Manchester City-Wigan Athletic Preview
LONDON (SE) - Scoring goals will be the priority for Manchester City when they travel to the DW Stadium to play Wigan Athletic on Wednesday evening.
The Premier League Champions drew 0-0 with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, and midfielder James Milner was frustrated that City couldn't find the back of the net.
"I thought we played a good game and didn't quite get the three points," said Milner. "We have got things to work on. We need to take our chances - we had a number of corners and chances that didn't go our way. When we are on top in games and have territory and chances we are not quite putting teams to bed like we should be. Hopefully we can improve on that during the season.
"There are positives and negatives to take out of the game. It shows mental strength because sometimes, when you have those days, it is easy to think it's not our day and sit back and let the other team into the game and have chances themselves. I don't think we did that. We were pretty solid and moved the ball around pretty well. The pitch wasn't the greatest but we tried to be positive and it just didn't happen for us at the business end."
Wigan have a number of injury problems, with Shaun Maloney (groin), Ivan Ramis (hamstring) and Ryo Miyaichi (ankle) doubtful, while Gary Caldwell (hamstring), Ben Watson (broken leg), James McArthur (thigh), Albert Crusat (knee) and Antolin Alcaraz (groin)are out.
Despite admitting that his squad is stretched, manager Roberto Martinez is pleased with the way his team are playing - particularly to come back and win 3-2 late-on against Reading on Saturday.
"You don't want to have injuries and that is the weakest we have been, but I was pleased with the reaction we had - focus and determination and that mature side on the pitch, not accepting any negative against us," said Martinez. "We had some injuries and picked up another two along the way.
"This is November. It is always a risky month in terms of injuries because of the change of weather and the fatigue of certain players after working for the first third of the competition. We have been unfortunate with many accidents resulting in injuries."
City are without Gael Clichy (ankle), Micah Richards (knee) and Jack Rodwell (hamstring), and Mancini is expected to return Edin Dzeko to the bench after starting him in place of Carlos Tevez on Sunday.
City did the double over Wigan last season, but needed a Dzeko goal to sneak a 1-0 win at the DW. That result made it five straight wins for City against Wednesday's opposition, and they have not conceded to the Latics in 495 minutes of Premier League football - a run dating back to October 2009.