Bolton striker Kevin Davies has branded Manchester City's conduct as "embarrassing" and written them off as potential Barclays Premier League title winners.
Carlos Tevez's early goal sealed the game for the Blues, although the Argentinian's petulant reaction to being substituted late in the game was an even bigger discussion point. Davies is not convinced that gave off the correct signals and he was even less impressed at so many of the City players collapsing in mock agony during a keenly-fought duel.
"When there is not much contact and they go down screaming, it is embarrassing from a man's point of view," Davies told the Manchester Evening News.
City moved just three points off top spot with their weekend win over the Trotters at Eastlands.
Davies continued: "There are a lot of European players in their squad and I think it is something they are taught on the continent.
"It is frustrating and embarrassing at times. However, it is part of our game unfortunately."
Davies ultimately decided to apologise for the remarks he delivered about City on his Twitter account, claiming it was not "my place to comment".
Nevertheless, an honest professional's opinion was rather insightful.
"If you have a problem it is best to sort out behind closed doors rather than make an issue in front of millions," he said of Tevez's angry response to being replaced by James Milner a minute from time.
"Seeing Tevez's reaction to being subbed assures me there is (sic) problems within at City, great players individually but as a team??"