Manager Roberto Mancini has hailed captain Carlos Tevez after his brace helped Manchester City to the top of the Premier League.
In an entertaining encounter at Eastlands, Tevez's brilliant double, and goals from brothers Kolo and Yaya Toure, ensured Mancini's men came from behind against Wolverhampton Wanderers to eventually win 4-3. That, their seventh home win of the season, helped them leapfrog neighbours Manchester United at the summit.
Mick McCarthy's men were by far the brighter and more determined outfit in the opening stages and deservedly took the lead after 12 minutes when Nenad Milijas bundled in from close range. However, a Kolo Toure finish just before the break was quickly followed up by two fine goals from Tevez - one with his feet, one with his head - as City began to dominate. A further finish from Yaya gave City some breathing space.
Wolves were given a glimmer of hope when Ronald Zubar scored with a late header after Kevin Doyle had scored from the penalty spot, but they were unable to force a draw.
"I am very happy for him because he scored two fantastic goals and took his goals very, very well. The first goal he scored was fantastic," Mancini said of Tevez. "I thought it was a difficult game and I told the guys before the game that. But I thought we were so-so in the first 20 minutes and Wolves pressed us well and we had some problems but we scored goals and had three of four other chances to score. However, I thought we lost our concentration towards the end because we thought it was finished but it is never finished."
Mancini handed new £27 million pound signing Edin Dzeko his debut following his transfer from Wolfsburg and although he clearly lacked match sharpness, Mancini was still pleased with the Bosnian's first run-out in City colours. "He played well," he said. "It was his first game in 30 days and his first game with a new team but he played well. He needs to improve and work hard but I think he showed he is a good player.
"We are happy after the result and I am happy for our supporters because they deserve this but the season is very long and we must improve because we cannot do the same mistakes as today in the last 10 minutes."
On a different day, Wolves could well have earned a point if not more in a spirited and hard-working performance. However, it was not to be on Saturday and they slipped back into the relegation zone as a result of this loss.
"Forget the disappointment, we should have been more goals up in the first half and I'm sat here disappointed that we lost," said Wolves boss Mick McCarthy. "It's not about what they have got - I have a good group of lads and a good team. When we were on top we should have punished them more."
However, McCarthy was generous enough to outine that Tevez had made the difference in the encounter courtesy of his two goals and in particular his first, a wonderful dribbling effort that deserved to win any game. "It was a brilliant goal from Carlos Tevez," he added. "People will criticise defenders but sometimes you have to say it was a great goal.
"I don't think we are far away from where we were last season in terms of points and games played. We have just had a good run and we are playing well and if we get a few more players back we will be ok."