By Rhonda Richards | In Match Reports - Away Games
Manchester City moved up to fourth in the Barclays Premier League after goals from Carlos Tevez and Yaya Toure secured a 2-0 victory at Wigan.
Tevez struck City’s opener out of nothing in the 43rd minute after Latics defender Mohamed Diame back-headed a long goal kick from Joe Hart into his path.
And he set up Yaya Toure’s first City goal after 73 minutes when he seized on a weak defensive header by Maynor Figueroa to cross for the Ivory Coast star to prod home.
City had started with plenty of purpose, with Micah back in the starting line-up and playing the full 90 minutes.
When a cross from Micah was half-cleared the ball fell to Tevez who scooped high and wide on a slippery surface which made conditions difficult for both teams.
Tevez came close to giving the visitors a 14th-minute lead when he ran at the Wigan defence before hitting a low shot from long range which flashed just wide of Ali Al Habsi’s right-hand post.
Wigan almost fashioned a chance after 23 minutes when Nigel de Jong gave the ball away to Figueroa who blazed down the right only to see his attempted cross cut out by Vincent Kompany.
Wigan began to enjoy more possession and had their first shot on target on the half-hour, when Di Santo skidded a low shot from the left into Joe Hart’s arms.
Pablo Zabaleta fired over from 20 yards but City’s opener.
Hart’s deep goal-kick found Tevez and he nipped in to loft the opener gently over the advancing Al Habsi.
And City came close to extending their lead in the first minute of the second half when David Silva made space on the right and crossed for Tevez, who mis-kicked in front of goal.
City certainly seemed to have much more purpose about them and that was underlined by a jinking run by Tevez which was finally brought to an end in the six-yard box by Steve Gohouri.
Zabaleta hit a shot from a tight angle straight at Al Habsi in what was the Wigan keeper’s first save of the match, before Gohouri was cautioned for a late challenge on Tevez.
There were warning signs for Wigan in the 68th minute when Gohouri’s slack ball at the back let in Tevez, who rammed his shot straight at Al Habsi.
And it did undo them in the 70th minute when Figueroa failed to head clear allowing Tevez to nip in and loft the ball across the face of goal for Yaya Toure to stab home at the far post.
With the fight suddenly drifting out of the home side Tevez almost added his second in the 74th minute with a left-foot effort that flashed across the face of goal.
And substitute Adam Johnson almost added a third in injury time when his rising shot from the left deflected off Ronnie Stam and hit the bar.
Tevez 42 mins, Yaya Toure 69 mins