Manchester City FC moved three points clear at the top of the Premier League after securing a 1-0 success at bottom team Wigan Athletic FC.
Though the visitors threatened to win by more than Edin Džeko's solitary goal in a dominant opening hour of football, they were grateful for a second-half save by Joe Hart to ensure their first away league win since 5 November.
Roberto Mancini's side had already gone close through two Džeko headers from set pieces when they took the lead from a free-kick midway through the first half. After Antolín Alcaraz had conceded a foul outside the Wigan area, David Silva whipped over an inviting centre from the left and Džeko glanced in his 11th goal in 17 top-flight outings.
City spurned the chance to double their advantage when Ali Al-Habsi made a fine double save from Džeko and Silva ten minutes after the restart and, moments later, when Džeko shot tamely at the Wigan goalkeeper after a mazy run by Sergio Agüero. For all City's domination they almost paid for their profligacy as Victor Moses pounced on James Milner's mis-hit back pass and James McCarthy raced through to force a stop from Hart's outstretched boot.
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|Last updated: 17/01/2012 17:13 CET|
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|Venue: West Bromwich|
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|1||Manchester City FC||21||51|
|2||Manchester United FC||21||48|
|3||Tottenham Hotspur FC||21||46|
|6||Newcastle United FC||21||36|
|8||Stoke City FC||21||30|
|9||Norwich City FC||21||28|
|10||Swansea City AFC||21||26|
|13||Aston Villa FC||21||24|
|15||West Bromwich Albion FC||21||22|
|16||Wolverhampton Wanderers FC||21||18|
|17||Blackburn Rovers FC||21||17|
|18||Queens Park Rangers FC||21||17|
|19||Bolton Wanderers FC||21||16|
|20||Wigan Athletic FC||21||15|