Roberto Mancini dedicated Manchester City's victory to Kolo Toure after his side narrowly beat Wigan in the North West derby at Eastlands.
Wigan keeper Ali Al Habsi spilled David Silva's shot into his own goal on 38 minutes to gift City three points and consolidate their third place standing in the Premier League.
Defender Toure watched the game from the stands following confirmation of a failed drugs test this week, despite club officials not expecting the 29-year-old to be in attendance to watch his team-mates.
Afterwards Mancini dedicated the victory to the defender, although he did not wish to speak regarding the failed test.
"I can say only that Kolo is a fantastic man, first. Second, he is a serious professional player," the City boss told Sky Sports News, adding the defender was "not good" when asked how he was feeling.
"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 believed his side were tired after beating Aston Villa in the FA Cup in midweek, which came following Sunday's 1-1 draw with Fulham.
"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 now wants 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."