Never did i think I'd see the day when a Manchester City striker, who has scored 6 goals in 3 games, is left on the bench, and still be confident that we could win the game. Tevez preferred to the free scoring Dzeko. Before the match i did honestly question this decision, and i do wonder what that does to the confidence of the man left out, but I guess this game is played with our Champions League game to come in mind and the fact that certain players have just come back from International duty. Nasri also left on the bench after breaking a bone in his finger playing for France. So the formation of 4-2-4 with Tevez, Aguero, Silva & good to see Johnson getting a start in the attack. Platt said before kick off that we no longer operated on a first 11 system, we were now operating with a starting 22 with the quality and depth we have available and I guess after he has proved himself now, In Mancini we trust.
Game started and we picked up where we left off vs Spurs. Creating lots of chances but not taking them. Tevez was his usual busy self and the front 4 was working well together, even if Johnson did balloon a few chances over the bar that he should have done better with and Lescott was defending as good for them as he was for us, heading a goal bound effort from Kompany over the bar, Ok he was trying to redirect it i guess, but he redirected it into the crowd. Lescott has had his critics but i think a run in the team is doing him well and he looks better game by game. Kompany who was named as permanent captain before the game bringing the best out of him maybe ?
14 Minutes gone and the deadlock is broken, a flowing move, started by one Argentinian (Tevez) assisted by the magician, Silva, and Finished by the other Argentinian with low shot, back across goal into the bottom corner of the Wigan net and Aguero has his first goal of the game and his 4th of the season. It was the highlight of the first half and the only chance taken from the hat full we were creating. Wigan did venture into our half a few times but nothing really to threatening. The other talking point of the first half was the penalty, awarded when the macurial Silva was brought down in the box and wasted by Tevez, a weak effort saved well by the Wigan stopper. So at half time the 1-0 score did rather flatter Wigan and in days of old i would have worried about being punished for chances missed, but not today. 0-0 Vs swansea at half time on the opening day i was, but i was confident today, with the football played, and the chances created, that we would score again.
I wasn't wrong. City Vs Wigan turned into the Sergio Aguero show. 61 Minutes and Samir Nasri makes his home debut from the bench, replacing Tevez and he immediately makes an Impact, an assist to set up Aguero who cooly slots home his, and City's second. 69 Minutes and It's 3-0 and Aguero completes his first City Hatrick. A brilliant piece of skill from David Silva, who is rapidly becoming my Favourite player with his amazing performances, sets up Aguero for yet another cooly taken finish. 6 goals in 4 games with a 6 goals in 4 games striker sitting on the bench, I have to pinch myself sometimes. Balotelli replaced the little Argentinian on 71 minutes, good to see Mario getting some match time to. I had wondered how long it would be until the "City rely to much Dzeko" stories surfaced in the press, but today's match has maybe put a stop to that, but then maybe "City rely to much on Aguero" is on the cards next ?
Overall a fantastic result again, 4 games unbeaten in the league with 15 goals scored. I won't mention the table, because i myself believe the table means nothing until maybe December, but having said that, it is nice to be up the right end of the table and keeping in touch with the usual front runners. Feels like we have finally gate crashed the premier league party, the noisy neighbours turning up without an invite. Now thoughts turn to Wednesday and gate crashing the Champions League party, with an opening home fixture vs Napoli. Mancini must be kept awake at night by team selection problems, but i guess he'll get used to it. All i will say is today, and our start to the season, has been KUN-Believable.