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Man City's Mancini: Wigan win was important

Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has labelled Monday night's 3-0 victory over Wigan Athletic as 'an important win'.

City managed to pull clear of the Latics late in the second half thanks to a trio of goals from Carlos Tevez which put them just two points in arrears of Tottneham in fourth place and Mancini was relieved with the three points.

"It was an important win, it wasn't easy and it was difficult in the first half because Wigan played very well and there was no tempo from us," he told ESPN.

"We played better in the second half and after the sending off it was too easy. The sending off probably changed the game."

And after a brilliant performance from Tevez, Mancini was full of hope that the Argentine could continue his good recent run and form a partnership with ex-Arsenal goalscorer Emmanuel Adebayor.

"Carlos is a fantastic striker and I hope he continues (scoring) in the last seven games," Mancini added.

"I also hope Emmanuel Adebayor can play better. He's been out of the game for a long time (four-match suspension) and it's difficult in the first game when you come back."

Andrew Slevison
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