Considering the occasion, it was a bright start from the two sides, with some energetic play and endeavour in both directions, if rather midfield-focused. Manchester City were the first to exert some pressure, and went close after Carlos Tevez crashed a free-kick into the wall, as Yaya Toure hit an instinctive follow-up effort, but Joel Robles managed to tip it away.
From then on, however, it was Wigan who enjoyed the upper hand. They were looking capable of putting together some decent moves when afforded the space on the counter-attack, although most of their efforts were breaking down in the final third. That changed when Emerson Boyce launched a Wigan breakaway and Arouna Kone found Callum McManaman, who burst down the right channel, but rather than hit it early, the local-born youngster cut back inside and curled it wide with his left foot, spurning the opportunity.
In what was becoming an absorbing end-to-end encounter, City came within an inch of breaking the deadlock shortly after, Sergio Aguero only managing to get the faintest of touches on David Silva's through-ball and allowing Robles to save comfortably, when the slightest bit more contact would have diverted it into the net.
After an energetic start, a lull in play soon followed, although City were to enjoy their best chance so far afterwards, with David Silva slipping the ball to Carlos Tevez in the area. Joel Robles was deceived by the Argentine as he dived the wrong way, but a combination of a poor effort from the striker and a huge slice of luck from the keeper resulted in the ball being diverted over via Robles' trailing leg to keep the scores level.
It was then City's turn to be lucky, however, after Espinoza burst down the left channel into the area and went down under the challenge of Pablo Zabaleta, but the referee waved play on, much to the consternation of the Latics. Yet shortly afterwards, they were almost ahead, courtesy of a madcap piece of play which saw Callum McManaman burst clear, round Joe Hart, take it too close to the byline, and in an effort to work a better shooting chance, cut back and beat two more players before seeing his eventual shot blocked.
The rest of the half was a more low-key affair, with both seems seemingly content to go in 0-0 after a pretty lively first half. The second should be a good one - Wigan have been more than equal opponents to City so far, but they may come to regret not getting in front should they run out of energy later.