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September 19, 2010
• The DW Stadium, Wigan
Referee: L. Probert
• Attendance: 15525
C. Tévez 43'
Y. Touré 70'
FULL TIME! Manchester City win 2-0 thanks to goals from Carlos Tevez and Yaya Toure. Roberto Mancini's men move up to fourth in the Premier League table ahead of next weekend's clash with Chelsea.
Three minutes of added time at the DW
City look to have the game won now and Wright-Phillips comes on to replace Carlos Tevez who has impressed throughout.
Wigan are passing the ball around quite nicely but are failing to create any real chances as time runs out for them to get back into the game.
Rodallega takes a free-kick from 30 yards out but his effort is deflected wide for a corner
Charles N'Zogbia has an ambitious attempt from a good 35 yards out, but his effort doesn't trouble Joe Hart in the City goal, flying wide of the left hand post.
Good work from Stam down the right hand side but his efforts come to nothing and Manchester City easily clear.
Manchester City look completely in control now after their second goal and Carlos Tevez tries to add a third after, but his shot goes just wide of the post
Yellow Card Yaya Touré
Assist Carlos Tévez
Goal Yaya Touré
GOAL!!! Yaya Toure. Wigan fail to clear their lines and Carlos Tevez drives the ball across goal for Toure to slot home. The former Barcelona midfielder is then booked for his over exurberent celebration.
Huge mistake by Gohouri at the back lets in Carlos Tevez but his shot is straight at Al Habsi
Wigan substitution: Ronnie Stam replaces Emmerson Boyce in the Wigan defence.
City are continuing to knock on the door without creating any clear cut chances to score. Wigan are defending well and giving themselves a chance to stay in the game
Carlos Tevez limps off for City but comes back on soon after and looks as though he'll be able to run the knock off.
Yellow Card S. Gohouri
Quick Manchester City break and Carlos Tevez lays the ball off to Zabaleta but his shot is easily held by Al Habsi
David Silva put through off goal but denied by a dubious offside decision by the assitant referee.
Carlos Tevez beats the offside trap down the right hand side and cuts into the area past two Wigan defenders before they manage to get the ball away upfield.
Tevez finds Silva down the right and the Spaniard cuts inside and nearly picks out Tevez again in the middle. Half-hearted penalty appeal by Tevez but nothing doing
Wigan get the game underway again in the second half.
HALF TIME! Manchester City lead thanks to a delightful chip from Carlos Tevez just two minutes before the break.
One minute of added time.
Goal Carlos Tévez
GOAL!! City score with their first real effort on goal and its Carlos Tevez! Slip by Hart when clearing put the ball on a lower trajectory, Diame could only flick it backwards and Tevez raced onto it and chipped Al Habsi.
Yellow Card Nigel De Jong
Nigel De Jong booked for a very late tackle on Wigan's Maynor Figueroa.
Plenty of fouls being given by referee Lee Probert today but to be honest half of them have been due to the conditions rather than actual tackles!
Carlos Tevez looks very isolated upfront, despite David Silva and James Milner in the supporting roles.
Just past the half hour mark and City have another half chance. Pablo Zabaleta fires over from just outside the area.
Despite the rain both Martinez and Mancini are camped in their technical areas directing their teams, and they must be ruining the very smart suits they are both wearing - no waterproofs today!
The Wigan drummer is doing his best to liven things up at the DW Stadium but in truth its been a slow start. The City fans, complete with inflatable bananas, are in good voice. The consistent rain that has been falling for the past two hours is making conditions very tough for neat passing football.
Wigan have done well so far to keep their more illustrious opponents under check. City have failed to give Carlos Tevez the support he needs to make a real impact up front
Both teams seem to be struggling to get their passing games going in poor conditions at the DW. City look slightly more likely but there have been no clear chances yet.
Wigan win a free-kick for a foul on Franco Di Santo by Nigel De Jong.
City are still enjoying the lion's share of possession, without yet producing any clear cut chances.
David Silva, kept in the line-up after his Europa League goal, strikes at goal from just inside the area but his effort goes just wide of the left hand post.
The visitors have seen a lot of possession early on, with Carlos Tevez looking lively up front.
The rain sodden surface at the DW stadium appears to be giving some of the players a few problems
We're underway at the DW Stadium
Some views from the ground: Adam a City fan, 29 from Manchester, is feeling confident despite looking bedraggled in the pouring rain at the DW Stadium: “We should win easily today, we were good in Austria on Thursday and I reckon confidence will be sky high today. I’m going for Adam Johnson and David Silva to score in a 2-0 win for the Blues.” Emma, 23 from Leigh, is a pessimistic Wigan fan: “It’s going to be a struggle today, they’re a very strong team and we’re not scoring enough goals. I hope [Mauro] Boselli takes any chances he gets today as he needs a goal.” Paul, 41 from Wigan, is a loyal Latics supporter and he’s surprisingly positive ahead of the match: “Our record at home against City is good and I can see us continuing that trend, 1-0 to the Latics with Rodallega getting the goal.
Man City: Hart; Richards, Kolo Toure, Kompany, Zabaleta; Milner, Yaya Toure, De Jong, Barry; Silva, Tevez. Subs: Given, Boyata, Vieira, Johnson, Jo, Santa Cruz, Wright-Phillips
Wigan: Al Habsi; Boyce, Alcaraz, Gohouri, Figueroa; McCarthy, Thomas, Diame, N'Zogbia; Di Santo, Rodallega. Subs: Kirkland, Watson, Boselli, Moses, S.Caldwell, Gomez, Stam
Hello and welcome to Goal.com’s live commentary of Wigan vs. Manchester City. Both side’s will be hoping for a win today with Wigan in the bottom three and City winning only one of their last four in the league.
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