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Win was for Kolo says boss.


MANCHESTER City boss Roberto Mancini dedicated Saturday night's 1-0 win over Wigan to suspended defender Kolo Toure.

The Ivorian is banned until an investigation into his failed drugs test is heard.

Toure is allowed to train with his team-mates until the case is heard, although as yet, he has not done so since news of the positive test emerged on Wednesday night, just before the FA Cup win over Aston Villa.

However, the 29-year-old was present in the stands for Saturday's unconvincing success. And Mancini wanted Toure to know the club are thinking of him.

"This victory is for Kolo," said Mancini. "It is a bad moment for him but we love him like a man, like a player.

"Kolo is a fantastic man. He is a serious professional player but he is not feeling good."

City made it clear before the game that they regard comments about Toure, including those made by Arsene Wenger, as "unhelpful" to the defender.

Yaya Toure did play despite his obvious distress at his brother's situation. And he helped play a part in City's winner, laying the ball off to eventual goalscorer David Silva.

However, the main assist came from Wigan goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi, who inexplicably allowed Silva's shot to squirm from his grasp just before half-time.

City were second best for much of the contest and the only consolation was the points which allowed them to close the gap to second-placed Arsenal.

Vincent Kompany and Nigel de Jong also returned after recent injuries, although after such a hectic period the majority of the City squad will be given two days off ahead of Thursday's trip to Dynamo Kiev.

"We have five days before Kiev," he said.

"And after that game we must travel through the night and then come back and play Reading on Sunday.

"Hopefully I will be able to change some players but it is very hard.

"Now it is important to have two days off so the players can recover physically and mentally."
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Mar 7, 2011
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