St. Mary's Stadium

Next Game

So'ton v Man City

Sunday, 30 November 2014, 13:30

Barclays Prem

Etihad Stadium

Last Game

Man City 3 - 2 Bay Munich

Tuesday, 25 November 2014, 19:45

Champions League Group E

Mancini: Win was hard work

Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini blamed too many games for their lacklustre victory over relegation threatened Wigan at the Ethiad Stadium.

Last Updated: 18/04/13 at 08:33 Post Comment

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Carlos Tevez struck late on to give the hosts a 1-0 win against unlucky Wigan in their FA Cup final dress rehearsal.

Argentine striker Tevez netted his 11th league goal of the season seven minutes from time to narrow the gap to 13 points between City and Premier League leaders Manchester United, who only drew at West Ham.

But after succesive victories against city-rivals United at Old Trafford and Chelsea at Wembley, Mancini felt his squad were running on empty.

The Italian told Sky Sports: "It was hard work because we were so tired because we played two important games in five days and we played the last game three days ago.

"It was a difficult game but we knew this before the game. Wigan play good football, they play really well.

"Wigan played well every time they want to play to win because they have a good manager."

And when asked about Tevez winning goal, Mancini said: "He's a top quality player and he played very well. He scored a fantastic goal.

"I think we didn't play well for 65 minutes. Instead the last 25 we played very well, scored a goal and created chances."

And the City boss feels confident that the Latics will remain in the Premier League come the end of the season.

"I think they will stay up because I'm sure they will do a good job from now until the end. They play very well and Roberto Martinez deserves to stay in the Premier League."

"Wigan played better than us for 60 minutes. In the last 25 minutes, we played better, we had three or four chances to score but they probably didn't deserve to lose."

Both sides went into the game on the back of emotionally-draining and energy-sapping wins in the FA Cup semi-finals and that showed in a low-key first half.

When asked if there may have been a hangover from his side's game on Sunday, Mancini said: "Probably yes. We spent a lot of energy against Chelsea and it was difficult."

With leaders Manchester United drawing 2-2 with West Ham on the same night after scoring a controversial equaliser, City cut the gap at the top to 13 points.

Mancini dismissed a suggestion the title race could still be alive, although he did joke as he saw a replay of Robin van Persie's leveller for United on a pressroom TV.

He said: "This is not important now, it is finished.

"If they didn't score an offside (goal), probably..."

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

L

oved the article. i remember at school, after failing an exam, I would become obscenely secretly happy if I discover that others failed as well. Misery loves company...Now here is to hoping Chelsea joins the party and Stoke city wins the league...Cheers!

gabu
The Premier League: As Crazy As A Bag Of Snakes

C

haos reached its ultimate reckoning last weekend with Tony Hibbert looking assured at left back and Osman looking like a cultured ball playing midfielder before busting a gut to get to the back post for a Samuel Eto'o ball. Different chaos but chaos. If Kone scores the winner tonight I fear the world will end.

jelasfirsttouch
The Premier League: As Crazy As A Bag Of Snakes

A

beautiful demonstration of why stats mean diddly-squat in football.

cheshire-gooner
WhoScored's PL Team Of 2014 So Far...

Footer 365

La Liga: David Moyes says he wants to 'excite' Real Sociedad fans ahead of Elche clash

David Moyes wants to "excite" Real Sociedad fans in his first home game in charge of the Basque club against Elche.

Europa League: Benjamin Stambouli fires Tottenham to win over Partizan Belgrade

Benjamin Stambouli's strike earned Tottenham a 1-0 win over Partizan Belgrade and a place in the last 32 of the Europa League.

Europa League: Trabzonspor and Fiorentina among teams to reach last 32

Trabzonspor and Fiorentina were among the teams to progress to the last 32 of the Europa League on Thursday night.

Mail Box

Arsenal Fans Are Full Of Hope Again...

Arsenal fans have been sucked back into believing Wenger can bring the glory years back after beating Borussia Dortmund. Plus, more on Liverpool's worrying decline...

Makes Sense To Make Gerrard Liverpool Manager

That's the thoughts of one Mailboxer, who wants Jamie Carragher as defensive coach. Plus views on Arsenal, Malmo v Juventus, Alexis Sanchez & tremendous improvement...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property