Wednesday 05 March 2014
Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.
David Silva scored the only goal as Manchester City won for the first time in three Barclays Premier League matches to drop Wigan Athletic to the bottom of the table.
Silva took a shot from the edge of the penalty area which Latics goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi failed to hold on to and it trickled through his legs and into the net.
Man City stayed third in the table and the significance of the victory was that it started a record-breaking run of 20 consecutive home wins in the Barclays Premier League, which lasted for just over a year.
“It was important that we won this game," City manager Roberto Mancini said. "We played very well in the first half and deserved to score one or two goals.”
The hosts made the better start with Mario Balotelli testing Al Habsi before Silva then Carlos Tevez shot wide. At the other end, Wigan's James McCarthy fired wide from 12 yards and the visitors paid for that miss soon afterwards when Silva scored his second goal in as many matches.
Wigan’s Antolin Alcaraz volleyed against a post after the break and McCarthy was denied by City goalkeeper Joe Hart.
The Latics had further chances to level the match as Hugo Rodallega could not make the most of a chance, before substitute Connor Sammon shot just wide from close range.
“We played face-to-face against a very good side and we kept them really quiet," Wigan manager Roberto Martinez said. "If you look at the stats you will see it is quite an emphatic performance.”
City ended up finishing third, nine points behind champions Manchester United, while Wigan came 17th, two places and three points above the relegation zone.