By Rhonda Richards | In Match Reports - Home Games
Manchester City avenged their FA Cup final loss to Wigan Athletic last year with a comprehensive 5-0 win over their Lancashire neighbours in the Capital One Cup third round, with Micah captaining the side in his first start since injury.
The win was their third of the week in three different competitions, during which they’ve scored 12 goals and demonstrated the kind of form that suggests they could be on course for more silverware this campaign.
Fernandinho kick-started proceedings as his superb ball over the top picked out Edin Dzeko who slotted home to make it 1-0 after 33 minutes.
Despite City’s dominance, they couldn’t extend their lead until 60 minutes in when Micah’s charge down the right and subsequent cross picked out Stevan Jovetic, who’s initial shot ricocheted off his own body and into the back of the net.
Yaya Toure – imperious in the derby win days prior – curled home a superb third, sparking a final flurry of goals as, first, Jovetic got his second and City’s fourth, before substitutes Alvaro Negredo and Jesus Navas linked up excellently to allow the latter to slot home first time to make it 5-0.
Micah looked back to his best, bombing down the right flank at every opportunity and commanding in defence, and Manuel Pellegrini will have been delighted to see his players cap off a productive week with another impressive display.
Manchester City: Pantilimon; Richards, Boyata, Lescott, Clichy; Fernandinho (Toure 46), J Garcia; Milner, Lopes (Navas 71), Jovetic; Dzeko (Negredo 79). Subs: Wright, Nastasic, Nasri, Kolarov
Wigan Athletic: Nicholls; Boyce, Rogne, Barnett (Shotton 59), Crainey (Redmond 68); Espinoza; Gomez, McCann, Fyvie, J-C Garcia; Dicko (Powell 80)