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Free kick awarded for a foul by Maynor Figueroa on Patrick Vieira. Patrick Vieira takes the free kick.
Effort from close range by Conor Sammon goes wide left of the target.
Charles N'Zogbia concedes a free kick for a foul on Patrick Vieira. Free kick taken by Joe Hart.
Hugo Rodallega takes a shot. Save by Joe Hart.
Edin Dzeko is brought on as a substitute for Carlos Tevez. James McCarthy fouled by Carlos Tevez, the ref awards a free kick. Ali Al Habsi takes the direct free kick.
Mohamed Diame goes off and Conor Sammon comes on.
Nigel De Jong on for David Silva.
Charles N'Zogbia produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the target.
Corner taken short by Aleksandar Kolarov.
Handball by Gnegneri Toure Yaya. Free kick taken by Gary Caldwell.
Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Aleksandar Kolarov, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Patrick Vieira goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
David Silva has a drilled shot. Blocked by Gary Caldwell.
Effort on goal by Aleksandar Kolarov from 18 yards. Blocked by Steve Gohouri. Aleksandar Kolarov takes a outswinging corner.
Pablo Zabaleta concedes a free kick for a foul on Steve Gohouri. Gary Caldwell takes the direct free kick.
Gareth Barry challenges Ben Watson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Antolin Alcaraz.
(Man City) makes a substitution, with Aleksandar Kolarov coming on for Mario Balotelli. Adrian Lopez goes off and Steve Gohouri comes on. The assistant referee flags for offside against Hugo Rodallega. Indirect free kick taken by Joleon Lescott.
Tom Cleverley takes a shot. Blocked by Gareth Barry.
Short corner taken by Ben Watson.
Effort on goal by Hugo Rodallega from 20 yards. Blocked by Vincent Kompany. Free kick awarded for a foul by Adrian Lopez on Mario Balotelli. Gnegneri Toure Yaya restarts play with the free kick.
Foul by Charles N'Zogbia on Gnegneri Toure Yaya, free kick awarded. Joe Hart takes the free kick.
Shot by James McCarthy. Save by Joe Hart. Corner taken by Ben Watson.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ben Watson by Carlos Tevez. Ben Watson delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel.
Charles N'Zogbia comes on in place of Victor Moses.
Vincent Kompany shown a yellow card. Free kick awarded for a foul by Vincent Kompany on Tom Cleverley. Ben Watson delivers the ball, Header on goal by Gary Caldwell from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
Centre by Victor Moses, clearance by Vincent Kompany.
Ben Watson takes the outswinging corner, Antolin Alcaraz produces a right-footed shot from inside the area and hits the post.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Ben Watson from the right by-line, clearance made by Gnegneri Toure Yaya.
James McCarthy concedes a free kick for a foul on David Silva. Gnegneri Toure Yaya restarts play with the free kick.
Carlos Tevez is caught offside. Antolin Alcaraz restarts play with the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Tom Cleverley by Vincent Kompany results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Tom Cleverley.
The referee cautions Gary Caldwell for unsporting behaviour.
Gnegneri Toure Yaya produces a cross, save by Ali Al Habsi.
David Silva crosses the ball.
David Silva finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Man City 1-0 Wigan.Gnegneri Toure Yaya provided the assist for the goal.
Foul by Mario Balotelli on Gary Caldwell, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Ali Al Habsi.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Gary Caldwell on Carlos Tevez. Gareth Barry takes the free kick.
The referee penalises Victor Moses for handball. Joe Hart takes the free kick.
Ben Watson decides to take a short corner.
Gareth Barry is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Gareth Barry gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Hugo Rodallega. Maynor Figueroa takes the free kick.
Effort from deep inside the area by James McCarthy misses to the left of the target.
Gareth Barry challenges Mohamed Diame unfairly and gives away a free kick. Gary Caldwell takes the direct free kick.
Pablo Zabaleta gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Victor Moses. Adrian Lopez takes the free kick.
James McCarthy fouled by Gareth Barry, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Adrian Lopez.
David Silva has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand post.
Carlos Tevez produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Adrian Lopez by Gnegneri Toure Yaya. Gary Caldwell takes the free kick.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Victor Moses. Joe Hart takes the indirect free kick.
Unfair challenge on Micah Richards by James McCarthy results in a free kick. Patrick Vieira takes the direct free kick.
Micah Richards booked. Micah Richards concedes a free kick for a foul on Tom Cleverley. Direct free kick taken by Antolin Alcaraz.
Foul by Patrick Vieira on Mohamed Diame, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Ben Watson.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Ben Watson on David Silva. Gareth Barry restarts play with the free kick.
The official flags Hugo Rodallega offside. Vincent Kompany takes the free kick.
Foul by Gnegneri Toure Yaya on Gary Caldwell, free kick awarded. Gary Caldwell takes the direct free kick.
David Silva crosses the ball, Gary Caldwell manages to make a clearance.
Hugo Rodallega takes a shot. Joleon Lescott gets a block in.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Hugo Rodallega by Vincent Kompany. Direct free kick taken by Maynor Figueroa.
Tom Cleverley produces a right-footed shot from outside the penalty box and misses right.
Unfair challenge on Victor Moses by Carlos Tevez results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Gary Caldwell.
Mario Balotelli takes a shot. Save by Ali Al Habsi. Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by David Silva.
Maynor Figueroa sends in a cross, clearance made by Joleon Lescott.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Ben Watson, Header from deep inside the area by Hugo Rodallega goes over the bar.
Hart happy to keep going
Joe Hart insists he is not in need of a rest despite being left to shoulder the burden of Manchester City's quest for glory.
Although Hart was confirmed as the Blues number one keeper by Roberto Mancini, the 23-year-old always knew Shay Given was on hand to take some of the strain should City's punishing schedule get too much.
However, the safety net disappeared when Given was forced to undergo shoulder surgery that will keep him out for much of the campaign.
Mancini has opted not to bring in an emergency replacement so, with doubts persisting over Stuart Taylor, the Italian is relying on Hart staying fit.
The England star has now notched up 18 successive appearances for City, a run that will be extended against Wigan at Eastlands.
Hart does have youth on his side, though and is adamant there is no way he wants to stand down from the busiest season of his fledgling career.
"I am not interested in having a break," said Hart. "I love playing. It is great to have all these games and I am happy to do it."
Hart does accept it can be draining mentally at times.
However, he does not view his situation as being comparable with his outfield colleagues, who have to counter physical fatigue as well.
"Mentally it is a little bit draining but as soon as the game starts that all goes out of the window," he said.
"It is like the start of a game where you have been injured all week. Suddenly the injury is gone. It is the excitement of playing.
"It is the busiest season of my career. But I just turn up and play.
"Every time I get the chance I am happy to see my name on the team-sheet. It is not like I am running 15km like some of the lads.
"I am just trying to keep as fresh and sparky as I can."
Kolo Toure will be the notable absentee for the clash.
The Ivorian is suspended indefinitely pending a full inquiry into his failed drugs test and under Football Association rules will not be considered until the case is resolved.
Vincent Kompany is expected to return in central defence following a hip problem, while Nigel de Jong may be fit to claim a place on the bench after a six-game absence with an ankle injury.
Meanwhile, Wigan boss Roberto Martinez will not compromise his footballing philosophy - but wants it executed better as the relegation battle hots up.
Wigan slumped to the bottom of the Barclays Premier League as they were thrashed 4-0 by Manchester United in a controversial game at the DW Stadium last week.
Throughout a difficult season Latics have tried to play a style pleasing on the eye, but their lack of a regular goalscorer and a shaky defence have cost them.
Some critics have said Martinez urgently needs to rethink his tactics but the Spaniard is convinced his methods well yet prove correct.
Martinez said: "I think the manner we believe football has to be played is quite clear.
"What is important is you play in that manner well enough to win football games.
"We have been playing really well - I think you are starting to see a team that has got that chemistry and understanding between them.
"Yes, there are certain aspects we need to improve. That is quite clear.
"But I think the positives are bigger than the little aspects we need to improve.
"Now is a real test of character and a challenge we have to enjoy.
"Yes, it is a real fight and we will need to work really hard to stay in the Barclays Premier League, but we are going to do it with style."
Defender Emmerson Boyce is Wigan's only major absentee for the trip to Eastlands.
Boyce has been plagued by hamstring trouble this season and could also miss the next game against Birmingham in a fortnight's time.
On-loan midfielder Tom Cleverley is back in contention after being ineligible to face parent club Manchester United last weekend and January signing Connor Sammon could make his debut.
Silva lines win for Cioty
Kolo Toure ended a wretched few days by watching Manchester City record an unconvincing 1-0 Barclays Premier League win over Wigan at Eastlands.
Ali Al Habsi's horrendous first-half mistake allowed David Silva to grab a winner for the hosts with his fifth goal of the season that allowed them to profit from Arsenal's failure to beat Sunderland and close to within four points of the Gunners.
For Toure though, it can only be small consolation following confirmation of a failed drugs test that potentially leaves him battling to salvage his career.
Immediately before the game, manager Roberto Mancini confirmed Arsene Wenger's view that Toure's mental state was "not great".
City officials had not expected the 29-year-old to be in attendance to watch his team-mates in action. But Toure was there, although any enjoyment could surely only have been partial.
At least he was not the only person under the spotlight.
As he contemplated his own blunder, Al Habsi must have felt equally alone.
After all, rock-bottom Wigan had performed superbly up to the point in the 38th minute when Silva skipped past Adrian Lopez, who chose just the wrong time to slip, and burst into the box.
The Spain star's shot was accurate but lacked power.
That did not matter though as Al Habsi inexplicably allowed the ball to squirm from his grasp and trundle over the line, leaving the Oman international to hold his head in his hands in agony.
Although City had enjoyed plenty of possession, they had only created one other chance, when Mario Balotelli cut in from the left flank in the opening minutes.
On that occasion, Al Habsi performed more in keeping with his general standards since arriving on loan from Bolton, making an excellent save, even if the ball did rocket away at a strange angle.
Apart from that, Wigan were virtually foot perfect.
After appearing in the headlines last week as the unwitting fall-guy in the Wayne Rooney elbowing controversy, James McCarthy's name should have been in lights again when Vincent Kompany's weak clearance rolled straight to him.
From 10 yards and in plenty of space, the very least McCarthy should have done was keep his effort on target.
He failed. The shot drifted badly wide, McCarthy scarcely able to believe what he had done.
City gave up a half-time lead right after the re-start against Fulham on Sunday and nearly did exactly the same again.
Antolin Alcaraz crept into space to meet Ben Watson's corner at the near post, flicking the ball over Pablo Zabaleta and onto the crossbar.
It was the high point of a lacklustre opening to a half both sides had so much incentive to do far better in.
The home supporters were starting to sense a problem when McCarthy let fly with a fizzing half-volley from 25 yards that brought an excellent save out of Joe Hart.
Alcaraz burst the full length of the field after robbing Yaya Toure, which was not only an indication of Wigan's growing confidence but also the space they were being afforded.
The Latics consistent failing this season though has been their inability to score.
This represented the 11th time this term they have failed to find the net, a failing that is going to get them relegated if they do not rectify it quickly.
Substitute Charles N'Zogbia was not able to as he sent a 20-yard shot flying over the bar.
If there was precious little else for City's supporters to cheer, they could at least herald the return of combative midfielder Nigel de Jong from an ankle injury seven minutes from time.
With a trip to Kiev on Thursday for a Europa League meeting with Dynamo, City need everyone available at present because they cannot count on more gifts like the one Al Habsi offered.
Dubliner Conor Sammon had one last chance of claiming the point Wigan deserved when he was sent through by Rodallega but his shot rolled agonisingly wide of the far post to leave Roberto Martinez cursing his luck once more.
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