Roberto Mancini praised his Man City side after a hard-fought victory against Wigan on a tricky pitch.
Eastlands boss looking forward to meeting Chelsea next weekend
Roberto Mancini praised his Manchester City side after a hard-fought victory against Wigan on a tricky pitch at the DW Stadium.
City climbed up to fourth position from 13th to go level on points with Tottenham as the Eastlands outfit secured only their second win of the season.
Carlos Tevez opened the scoring with his third goal of the season and his 25th in the Premier League for the club after clipping the ball beautifully over the advancing Ali Al Habsi just before half-time.
The Argentine striker then set up Yaya Toure to score his first goal for the club late on to secure all three points as City claimed their first win at the DW Stadium having been beaten four times in their previous six attempts.
The Italian told Sky Sports News
: "We played a good game. It wasn't easy because Wigan played very well and aggressive.
"The pitch was very hard and difficult to play on.
"The first goal was very important for us. The goal changed the match.
"Against Sunderland and Blackburn we had chances to score goals, so when Tevez scored, it obviously changed the game.
"We never took any risks and never gave away any chances at the back, which I was very pleased about.
"We played better in the second half than the first."
City have a Carling Cup tie at West Brom on Wednesday before the visit of champions Chelsea to the City of Manchester Stadium next Saturday.
"It will be a difficult game against Chelsea," admitted Mancini.
"But we have a Carling Cup game coming up in midweek, so to play every three days is not easy."