Sunday, 18 October 2009

Wigan player ratings

Given A few crucial saves including one from close range in the last few minutes which kept us in the hunt. Not at fault for the goal. 7

Zabaleta Silly red card cost us a decent shot at a win. Yes, the first yellow card was harsh but he should not be making the sort of challenges for which he got his second while on a booking. 4

Richards Drafted in for his first game at centre back for almost a year (can anyone clarify this?) he did ok but did lose a challenge in the build up to N'Zogbia's goal. Moved to right back for the last twenty minutes - will have a chance to win this place back next week. 6

Lescott Perhaps his best game for City: he was genuinely dominant in his defending and had a touch of class on the ball too. We must hope that this is the start of something. 7

Bridge Not one of his better games, he looked rather hesitant in attack and defence. May still be suffering from his groin strain picked up on international duty. 5

SWP Looks to be in one of his form dips at the moment. Had one or two good flashes but did not really stretch Wigan too often. Could have won a penalty perhaps. 6

de Jong
Another tigerish performance from the man whose warrior spirit is so important to our newfound strength. Showed Zabaleta how to tackle like an animal without getting carded. 7

Barry
Exceptional in the first half with his vision and passing. Won a crucial freekick in our own area at 0-0. Faded a bit after the break but his experience was important to us late on. Ireland cannot be very confident of breaking back into central midfield. 7

Petrov
What a luxury to have this man as third choice left winger! He did not look 100% fit today - he was unusually reticent about running at defenders - but his passing was pretty good and he took his goal very well. 7

Tévez
His best game for City. Drifting into the space between the midfield and Adebayor his work rate and link up play were excellent, including the run and pass for Petrov's goal. He's not going to score twenty goals this season but his contribution should not be underestimated. 8

Adebayor Looked off the pace - he struggled to see much of the ball and when in possession was not particularly threatening. 5

Subs:

Kompany
Came on for his first appearance of the season at centre back and looked good. Pleased to see him back. 6

RSC, Ireland Got a few minutes late on, with little impact.

1 comment:

Matt said...

a fair result in the end, wigan are a force to be reckoned with at home, they are a tall powerful side that like to keep the ball. they prevented city getting any kind of momentum in the first half. city are becoming a resilient outfit, in fact we played more like a team when we were down to 10 men. was impressed with petrov in 2nd half, he was calm self assured, looking like his old self, helped us to keep possesion with some thoughtful passes even the odd interception. city look difficult to beat, the team will get stronger as the season progresses while spurs and the other teams around us will burn out.