Tevez: I’m So Sorry
Instead of celebrating his fifth-minute opener, City’s Argentine striker clasped his hands and appeared to beg the away followers for forgiveness.
It was a far cry from City’s last home game as Emmanuel Adebayor raced the length of the pitch to goad Arsenal fans.
West Ham boss Gianfranco Zola said: “Carlos is a true gentleman and he showed that again.
“My appreciation of him is for what he did and for the way he played tonight.”
City boss Mark Hughes added: “It is what I expected, given the relationship he had with West Ham and their fans.”
Craig Bellamy hailed his City strike partner.
He said: “His workrate is fantastic and he is an outstanding player.
“In truth, we have many of them at the club and I enjoy the intensity the manager wants us to play at.”
Martin Petrov also got on the scoresheet for City who could have won by a much greater margin.
They are now three points off the top with a game in hand.
Hughes said: “We were excellent from start to finish. We played with real purpose.
“We also got Roque Santa Cruz and Michael Johnson back out there and they are a couple of big plusses for us.
“I am really pleased with the options we have.”
Zola was disappointed to see a Scott Parker goal ruled out for a foul by Carlton Cole when the score was 2-1.
But he admitted his team have to improve if they are to avoid getting dragged into a relegation battle later in the season.
Zola said: “The first half was not good enough. You can’t afford to come to places like this and give presents to the opposition.
“They are too good and will take advantage. We are better than our position suggests but we haven’t been able to show it.
“The way they train is fantastic but we have to do it on the pitch now.”