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18:05 18th October 2009


Superb performance almost wins three points for Latics

N'Zogbia 45+1
Petrov 47

Report by Paul Chialton

An entertaining contest at the DW Stadium ended with Latics coming away hard-earned point against Mark Hughes' side.

Charles N'Zogbia, who gave Wayne Bridge countless problems all night, put Latics ahead seconds before the half-time whistle.

Jason Scotland poking a telling ball around Joleon Lescott to feed in Hugo Rodallega on the left side of the area. The Colombian's strike was parried by Shay Given into the path of N'Zogbia who got ahead of Bridge to open his scoring account for the season.

Although neither side were able to fully control the first-half Roberto Martinez's men were the ones who had created the better chances and, in fairness, looked as though they would make them count.

The goal not only brought an end to the half but also acted as a fine indicator of the pedigree Martinez has instilled in the squad.

Momo Diame embodied this, covering every blade of grass and looking a class-act in possession. The Frenchman grows with every performance and is quickly becoming the team's talisman. He could have found himself on the score-sheet 20 minutes before the end, striking narrowly over left-footed from 20-yards.

However by that time City had made their mark on the game. The industrious efforts of Carlos Tevez paid of as the Argentine burst down the right-wing squared to Martin Petrov who struck home from the edge of the area.

But rather than boost the visitor's efforts, the goal invigorated Latics who really turned it up a gear going in search of a winner, a significant aspect of their play this season and a marked change in their mentality from last campaign.

Chances came for Hugo Rodallega, poking agonisingly wide from inside the six-yard box, and Jordi Gomez, who latched onto a Mario Melchiot cross only for Given to push wide.

A bold statement of intent from the home side that has brought success already this season, nearly won them the game, but certainly showed the progression the team are making every week.

A more than satisfactory day for Martinez then who will be very pleased with the attitude and arrogance shown by his side.

Kirkland; Melchiot, Bramble, Boyce, Figueroa; Diame, Thomas; N'Zogbia, Scharner (Gomez, 72), Rodallega; Scotland
Subs: Pollitt, Cho, Koumas, Kapo, Sinclair, King

Man City: Given; Richards, Zabaleta, Lescott, Bridge; de Jong, Barry, Petrov; Wright-Phillips (Ireland, 82); Tevez (Santa Cruz, 82), Adebayor (Kompany. 70)
Subs: Taylor, Sylvinho, Weiss, Johnson

    Data provided by Press Association