Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Boxing Day beauty

Wigan Athletic beat Manchester City in a wonderful Premiership tie yesterday. 7 goals hit the back of the net in a thriller. Wigan came from behind thanks to a pair of goals from Jason Roberts.

The match started fast as Antoine Sibierski beat Pascal Chimbonda to the ball and headed home for City only three minutes. The equalizer came quickly for Wigan though through Lee McCulloch headed in for Wigan. Roberts got Wigan’s second and Henri Camara showed some skill to produce a third goal.

Joey Barton probably scored the goal of the day with a superb volley to make the match 2-3 and then an 88th minute finish from Andy Cole made the last new minutes of the match tense. Sibierski almost got his second goal to draw level and get a point from the match but the header missed by just a couple of millimeters.

City, industrious and hard working did deserve a point. Wigan were fantastic, don’t get me wrong. Both teams went at each other with the intention for 3 points and there was some great attcking football. Wigan did just enough but the match could have ended 5-4 just as easily. Manchester City’s shaky start cost them a better chance for victory.

A win could have seen City move a few places up the table, but as it stands Wigan is in 6th place and, unbelievably, remain on target for a place in Europe next season.
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