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The offside flag is raised against Adam Johnson. Free kick taken by Ali Al Habsi.
Foul by Victor Moses on Nedum Onuoha, free kick awarded. Joe Hart restarts play with the free kick.
Adam Johnson replaces Sergio Aguero.
Gary Caldwell gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Edin Dzeko. The free kick is delivered right-footed by James Milner from left wing, clearance by James McCarthy.
Handball decision goes against Maynor Figueroa. The referee shows Maynor Figueroa a yellow card. Booking for James Milner for unsporting behaviour. Direct free kick taken by Joleon Lescott.
Antolin Alcaraz takes a shot. Blocked by Pablo Zabaleta.
Outswinging corner taken by Ben Watson from the right by-line.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gareth Barry by Victor Moses. Free kick taken by Gael Clichy.
Foul by Joleon Lescott on Victor Moses, free kick awarded. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Ben Watson, clearance by Edin Dzeko.
Effort from the edge of the box by Sergio Aguero goes wide of the left-hand post.
Corner taken by James Milner played to the near post, clearance made by James McCarthy.
Edin Dzeko takes a shot. Save by Ali Al Habsi.
(Wigan) makes a substitution, with Callum McManaman coming on for Jordi Gomez.
(Man City) makes a substitution, with Nedum Onuoha coming on for David Silva.
Hugo Rodallega fouled by Nigel De Jong, the ref awards a free kick. Nigel De Jong goes into the book for unsporting behaviour. Antolin Alcaraz restarts play with the free kick.
James McCarthy gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Edin Dzeko. James McCarthy receives a yellow card. Nigel De Jong takes the free kick.
Pablo Zabaleta challenges Franco Di Santo unfairly and gives away a free kick. Pablo Zabaleta is shown a yellow card. Franco Di Santo restarts play with the free kick.
David Silva decides to take a short corner.
A cross is delivered by James Milner, clearance made by Gary Caldwell.
Pablo Zabaleta crosses the ball, clearance by Antolin Alcaraz.
Foul by Franco Di Santo on Gareth Barry, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Gareth Barry.
Corner taken right-footed by Ben Watson, Pablo Zabaleta manages to make a clearance.
James McCarthy takes a shot. Save by Joe Hart.
Foul by David Silva on Jordi Gomez, free kick awarded. Gary Caldwell restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gareth Barry by James McCarthy. Nigel De Jong joins the action as a substitute, replacing Samir Nasri. Joleon Lescott takes the free kick.
Franco Di Santo crosses the ball, save made by Joe Hart.
James Milner challenges Jordi Gomez unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Antolin Alcaraz.
Foul by Stefan Savic on Hugo Rodallega, free kick awarded. Ben Watson takes the free kick.
Franco Di Santo replaces Albert Crusat. Ben Watson on for James McArthur.
Cross/shot by Samir Nasri.
James McArthur concedes a free kick for a foul on James Milner. James Milner takes the direct free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Stefan Savic by Victor Moses. Joe Hart takes the direct free kick.
Outswinging corner taken by Samir Nasri.
The ball is sent over by Gael Clichy.
James McArthur concedes a free kick for a foul on Edin Dzeko. James McArthur is cautioned. David Silva restarts play with the free kick.
The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Gary Caldwell.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Samir Nasri by Maynor Figueroa. David Silva takes the direct free kick.
David Silva takes a shot. Ali Al Habsi makes a save.
Edin Dzeko takes a shot. Ali Al Habsi makes a save.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Antolin Alcaraz by Edin Dzeko. Ali Al Habsi takes the direct free kick.
Victor Moses is ruled offside. Joe Hart restarts play with the free kick.
James McArthur has an effort at goal from just outside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.
The ball is delivered by Ronnie Stam, clearance by James Milner.
Jordi Gomez takes a short corner.
Hugo Rodallega is ruled offside. Joleon Lescott takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Edin Dzeko by James McArthur. Joe Hart takes the free kick.
Jordi Gomez delivers the ball, clearance made by Gael Clichy.
Sergio Aguero takes a shot. Save by Ali Al Habsi.
Antolin Alcaraz delivers the ball, Gareth Barry manages to make a clearance.
Edin Dzeko is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Gary Caldwell.
Gareth Barry fouled by Hugo Rodallega, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Samir Nasri.
Unfair challenge on Victor Moses by Stefan Savic results in a free kick. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Jordi Gomez.
Joleon Lescott concedes a free kick for a foul on Victor Moses. Free kick taken by Jordi Gomez.
Victor Moses is ruled offside. Joe Hart takes the free kick.
Foul by Gareth Barry on James McCarthy, free kick awarded. Gary Caldwell restarts play with the free kick.
David Silva takes a shot. Blocked by Gary Caldwell.
James McArthur takes a shot. Save made by Joe Hart.
Jordi Gomez fouled by David Silva, the ref awards a free kick. James McCarthy takes the direct free kick.
The ball is sent over by Ronnie Stam.
Samir Nasri gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on James McCarthy. Free kick taken by Maynor Figueroa.
Samir Nasri concedes a free kick for a foul on Albert Crusat. Maynor Figueroa restarts play with the free kick.
Victor Moses fouled by Stefan Savic, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by James McArthur.
Antolin Alcaraz concedes a free kick for a foul on Edin Dzeko. David Silva sends in a cross, Edin Dzeko finds the back of the net with a headed goal from close in. Wigan 0-1 Man City.The assist for the goal came from David Silva.
James McArthur gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Pablo Zabaleta. Pablo Zabaleta restarts play with the free kick.
Pablo Zabaleta delivers the ball.
Sergio Aguero is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Ali Al Habsi.
Free kick awarded for a foul by James McArthur on Edin Dzeko. Free kick taken by James Milner.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Sergio Aguero. Indirect free kick taken by Ali Al Habsi.
Effort on goal by Victor Moses from just inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
A cross is delivered by Samir Nasri, Stefan Savic produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box that clears the crossbar.
Samir Nasri takes a short corner.
Corner taken by Samir Nasri from the left by-line to the near post, Hugo Rodallega manages to make a clearance.
The ball is swung over by Gael Clichy, Edin Dzeko has a headed effort at goal from close range which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Joe Hart by Hugo Rodallega. Direct free kick taken by Joe Hart.
Short corner taken by Jordi Gomez.
James McArthur takes a shot. James Milner gets a block in.
Albert Crusat produces a cross, clearance by Gael Clichy.
Free kick awarded for a foul by James Milner on Victor Moses. Gary Caldwell takes the direct free kick.
City need to win titles to be great - Martinez
Manchester City cannot be considered a great side until they have a cabinet full of trophies, Wigan boss Roberto Martinez has claimed.
City visit the DW Stadium on Monday night and though Martinez says they are title favourites, they are still a way off the likes of Barcelona.
Martinez said: "As a team what measures you as a good or a bad team is achieving things and winning titles.
"What Manchester City has done has been phenomenal. I know money has been important but to get a team out of the individuals is where the difficulty lies.
"They can win any competition they go into, and they have done a remarkable job but only time will tell how good they can be.
"Barcelona probably five years ago were in a similar situation, showing good signs.
"But you can only be measured as a great side when you win titles and that's probably the exciting times ahead for Manchester City because they are showing they have everything in place to win trophies."
Martinez has midfielder Mohamed Diame absent on African Nations Cup duty with Senegal but winger Albert Crusat is back in contention after a couple of weeks out with a back injury.
Young striker Callum McManaman could be on the bench after impressing in the FA Cup defeat at Swindon.
Meanwhile, Manchester City assistant boss David Platt does not believe there will be a change of philosophy from Wigan even though the Latics have been dumped back to the foot of the Barclays Premier League.
After claiming an encouraging 10 points from an eight-game run that included fixtures against Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool, a woeful home defeat by Sunderland brought an air of gloom to Wigan once more.
Since then, both Bolton and Blackburn have managed victories so Martinez's men are rock bottom again as they prepare to entertain the Premier League leaders tomorrow.
Yet Platt knows Martinez too well to believe the Spaniard will be panicked into changing a free-flowing style that has served him so well throughout his managerial career.
"Wigan play football and they won't go away from that," he said.
"They had a very bad run that has seen them involved in a relegation battle but Roberto Martinez has his own style and he will stick to his philosophies."
With skipper Vincent Kompany serving the second game of his four-match ban and Kolo Toure on African Nations Cup duty with the Ivory Coast, 21-year-old Montenegro international Stefan Savic is set to continue in central defence.
Samir Nasri would hope to have more involvement too as City look to emerge from a run of just one win in their last five games, which has seen their prowess in front of goal drastically curtailed.
Not that Platt is fazed by that.
Victory will take City three points clear of Manchester United and five ahead of Tottenham and his own experience of title-winning campaigns will ensure he does not lose focus on the overall goal.
"It's an obvious thing to say, but to win it, you need to get more points than the others," he said.
"In our position that means not getting less than two points fewer than the others.
"That will be achieved by winning football matches. Everything else is irrelevant."
Dzeko sends City three points clear
Edin Dzeko broke an 11-match scoring drought to send Manchester City three points clear in the Barclays Premier League title race as they recorded a 1-0 victory at Wigan.
The giant Bosnian netted his 14th club goal of the season as he steered David Silva's free-kick into the bottom corner.
It was enough to overcome a spirited Latics side, although the visitors did have chances to make life a little more comfortable against the basement boys, with Dzeko taking the best chance off the toe of Sergio Aguero.
And Blues boss Roberto Mancini ended the game in animated conversation with the fourth official after Martin Atkinson's inexplicable failure to show Maynor Figueroa a red card for deliberate handball as he denied Aguero a clear run on goal two minutes from time.
Wigan's adherence to the passing game is very laudable but there are times when their supporters would were prefer a bit of old-fashioned English-style long ball.
Although the Latics were back-pedalling for most of the half, there were enough occasions when they did work themselves into decent positions yet failed to deliver a cross or a pass that might have put their opponents under pressure, leaving their supporters distinctly agitated.
As it turned out, James McArthur had their best chance, a snap-shot from the edge of the area, which Joe Hart gathered at the second attempt.
Silva returned to the City side for this match at the DW Stadium.
The diminutive Spain international is behind so much of the Blues' most inventive play and with Yaya Toure amongst the five senior figures missing - and Samir Nasri struggling for top form - there was more reliance on him than usual.
Silva had a couple of shots blocked, almost sent Aguero through and supplied the free-kick for Dzeko's goal.
Having not found the net since November 5, the Bosnian was in need of one of those fireworks Mario Balotelli had set off in his house.
To that end, he could not have wished for more accommodating opponents.
Wigan failed to get close enough to Dzeko and as Gary Caldwell and Antolin Alcaraz floundered, Dzeko found the bottom corner with a precise header.
Aguero brought a fine one-handed save out of Ali Al Habsi as the opening period drew to a close and, despite the closeness of the scoreline, the suspicion remained that City would cruise clear after the restart.
Yet Wigan remained spirited opposition and with plenty of team-mates in support, McArthur could have picked a better option than a long-range shot from an acute angle that fizzed disappointingly wide.
It was not long before City were back on the offensive, although how they had not increased their advantage by the hour mark was a bit of a mystery.
First of all, Al Habsi made a magnificent double save to deny Dzeko and Silva, clawing the Bosnian's curling effort away from the top corner, then repelling the midfielder, who had aimed low from barely seven yards.
What followed next was infuriating for Aguero, who weaved his way past three Wigan defenders and seemed to have the simplest of tasks to find the net.
Instead, Dzeko whipped the ball off his toe and went for goal himself. But his shot was so weak Al Habsi was able to make a comfortable save.
It meant Roberto Martinez was able to introduce Ben Watson and Franco Di Santo midway through the second period still harbouring hopes of snatching something from the game.
And how close they came too as Hugo Rodallega rolled a pass to James McCarthy on his left and the midfielder forced Hart into his best save of the match.
It was not turning into the cruise many had predicted and the jitters even seemed to get to the normally unflappable Hart, who made a save he did not need to as McCarthy's shot was flying wide.
The introduction of Nigel de Jong for Nasri and Nedum Onuoha for Silva were further signs of City entering preservation mode.
Wigan continued to be the architects of their own downfall though, gifting a chance to Dzeko, which Al Habsi turned away, then costing themselves a decent attacking chance when Caldwell rolled a two-yard pass to Stam straight out of play.
And, though they worked hard to fashion another opportunity, Wigan could not find a talking point to match Figueroa's deliberate handball as he got the bounce of a De Jong clearance all wrong and, knowing he was the last man, stuck up a hand to prevent Aguero bursting clear.
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