Tuesday, 30 March 2010

Wigan reax

Ian Herbert, The Independent

There was little in their performance last night to send a shudder of apprehension down to Liverpool, whom they leapfrog into fifth in the Premier League, and Roberto Martinez justifiably pointed to the questionable dismissal of centre-back Gary Caldwell as the turning point. He also issued – and later retracted – a claim late last night that the referee, Stuart Attwell, had been dishonest is his explanation of that decision. Still, City are still yet to lose when Tevez scores and the manner of his second City hat-trick – completed in 13 short minutes – suggests more scoring to come.

Rory Smith, Daily Telegraph

The Argentine's 13-minute treble took his tally for his first campaign on the sky blue side of Manchester to 25 in all competitions, returned City to fifth in the Premier League table, two points behind Tottenham, and otherwise disguised what was a laboured and lacklustre display from a team bereft of invention until the dismissal of Gary Caldwell, the Wigan captain, with an hour gone. 

Chris Wheeler, Daily Mail

The Argentine was a thorn in Wigan's side from the off, teasing them down the flanks and driving his way into the penalty box at every opportunity.

Peter Lansley, The Times

He marked his 25th goal of a beguiling season with a yellow card after melding with the City crowd six minutes from time when beating Scharner and swerving a composed shot in at the near post. City are yet to lose a league game in which Tévez has scored. "I hope Carlos scores in the final seven games then," Mancini said. "We know we have a good chance to get fourth position."

Paul Wilson, The Guardian

Wigan grew bolder as half-time approached, so few problems were City causing. Scharner was miles over with the eventual shot from a sweeping move involving Rodallega and Marcelo Moreno, though there was a small but significant cheer from the visiting fans at the sight of Diame showing Vieira the ball in the middle then nonchalantly carrying it past him.

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