CARLOS TEVEZ was City's 'ear-o' as he fired Mark Hughes team where they have rarely gone before - into the third round of the Carling Cup.
Tevez claimed his first goal for City since his controversial move from Manchester United after Shaun Wright-Phillips stunned brave Palace with the opener.
The Argie striker was given stick all night by Eagles fans but had the last laugh when he headed home Wright-Phillips' 70th-minute corner.
He cupped both his ears as if to mouth 'What have you got to say now' as the Selhurst Park faithful fell silent.
City boss Mark Hughes, humbled last season when his side were KO'd from this competition by League One Brighton, insists the best is yet to come from Tevez.
Sparky said: "I was hoping Carlos would get opportunities here and, thankfully, he's off the mark now. I thought he did great.
"His general link-up play, his energy and enthusiasm all shone through. He has the ability to retain possession, draw people to him and then release the ball.
"The more he plays, the better he'll be. We've got Adebayor off the mark and Carlos now, too, so I'm delighted."
"My team gave everything from start to finish and if we had been able to take a few half-chances that came our way then who knows how it would have ended up."
City's new centre-half Joleon Lescott made a surprise debut following his £24m move from Everton.
Hughes added: "Joleon did fine. He'd only had 24 hours with the group, a light training session, but I thought it was important for him to be in the team."
Palace were hit by some impressive City moves but grew in confidence to launch solid counter-attacks.
Clint Hill had a half chance with a far-post header in the opening half and Darren Ambrose shaved the bar with a fierce drive. All Palace's huff and puff was undone when Stephen Ireland laid off a perfect pass for Wright-Phillips to smash home after 50 minutes.
It took another 20 minutes for City to make the game safe when Tevez was left unmarked at a Wright-Phillips corner and he headed home.
On-loan West Ham ace Freddie Sears gave City a scare when he burst through but his shot bounced off keeper Shay Given's chest. Palace also had late shouts for two penalties when Wayne Bridge appeared to handle and Micah Richards appeared to pull down Moses. But City have now kept four clean sheets and their season is well and truly up and running.
MAN CITY: Given 7, Richards 7, Toure 7, Lescott 7, Bridge 6, Wright-Phillips 8, Ireland 7, Barry 7, Tevez 7 (De Jong 5), Adebayor 6, Robinho 7 (Bellamy 6). Subs not used: Onuoha, Zabaleta, Taylor, Petrov, Weiss. Booked: Richards.
well, nampaknyer tevez dah mula serasi dgn city. and it's looked so smooth when he was pairing with adibah noor.. hehehe, wish tevez keep fit to perform then he will never to sit at the bench anymore..