Wolves 0 Man City 2
Manchester City closed the gap on leaders Manchester United to three points and doomed Wolves to relegation with victory in the Barclays Premier League clash at Molineux.
Roberto Mancini’s side capitalised on the title life-line handed to them via United’s pulsating 4-4 home draw with Everton earlier in the afternoon.
Goals from Sergio Aguero and Samir Nasri sealed the win for the visitors who now have their fate back in their own hands ahead of next Monday’s derby with United.
Carlos Tevez, fresh from his hat-trick against Norwich, had the first attempt on goal and was only just too high with a dipping 25-yard drive.
Wolves, needing a win to keep alive their slim survival hopes, retaliated and Bassong had a shot deflected wide after a Michael Kightly corner had been half cleared.
De Vries was decisive in punching clear City’s first corner from Samir Nasri.
But he was relieved when Sergio Aguero beat the offside trap and drilled a low shot inches wide of the far post.
The game was flowing from end to end with Kightly looking sharp on the right flank.
City keeper Joe Hart had to be alert to parry aside a 20-yard drive from David Davis and then Richard Stearman fired over the bar with an overhead kick.
Nasri spurned a good chance to put City ahead after 16 minutes when he shot wide after being found in space by Pablo Zabaleta.
City started to enjoy the bulk of possession and a mis-placed headed back pass from Stearman played in Aguero but he opted for a first time flick which went wide.
Aguero was then just off target from 15 yards as gaps started to appear in the Wolves back four.
Tevez got in behind the Wolves defence but his low shot was easily dealt with by De Vries.
But after 27 minutes Aguero put City ahead with his 29th goal of the campaign.
Gael Clichy made good ground down the left before picking out the run of Aguero with a pinpoint cross.
He had time to bring the ball down before slotting his shot past De Vries into the corner of the net.
City were now in total control and Aguero teed up Tevez but his curling effort flew straight at De Vries.
In a rare Wolves attack a deep cross from Kevin Foley just eluded Fletcher.
But City were soon back on the offensive and Bassong blocked a shot from Tevez while Nasri flashed a dangerous ball across the box.
Fletcher took a bang to the head but was able to resume without needing treatment.
Wolves made a positive start to the second period but lacked a cutting edge and crosses from Jarvis and Kightly were easily cut out by Vincent Kompany and Joleon Lescott respectively.
Kightly blocked a shot from Tevez after being found in a yard of space by Nasri.
Jarvis was trying his best to drag Wolves back into the game but was high and wide with an attempt from outside the box.
Yaya Toure became the first player to be booked after 55 minutes for chopping down Kightly.
Hart was called into meaningful action to turn aside a Fletcher header after Bassong had won the initial aerial battle.
Mancini made his first change after 59 minutes with De Jong replacing David Silva.
A minute later Wolves striker Kevin Doyle came on for Edwards.
Tevez twisted and turned before sending a dangerous ball across the six-yard box but no-one was on hand to apply the finishing touch.
City searched for the second goal and Stearman did well to block a low shot from Tevez.
But after 74 minutes Nasri put the outcome beyond doubt with his sixth goal of the season.
Tevez was fouled by Davis, took the free-kick himself and exchanged passes with Clichy before finding Nasri in space.
The Frenchman had time to drill a low shot past De Vries into the opposite corner of the net.
Mancini brought on Adam Johnson for Tevez while Bassong and Fletcher made way for Christophe Berra and Sylvan Ebanks-Blake for the home side.
Johnson quickly made his presence felt, forcing a low save out of De Vries.
A Davis drive was deflected through to Hart late on as Wolves succumbed to the drop.