Man City 1-0 Wigan Highlights
Pablo Zabaleta’s strike gave 10-man Manchester City a battling victory over Wigan after Richard Dunne was sent off.
City dominated early on with Robinho missing when clean through and having another shot cleared off the line.
Zabaleta did find the net on 53 minutes with a powerful effort but straight from the restart City captain Dunne was sent off for kicking out at Amir Zaki.
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Wigan poured forward but Zaki missed an open goal when he headed over and they could not make their pressure count.
Unsurprisingly, the build-up to this match had been dominated by the potential arrival of AC Milan superstar Kaka at City for a fee that could top the £100m mark.
But, given their present position just above the Premier League relegation zone, City could ill-afford to be distracted by the speculation, especially for the visit of in-form Wigan, who they had not beaten in eight previous top-flight meetings since 2002.
LAST SEASON’S CORRESPONDING GAME
1 March 2008 – Ref: Steve Bennett
THIS SEASON’S REVERSE FIXTURE
28 September 2008 – Ref: Steve Bennett
Wigan scorers: Valencia 16, Zaki 34 pen
Man City scorer: Kompany 22