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Micah and Titus Bramble battle for the ball in the air

Micah and Titus Bramble battle for the ball in the air

Saturday January 17, 2009Micah's Say... Manchester City v Wigan Athletic

By William Wood | In Micah's Say

City secured a much-needed 1-0 victory over high-flying Wigan Athletic at the City of Manchester, and Micah gave his thoughts on the match exclusively to MicahRichards.com.

All the pre-match hype had centred on Kaka’s potential arrival at the club, and when the game did get underway the current members of the squad looked eager to impress their talents on Mark Hughes.
t was, however, the visitors who had the first chance of the match, Titus Bramble heading just over the bar.

City responded, Robinho bursting through on goal after a fine ball by the lively Elano, but the Brazil international scuffed the ball wide with the goal at his mercy.
The forward was through again shortly after, but Bramble was on hand to rescue Steve Bruce’s side and keep the score level.

Micah and his fellow defenders were dealing with all that the away side had to throw at them, though Wilson Palacios was probing with long range efforts.
The deadlock was finally broken by The Citizens, Pablo Zabaleta blasting the ball into the top corner after Wigan failed to clear the danger.

Hughes’ men were dealt a blow when captain Richard Dunne was sent off after seemingly lashing out at Amr Zaki, and 30 minutes of attacking possession followed as The Latics sought an equaliser.

Their efforts were to no avail, though, as Lee Cattermole saw a header rebound off the bar, and City held out for a vital three points to hand their manager a major boost.

“We showed many qualities today” Micah said. “I thought we played really well and battled to the end for a deserved three points.”

“Before we went down to 10 men we were the better side, and we deserved the win due to our spirit and work ethic.”

“Everyone will use the win today as a springboard and hopefully this will be our turning point.” Micah was switched to right-back having been occupied in central defence in recent weeks, a role he revelled in.

“I was back at right back today and I thought I had a solid game – I really enjoyed it,” he added.

“It was also really satisfying to keep a cleansheet. We defended as a team, and it was arguably our best defensive performance at the back – certainly as good as last year when we had one of the best defences in the league.”