By William Wood | In Match Reports - Home Games
Manchester City maintained their fine form and top of the table position as they saw off Wolves 3-1 at the Etihad Stadium.
Following the 6-1 demolition of arch-rivals Manchester United in their last league outing, it remained to be seen if Roberto Mancini’s men could stay focused on the task at hand, but they answered any such doubts emphatically.
Samir Nasri went close with a volley minutes into the clash, whilst Wolves’ Kevin Doyle missed the target from 12 yards out moments after.
Micah – again impressive throughout as he continued his own purple patch on the right-flank – teed up Edin Dzeko but the striker’s effort was wayward, whilst a fine Wayne Hennessey save denied Sergio Aguero what had looked a certain goal.
The 23-year old was once again in the action as he set up Aguero with a curling cross, but the Argentina international made a hash of his shot.
As City’s frustration grew, Hennessey seemed to be get more resolute, and with 5 minutes of the first-half remaining he was on hand to deny Dzeko after fine interchange by Aguero and David Silva.
However, as superb as he had been up to that point, Hennessey was to pay the price for dallying on the ball as Aguero charged him down, and a subsequent rebound fell to Dzeko who tapped home to put the hosts in front.
A spell of end-to-end attacks ensued, but City soon doubled their advantage as Hennessey could only parry Silva’s shot, and Aleksander Kolarov found the back of the net to make it 2-0.
Just as City looked to have sealed the three points, though, their captain Vincent Kompany was handed his marching orders after he brought down Doyle, and Stephen Hunt coverted the resulting penalty to make it 2-1.
Wolves, though, failed to capitalise on their one-man advantage, and Adam Johnson restored City’s two goal lead after fine work by Mario Balotelli and Yaya Toure, teeing the midfielder up to make it 3-1.
It was to be the final notable act of the game as City maintained their lead at the top of the table and followed up their emphatic victory over the Red Devils.
Man City: Hart, Richards, Kompany, Lescott, Kolarov, Nasri, Toure, Barry, Aguero, Dzeko, Silva. Subs: Pantilimon, Zabaleta, Savic, De Jong, Milner, Johnson, Balotelli.
Wolves: Hennessey, Edwards, Stearman, Henry, Ward, Hunt, Johnson, Berra, O’Hara, Doyle, Guedioura. Subs: Elokobi, Craddock, Ebanks-Blake, Jarvis, Vokes, Hammill, De Vries