Mario Balotelli and James Milner struck in the second half as champions Manchester City edged out spirited Wigan 2-0 on a freezing night at the DW Stadium.
City took time to warm up and Wigan had several chances before Balotelli, moments after a bad miss, changed the game 21 minutes from time with his first Barclays Premier League goal since March.
Milner, having not long been on the field, then doubled the lead with a superb strike before being forced off injured.
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