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Rusty Richards calls for time

18 April 2013 11:50

Micah Richards has called for patience as he tries to regain fitness after making his first appearance for Manchester City in five months.

City defeated Wigan Athletic 1-0 on Wednesdau, but manager Roberto Mancini was not kind with his post-match appraisal of Richards' comeback; saying he "did not like" the right-back's display and insisted he "needs to work a lot".

And the 24-year-old himself hinted fatigue may have caught up with him toward the end of the game, but said he still enjoyed being involved once after a long injury layoff.

"It felt good to be back," he told the club's official website.

"I was tired after about 65 minutes and I think it showed towards the end, but I was delighted to be back with the boys. We got the win, and that's the most important."

The reigning champions were somewhat fortunate to secure all three points, owing thanks to a late Carlos Tevez winner, and Richards admitted their opponents probably deserved something from the tie.

"We didn't play the best football," he said.

"I think you've got to give credit to Wigan. They were probably the best team on the night - they passed the ball better.

"There were a few tired legs from Wembley, it's a big pitch and we looked a bit sluggish at times but we got the three points and that's all that matters."

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