period late in the second half when all the players out there seemed to play in a collective disbelief that the score wasn`t 0-4, The Citizens maintained a thoroughly professional performance when recent results demanded the squad step up to the plate. Hart was imperious, Zabaleta, Milner and Barry the driving forces, whilst Aguero and Dzeko ran their socks off. More of the same against Spurs who`s scintillating run was checked by Wolves, then a real go at Liverpool and Planet Blue will have ridden out a storm that Roberto Mancini has took on at full force, going berserk, and understandably so at yet more pisspoor officiating....Only Martin Atkinson, he of now 105 cards in 25 games will know why he did not dismiss Figueroa for the most blatant, deliberate last man standing handball in the closing stages. If City do win this league, it will have been against not only 19 other sides and a legion of hacks and rival fans baying for blue blood, but a litany of terrible refereeing decisions backed by a weaker than weak Football Association. Spurs, YOU are next.




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Date:Monday January 16 2012

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3 points, job done. It wasn't pretty but all the so called experts always tell us that that's the mark of champions. Well done Wigan, gave us a good game second half but the right result in the end I think.
Bluedub
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16/01/2012 22:25:00

Spot on Blue, just what the doctor ordered for us. Bet all the naysayers were just waiting to post on our site.
johnkelv
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16/01/2012 22:54:00

I am more than happy to walk away with three points....
Doody
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17/01/2012 01:38:00

I wasn't so sure about our play. We seemed too clustered at times and obsessed with trying to walk it in. Need a big improvement I think. Ref was shocking, missed a host of throws, corners etc for both teams and a stone-wall sending off. Answerable to no one.
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