Slick City wallop Wolves at Molineux

Mark Hughes was replaced by Mancini at Eastlands after City’s 4-3

win over Sunderland – but the former Inter Milan coach has made a

dream start to his tenure, first beating Stoke 2-0 and now Mick

McCarthy’s men at Molineux. Wolves bossed the first half an hour in

Monday evening’s Premier League showdown, but only had Kevin

Doyle’s 20-yard shot to show for their domination of the early

proceedings. City seemed uncomfortable playing a 4-3-3 formation,

and after Mancini switched to a 4-4-2 with Tevez and Craig Bellamy

up front, the Argentinian crossed brilliantly for the Welshman on

30 minutes only to see his strike partner steer a shot narrowly

over from five yards out. Three minutes later, Bellamy returned the

compliment with a cross from the left flank to Tevez, whose scuffed

shot deflected off Christophe Berra to wrongfoot home goalkeeper

Marcus Hahnemann and roll into the net. The unlucky Berra had to go

off minutes before the break after landing awkwardly on his head

following a huge leap, and he was replaced for the second half by

Richard Stearman. It was end to end stuff immediately after the

interval, with Bellamy latching onto Martin Petrov’s throughball

and stabbing his shot narrowly wide before Chris Iwelumo nearly

finished off a flowing move in fine style, only to see his delicate

dink sail inches over the crossbar. Garrido came on for Stephen

Ireland to protect City’s lead, but he ended up adding to it on 69

minutes, when he curled a sublime left-footed free-kick around the

wall from 25 yards to make it 2-0. Kevin Doyle tested Shay Given

with a close-range strike, but Tevez put the icing on the cake four

minutes from time when he collected a cross from sub Robinho and

steered a left-footed strike into the bottom corner. The win saw

City move level on points with fifth-placed Aston Villa, while

Wolves remain down in 15th place, just two points above the

relegation zone.