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Even on an overcast night, one could detect a blue moon over Molineux on Wednesday night. The Manchester City revolution was continuing apace. In a masterful demonstration of liquid movement and cold-eyed finishing, Roberto Mancini’s team side confirmed beyond doubt against a revived Wolves that their raid of Old Trafford was no anomaly.

Granted, even the depleted line-up offered by Mancini was worth the thick end of £100 million. But it was almost presumptuous to expect a performance as convincing as the one that demolished Manchester United. The fact that City managed to emulate those heights, discovering a secret weapon in Adrian Scapuzzi in the process, was testament to their strength in depth.

When Edin Dzeko, again a two-goal star, rolled in their fifth early in the second half, it appeared that they could dream of a repeat of that already-fabled 6-1 scoreline. Jamie O’Hara’s consolation effort denied them such neat symmetry, but an ominous point had been made. City, finally bringing all their luminous talents to fruition, suddenly have the look of contenders on all fronts.

The cries of “We’re Man City, we’ll score when we want” — a response to a United chant of similar conceitedness — had unmistakeable resistance. Could City’s *arrivistes* be here to stay?

The flurry of three goals in four first-half minutes flipped the game on its axis. Until then Wolves, thanks to a powerful early strike from Nenad Milijas, had offered more than token resistance. Sam Vokes had danced past a mistimed challenge by Kolo Toure, sliding an inviting cross to Adlene Guedioura, who miscued but teed the ball up perfectly for the onrushing Serbian.

Milijas’ drive was so emphatic, rifling beyond the reach of stand-in City goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon, that Wolves must wish he could face their tormentors in sky-blue more often. After all, he scored in both league games against City last season.

A team in City’s state of bliss were not to be deterred by the setback. A near-miss by Scapuzzi had flagged up their intent, and Adam Johnson was quick to capitalise on the shift in momentum. Dzeko had set up the England winger on the edge of the box, and the ensuing 20-yard shot was leathered with a ferocity that left Wolves’ Dorus de Vries flat-footed.

Two minutes later it was Johnson operating the supply line. His silky pass picked out Samir Nasri, who outpaced the Wolves back line with ease and stroked a low finish into the corner of the net.

Mancini, pumping his fist on the touchline, knew the match had turned. His players swiftly proved as much: no sooner had De Vries fashioned a fine close-range save to keep out Scapuzzi’s effort than Dzeko pounced to lash in the rebound.

Stephen Hunt was left to regret a clear chance to reduce the deficit, latching on to end of George Elokobi’s pull-back but failing to contrive a clean contact.

City, however, were remorseless in their pursuit of a greater advantage, and Scapuzzi duly delivered. The Italian — a product of AC Milan’s academy whom City signed on a three-year deal in August — looked a genuine find all evening, combining fluidly with Dzeko and Nasri all evening.

His breakthrough was inelegant, but the least he deserved. Nasri’s initial shot was blocked by De Vries, but the snap follow-up from Scapuzzi deflected off him and over the line.

The build-up to the decisive fifth was far more deliberate, borne of the neatest interplay to leave Dzeko the most straightforward tap-in. Wolves drew some reward for their resolve when substitute O’Hara, turning home a Stephen Ward cross, scored with his first touch of the ball.

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