By Carl Curtis

City were knocked back down to earth with a bump this afternoon by manager-less Wigan.

Despite a positive opening 15 – 20 mins or so when City really applied pressure on the Wigan goal it came to no avail.

The reason ? In my opinion we missed Rickie Lambert, his hold up play and link up play would have served us much better than what Anthony Pilkington was able to do as the stand-in striker.

I don’t usually have a go or complain about referees but the guy in the middle today was an absolute shocker, I am not blaming him for the defeat but he was simply a poor referee.

It had to be a former Jack who got the winner today just to compound the result but City did not deserve to lose today even though I don’t think we were the side who deserved to win either.

We were toothless up top and the need for more striking options were highlighted more than ever this afternoon.

We got a good defence and the midfield can hold its own against most other clubs but our lack of quality in attack is our Achilles heel.

Sol Bamba was man of the match for me today even though he had probably the best chance right at the death to equalise, had he been more composed then I believe we would have come away with the draw I feel we deserved.

It was pleasing that there were no boos on the final whistle as City fans could see that this team is trying and giving what they can for the new manager.

Next week is going to be very difficult against Newcastle and I don’t hold out much hope of Lambert being involved, he was seeing a surgeon today to assess how long he could be out for but he has had 3 stitches inside the wound and 6 stitches outside so it doesn’t sound good even though he is walking I would be amazed if he was involved next Saturday, I don’t think we will see him until after the international break.

Gutted to lose in the final few minutes to a team who have been struggling but it goes to show yet again this division throws up results which you least expect.