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Boss reacts to Wigan draw

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Sven-Goran Eriksson insists that a place in Europe is still there for the taking despite Saturday’s frustrating home draw with Wigan.

City created few clear-cut chances against a Wigan side happy to sit back and hit on the counter, and reacting to the game Sven said:

“We have to keep working and not think that the season is over. We worked hard to get the goal tonight, like we did against Everton, we got better as the game went on.

“Joe Hart saved us at the end as well but it is very difficult to break down these kind of teams, Wigan are hard-working, physically strong and their two strikers created problems for us.

“But it’s up to us, we must keep working and it’s forbidden to throw the towel in now. Europe is still there and waiting for us if we take the chance.”

City’s best opportunities fell to Benjani, but the Zimbabwean was unable to convert either side of the break in a game where the side scoring first would probably have won.

“They were two great chances,” the Manager continued, “and in games like this if you don’t score you will get frustrated as there are never many chances. Wigan did not lose the ball much, they put eight or nine men behind the ball and like a lot of football today, that makes it very difficult.

“The important thing is that we don’t give up, go to Reading with the same spirit and attitude and hopefully get the goal that we deserve.”

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Sven previews Wigan

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Sven-Goran Eriksson wants City to get back to winning ways against Wigan this afternoon.

Match Report

City v Wigan Athletic 01-03-2008

Match Report

City v Everton 25-02-2008

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After the euphoria of the win at Old Trafford, City were brought back down to earth with a jolt by a battle-hardened and well drilled Everton side. Once the visitors had pounced at a couple of set-pieces before the break, City had too much to do and the fact that they did not get a shot on target until the 85th minute told its own story. Martin Petrov was shown the red card for petulantly kicking Leon Osman in stoppage time.