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Micah and Wigan Athletic's James McCarthy battle for the ball

Micah and Wigan Athletic's James McCarthy battle for the ball

Saturday March 5, 2011Manchester City 1 - 0 Wigan

By William Wood | In Match Reports - Home Games

Manchester City secured a vital 1-0 over Wigan Athletic to keep their feint hopes of a title push alive.

Micah occupied the right flank for the full 90 minutes whilst Mario Balotelli and Carlos Tevez spearheaded City’s attack.

Though City looked comfortable enough throughout, they didn’t have it all their own way.

Tevez was the first to test the water as he fired in an effort from close range, though neither side was exalting any dominance on proceedings in the early exchanges.

Micah picked up a yellow card for a late lunge on Tom Cleverly, whilst David Silva and Balotelli went close with respective efforts.

However, City did grab the lead and it came about because of a goalkeeping howler. Silva broke into the box and fired in an innocuous challenge that Al Habsi fumbled, allowing the ball to slip through his hands and into the back of the net.

The goal seemed to take the sting out of City’s play and Wigan went close via shots by Victor Moses and Cleverly.

The introduction of Charles N’Zogbia injected life into Wigan’s attack and they went close to an equaliser through efforts from Rodallega and Cleverly, both of which were dealt with by Joe Hart.

City held on to move seven points behind league leaders Manchester United, though Roberto Mancini will be looking for an improved performance in City’s next outing.

Wigan: Al Habsi, Lopez, Gary Caldwell, Alcaraz, Figueroa, Watson, Diame, Moses, McCarthy, Cleverley, Rodallega. Subs: Pollitt, Gohouri, Thomas, Di Santo, N’Zogbia, Gomez, Sammon.

Man City: Hart, Richards, Kompany, Lescott, Zabaleta, Vieira, Barry, Silva, Toure Yaya, Balotelli, Tevez. Subs: Taylor, Dzeko, Kolarov, Boateng, Jo, De Jong, Boyata.