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Sunday September 28, 2008Micah's say... Wigan v Manchester City

By William Wood | In Micah's Say

Having played the full 90 minutes in Manchester City’s 2-1 defeat at the hands of Wigan Athletic, Micah reflected on a surprise result that brought the side crashing back down to earth.

Luis Antonio Valencia’s thunderbolt of a strike had handed The Latics the advantage at the JJB Stadium, but Vincent Kompany’s somewhat fortuitous effort minutes later brought City level.

However, after a wave of recent penalty incidents in the Premier League, it was another controversial decision that decided the game, Javier Garrido adjudged to have brought down Wilson Palacios illegally.

On-form Egypt international Amr Zaki slotted the resulting spot-kick beyond Joe Hart, and the hosts held on despite sustained pressure from City throughout the second half.

After the highs of the 6-0 thrashing of Portsmouth and the Uefa Cup progress, what were Micah’s thoughts on a game that saw City drop to eight in the table?

“I thought we were unlucky,” he told MicahRichards.com exclusively. “Maybe on another day the result would have been very different.

“We didn’t make the most of our chances and they did but to be fair to them, they worked hard and played very direct football which was on the counter the majority of the time.

“I’d say a few key decisions went their way as well but, you know, that’s football as they say.”

Despite the domination in possession, City were unable to break down a stern Wigan defence, but Micah still felt his side were worthy of at least a draw from the pulsating encounter.

Deserving

“I felt we deserved a point at least; we had just as many shots as them and a lot more possession,” he said.

“In football, however, there is only one statistic that really counts. I will be looking forward to playing them at home and putting the record straight.”

Micah had another solid game following impressive performances in the Uefa Cup and the dismissal of Portsmouth, but the blossoming partnership between Emile Heskey and Zaki kept City’s defence occupied throughout.

“I thought I had a steady game. I was kept busy for the majority of the game by Wigan’s forwards.”

The Latics’ second goal was Zaki’s fifth in the league thus far, and Micah backed the on-loan striker to continue his current form with the aide of Heskey.

“He seems a good player, he has developed a very good understanding with his strike partner Emile Heskey, and I can see him causing a lot of damage this season,” Micah added.

“I believe he will go on and add more goals to his tally of five this season.”

In his desperate attempts to help City find an equaliser, Micah began to venture forward as the game progressed, dictating play from midfield and, on several occasions, the edge of Wigan’s penalty area. Any plans to change to a more forward-thinking position?

Opportunities

“All through my days as a youth player, and some of my time as a reserve, I played centre midfield,” Micah explained.

“I would say I am better in defence now, whether it’s at right-back or centre-back, though I don’t mind either.

“Playing at right-back gives me more opportunities to get forward and have an influence in the opponents half of the field.”

Micah Richards was speaking exclusively with MicahRichards.com.