Manchester City midfielder Gareth Barry has backed Mario Balotelli to recreate last year's form after the striker netted his first Barclays Premier League goal of the season against Wigan.

Balotelli, who made his first start in six matches at the DW Stadium on Wednesday, endured a largely frustrating night but remained focused and gave City the lead with a 69th-minute strike. James Milner added the second three minutes later with a stunning effort to seal the 2-0 win for Roberto Mancini's side.

"Any striker's first league goal is going to be massive in a season. To be fair to Mario, he has not had loads of chances," Barry said. "When you do get them you need to score them. He has taken a chance with his start here. It could be good for Mario. Hopefully he can go on a run now."

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