By William Wood | In Match Reports - Home Games
Manchester City moved into fifth-place in the Premier League after their 3-0 win over Wigan at the City of Manchester stadium, courtesy of a 12-minute Carlos Tevez hat-trick.
Micah was rested for the encounter, making the substitutes bench, and Roberto Mancini’s men went close early on as Emmanuel Adebayor manoeuvred himself into a good position only for Titus Bamble to make the block.
A minute later Tevez almost opened his account after a fine ball in by Shaun Wright-Phillips, but a stunning point blank save denied him, whilst at the other end Hugo Rodallega saw his own effort blocked by Shay Given in the City goal.
Tevez was always the most dangerous for the hosts, and his chip with half an hour gone looked goal-bound only for the ball to drop just wide of the far post.
The Latics continued to pose a threat, and Paul Scharner went close with two quick-fire efforts that silenced the home crowd temporarily, and the game as delicately poised after the opening half.
Adebayor had the ball in the back of the net only for his effort to be ruled out two minutes into the second half, whilst Craig Bellamy’s appeals for a handball from Caldwell went begging as Mancini’s side began to turn the screw.
The apparent handball was to be the last act for the Scotland international as he was handed his marching orders after a tussle with Tevez, much to the fury of the Wigan staff.
And City capitalised soon after as Tevez seized on Adebayor’s deflected shot to make it 1-0 after a mix-up in Wigan’s defence.
Adebayor could have immediately doubled the advantage but it was the Argentina international who made it two following Vincent Kompany’s header.
Wigan were understandably deflated after a valiant effort, but Tevez used his pace to evade the presence of Scharner and Bramble to complete his hat-trick and hand the Eastlander’s a comprehensive-looking 3-0 victory.
In truth there was more toil involved, but Mancini will be pleased to see his side continue their bid for Champions League qualification.
Man City: Given, Zabaleta, Toure, Kompany, Garrido, Wright-Phillips, Vieira, De Jong, Adam Johnson, Tevez, Adebayor. Subs: Taylor, Richards, Onuoha, Santa Cruz, Sylvinho, Barry, Bellamy.
Wigan: Stojkovic, Melchiot, Caldwell, Bramble, Figueroa, McCarthy, Diame, Thomas, Scharner, Rodallega, Moreno. Subs: Gohouri, Scotland, Moses, Pollitt, N’Zogbia, Gomez, Sinclair.
Man City: Tevez (72’, 74’, 82’)