Football: DEADLY DICKOV; PAUL SAVES THE DAY FOR CITY

By Hetherington, Paul | Sunday Mirror (London, England), May 16, 1999 | Go to article overview

Football: DEADLY DICKOV; PAUL SAVES THE DAY FOR CITY


Hetherington, Paul, Sunday Mirror (London, England)


WIGAN 1 MAN CITY 1

CITY striker Paul Dickov rescued his side after skipper Gerard Wiekens had gifted Wigan a goal in just 19 seconds.

Dickov turned in a low cross from Michael Brown 13 minutes from time to give City a deserved equaliser.

City now go into the second leg of the Second Division play-off semi- final at Maine Road on Wednesday as favourites to reach Wembley.

But their well-documented ability to be the creators of their own misfortune was illustrated once again - and this time straight from the kick-off.

Wiekens, City's player of the year, was in possession but left the ball for keeper Nicky Weaver to come out and collect. Weaver, however, didn't read Wiekens' intentions, and Stuart Barlow nipped in to roll the ball into the net.

It was Wigan's first goal against City in three matches this season and the former Everton striker's 26th of the season - and surely the softest.

It might have been comical to some, but was no laughing matter for City boss Joe Royle (left), who admitted: "How did I see it? Badly! Two of our most consistent players left the ball for each other, though the keeper has put his hand up and said he should have called.

"But we recovered well and I've got to be delighted about that. Dickov's goal was a real striker's effort. He used to put those over the bar, but he's worked hard on his finishing."

City dominated the first-half, with Wigan relying on breakaway raids. …

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