Player ratings: Wigan Athletic v Manchester City

Hart – Once again given total protection by those in front of him. With Wigan failing to get a shot on target Joe was forced to make his own entertainment with a slip and an assist for the first goal. 6

Richards – After a couple of early slips on the saturated pitch, Micah once again demonstrated his improved focus on defending. Struggled to make an impact going forward in the first half as it wasn’t clear who should have been playing in front of him. 6

Zabaleta – Kept tight on N’Zogbia, a little to tight at times, resulting in some needless free-kicks. Struggled with his passing in the conditions but fared better in the second half, despite being on his wrong side. 6

K Toure – Another excellent performance from the former captain. Mistakes were easily made in the conditions but Kolo was flawless. 7

Kompany – Like his partner, Vincent tackled well and showed excellent positioning. Players further upfield may have struggled but not these two. 7

Barry – Being on the bench last week seems to have energised Gareth. In a poor first half, the former Villa player was our best passer and took the game to the opposition. 7

Y Toure (Jo 73) – As Joe Royle wondered in midweek, does he defend or does he create? Yaya laboured and seemed unsure of his role. He has the ability, but lacked the inclination to support Tevez, until finally getting into the opposition area to score. 6

de Jong – Far busier than he ought to have been in the first half, and was our best player as a result. Reigned in his tackling after picking up a booking just enough to avoid an early bath. 7

Milner – Industrious but struggled to find a role in the first half. Once again his passing wasn’t up to scratch on the flank and James might have fared better in the middle. 6

Silva (A Johnson 71) – Nominally positioned on the right of midfield without being a winger or offering support to Micah. This contributed to our struggles in the opening period before he grew into the game. As the game wore on his quality was more apparent with some quality touches. 6

Tevez (Wright-Phillips 87) – Mancini is right to say Tevez isn’t at peak form yet. However he was dreadfully isolated in the opening period yet still managed a cool finish when the chance came along. Created the second and looked like picking up another for himself as support arrived in the second period. 7


A Johnson – Surprisingly he wasn’t able to get into the game to a great effect. Still managed a dangerous shot which was deflected onto the bar. 6

Jo – Never did we think we’d be pleased to see Jo come on for Yaya, but the Brazilian’s mobility was a welcome sight in the creative role. Moved up to play as striker once Tevez went off. Once again versatility is key for a player under Mancini. 6

Wright-Phillips – Just enough time for a couple of touches. Hopefully he’ll get a longer run-out on Wednesday. 6

Man of the match: Carlos Tevez.

Preview: Wigan Athletic v Manchester City
Verdict: Wigan Athletic 0 Mancheseter City 2

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