Vital Football

Latest Manchester City News

City Sink Fulham In Extra Time

Manchester City
2 - 1
Fulham

City of Manchester Stadium

23/09/09

Attendance: 24,507

Referee:

While the fans were expecting City to smack Fulham away, right away, Fulham's early defensive tactics revealed this would be no easy match. Mark Hughes made the smart move beforehand, swapping Zabaleta for Richards, showing that he preferred Zabaleta's solid defending to Richards' drive in attack.

The score line would suggest a City team far from sharp, but they pushed forward despite a packed defence and managed 11 shots (6 on target) by the end of the half. 'One way traffic' was the by-line for 35 minutes, with opportunities for De Jong,

Tevez, Barry, Zabaleta and Wright-Phillips to take a lead. Fulham looked very unlikely to do anything nor motivated to do anything, until the 35th minute when Zoltan Gera had a moment and fired a 25-yard strike, delighting the few Fulham fans who travelled to Manchester.

The first half ended uneventfully, with Fulham keeper David Stockdale untroubled by efforts from Tevez, Zabaleta, and Wright-Phillips.

City began the second half positively, and looked close to making something happening repeatedly in and around the Fulham penalty area. The dogged attacking finally paid off with a free Barry headed goal after Stockdale whiffed at a corner won and taken by Bellamy.

The goal rejuvenated City's spirits, and they took more assured control of possession, continuing to press well, and Bellamy nearly made it 2-1 after a Zabaleta cross.

Fulham could not cope with the Blues on the wings, especially Bellamy who continued his crowd-pleasing form from the derby, and only crucial interceptions in the box prevented City from pouring in the goals. The right side of the City offence clicked as well and a slick build-up allowed Zabaleta an opportunity to take the lead, but only was able to win a corner.

Fulham for seemingly the first time in the half had a minor spell of possession, but it only amounted to a City counter-attack and corner at the other end after a Barry shot was deflected out of play.

The managers began to make changes, with Petrov coming in for a less-than-impressive Ireland for City and Kagisho Dikgacoi coming in for Fulham captain Simon Davies, evidence that Fulham's kit man is among the best spellers in the business. De Jong, again reminding of Daniele de Rossi, took on a knock but was soon back to his tackling best.

A brief spell of danger from Fulham, capped by a save from Shay Given from Ki-Hyeon Seol, gave way quickly again to City possession and runs from Petrov. A foul gave Fulham a free-kick opportunity but again amounted to naught but more City attacks hindered by a Fulham team defending for a draw.

The Cottagers indeed had a few spots to get the lead but much of what they did ran into the brick wall that was De Jong, and in truth they looked more worried about conceding on the counter than going ahead. City wanted to get a late goal, to win before extra time, and won two corners, but could not find a goal.

Extra Time

Bjorn Helge Riise almost put Fulham ahead in the 109th minute, his angled drive going narrowly past the post, but two minutes later Toure scored the winner when he got on the end of a corner from Martin Petrov to head the ball powerfully into the net.

Player Ratings


Shay Given

7/10

Pablo Zabaleta

5/10

Wayne Bridge

5/10

Kolo Toure

6/10

Joleon Lescott

5/10

Gareth Barry

6/10

Stephen Ireland

5/10

Nigel de Jong

6/10

Carlos Tevez

5/10

Craig Bellamy

6/10

Shaun Wright-Phillips

6/10

Vladimir Weiss

5:5/10

Martin Petrov

6/10

Match Stats

Match Stats can be found here.


Writer:americancitynut
Date:Thursday September 24 2009
Time: 3:39PM

Comments

0
We made heavy weather of this but it was exactly what I expected after the events of Sunday. We did get better as the match went on and Fulham did come to defend but at least we're in the hat for the next round.
Kevinho
25/09/2009 19:35:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Site Journalists

Tudor (VMC Editor)
Editor email
Profile
Johnny Baguette
no email
Profile
Pedmachine
no email
Profile
Skoorb
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

With City not playing this weekend which live English TV game will you watch?
Suggested By: Tudor
Leeds v Sheffield Wednesday (Sky)1%
Brighton v Reading (Sky)0%
Norwich v Ipswich (Sky)0%
Spuds v Stoke (Sky)0%
Saints v Rags (EPL Cup Final - Sky)9%
Watford v West Ham (BT)0%
Two of the above0%
Three of the above9%
Four of the above0%
Five of the above0%
All six0%
I won't watch any81%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Chelsea 25 19 3 3 60 34
2 Man City 25 16 4 5 52 22
3 Spurs 25 14 8 3 50 28
4 Arsenal 25 15 5 5 50 26
5 Liverpool 25 14 7 4 49 24
6 Man Utd 25 13 9 3 48 17
7 Everton 25 11 8 6 41 13
8 WBA 25 10 7 8 37 3
9 Stoke 25 8 8 9 32 -6
10 West Ham 25 9 5 11 32 -9
11 Southampton 25 8 6 11 30 -3
12 Burnley 25 9 3 13 30 -9
13 Watford 25 8 6 11 30 -13
14 AFC Bournemouth 25 7 5 13 26 -14
15 Swansea 25 7 3 15 24 -23
16 Middlesbrough 25 4 10 11 22 -8
17 Leicester City 25 5 6 14 21 -19
18 Hull City 25 5 5 15 20 -27
19 Crystal Palace 25 5 4 16 19 -14
20 Sunderland 25 5 4 16 19 -22
The Vital Football Members League
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Vital Football Comment

Recent Manchester City Results (view all)

Manchester City Fixtures (view all)

Feb 26 2017 2:15PM : Manchester United (H)
Barclays Premier League
Mar 5 2017 4:00PM : Sunderland (a)
Barclays Premier League
Mar 11 2017 12:30PM : Stoke City (H)
Barclays Premier League
Mar 19 2017 4:30PM : Liverpool (H)
Barclays Premier League
Apr 1 2017 3:00PM : Arsenal (a)
Barclays Premier League
Apr 5 2017 7:45PM : Chelsea (a)
Barclays Premier League

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.Buzz Lightyear559
2.Skoorb269
3.Johnny Baguette257
4.Rising143
5.Bluedub133
6.johnkelv108
7.Tudor107
8.citizhun77
9.Colin Is The King74
10.kennyclementstache59
Write for Vital Football