Man City 3 Wigan 0: Mancini says his team ‘must improve’

Agüero's hat-trick hands City victory but Mancini insists there is still room for improvement

Premier League, 10 September 2011, Etihad Stadium
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Man City
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Wigan

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has warned his players that they “must improve” despite their impressive start to the Premier League season.

Sergio Agüero’s well-taken hat-trick against Wigan Athletic inspired City to their fourth successive top flight victory at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.

And although the City boss was quick to hail David Silva’s sparkling performance – the Spanish playmaker created two of Agüero’s goals – the Italian manager warned his side that there is still room for improvement.

“Silva is a top, top player,” said Mancini. “Like Agüero, Yaya [Toure], [Samir] Nasri and [Carlos] Tévez. Football for them comes easy. Like anyone else I like watching it when we play well.

“But football is about winning too and sometimes you play better than the other team and lose. Against Wigan we should have closed the game off much more quickly.

“In the first half we had 15 chances and scored only one. That is dangerous. It can cause you a problem because a game can change in a moment.”

The City boss added: “All the players did well and we have made a good start but that is all it is – a good start. We can still improve and we must improve if we are to arrive at the top.”

Tévez made his first appearance of the season for City but the Argentina international was upstaged by his compatriot as Agüero produced a brilliant display to fire Mancini’s men to the top of the Premier League table.

After 13 minutes, Silva teed up Agüero, who slotted the ball past Wigan goalkeeper Ali Al-Habsi to give City the lead.

Tévez spurned a chance to double City’s lead when his penalty was saved, while Micah Richards and Vincent Kompany both struck the post.

Brief second-half frustration amongst the home supporters was dispelled when a slick move involving Silva and substitute Nasri which was finished by Agüero as he neatly stroked the ball home after 63 minutes.

The Argentine forward then capped a perfect afternoon five minutes later after some superb work from Silva. The Spain international unleashed Agüero, who slid his effort past Al-Habsi to seal his hat-trick.

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