Player ratings: Wigan Athletic v City

Given – A spectacular diving save in the first half, and a crucial deflected one at the end were the highlights. He’ll be disappointed not to have kept a clean-sheet on his first outing as captain. 7

Zabaleta – His tackling can be his strength, but a degree of recklessness can also be Pablo’s downfall and so it proved with the needless challenge that saw him sent off. Was also caught out of position for Wigan’s goal, when Richards was left two against one. 4

Richards – This was Micah in a more determined mood, and he slotted in well at centre-back. One surging run upfield in the closing minutes typified an improved display. 7

Lescott – A decent performance in the first part of the game became a commanding one later. Also managed to show some good touches on the ball. 7

Bridge – Maybe picking up a knock with England took the edge off his game. The passing was unreliable, and being beaten to the ball by N’Zogbia for the Wigan goal summed his afternoon up. 5

Wright-Phillips (Ireland, 82) – Some sterling work defensively, but still not linking up sufficiently well with Adebayor and Tevez.  6

De Jong – A slow start gave way to his usual excellent job in patrolling the midfield. Demonstrated the art of legitimate strong tackling to Zabaleta. 7

Barry – A steady game and got forward brilliantly for one far-post header. He needs to do this more in games we’re looking to win. 6

Petrov – Inconsistent delivery of set-pieces nullified our recent improvement in this department. The well taken goal made up for it, and he did ok if not exceptional in open play. 6

Tevez – Another whose passing was going awol early on, but at least he grew into the game and set up the goal. His work-rate was outstanding after we were down to ten men. 7

Adebayor – There was a general lack of decent service to Manu, but when it did come through, he failed to do much with it. A generally disappointing showing before he limped off. 5


Kompany – The big man was back! A surprise to see him on the bench, but he proved a valuable substitute as he slotted in to the back four and helped close the game out. 7

Ireland – Showed composure and a calm head in the final few minutes. 6

Santa Cruz – Little impact in the few minutes he was on. 5

Man of the match: De Jong.

Verdict: Wigan Athletic v City
Balague: Barca have not contacted City over Robinho


  1. Thanks for adding the link Alan,

    I totally agree with everything here apart maybe giving Micah a 7 was a bit generous but spot on mate,



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