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January 16, 2012 8:00 PM GMT
The DW Stadium — Wigan
Referee:‬ M. Atkinson‎
Attendance:‬ 16026‎
 
 
Edin Dzeko 22′
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Wigan Athletic 0-1 Manchester City

Roberto Mancini's men move three points clear at the top of the Premier League thanks to Edin Dzeko header in the 22nd minute of battling performance

By Greg Stobart at the DW Stadium

  • Ali Al Habsi
    200
    14
    3.50

    Ali Al Habsi Top of the Match

    Could do nothing about Dzeko's goal but produced a stunning save at full stretch to deny the Bosnian in the second-half. Also alert to keep out sharp efforts from Silva and Aguero in an impressive performance.

  • Antolín Alcaraz
    8
    10
    2.50

    Antolín Alcaraz

    Looked fine when the ball was in front of him but struggled on the turn, especially against Aguero, as his lack of pace was exposed.

  • Gary Caldwell
    5
    8
    2.50

    Gary Caldwell

    The Wigan captain failed to lead by example. Allowed Dzeko to head the ball too easily for City's opener and was sloppy on the ball at times. Fortunate that sliced clearance in the second-half went wide of his own post.

  • Ronnie Stam
    12
    10
    3.00

    Ronnie Stam

    Defended reasonably well up against City's fluent strikeforce and got forward to join the attack - but his delivery was wayward.

  • Maynor Figueroa
    12
    12
    3.00

    Maynor Figueroa

    Strong and powerful defending against Nasri and didn't panic on the ball. Ridiculously handball to minutes from time resulted in a booking when he should have been sent-off with Aguero ready to run through on goal.

  • James McCarthy
    7
    7
    3.00

    James McCarthy

    Brave to always demand the ball and played some nice passes in the centre of the pitch, but found it more difficult when put under pressure. Excellent run and shot in the second-half but was denied by Hart.

  • Albert Crusat
    6
    10
    2.50

    Albert Crusat

    The Spaniard started well, fizzing a dangerous cross into the City penalty area from the left flank. That was probably the highlight of his match, however, as he was well dealt with by Zabaleta.

  • Victor Moses
    14
    5
    3.00

    Victor Moses

    The attacker was Wigan's liveliest player throughout the match and looked like the one man who might cause City some problems. Direct running at the visitor's defence but his decision-making and execution in the final third was poor.

  • Jordi Gómez
    13
    25
    2.00

    Jordi Gómez Flop of the Match

    Far too casual both in terms of his work-rate and his passing. Had ideas and creativity but drifted through the game with a very unremarkable display.

  • James McArthur
    6
    12
    2.50

    James McArthur

    The midfielder didn't get close enough to Barry or Milner as City were allowed to control possession. Had a few sights on goal and came closest with a left-footed shot that Hart saved comfortably. Substituted in the 68th minute.

  • Hugo Rodallega
    11
    10
    3.00

    Hugo Rodallega

    Worked hard up front but lacked any cutting edge. Seemed to have a decent understanding with Moses but never got a sight on goal.

Substitutions

  • Ben Watson
    8
    5
    3.00

    Ben Watson

    Replaced McArthur in the 68th minute and provided some bite in midfield as Wigan had more of a go at it in the closing stages.

  • Franco Di Santo
    10
    6
    3.00

    Franco Di Santo

    Came on for Crusat in the 68th minute and led the line for the final quarter of the game. Some nice movement but never threatened City.

  • Callum McManaman
    6
    5
    0.00

    Callum McManaman

    Replaced Gomez nine minutes from time but had little involvement.

  • Joe Hart
    88
    14
    3.50

    Joe Hart

    Kept himself warm in the City goal despite the freezing temperatures and proved his alertness with a fine stop - with his foot - to keep out McCarthy's shot. It was his only real action of the game but it might have proved the difference between one point and three.

  • Pablo Zabaleta
    54
    12
    3.00

    Pablo Zabaleta

    The Argentine never looked troubled by Crusat as he displayed his defensive instincts. Offered a threat when he joined the attack, particularly at the start of the second-half.

  • Joleon Lescott
    49
    15
    3.00

    Joleon Lescott

    Continued in his role as leader of the back four in Kompany's absence. Strong and dominant in the air, although Wigan's feeble attack didn't provide too much of a challenge.

  • Stefan Savic
    78
    23
    3.00

    Stefan Savic

    The Montenegrin looked a little shaky early on but grew in confidence, showing defensive awareness and a willingness to take on the physical battle.

  • Gael Clichy
    46
    22
    3.00

    Gael Clichy

    A solid performance as he showed why he is City's best left-back. Excellent cross early on that Dzeko glanced wide of the post and produced another dangerous delivery that Wigan somehow cleared just after the hour mark.

  • James Milner
    40
    37
    2.50

    James Milner

    Efficient passing on the whole but failed to have much impact on City's attacking display. Lost the ball in the second-half as Wigan created a chance for McCarthy - the hosts' best opportunity of the game.

  • Gareth Barry
    45
    27
    3.00

    Gareth Barry

    Controlled the tempo for much of the game, especially in the first-half. Picked up loose balls and his passing was always accurate.

  • Samir Nasri
    52
    45
    3.00

    Samir Nasri

    Neat and tidy on the ball as he drifted into pockets of space, but seems to be lacking confidence in the final third despite a couple of good square passes in the second-half. Replaced by de Jong in the 74th minute as City looked to see the game out.

  • David Silva
    106
    29
    3.50

    David Silva

    The Spaniard returned from an ankle injury to remind City why he is so important to their title challenge. Floated into space and always seemed to have an awareness of the angles around him. Lovely free-kick for Dzeko's goal and forced Al Habsi into action with a firm shot in the second-half.

  • Edin Dzeko
    276
    24
    3.50

    Edin Dzeko

    The Bosnian ended a run of 11 games without a goal with a powerful leap and precise header in the 22nd minute. Had earlier served a warning when he glanced wide from a tight angle. Offered a physical presence but infuriated City when he took a chance off Aguero's toes - and scuffed his effort straight at Al Habsi.

  • Sergio Agüero
    119
    134
    3.50

    Sergio Agüero

    The most impressive aspect of his performance was the non-stop work-rate as he continually put Wigan's players under pressure. Sharp shot across goal brought a good save from Al Habsi and deserved more after Dzeko took the ball following a superb slaloming run.

Substitutions

  • Nedum Onuoha
    30
    15
    0.00

    Nedum Onuoha

    Replaced Silva nine minutes from time as City went to five at the back.

  • Adam Johnson
    32
    9
    0.00

    Adam Johnson

    Came on for Aguero in added time.

  • Nigel De Jong
    35
    25
    3.00

    Nigel De Jong

    Replaced Nasri in the 74th minute. Booked for typically robust challenge on Rodallega and screened the defence well.

Results
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Luis Suárez Luis Suárez
Striker
Liverpool
29 0
Daniel Sturridge Daniel Sturridge
Striker
Liverpool
20 0
Yaya Touré Yaya Touré
Midfielder
Manchester City
18 6
Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney
Striker
Man Utd.
15 2
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Manchester City
15 0