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By Sam Lyon
2220: That's that, then, people - Manchester City still bang in the mix in the race for fourth and Wigan still with it all to do to avoid relegation. Be back tomorrow with Jonathan Stevenson as Bayern Munich and Manchester United meet in the Champions League quarter-finals, as well as a handful of lower league matches. Nice.
2215: Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini: "It was an important win. It wasn't easy because Wigan played good football and it was especially difficult in the first half. We improved in the second half and then after the sending off it was too easy. The red card changed the game. Carlos is a fantastic striker and I hope he continues like this in the run-in. If we fight like we did in the second half, we will probably finish fourth."
Sakaria2 on 606:
"Spurs face Man City at Eastlands later on in the season. Decider for 4th?"
2207: Manchester City keeper Shay Given: "At half-time the boss wasn't happy and he let us know about it. We just didn't have enough tempo in our game and we weren't getting in and about Wigan. But we turned it around and Carlos Tevez was outstanding for us. We've got a lot of big games coming up - every match is a cup final for us - but it's going to be so close. We just have to hope we sneak in there."
Owen via text: "As a Wigan fan, surely no one can deny us the award of 'most likely to fold like a broken deck chair' winner for the 2009/2010 season?"
2201: Manchester City back up into fifth spot, then, but they have Gary Caldwell's red card and Vladimir Stojkovic's flapping to thank in no small way for that. Up until then Wigan were well in the game, after it the hosts tore them apart. Carlos Tevez was the difference and in this form he might just fire City into fourth single-handedly. It really is all to play for. Wigan, meanwhile, remain just three points off the relegation zone. Tight.
2158: FULL-TIME Manchester City 3-0 Wigan
Pat the Ex-Pat in Germany via text: "Sir Alex Ferguson reckoned Tevez wasn't worth £25m. I have to say I agree. He looks more like £50m worth to me..."
2155: Newcastle striker Shola Amoebi speaking after his side's 2-0 defeat of Nottingham Forest: "It's a big game for us in terms of promotion. We didn't want to give them any hold to try and get back at us so it was a massive game for us and a massive win."
2153: Five minutes stoppage time to be played at Eastlands, the hosts playing a spot of keep-ball at the moment in the face of a deflated Wigan outfit.
2150: That's your lot from Carlos Tevez, who is greeted by a cacophony of cheers as he makes his way from the pitch to be replaced by Sylvinho.
Man City goal: He's been the difference all night and Carlos Tevez wraps up a 12-minute hat-trick, dancing into the Wigan box before clipping into the far corner past the motionless Vladimir Stojkovic in the visiting goal. The race for fourth is alive and well.
2147: GOALFLASH Manchester City 3-0 Wigan (Tevez, hat-trick)
ShivMufc on 606:
"Well, that's NUFC in the Premier League then, NFFC will have to settle for the play offs."
2143: A further word on that first Manchester City goal, by the way, in that Wigan were - and probably still are - convinced Emmanuel Adebayor led with his foot up on keeper Vladimir Stojkovic, which caused the Serb to miss the ball and allow Carlos Tevez the tap in. They have a case, but that cannot excuse the Serb. Terrible keeping.
2142: FULL-TIME Newcastle 2-0 Nottm Forest
2141: As if Wigan's task was not already hard enough, they should know that Manchester City are yet to lose a league game in which Tevez has scored.
Newcastle goal: And it's game over at St James' Park too, as Jose Enrique lashes an unstoppable drive past Forest keeper Lee Camp. The Newcastle fans can almost taste Premier League football now.
Man City goal: Well now it is 2-0 and that is game over. Carlos Tevez takes his tally to 20 goals in his last 19 games with a neat tap-in from Vincent Kompany's cross off Javier Garrido's cross.
2138: GOALFLASH Manchester City 2-0 Wigan (Tevez)
2137: Great chance for 2-0, Emmanuel Adebayor set through by Carlos Tevez, but the Togolese dallies too long with Wigan keeper Vladimir Stojkovic again in no-man's-land and Paul Scharner gets across to tackle.
Man City goal: Oh dear, it's a gift. Patrick Vieira's pass over the top should be easily collected by Wigan keeper Vladimir Stojkovic, but the Serb flaps at it, the ball rolls by him, and Carlos Tevez can tap into an empty net.
2134: GOALFLASH Manchester City 1-0 Wigan (Tevez)
2133: Five minutes remaining at St James', where it remains Newcastle 1-0 Nottm Forest.
2132: More penalty appeals from Carlos Tevez as he goes over Paul Scharner's challenge in the box - again the appeals are waved away.
2130: Pablo Zabaleta goes into referee Stuart Attwell's notebook for a clumsy challenge on Hugo Rodallega - and that will cost him a two-match ban as it is his 10th booking of the season. He will miss the games against Burnley and Birmingham City.
2127: Kevin Nolan forces a superb save from Forest keeper Lee Camp, the skipper diving to his right to palm away a vicious volley.
Rob via text: "That was never a red. Incredibly unlucky for Wigan. I hope that doesn't impact on a good match."
Winnerpool on 606:
"Re: 2119 - Think that was just about a red card for me. Could have been a potential leg breaker IMO even if Tevez also jumped into it. Wigan, play smart and keep the ball!"
2125: It's end-to-end stuff now and Carlos Tevez should do better from Patrick Vieira's pass, but his cross-shot is deflected behind by Titus Bramble.
2124: Newcastle have their tails up now and Wayne Routledge almost grabs a second but his well-hit volley stings the gloves of Lee Camp.
2123: And now Hugo Rodallega has his head in his hands as he narrowly fails to turn Maynor Figueroa's clipped cross home from a yard out at the far post. Two great chances in a minute for the visitors.
2122: What a response that would've been for Wigan - Marcelo Moreno plucks Paul Scharner's long pass out of the air and spanks a left-foot shot just wide of Shay Given's goal. Close.
2119: That, for me, is a touch harsh. Wigan defender Gary Caldwell goes in on Carlos Tevez - heavily, admittedly - and Stuart Attwell immediately brandishes the red card. Caldwell definitely missed the ball, but maybe a yellow would've been fairer? I don't know. Wigan down to 10 men, though, and City now firm favourites to snatch this one.
2118: RED CARD (Caldwell)
Newcastle goal: Instant impact from Shola Ameobi, the striker collecting the ball inside the area, spinning, and directing a low shot in off the far post. Classy finish and first blood to the Championship leaders.
2117: Well well well... moments after City have their penalty appeals for a handball against Wigan defender Gary Caldwell in the box waved away - correctly, in my opinion - Hugo Rodallega almost punishes the sleeping home defence by lashing inches wide from 20 yards.
2114: Wigan midfielder Hendry Thomas is forced off the field with a thigh problem, Charles N'Zogbia his replacement. That will mean a reshuffle from the visitors. I'll keep you posted.
2111: Kevin Nolan is almost in at St James' but falls on his rear end as he tries to get a head on a great chance in the box and Forest gratefully clear the ball away.
2109: Man City have the ball in the back of the net... but it's offside. Vladimir Stojkovic will be grateful for that because it was the Wigan keeper who spilled Carlos Tevez's shot into Emmanuel Adebayor's path - the Togolese tapping home from an offside position.
2108: And we're back started at Eastlands where Craig Bellamy has indeed replaced Shaun Wright-Phillips. How Patrick Vieira is still on the pitch is anyone's guess, though, he's been woeful.
2107: Danny Guthrie drills the free-kick over. Justice.
2106: More joy for Forest down Newcastle's right hand side, but James Perch's header is collected by Steve Harper easily. Shame. Newcastle bounce up the other end and Shola Ameobi goes down under Wes Morgan's challenge on the edge of the area - replays suggest the Newcastle striker took a tumble, there. Hhmm.
WhatAHit on 606:
"I expect City to come out a lot stronger in the second half but if Wigan can sneak a goal first, anything can happen."
2101: Forest appear to have picked up in the second half where they left off in the first - in Newcastle's faces and enjoying their fair share of possession. An improved away performance from Billy Davies' side so far, this. Still goalless, mind.
2059: Word from Eastlands is that Craig Bellamy will be coming on for Shaun Wright-Phillips. Not before time, that.
Soccer_UK on 606:
"Is it me or are Wigan matching Man City? Looks promising for Liverpool, Spurs and Villa fans, I think."
2055: Bit of a blow for Newcastle as Andy Carroll is forced off with what looks an ankle injury - Shola Ameobi is his replacement.
2053: And 30 seconds in Nathan Tyson has a great chance to break the deadlock but his unmarked header from eight yards is straight at Newcastle keeper Steve Harper. Waste.
2052: Back under way at St James'.
2051: The half-time whistle goes - a full minute after Roberto Mancini is seen trudging off down the players' tunnel. Boos from the home fans greet the half-time whistle and Mancini has plenty of work to do. Plenty of work. Craig Bellamy and Gareth Barry anyone?
2050: HALF-TIME Manchester City 0-0 Wigan
2048: Two minutes of first-half stoppage time to be played. I did warn you this might not be a goal fest. Then again I did promise you plenty of incident. Hhmm.
2045: Carlos Tevez - hang your head sir. The Argentine breaks past Gary Caldwell at pace and then, inexplicably, goes down looking for a penalty with the defender not within a yard of him. Tut tut. Ref Stuart Attwell is unmoved - Tevez is lucky to escape a booking.
2042: Five minutes until half time and I can't say I've been overly impresed by Manchester City tonight - Adam Johnson and Carlos Tevez aside. Match very much going to plan for Wigan.
2038: Marcelo Moreno is fed by a gorgeous ball by Hugo Rodallega - but the Bolivian can only thwack his effort high, wide and not very handsome.
acmilandrew on Twitter:
"Do my eyes deceive me? Did Patrick Vieira just touch the ball? His signing still mystifies me."
2035: Bosh. Wigan's Paul Scharner takes a swipe at a shot from the edge of the area but Shay Given - who has not kept a clean sheet against Wigan in nine previous games - pushes it around the post.
2034: HALF-TIME Newcastle 0-0 Nottm Forest
2032: Scramble! Back at Newcastle-Nottm Forest as Kevin Nolan and Peter Lovenkrands do their best to force the ball home from inside the six-yard area but visiting keeper Lee Camp and his defenders, laying on the floor, just about keep the ball away from goal.
2030: Better from the hosts - and again it's Carlos Tevez, who has looked their best player tonight. The Argentine storms into the box and his cross-come-shot drifts across goal and inches wide.
2029: Deary me. Hugo Rodallega has the freedom of Manchester to roam in from the left hand side and shoot at goal, his deflected effort tipped around the post by Shay Given. City continue to be lackadaisical.
2028: I have to say, it's all a little bit, erm, flat at Eastlands - both in the stands and on the pitch. Wigan will be happy enough with their start, though. Manchester City? Must do better.
2024: How much time do Manchester City want to afford Wigan on the ball? A lot, apparently. Paul Scharner does his best to punish their approach with a long-ranger from 25 yards, but it drifts narrowly wide.
2022: ...it's blocked by Hendry Thomas. Ho hum.
2021: Manchester City free-kick, 35 yards out, Carlos Tevez over it...
Riquelminho on 606:
"James McCarthy looks heads and shoulders above every player in the Wigan team. He's going to be a hell of a player and I'm sure it won't be long before the big teams come knocking for him."
2016: Vladimir Stojkovic - take a bow. Shaun Wright-Phillips somehow gets free in the Wigan box and Carlos Tevez's shot from the winger's pull back looks destined to rattle the net until Stojkovic gets across to palm the effort away. City in charge now.
2014: Newcastle striker Andy Carroll, dancing inside the Nottingham Forest box only to be confronted by about five visiting defenders, dinks and dallies with bodies flying about all around him, but he fails to get his shot off and the chance is gone.
2012: Best chance of the night so far at Eastlands as Carlos Tevez bursts down the left before pulling it back to Emmanuel Adebayor, whose snap-shot is well blocked by Titus Bramble on the dive six yards out.
2010: And at St James' Park Alan Wiley waves away a Forest penalty appeal as Radoslaw Majewski falls under the challenge of Mike Williamson on the edge of the box. Replays show the referee probably got it right.
2009: James McCarthy looks like he might be in behind the City defence but Javier Garrido does well to get across from left back and clear with the Wigan man about to pull the trigger from outside the box.
2006: Pablo Zabaleta and Shaun Wright-Phillips already combining well in attack down the Man City right - but Wigan are here to play, too, with Paul Scharner to the fore for them. No chances as yet, though.
2002: And we're under way at Eastlands.
2001: The Championship's player of the year Kevin Nolan just misses a chance to break the Forest defence but is too unselfish, passing to Andy Carroll when he might have gone on himself. Carroll isn't able to collect the pass - but makes amends moments later, getting a foot to Wayne Routledge's pass to force skipper Lee Camp into a diving save.
Chris via text: "Any chance that the champions, 4th spot and last relegation place will all be decided on goal difference this year?"
1958: By the way, give this page a manual refresh, people, and links to radio commentary on both tonight's matches will magically appear on the right hand side (for UK users only). Ey fank yaow.
1957: A question for you - can Roberto Mancini afford to fail in his task of leading Manchester City to fourth? The club have spent more than £200m in two years and what have they got to show for it? Not a huge amount. Still, at least Mancini's not letting the pressure get the better of him, hey. What do you mean he
nearly started a fight last time out?
With a fiery Scot, you say? In a manner that reminded you all of toddlers scrapping over a dummy? Ah. I see. Right then.
1955: A bright enough start for Forest at Newcastle, with Nathan Tyson already causing the odd problem or two. Conditions are on the blustery and rainy side, mind, while Alan Wiley is refereeing a Forest match for the first time in eight years, apparently. Blimey.
Neveronfrontpage on 606:
"Not convinced that Adebayor and Tevez is the best combination for Man City. Tevez seems better leading the line and could use someone playing in the hole behind him."
1951: An add-on to 1945, by the way, with the news that Chris Kirkland is out with a virus. The poor lamb.
1949: Matters, finally, under way at a rocking St James'.
1945: TEAM NEWS Manchester City v Wigan Man City boss Roberto Mancini welcomes back striker Emmanuel Adebayor after his four-match ban among four changes from the side beaten 2-0 at home by Everton last Wednesday. Javier Garrido, Shaun Wright-Phillips and Patrick Vieira start, with Micah Richards, Gareth Barry and Craig Bellamy dropped to the bench. Wigan manager Roberto Martinez makes just one change to the side that beat Burnley 1-0 on Saturday, with goalkeeper Chris Kirkland replaced by Vladimir Stojkovic. Michael Pollitt and Charles N'Zogbia are named on the bench.
1944: The teams are out at St James' Park and we're minutes away from kick-off.
1942: Anyone hoping for a goal bonanza tonight at Eastlands might want to chill. The last four meetings between City and Wigan have seen the ball cross the line a paltry three times. City have also failed to score in their last two home games, while Wigan are averaging less than a goal a game this season. What tonight's match might lack in goals, though, it will make up for in incident. I promise. Sort of.
optajoe on Twitter:
"Man City have had the highest shooting accuracy in the Premier League this season (49%)."
1938: TEAMS Manchester City v Wigan Man City: Given, Zabaleta, Toure, Kompany, Garrido, Wright-Phillips, Vieira, De Jong, Adam Johnson, Tevez, Adebayor. Subs: Taylor, Richards, Onuoha, Santa Cruz, Sylvinho, Barry, Bellamy. Wigan: Stojkovic, Melchiot, Caldwell, Bramble, Figueroa, McCarthy, Diame, Thomas, Scharner, Rodallega, Moreno. Subs: Gohouri, Scotland, Moses, Pollitt, N'Zogbia, Gomez, Sinclair. Referee: Stuart Attwell (Warwickshire)
1937 Talking of form books - Nottingham Forest might want to avoid a glance at one. Billy Davies's side travel to St James' Park tonight on a run of six straight away defeats, to face a Newcastle team unbeaten at home all season and on a run of six straight wins. The Magpies have also won three of the last four games against Forest - although
the last one went the way of the team in Red,
1932: TEAM NEWS Newcastle v Nottm Forest Newcastle, just two wins from promotion, see Jose Enrique return after a hamstring injury. Striker Peter Lovenkrands has recovered from an ankle injury and midfielder Danny Guthrie makes his 100th club career start. Nottingham Forest welcome back James Perch (ankle) as they look to do the double over their promotion rivals this season for the first time since the 1977-78 season.
1929: Now then, let's get down to brass tacks, Aston Villa, in my humble opinion, are out of the race for fourth following their
capitulation against Chelsea
on Saturday. That leaves three teams in the mix.
threw down their very own gauntlets at the weekend and it is vital Man City respond tonight. To do so, though, they must overturn a form book which currently reads just one City win in their last nine matches against Wigan.
LeeFlaherty on Twitter:
"As an Everton fan, only a Man City win will do tonight - just to make sure Liverpool don't finish 4th!"
1925: All right then, I may as well take the pin out of the grenade and throw it into the mix. I anticipate at most 3% of you will agree with me - to the rest,
have a go yourself.
In a season as unpredictable as this one, you've got to call me brave for having a go.
1923: By the way, I normally struggle to predict that night will follow day so clearly don't take my predictions as gospel. Have a go yourself and let me know how you get on. The person who gets closest to the actual end result wins absolutely nothing whatsoever. Good luck.
boingboing__baggies on 606:
"Didn't think I'd say it as a WBA fan, but come on Newcastle! We'll have one foot in the Premiership if we maintain a nine-point gap between us and Forest tonight!"
United6060 on 606:
"You honestly think Burnley are going to lose all their remaining games and West Ham to go down only picking up 2 more points? I cant see that to be honest sides down the bottom usually pick up the most points this time of season. I see Hull going down."
Anon via text: "What about the Premier League's top three Sam? Where did they come in your predictions?" Man Utd - 86, Arsenal - 84, Chelsea - 83. In other words, tight.
1915: So why not get in touch and tell me how I've got it all wrong?
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Rich, Nottingham, via text: "I managed to get Liverpool in 4th, with Tottenham and Man City a point behind, though not surprising as I'm a Liverpool fan!"
Indubitable on 606:
"Crikey, I got exactly the same Prem Predictor outcome as Sam Lyon did. Although that was dependent on a dodgy 3-3 draw between Man City and Spurs."
1912: But tonight is not all about the Premier League, with a Championship match scheduled that can only be described as gargantuan. It's
Newcastle v Nottingham Forest,
and somewhere in London,
is hiding behind his sofa. Win tonight and Newcastle have one foot in the Premier League, lose tonight and Forest's automatic promotion hopes receive a Lottery win-sized fillip. All in all, I make that Magic Monday o'clock. Have it.
1909: And while tonight's Premier League encounter is likely to have a big say in the fight for fourth spot, it might also have a big say in the battle to beat the drop too, of course, because Wigan aren't safe yet. That said, I have the Latics surviving by nine points. Simples.
Parklaneyeed on 606:
"I've got my blue and white scarf on but tonight i have swapped my Spurs one for a Wigan one. Very unlikely but anything less than three points for City will be a great result for Spurs and also Wigan (who need the points too don't forget). COME ON YOU LATICS!!!"
1900: This is no word of a lie, I did the
BBC Premier League Predictor
earlier and I had Tottenham, Liverpool and Manchester City (in that order on goal difference) all finishing on 68 points. The race for fourth is tighter than the Hulk's hatband and tonight City throw the next punch in the bout of the Premier League light-heavyweights. Excited?
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