NEWS
08/21/2011 02:10 EDT | Updated 10/21/2011 05:12 EDT

Man City moves top of early season Premier League with 3-2 win at Bolton

LONDON - Manchester City moved top of the early season Premier League on Sunday with a 3-2 win at Bolton.

David Silva, Gareth Barry and Edin Dzeko scored to give City a second win from two matches and first place on goal difference from Wolverhampton Wanderers, which beat Fulham 2-0.

Big-spending City has not won the English championship since 1968, while it's the first time Wolves has won their opening two league matches since 1998.

Defending champion Manchester United could take over top spot with a big enough win over visiting Tottenham in Monday's only game, but has captain Nemanja Vidic out injured and could also be without fellow defender Rio Ferdinand.

City manager Roberto Mancini, whose side beat newcomer Swansea 4-0 in its first match, said his team still needs to improve.

"We can't concede two goals like today," Mancini said. "We need to pay more attention. If we want a good championship we should pay more attention in these sorts of situation.

"I want us to score 15 goals more than last year but we can't concede more goals than last year."

Carlos Tevez made a late substitute appearance for Manchester City but the Argentina striker, who wants to leave the club, was barely needed at Bolton.

James Milner and Sergio Aguero had already missed chances when Silva's dipping shot from 20 yards evaded goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen in the 26th.

Aguero had a goal ruled out for a foul and missed another effort before Barry smashed a 25-yard shot into the top corner in the 37th. Former City winger Martin Petrov set up Ivan Klasnic two minutes later as Bolton got a goal back, but Dzeko restored City's two-goal advantage shortly after halftime after an assist from Milner.

City pressed for a fourth goal but Kevin Davies headed in Petrov's 62nd-minute free kick for Bolton.

Steve Bull was still leading Wolves' attack when the club last won its opening two league fixtures — and that was in the second tier.

"I'm not really bothered about the league position," Wolves manager Mick McCarthy said. "We start near the bottom every year alphabetically.

"But it's nice to win two games, back-to-back in the Premier League. It is a really good achievement."

Kevin Doyle had a good chance to put Wolves ahead after 30 minutes when he beat defender Brede Hangeland to a ball and rounded goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer, but he sent his shot over the bar. The striker made amends in the 42nd when he received a pass from Matt Jarvis, skipped away from two defenders and lashed a shot past Schwarzer into the net.

Jarvis then sent a curling shot narrowly off target before making it 2-0 in first-half injury time from a rebound when Roger Johnson's header hit the post.

The loss left Fulham still seeking a first league win under new manager Martin Jol, having drawn with Aston Villa at home last weekend.

Villa is third in the standings after beating Blackburn 3-1 on Saturday, leading Liverpool, Chelsea and Newcastle on goal difference.

Liverpool scored two second-half goals to win 2-0 at 10-man Arsenal on Saturday, when Chelsea beat West Bromwich Albion 2-1 and Newcastle won 1-0 at fierce regional rival Sunderland.

Norwich drew 1-1 with Stoke in Sunday's other topflight game.

While 17 of the 20 Premier League teams have played twice, Monday's match will be the first of the season for Tottenham. Spurs won 5-0 at Hearts in the Europa League this week after its Premier League season opener against Everton was postponed because of security concerns in the wake of the London riots.