Wolverhampton 0-3 Manchester City
Roberto Mancini made it two wins from two games after goals from
Carlos Tevez and Javier Garrido earned Manchester City a 3-0 win
Two goals from Tevez and a Javier Garrido free-kick secured
City their first away win in four months – and their second victory
in three days under new boss Roberto Mancini – at Molineux on
Tevez continued his hot scoring streak with his seventh and
eighth goals in his last seven appearances and his 11th of the
Substitute Garrido, frozen out of the first-team picture by
previous City boss Mark Hughes, netted the decisive second midway
through the second period.
It was the first away win in eight league games for City
since the 1-0 success at Portsmouth in late August and moved them
level on points with fifth-placed Aston Villa.
City always looked the more threatening once Mancini had
reverted to a 4-4-2 formation midway through the opening period.
Craig Bellamy was a constant menace to the Wolves rearguard
alongside Tevez and, with more clinical finishing, City could have
doubled their final tally.
Wolves showed plenty of endeavour and rattled the visitors in
the opening quarter of the game but they lacked quality in the
final third despite the physical threat of Chris Iwelumo.
Wolves’ leading scorer Kevin Doyle had the first effort on
goal but the club’s record signing dragged his 20-yard shot well
wide of Shay Given’s goal.
The first semblance of a chance fell to Wolves with Iwelumo
The Scottish international headed a cross from Michael
Mancienne into the path of Andrew Surman 15 yards out but he failed
to keep his shot down.
Mancini looked concerned at his side’s lack of cohesion and
reverted to a 4-4-2 formation with Bellamy playing down the middle
It appeared to reap its rewards with City immediately looking
more comfortable when going forward.
But Bellamy was guilty of a dreadful miss just after the half
Stephen Ireland’s first time centre was picked up by Tevez
who did well to get to the byline and turn the ball back across the
Bellamy was the first to react and the goal was gaping but
from eight yards out he shot over the bar.
Bellamy made amends by creating the opening goal for Tevez
after 33 minutes.
He cut in from the left and picked out Tevez whose first-time
shot took a deflection off Christophe Berra on its way past Marcus
Wolves tried to retaliate and Pablo Zabaleta became the first
player to be yellow carded for a foul on Ronald Zubar.
Tevez then showed his worth in a defensive capacity when
deflecting George Elokobi’s header wide from a Kevin Foley corner.
Berra did not return after the interval after landing on his
head following a clash with with Bellamy and was replaced by
Bellamy should have doubled City’s lead after he beat the
offside trap to race onto a pass from Martin Petrov but his shot
flew wide of the far post.
Wolves responded and Iwelumo shot over when well placed after
taking a pass from Surman in his stride.
Mancini made his first change with Garrido replacing Stephen
Ireland who appeared to have taken a knock and went straight down
the players’ tunnel.
Shay Given was finally called into action just after the hour
mark when blocking a shot from Doyle with his legs after the
striker had robbed Toure.
Foley was booked after bringing down City midfielder Gareth
Mancienne was also booked for a foul on the England player
and it led to Garrido doubling their lead.
He curled his free-kick around the defensive wall and past a
Wolves boss Mick McCarthy was incensed because he felt
Bellamy should have been given offside in the move immediately
before the free-kick awarded against Mancienne.
Hahnemann’s frustration boiled over and he was also booked
after hurling the ball in the direction of a referee’s assistant.
The bookings were coming thick and fast with Tevez cautioned
after not retreating at a free-kick.
Tevez should have made it 3-0 but chipped his shot wide after
good play by Bellamy created the opening.
City substitute Robinho, who replaced Petrov, teed up Tevez
to score his second goal of the game with four minutes remaining.