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Behind the scenes: Wigan

All smiles as they arrive adam and sergio

All smiles as they arrive adam and sergio

The feeling was good around the Etihad Stadium prior to kick-off against Wigan.

Adam Johnson and Sergio Aguero were in high spirits on arrival from the team hotel, but then, that's what a 100% winning start to the new season can do for a team.

There was a hive of activity around the ground, too, with the superstitous Blue mysteriously known only as 'The Bell Ringer' appearing in CitySqaure to send out the chimes on the dot at 2.45pm. Big Helen would be very proud...

Bell ringer on city square

Meanwhile, presenter Natalie Pike was busy winding up her segment on Live From CitySquare with the start of the match fast-approaching.

Natalie City Square

Steve Aziz. Les Chapman, Paul Webster and Lee Nobes find time for a quiet moment before the madness begins. What's Aziz spotted, though...?

Steve Aziz Chappy Paul Webster and Lee Knobes in the medical room pre wigan

It's Chappy's kit assistant Brandon, who looks like he's being attacked by Action Man in the kit team's changing room.

Brandon caught in the kit mans dressing room

At last, time for kick-off and Micah Richards can't quite get to grips with his bottled water. It's his fifth attempt at taking a swig but this one fails to reach the target, too. The anguish is written all over his face but Yaya Toure seems to be doing a better job - though it looks more like he's playing a trumpet... 

Micah pours water on himself just before they go out

"I've been expecting you Mr Bond..."

Edin Dzeko gives us his best mischievous glance before demanding $1billion dollars from world leaders to come off the bench and score. Negotiations are on-going.

Edin spots the camera as he goes out to the bench

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