Mancini hails fantastic Tevez

Last updated : 15 January 2011 By BBC Sport

Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini hailed Carlos Tevez's performance as 'fantastic' after his two goals helped the side to a 4-3 win over Wolves.Tevez scored twice in the second half, including a great solo goal as City moved back to the top the table.

"Carlos was fantastic and he scored two fantastic goals," said the Italian.

"I'm also happy because his children were here to watch the match. Carlos always plays well even when he doesn't score for us."

City went behind early to a Nenad Milijas goal before Kolo Toure equalised soon after.

The home side then moved up the gears after the break, with Tevez scoring twice either side of Yaya Toure's strike.

City were cruising at 4-1 but a Kevin Doyle penalty followed by a late Ronald Zubar header ensured a nervy finish.

"I only have one heart and it needs to remain strong," joked Mancini.

Wolves deserved a point - McCarthy

"I thought it would be a difficult game anyway. We played so-so in first 20 minutes and then improved. In the second half we played much better and scored three goals, but we then took a risk in the last few minutes.

"When we were 4-1 up, we should have continued to play football and tried to score. Football is a strange game though."

Meanwhile, the City boss paid tribute to new £27m striker Edin Dzeko, who provided the assist for Yaya Toure's strike.

"It is his first game for 30 days and his first game for a new team," added Mancini.

"He played well but he needs to work. He showed he is a good player."

The Italian manager also he was excited with the new partnership of the Bosnian and Tevez.

"It is their first game and they have only worked together for one week," he continued.

"Dzeko needs three or four games to work with his team-mates and know the team well.

"It is not easy at the moment but Dzeko is a good player and so is Carlos. When you have two good players, it is easy to play together."

Dzeko enjoys win on Man City debut

Dzeko himself was delighted with his debut.

"If we win every game like this then it'll be easy to find my feet quickly," said the striker. "The fans are fantastic here and we need to make them happy."

The victory moved City back to the top of the league above Manchester United, who play on Sunday. It is a position they occupied for a short while during the festive period.

"We were top at Christmas for about three hours and now possibly we'll remain top just for a day. But hopefully in the future we'll stay there for longer."

Meanwhile, Wolves manager Mick McCarthy believes his side should have made more of their dominance during the opening period of the match.

"I'm really, really disappointed we didn't make the best of it," he said.

"I think we should have got a point. We should have made the most of the first half.

"However, what I can take away is that we have fabulous team spirit and that will keep us up."

Source: BBC Sport

Source: BBC Sport