Manchester City 4 Wolves 3: Tevez still the best man as Blues go top of Premier League

At last, Manchester City have the firepower to win their first league title since 1968. Having been derided for negative tactics against Arsenal and Manchester United, Roberto Mancini unleashed £27million debutant Edin Dzeko alongside £26.5m Carlos Tevez and the result was dynamite.

City blew away Wolves with four goals in 26 minutes after surrendering a shock early lead against the Premier League strugglers and now top the table, albeit having played three games more than their city rivals.

For once, it was the defenders, not misfiring forwards, who fell under the manager's scrutiny after a late collapse nearly cost them a victory.

Defender Kolo Toure (left) scores for Manchester City

Hot shot: Defender Kolo Toure (left) scores for Manchester City

'We must still improve,' said Mancini. 'If you are winning 4-1 after 70 minutes, we should be able to control the game better. We seemed to think it was finished, though, and lost our concentration. The penalty we gave away was stupid.'

City fans might have bitten their fingernails to the bone in the final few minutes, but before then it had been party time. Tevez, still the captain despite handing in a transfer request earlier in the season, showed he remains the club's biggest star.

His brace made it 15 goals for the season already and none of them better than his first after 49 minutes, when he scored a goal similar to fellow Argentinian Ricky Villa's famous solo effort against City in the 1981 FA Cup final replay.

Heads up: Carlos Tevez scores City's fourth goal

Heads up: Carlos Tevez scores City's fourth goal

Dzeko, though, was impressive in a supporting role, playing a delightful one-two with Tevez before setting up Yaya Toure for City's third. Best of all for City was the way their attacking players interchanged.

Dzeko started in the middle with Yaya Toure supporting and Tevez on the left. But when Tevez came infield, the link-up play with Dzeko was too much for Wolves to handle.

'Dzeko has only worked with his team-mates for a week and has not played a game for 30 days, but it will be easy for him to play together with Carlos after three or four games because they are both good players,' said Mancini.

Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez (R) celebrates after scoring second goal

Top man: Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez (R) celebrates after scoring second goal

Wolves, who beat City at Molineux earlier in the season as well as Chelsea and Liverpool, had capitalised on the first bit of dodgy City defending after 12 minutes when Kolo Toure's clearance rebounded off Vincent Kompany into the path of Nenad Milijas, who scored at the second time of asking off goalkeeper Joe Hart.

But City ended a poor first half on level terms when Kolo Toure's shot from a corner skidded past three defenders and Wolves keeper Wayne Hennessey on the line, although the final touch seemed to come off David Jones.

'I am really ill with that goal because they hadn't put a scratch on us before that and they were getting a few boos,' said Wolves boss Mick McCarthy.

He was right to worry. City never looked back, particularly after Tevez had weaved his magic after 49 minutes. A lucky ricochet allowed the ball to land at Tevez's feet on the edge of the area, but after that it was pure magic from the South American.

Wolves midfielder Nenad Milijas opens the scoring

Golden delight: Wolves midfielder Nenad Milijas opens the scoring

As Christophe Berra and Stephen Hunt came out to block him, Tevez jinked outside the pair of them. Richard Stearman dashed over as emergency cover, Tevez feinted and, with a wiggle of his hips, cut inside, leaving the Wolves defender helpless.

Dzeko was in the middle, hoping for a tap-in, but Tevez finished what he had started and slipped a finish under Hennessey. Glorious.

City followed up that fantastic individual goal with a perfect team goal, in which Dzeko was heavily involved. He controlled a clearance instantly and played a one-two with Tevez before shrugging off Stearman and laying a slide-rule pass into the path of Yaya Toure, whose lung-busting forward run from midfield was rewarded when he beat Hennessey from 10 yards.

All Dzeko needed to crown a fine debut was a goal, but Tevez was getting in all the best scoring positions and when Pablo Zabaleta floated over a 66th-minute chip into the sixyard box, he rose to head in off the underside of the crossbar.

That should have been it and Mancini would have accepted a boring final 20 minutes. Instead, substitute Joleon Lescott recklessly bundled into Kevin Doyle, who scored from the spot.

And City were placed in near-panic mode when a Ronald Zubar header from a corner was adjudged to have crossed the line before Nigel de Jong had hacked it away.

Breathless stuff and not what Mancini is known for. But with Dzeko and Tevez in tandem, he had better start getting used to it.