Wolves boss Mick McCarthy was left cursing the "little Argentinian with great feet" for ensuring Manchester City went top of the Barclays Premier League.
McCarthy's team could not have done much more in an outstanding opening half hour at Eastlands.
But their failure to build on Nenad Milijas' opener left them vulnerable, and once Tevez had put City ahead with a superb effort just after the interval, the Blues always had their noses in front, even if a late Wolves rally made for a tense period of stoppage-time before they were able to claim a 4-3 win.
"Tevez got a lucky ricochet and the ball fell in his path," said McCarthy. "After that it was a brilliant goal.
"I know everyone wants me to criticise defenders. But he runs at you, he gets in the box, he has quick feet. At some stage you have to say it was a great goal.
"I thought we played really well. But we lost because they have that little Argentinian with great feet who has waltzed through our back four."