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March 5, 2011 12:30 PM EST
Etihad Stadium — Manchester
Referee:‬ S. Attwell‎
Attendance:‬ 44864‎
 
37′ David Silva
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Manchester City 1-0 Wigan Athletic

By Matt Monaghan at Eastlands

  • Joe Hart
    7
    3
    3.00

    Joe Hart

    Spectator. England international had barely an effort on goal to deal with as Wigan's piecemeal attack produced a blank.

  • Micah Richards
    3
    7
    2.50

    Micah Richards

    Deserved to just about stay on the pitch after he thundered into Cleverley in the first-half. With England management duo Franco Baldini and Stuart Pearce watching, the right-back spurned a chance to impress as he held back his runs from deep. Booked.

  • Vincent Kompany
    4
    3
    2.50

    Vincent Kompany

    Belgian looked a little rusty on his return to action. Inexplicably pushed simple clearance to McCarthy in first-half and clattered late into Cleverley in the second. Booked.

  • Joleon Lescott
    4
    0
    3.00

    Joleon Lescott

    Kolo Toure's replacement will face much sterner tests in the coming weeks. Dealt comfortably with lone striker Rodallega. Pressurised Sammon in injury-time and forced striker to snap his shot wide of mark.

  • Pablo Zabaleta
    4
    3
    3.00

    Pablo Zabaleta

    Argentine handled Moses effectively and snapped in to deny replacement N'Zogbia. Was a passenger on the line as Alcaraz's second half effort bounced off the post he was guarding.

  • Patrick Vieira
    3
    6
    2.50

    Patrick Vieira

    Easy opening for the veteran midfielder as he ould have put his pipe and slippers on. Old legs look stuck in mud after the interval as Wigan finally kicked into life. This wasn't left unnoticed by Mancini.

  • Gareth Barry
    2
    4
    2.50

    Gareth Barry

    Wigan's lack of desire to push bodies forward made it an easy day at the office for Barry in the first half. Stumbled over delightful one-two with Silva. Felt Mancini in his ear in second as Wigan pushed but he failed to kick into higher gear. Booked.

  • David Silva
    19
    3
    3.50

    David Silva Top of the Match

    The Spanish magician was at his exciting best again. Floated around the pitch causing problems for Wigan. Goal owed much to luck, however. Substituted for de Jong.

  • Yaya Touré
    2
    5
    2.50

    Yaya Touré

    Laboured presence all afternoon. Didn't seem interested in the match and left the hard work to his team-mates.

  • Mario Balotelli
    7
    3
    3.00

    Mario Balotelli

    After excellent goals in successive games, it wasn't to be for the Italian today. Looked dangerous but couldn't produce a finish to his play. Removed for Kolarov.

  • Carlos Tévez
    8
    6
    3.00

    Carlos Tévez

    Dragged first half chance wide of Al Habsi's post after an excellent duck of the shoulder and dribble past Alcaraz. Made few other inroads into the Wigan defence as the weight of the City attack rested on Silva's shoulders. Taken off for Dzeko.

Substitutions

  • Aleksandar Kolarov
    12
    2
    2.50

    Aleksandar Kolarov

    Thrown on in the 68th minute as the game started to fall out of City's grasp. Produced several wayward crosses.

  • Nigel De Jong
    5
    1
    0.00

    Nigel De Jong

    Made welcome return from injury in the 83rd minute. Tried to get stuck in and ensure City got the victory their performance didn't deserve.

  • Edin Dzeko
    14
    0
    0.00

    Edin Dzeko

    Came on in the 86th minute and barely got a kick as Wigan pushed in vain for a leveller.

  • Ali Al Habsi
    3
    2
    2.00

    Ali Al Habsi Flop of the Match

    Usually impressive goalkeeper's handling was all over the place. Unconvincingly pushed away an early Balotelli shot. Somehow then late a weak Silva effort through his legs to open the scoring.

  • Adrain Lopez
    2
    3
    2.00

    Adrain Lopez

    Baptism of fire for the Spaniard on his Premier League debut. Skinned by Silva too often. Hooked for man he replaced, Gohouri.

  • Gary Caldwell
    1
    0
    3.00

    Gary Caldwell

    Not afraid to put his foot in. Kept Wigan reasonably firm in the middle, which was important as the full-backs struggled to contain their opposite numbers. Booked.

  • Antolín Alcaraz
    1
    2
    3.00

    Antolín Alcaraz

    Dug in alongside Caldwell. Made several vital blocks and tackles on the edge of his own area. Was even prepared to run forward with the ball once it was won.

  • Maynor Figueroa
    2
    0
    2.50

    Maynor Figueroa

    Early cross produced the best from Lescott. When asked to defend, failed to keep Balotelli quiet.

  • Ben Watson
    1
    1
    3.00

    Ben Watson

    Did little wrong at the base of the Wigan midfield. Helped to bottleneck City's attack in the middle and moved the ball conservatively - but accurately, Wigan's shortcomings came in other areas.

  • Mohamed Diame
    1
    0
    2.50

    Mohamed Diame

    Dominant present in last weekend's defeat to Manchester United but was invisible against their neighbours. Laboured in possession and toothless off it. Taken off for Sammon.

  • Victor Moses
    1
    1
    2.50

    Victor Moses

    Attempted to dribble past his man in possession but never got close enough to Rodallega to offer vital support. One run inadvertently led to a chance when Kompany cleared into McCarthy's path. Substituted for N'Zogbia.

  • James McCarthy
    1
    1
    2.50

    James McCarthy

    Seemed still to be dazed by Wayne Rooney's elbow. The 20-year-old was a big disappointment as he flopped against the Blues. Spurned present from Kompany in the first-half when excellently placed. Didn't push on enough to make difference.

  • Tom Cleverley
    5
    0
    2.50

    Tom Cleverley

    United loanee was welcomed to Eastlands by a crunching challenge from Richards. Was only memorable moment winger was involved in as he struggled to get into the match. Martinez would have expected more after his impressive form before Christmas.

  • Hugo Rodallega
    1
    0
    2.50

    Hugo Rodallega

    Had no hope of unsettling City's centre-backs as he was often left more than 20-metres away from his nearest team-mate. Badly let down by lack of support.

Substitutions

  • S. Gohouri
    1
    1
    3.00

    S. Gohouri

    Introduced to fray in the 69th minute. Often more solid defence than man who took his starting place, Lopez.

  • Charles N'Zogbia
    2
    1
    3.00

    Charles N'Zogbia

    Brought on in the 60th minute. Asked more questions of Zabaleta than Moses.

  • Conor Sammon
    1
    2
    0.00

    Conor Sammon

    Lively debut for the Irish striker after he was thrown on in the 84th minute. Helped set-up Rodallega for one effort and then agonisingly screwed a shot wide when well placed deep into injury-time.

Results
 
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Position
Ranking
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Striker
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Daniel Sturridge Daniel Sturridge
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18 6
Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney
Striker
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15 2
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
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15 0