By William Wood | In Match Reports - Away Games
Roberto Mancini’s Manchester City secured their second successive win under the new regime in the Premier League, overcoming Wolves 3-0 at Molineux with Micah restored to the starting-eleven.
Having comprehensively seen off Stoke City just days ago, Mancini and his men were looking to keep apace with the top four, but the frenetic start to the game seemed to serve the hosts well as City struggled to get a foot on the ball.
The slippery surface was making it difficult for both attacks, though Andrew Surman fired just over after a header down from Chris Iwelumo.
The opening 20 minutes provided much endeavour without clear cut chances,
though City and Craig Bellamy had a fine opportunity to open the scoring as Micah burst down the right before picking out Carlos Tevez, but from the
Argentinian’s subsequent pass the Wales forward scooped off-target.
Mancini had already switched things around, reverting to 4-4-2, and it paid off as the Eastlanders seized the lead with 33 minutes on the clock. Bellamy sliced his way through Wolves defence before laying the ball off to Tevez, and the diminutive forward’s deflected effort hit the back of the net to make it 1-0 to City.
Wolves were enjoying their fair share of possession and corners without fully penetrating City’s defence, and with the half-time whistle blown, the home faithful were left to reflect on a bright start that petered out to allow the away side to shore up their defence.
Karl Henry went close with a drive from 20-yards soon after the restart, though Bellamy carved open a chance of his own which failed missed its targets by yards having been forced wide.
City’s second-half plans were dealt a blow as Stephen Ireland was forced off with injury, Javier Garrido coming on to replace him and Pablo Zabaleta taking up the right-sided midfielder position.
And the Spaniard made an immediate impression to double City’s lead. Having seen Kevin Doyle force Shay Given into a fine stop with his feet, Garrido stepped up to curl a left-footed free-kick over the wall and into the back of the net to put daylight between the sides.
Tevez could have added a third straight away as a fine City attack saw the striker chip over when a goal looked certain, though he amends soon after as Robinho picked him out and a one touch and shot combination caught the Wolves defence off guard to hand his side a three goal lead.
The points were well and truly in the bag for Mancini, with no further chances worthy of inclusion, and City sit just three points off fourth place in the Premier League, with their Italian manager a more than content spectator.
Wolves: Hahnemann, Zubar, Craddock, Berra, Elokobi, Foley, Henry, Mancienne, Surman, Iwelumo, Doyle. Subs: Hennessey, Stearman, Ebanks-Blake, Jarvis, Milijas, Maierhofer, Castillo.
Man City: Given, Zabaleta, Toure, Kompany, Richards, Petrov, Ireland, De
Jong, Barry, Bellamy, Tevez. Subs: Taylor, Robinho, Garrido, Sylvinho,
Vidal, Boyata, Weiss.