Manchester City's complacency costs them in FA Cup defeat at Wigan
Manchester City lost a third consecutive FA Cup tie with Wigan, and it was the third time that the Latics deserved their win over the Premier League giants, too. There had to be an element of luck about the 1-0 scoreline, as the home side capitalised on a mistake from Kyle Walker to finish their only real chance of the match, but the visitors barely tested Christian Walton at the other end.
Pep Guardiola will have to chalk that match up to experience because there was nothing to take from it as a plus point for him.
City were complacent. They performed as if they had already won the match and when they fell behind, they never really looked like getting back into it. An error-prone defence was matched by slack passing throughout the team, while Fabian Delph's red card will now rule him out of the League Cup final on Sunday. A tunnel fracas and disruption in the away end crowned off an evening to forget.
Manager rating out of 10
6 -- Sometimes a manager is let down by his players. Guardiola named a strong team, but he wasn't able to avoid complacency creeping in.
Player ratings (1-10; 10=best. Players introduced after 70 minutes get no rating)
GK Claudio Bravo, 5 -- Could the goalkeeper have done better with the winning goal? Probably, but it was hardly an awful error if he could. For sure, though, he was let down by the players ahead of him, who allowed Will Grigg through. The prayers of a last-minute goalkeeper goal as he came up for a corner were snuffed out late on, too.
DF Danilo, 5 -- Is there a time on the ball when Danilo won't try the shot? Consistently ambitious with his attempts on goal, but consistently off the mark, Danilo was involved a fair bit, but wasn't able to overly influence the play, and his regular punts at goal were frustrating and misguided.
DF John Stones, 5 -- The defender never looked comfortable with the ball at his feet, which is unusual given the confidence he normally plays with. On a bobbly pitch, he seemed to always be on the edge of the wheels falling off his performance.
DF Aymeric Laporte, 5 -- Oh what might have been had the defender kneed the ball into the net instead of into the ground in the first half. The chance came quickly to him and it was unfortunate he couldn't react quickly enough. Defensively, he looked unsettled.
DF Fabian Delph, 5 -- The midfielder-cum-defender was at the centre of controversy with the red card, with the referee appearing to pull out a yellow only to change his mind when confronted by the Wigan players. However, the dismissal was the correct decision, and the daft challenge on the stroke of half-time marred an otherwise decent display.
MF Fernandinho, 5 -- Normally the lynchpin of City's team, the midfielder understandably drifted in an out of the game that was largely played on the edge of the Wigan box. There was just no way through for any of his play in the final third, while an effort blazed over in the first half was a missed chance that cost the team.
MF Ilkay Gundogan, 5 -- A couple of bright moments early in the match did little to impress by full-time, as the German faded as the match wore on. He could have done better with his chances in the first half and it would have been a different story, but by the end he wasn't able to break the League One side down.
MF David Silva, 5 -- It was an altogether quiet evening for the creative midfielder. He offered some lovely reverse passes and through balls, but his colleagues weren't able to profit.
MF Bernardo Silva, 6 -- If City were going to get something out of the game, it looked like it was going to be through the Portuguese midfielder. He got into a number of good positions, but didn't connect with his shot properly or his cross was snuffed out on its way to its target. He was always willing to try something creative, though.
MF Leroy Sane, 6 -- The unfortunate victim of the change of shape following Delph's red card, Sane had looked lively in the first half, but hadn't been able to find the final ball that would create the crucial chance for his side.
FW Sergio Aguero, 5 -- By full-time, the striker was cutting a frustrated figure. Down to 10 men, City struggled to get the ball into him through Wigan's deep line -- but when they did, he couldn't take his chances.
DF Kyle Walker, 5 -- Replacing Sane at half-time to give City a better shape following the red card, it was Walker who cost his side in the end. It was a rare mistake this season, but letting the ball run allowed Grigg in to score.
MF Kevin De Bruyne, 6 -- On for David Silva on 65 minutes, the Belgian gave City more impetus, but it wasn't enough to change the outcome.
David Mooney is ESPN FC's Manchester City blogger. Twitter: @DavidMooney