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Etihad Stadium (ATT 47,142) 29th October 2011 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: S Attwell

Man City Manchester City vs Wolverhampton Wanderers Wolves

Man City 3

E Dzeko (52)
A Kolarov (67)
V Kompany (S/O 74)
A Johnson (90+1)

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Wolves 1

S Hunt (pen 75)

City too strong for Wolves

Second-half blitz enough to see off Mick McCarthy's men

Last Updated: 29/10/11 6:07pm

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Premier League leaders Manchester City maintained their five-point lead at the top of the table courtesy of a 3-1 home win over Wolves.

Roberto Mancini's men were made to fight all the way and they only broke the deadlock when Edin Dzeko capitalised on a mistake from Wayne Hennessey.

The game looked dead and buried when Alexander Kolarov tapped home after David Silva's shot was blocked, but Wolves hit back.

Stephen Hunt netted from the penalty spot after Vincent Kompany had brought down Kevin Doyle, a foul that saw the defender given a red card.

Wolves pressed late on for a share of the spoils, but it was City who had the last laugh through substitute Andy Johnson in injury time.

Man of the Match: Alexander Kolarov. The Serbian defender loves to attack and push forward, although it was his defending at times that caught the eye against Wolves. However, he also made a telling contribution at the other end by scoring City's second. Save of the Match: Wayne Hennessey almost single-handedly kept City out in the first half as Wolves were drawing at half time. He made two crucial saves in the opening 45 minutes to somehow deny Aguero and Dzeko. His saved to deny Dzeko in 41st minute was an outstanding stop. Gaffe of the Match: Sadly Hennessey's blunder led to City's opener, a lead they would not surrender. The keeper dwelled on the ball for too long along Aguero to close him down and make a block. The deflected effort fell kindly to the unmarked Dzeko who scored with ease. Miss of the Match: The home fans were virtually celebrating at the Etihad when Micah Richards' cross found Aguero in the middle. However, much to everyone's surprise the Argentinean marksman somehow managed to send his shot from close range. Talking Points: Are Man City the real deal in the title race? Do Mancini's men have what it takes? For Wolves is Mick McCarthy the man to keep the midlands side in the top flight for a third consecutive season?

Given what had happened when the sides met in midweek when City won 5-2 in the Carling Cup, many were expecting a comfortable afternoon for free-scoring City, but they endured a frustrating first half as they failed to make the most of the chances that came their way thanks both to Hennessey's efforts and their own poor finishing.

Wolves were only able to partially clear a corner from Kolarov in the second minute and the ball came to Samir Nasri, who unleashed a volley which Hennessey tipped over the bar.

Mistake

At the other end, Hunt picked up possession following a mistake by Micah Richards and teed up Kevin Doyle, but the Republic of Ireland frontman could only flash his effort across the face of goal.

Sergio Aguero, having played a one-two with Silva, scuffed a shot high into the stands and Dzeko put the ball over after Wanderers skipper Roger Johnson had intercepted Richards' cross into the danger zone.

City continued to break forward and Aguero was just unable to meet a cross from the left after it took a deflection.

The Argentina forward then drew a good save out of Hennessey with a turn and strike from outside the box.

Moments later Aguero looked set to put City in front, but miskicked as he attempted to stroke home Richards' delivery and the shot went off-target.

Nasri showed little accuracy when trying his luck from distance and the same applied to an effort from Jamie O'Hara.

Silva saw his strike blocked after Nasri's cross came to him and City fans felt Richard Stearman had fouled Dzeko in the area as the ball came over, but referee Stuart Attwell waved for play to continue.

Turned around

Four minutes before the break Silva put Dzeko through on goal, but the Bosnian's shot was turned around the post by Hennessey.

City kept the pressure up after the restart, with Nasri sending in a cross that bounced out off Silva, and with seven minutes of the second half gone, the hosts made the breakthrough as Hennessey - so dependable before the break - made a hash of dealing with a backpass.

Aguero came into to challenge the goalkeeper and the ball spun out to Dzeko, who lofted it into the net for his fifth goal in three games.

Wolves looked to respond but there was no-one to get on the end of Hunt's cross, and after Johnson had come on to replace Dzeko, Aguero sliced wide following good link-up play with Silva.

Two minutes later City had their second, Hennessey parrying Silva's shot from the edge of the box and Kolarov tucking away an easy finish.

Mancini brought on Mario Balotelli for Nasri and the Italian youngster sidefooted over the bar.

City appeared to be cruising, but they were then reduced to 10 men when Hart spilled a shot from Adlene Guedioura and Kompany was adjudged to have impeded Doyle as the forward attempted to get to the rebound.

Kompany was shown a straight red card and Hunt dispatched the resulting spot-kick to set up a nervy finale, but City made sure at the death as Johnson collected Toure's pass and fired in.

Manchester CityTeam StatisticsWolverhampton Wanderers
3Goals1
01st Half Goals0
7Shots on Target5
10Shots off Target7
2Blocked Shots1
5Corners4
18Fouls6
1Offsides1
2Yellow Cards1
1Red Cards0
80.9Passing Success82.2
14Tackles12
78.6Tackles Success91.7
50.6Possession49.4
53.8Territorial Advantage46.2
445Total Passes445
20Total Crosses15
151Lost Balls147
54Recoveries32

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