As is becoming the trend over recent seasons, Wigan are consistently becoming the Premier League side who wind up in the relegation battle by playing attractive, daring football on a regular basis, with a young and dynamic manager, who has the guts to play a risky, possession-based 3-4-3 system - doesn't seem to add up! The argument would probably base around the personell that Martinez has at his disposal, never able to field a star-studded line-up.
City on the other hand, seem to have been in a dip since they won the league. In my opinion they fielded their strongest XI with Tevez playing behind Aguero, then Silva and Nasri as the wider attacking midfielders. But for me they're suffering from a similar problem to Barcelona at the moment in that their speed of play seems to have slowed considerably, either that or their play has become too predictable and creativity has dipped.
I think a key problem they faced today is that they normally dominate possession, and prepared their line-up in such a way. Wigan however, are a side insistent on pressing, committing numbers forward and taking huge risks in order to have the greater share of the ball - when these spells of dominance came, none of the City front 4 made a notable effort of defending from the front and tracking the Wigan runners.
Wigan did a brilliant job of stretching City, with their front three of Kone, Maloney and McManaman, they always kept two of them high up the pitch, particularly McManaman staying high up on the right to maintain a threat and be a consistent out-ball, while it was usually Maloney who dropped into the middle to battle for possession with the midfield. Espinoza on the left flank kept his width superbly which meant that Wigan were changing their point of attack all the time, they were being very patient at times and you could hear how frustrated the fans were getting, with the threat of a City goal at any odd moment.
I mentioned a few weeks ago on twitter when everybody was upset with McManaman's challenge on Haidara, that although the challenge was horrible, we should still keep in mind that he's a very promising young english player, and we saw that today after he pulled Clichy's pants down on a number of occasions. You can see how hungry he is (and that leads to incidents like his red card when you are inexperienced), and he is still very raw, a lot has been said about his poor end product but that will come with time. If Wigan are to go down I know quite a few clubs will be after his signature, and with Roy Hodgson watching I doubt the England managers now gone home thinking about Jack Rodwell and Scott Sinclair.
Anyway, not surprised at all to see Wigan win, they fully deserved it as City simply did not turn up! You normally expect someone like Yaya Toure to grab the game by the scruff of the neck, Tevez or Aguero to decide to go it alone and make something happen, but it was plain to see they didn't want it as much as Wigan. I would like to see more teams playing 3-4-3 because it's an interesting system, but when you look at the risks involved, you open your team up to leaving a lottttt of space in behind, and Wigan's position in the league would justify that for the number of times they have been punished.
A great win and well deserved!