Carlos Tevez sealed Manchester City's victory with his 10th goal of the season
to keep up the pressure on the Premier League leaders.
However the Argentina striker seemed ill at ease as Bolton's five-match
unbeaten run came to an end.
Tevez picked up his fifth booking of the campaign and will miss the match
against West Ham on Saturday.
So too will Aleksander Kolarov who is also banned after being dismissed by
referee Andre Marriner after picking two yellow cards.
Tevez ended the game giving manager Roberto Mancini an ear-bashing when he was
replaced by James Milner in the final minute.
City should have won by more than one goal with both Mario Balotelli and David
Silva seeing shots come back off the woodwork.
Tevez did not have long to wait until making the breakthrough. Yaya Toure
slipped the ball through the middle in the fourth minute and Gary Cahill failed
to deal with it.
That allowed the club captain to drill a shot into the corner for City's first
goal at home since October.
City then made an unsuccessful appeal for a penalty in the 14th minute when
Silva's shot was blocked by Cahill. TV Replays showed the ball had come off the
defender's shoulder and his arm.
Bolton responded and goalkeeper Joe Hart did well three minutes later to turn a
free-kick from former City winger Martin Petrov around the post.
City were having the majority of possession but Tevez in an attempt to win the
ball off Sam Ricketts picked up a booking that will see him take a short break.
Then Pablo Zabaleta got into a good position in the area and attempted to lob
Jussi Jaaskelainen. But he made mess of it, scooping the ball up and it was
City kept up the pressure and Tevez was being afforded too much room in and
around the area. The striker got on the end of a cross from Zabaleta but sent
his effort over the bar before miskicking in sight of goal.
Bolton carved out a good chance in the 47th minute when Kevin Davies fired a
shot narrowly over the bar following a cross from Ricketts.
Zabaleta, however, nearly made it 2-0 in the 55th minute following a sweeping
move that cut Bolton open.
It was started by Silva, who was putting in a hard shift. He picked out Yaya
Toure and he played the ball on to Zabaleta.
The full-back made good contact but Cahill was well positioned and cleared it
Bolton were being over-run at this stage and Balotelli was beginning to make an
impact after a quiet first half.
He smacked one effort against the outside of the post before seeing another
booted clear by Jaaskelainen.
Then Silva was out of luck in the 61st minute with a quick turn and shot that
rattled the bar.
Bolton were struggling but Johan Elmander tried his luck with an overhead kick
four minutes later that ended in the arms of goalkeeper Hart.
They almost equalised in the 71st minute following an error by Hart, who
climbed on the back of Joleon Lescott when Ricketts delivered a free-kick from
The ball finished behind the England goalkeeper but luckily for him Vincent
Kompany cleared off the line.
City were then reduced to 10 men in the 79th minute with Kolarov picking up his
second booking of the game for a challenge on Ricketts. Tevez then vented his anger at Mancini as City went on to seal a narrow win.
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini accused his players of being selfish
after a narrow victory against Bolton. Mancini said: "You can say we had some bad luck but we must improve. Sometimes
we are too selfish. We had maybe 15 chances to score. When you have a lot of chances you think
the game is easy.
"You shoot when it is better to pass the ball. We must improve this situation.
It means you can draw when you should have won by three or four goals. It was the same at Stoke where we deserved to win but we drew. When we have a
chance we must score. If I had played today I would have scored two or three
Despite his goal, which came after Gary Cahill failed to cut out a through ball
from Yaya Toure, Tevez seemed ill at ease. He picked up his fifth booking of the campaign and will miss the match against
West Ham on Saturday. So too will Kolarov who is also banned after being dismissed by
referee Andre Marriner for picking two yellow cards. Tevez ended the game by giving Mancini an ear-bashing when he was replaced by
James Milner in the final minute.
Mancini shrugged off the incident and said: "I am happy about this. I would
like all players to be like Carlos and want to stay on the pitch. I needed a player like Mario on the pitch as he is taller than Carlos. We
must continue to score when Carlos doesn't play.''
Kolarov was dismissed by referee Andre Marriner after a challenge on Sam
Ricketts and Mancini, who saw Kolo Toure limp off with a calf injury, added: "I
did not agree with that decision. It was not right.''
Bolton manager Owen Coyle was disappointed after his side's five-match unbeaten
run came to an end at Eastlands. Coyle said: "When you come to an elite club you do not want to be chasing the
game as early as we were. It was a soft goal to concede. But bit by bit I felt we got into the game and were always in it. We could
very easily got the equaliser.
"As much as I didn't think we got to our maximum - we didn't put enough
quality ball in the box - we could have nicked a point. We showed tremendous
spirit. Of course I am unhappy our run has ended but we will get back to work with a
smile on our face next week.''