Manchester City and Wolves top English soccer’s Premier League after beating Bolton and Fulham today in the second round of games.
City won 3-2 at Bolton’s Reebok Stadium with goals by David Silva, Gareth Barry and Edin Dzeko. Ivan Klasnic and Kevin Davies scored for the home team.
“We dominated the game, but we can’t concede two goals like we did today,” City coach Roberto Mancini told Sky Sports. “We need to pay more attention if we want to win the championship.”
Kevin Doyle and Matt Jarvis gave Wolves a 2-0 home victory and a last-minute goal by Kenwyne Jones earned Stoke a 1-1 draw at 10-man Norwich.
Manchester City and Wolves top the standings on six points after winning both games so far. Aston Villa, Liverpool, Chelsea and Newcastle have four points. West Brom and Blackburn are at the bottom of the league, the only teams to have lost two games.
Silva opened the scoring for City in the 26th minute, profiting from an error by goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen, who let the shot squirm off his hand into the net. Barry’s long-range shot made it 2-0 11 minutes later.
Klasnic reduced the deficit before halftime, sweeping in a cross from the left. Two minutes into the second half Dzeko restored City’s two-goal advantage before Davies got a goal back with a header.
City hung on for the victory to lead the table on goal difference.
At Molineux, both Wolves’ goals came just before halftime as the Midlands team also made it two wins from as many games.
In the day’s other game, newly promoted Norwich took a 1-0 lead at home when Ritchie de Laet scored against his old club in the 37th minute.
Stoke failed to tie the score from the penalty spot in the 63rd minute after Leon Barnett was red-carded for bringing down Jonathan Walters, whose spot-kick was saved by John Ruddy. Jones headed in from close range in the 90th minute to earn a point for Stoke.
Among yesterday’s games, Liverpool won 2-0 at Arsenal, Chelsea beat West Brom 2-1 and Newcastle won the northeast derby at Sunderland 1-0.
Tomorrow, Tottenham plays its opening game, at champion Manchester United.
Weekend results: Arsenal 0-2 Liverpool; Aston Villa 3-1 Blackburn; Everton 0-1 QPR; Sunderland 0-1 Newcastle; Swansea 0-0 Wigan; Chelsea 2-1 West Brom; Bolton 2-3 Manchester City; Norwich 1-1 Stoke; Wolves 2-0 Fulham. Tomorrow: Manchester United vs Tottenham.