Barry heaps praise on Mancini after Wigan victory

The Manchester City midfielder hails his manager's decisions after Mario Balotelli returned to the starting line-up to fire the crucial opening goal at the DW Stadium
Gareth Barry has hailed Roberto Mancini's influence over Manchester City's 2-0 win over Wigan on Wednesday night.

The City boss made three changes from the side who were held to a goalless draw at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, including introducing Mario Balotelli in place of Edin Dzeko, and the striker repaid his manager's faith by opening the scoring midway through the second half.

And substitute James Milner ensured that the points would be heading back to the Etihad Stadium after his stunning strike finally killed Wigan off just over a minute later.

"Yeah, it was [a thoroughly professional job], especially after the first half," Barry told Sky Sports at full-time.

"We found it quite tough tonight, the pitch was tough going and there were a few stray passes. But, in the second half, we ground it out and it was a great three points in the end.

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"We have to give them credit. They play a different formation to what we're used to playing against with the three across the back but, in the second half, we did step it up, the manager changed things around and the goals came at a great time.

"When the results go your way, he's [Mancini] the best technician in the world but, if they don't, he's the worst," Barry added. That's just the world we live in, it's football.

"You see a lot of great teams come here and slip up throughout the Premier League and, on last year's results, they are vital points that came our way. Hopefully come the end of the season they will be a big three points."