Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has dedicated his side’s 1-0 win over Wigan to suspended defender Kolo Toure, after his player failed a drugs test last week.
City were poor but won courtesy of a goalkeeping howler from Ali Al Habsi, who let a weak David Silva shot slip underneath him and into the back of the net to give City the only goal of the game.
Toure watched the game from the stands after failing a drug test during the week, for a substance believed to have been in one of his wife’s diet pills.
Mancini spoke about his player, although would not comment on the failed test.
“I can say only that Kolo is a fantastic man, first. Second, he is a serious professional player,” said Mancini.
“This victory is also for Kolo. I think it is a bad moment for him but we love him like a man, like a player.”
The City boss claimed his side’s performance was because they were tired following the midweek FA Cup win over Aston Villa.
“I think that in the first half we played well, we had three or four chances to score. Second half we were tired,” said Mancini, who will now encourage his players to rest ahead of their Europa League clash against Dynamo Kiev on Thursday.
He added, “Maybe it is important now to have one or two days off, the players can recover physically and mentally.”