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Mancini admits City were lucky in Wigan win

29 November 2012 02:03

Roberto Mancini branded his Manchester City team 'lucky' after two goals in as many second-half minutes sealed a 2-0 win at Wigan.

Efforts from Mario Balotelli and James Milner sealed all three points for the visitors against Wigan, who had been the better side for most of the match.

The two goals came after Mancini altered his formation from a flat back four to three in a direct reflection of the hosts, a ploy which paid instant rewards.

"They play with three defenders, two in the channel, so I wanted to put players in the same position," Mancini told Sky Sports after the match.

"We changed (formation) but we were lucky because we scored the first goal and the match changed."

Despite a poor first half showing, the Manchester City boss was always confident that his side could turn it around in the second period.

"Every year when we play against Wigan it's difficult because they play very well," he said.

"After the first half I thought we have another 45 minutes and three or four players on the bench that can change the game."

The win means City continue their unbeaten record in the Premier League, which now stands at 20 games, but Mancini said that he is more concerned with keeping pace alongside Manchester United at the top of the table.

"Maybe it's important that we win because it's sometimes better to lose one game than draw two or three in a row," he said.

"The Premier League is difficult to be unbeaten, so for us it's important to stay at the top and stay close to United."

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Competition
Premier League
Date
28 November 2012
Game week
14
Kick-off
21:00
Half-time
0 - 0
Full-time
0 - 2
Venue
The DW Stadium (Wigan)
Attendance
19623

Goals

0 - 1
0 - 2
72' J. Milner
 (assist by G. Barry)

Lineups

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
16
15
12
19
20
28
25
# Player Bookings
7 72'
13
28
10
11
30
32

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 0 +0 0
2 0 +0 0
3 0 +0 0
4 0 +0 0
5 0 +0 0
6 0 +0 0
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