GS’s Wigan are still without a win for @realtimeFM after collapsing to a 4-1 defeat hosting Manchester City leaking three goals in the final five minutes. Wigan, while flying high in the Premier League in 5th, haven’t picked up maximum points in their last four matches (two draws followed by two defeats).
Saturday 15th December 2012, Premier League
WIGAN ATHLETIC 1 – 4 MANCHESTER CITY 4
Watson 67 – Agüero 19, Tevez 85 pen, Dzeko 87, Silva 90
The hosts packed the midfield in a 4-5-1 formation for the first time this season, Franco Di Santo on his own upfront with top-scorer John Guidetti ineligible for the match due to his loan from the visiting Manchester City. The score doesn’t do justice to how well the Latics bossed the centre of the park, matching Man City on possession over the 90 and having far more of the ball in the final third, though Di Santo looked lightweight until being replaced early in the second-half.
GS is back! We’re live at the DW Stadium for 4th v. 2nd as Wigan host Manchester City. SkyBet Odds: 3-1 Wigan, 4-5F Man City, 2-1 Draw.
Wigan XI: Al-Habsi — García, Ramis, Evatt, Boyce — Caldwell — Jones, McCarthy — Beausejour, Klein — Di Santo. (Guidetti ineligible).
“Man City are a good side and I think they have enough quality today. Maynor Figueroa and Arouna Koné will be big misses for Wigan.”
1′ Manchester City get us underway at the DW Stadium in the evening drizzle.
4′ Early pressure from Wigan forces a pair of corners in quick succession and Hart is forced to make the first save of the match.
8′ Caldwell gets free down the left and sends a ball across the six-yard box which Hart fumbles onto the crossbar before conceding a corner.
19′ 1-0 City. FK wide on the right which is fired in low to Sergio AGUERO to slam home a neat half-volley for their first shot on goal.
30′ Wigan look dangerous down the right with Boyce and Klein overlapping well, but the crosses into Di Santo aren’t working yet.
HT Wigan 0-1 Man City: Possession 53-47%, Chances 3-2, Corners 6-0, Fouls 3-5.
Malteasers consumed and we’re back out for 2nd half. Di Santo not getting service yet but Wigan playing well. City counter dangerously though.
Beausejour took a knock just before the break but seems to be running it off. David Jones’s passing has been inaccurate in patches.
52′ GS has seen enough after David ‘Give Me First Team Action’ Jones woefully over-hits a ball on a 3-on-1 counter. Ben Watson replaces.
59′ Mauro Boselli replaces Di Santo as Wigan’s lone frontman as the hosts look for more strength on the ball up top.
67′ 1-1! Subs combine as Boselli feeds in WATSON to equalise for the hosts and it’s nothing more than they deserve after intense pressure.
73′ Aguero hits the crossbar with a header from a tight angle at the far post. Truly end-to-end stuff here. Wigan’s back five looking shaky.
80′ Boyce concedes a free-kick inches outside the area for bringing down Aguero and earns the first booking of the game.
80′ Tevez bends it around the wall and smashes Al-Habsi’s left post.
85′ PENALTY! Aguero beats Ramis to the ball and goes down over the challenge ten year out. Jon Moss points to the spot.
86′ 2-1 MAN CITY. Tevez sends Al-Habsi the wrong way from the spot.
88′ 3-1 Man City. Wigan attack is stifled and Nasri breaks away to slide a ball into DZEKO who takes two touches and drills home to seal it.
90+2′ 4-1 MAN CITY. Nasri provides again, bursting down left and drilling shot against the post, with David SILVA passing the rebound home.
FT Wigan Athletic 1-4 Manchester City. (Watson 67 – Agüero 19, Tevez 85pen, Dzeko 87, Silva 90+2). Collapse.
Elsewhere, Man Utd beat Saints 4–1 with Hernandez hat trick; Martin Jol marks his first Sunderland match with a 6-1 win over Reading.