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After a week of more scrutiny and criticism, Manchester City responded in entertaining fashion with a devastating 4-1 victory over Fulham at Craven Cottage.

Again Carlos Tevez was the focal point of City`s attack scoring two goals on either side of strikes from Pablo Zabaleta and Yaya Toure.

The encounter between the clubs was bigger than the three points today. Fulham manager Mark Hughes, this week spoke of his disappointment at his treatment over his dismissal again, so a win for Fulham would have been the perfect response against the man who took over him.

However, only five minutes in and the defeat Hughes desperately wanted never looked like materialising with Carlos Tevez`s seventh goal of the season breaking the home sides defensive shackles.

Manchester City and Carlos Tevez continued to torment the home side with an inspirational performance that certainly erased the "boring" City tag.

With Fulham failing to press us enough, the ease and satisfaction of the football was delightful to witness. Constant exchanges between the attacking quartet were causing the home side a great deal of confusion and City looked destined to find a much-needed second goal.

When the second goal arrived it was well worth the wait. Pablo Zabaleta`s only previous goal for City was a thumping strike against Wigan, and he followed that up today with another spectacular right footed shot from 25 yards that swerved away from Schwarzer.

If City`s second goal was pure individual brilliance then the third- scored by Yaya Toure- had the team magic City have been striving for. The way we elegantly stroked the ball around the opposition was admirable and when Carlos Tevez finally received the ball he played in Yaya Toure who placed his shot home to end a dominant first half display.

City`s lead never looked in jeopardy and the second half allowed us to focus on another possible clean sheet and a terrific away performance- three wins out of four away from home is certainly better than we`re used to.

Despite looking rock solid, Fulham did manage to net a consolation goal. Kolo Toure`s unfortunately deflected Zoltan Gera`s pot-shot to leave Joe Hart stranded.

Gera`s consolation goal was never going to cause City problems though after Carlos Tevez had previously put them 4-0 up. The Argentine scored his second with a delicate flick after another long range Zabaleta chance.

The performance from City epitomised perfection and again showed that once everything does come together City look frightening. After Chelsea`s shock defeat against Birmingham yesterday, City are now three points only behind the league leaders.

Star Player

Carlos Tevez- Two goals and all-round brilliance from the master.

Player Ratings


Hart-7

Had very little to do and couldn't stop the goal.

Zabaleta-8

A wonder strike capped a terrific performance.

Kolo Toure-7

Unfortunate to deflect Gera's strike after another solid display.

Kompany-8

Is there ever a time he doesn't look rock solid?

Kolarov-8

Strong defensively and rampaged forward on many occasions which nearly brought him a goal.

Barry-7

Better City performance from the much-criticised Barry.

De Jong-8

Strong and broke up the play with ease. Started adding a few of Silva's flicks to his locker.

Yaya Toure-7

Powerful presence who scored a terrific 24-pass-goal-of-the-season.

Silva-8

Jinked and tricked his way through on many occasions. One hell of a terrific player.

Jo-6

The surprise starter never really got going.

Tevez-9

Two goals and all-round brilliance from the master.

Johnson-5

The impact sub had little impact.

Vieira-5

Tried to slow the game down.

Milner

Brought on very late. No rating.


Writer:Yak
Date:Sunday November 21 2010
Time: 6:48PM

Comments

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Superb first half and an enjoyable game to watch. Petered off in the second half but not surprising. Tevez again showed how valuable he is to you and seemed to njoy his hug with the boss when rested near the end.
SFC Forever
21/11/2010 19:02:00
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Well, the pundits have been having a field day with us, calling us negative and boring, saying that Mancini would be sacked "Next game", etc. etc. Pity none of them watched City on a regular enough basis to know what we all knew - that once things had clicked we are absolutely devestating. They certainly know now! I fully expect a few more teething problems before we play like that in each and every game, but we are nearing the point where we've finally clicked. To everyone else in the PL I say - Be afraid, be very afraid!
fifthcolumnblue
21/11/2010 19:05:00
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I disagree with jo's rating i think he looks far better than what i have saw play their before in the front 3 attack, well milner and johnson anyway. I think silva and tevez are excellent and if balotelli can get going with them like the albion game then you could be a force. I think maybe milner should be playing where he did for villa in the centre as he is wasted on the wing but i wouldnt no who mancini woultake out in your team.
P.Avfc
21/11/2010 19:06:00
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A cynic could say "well it's only Fulham" but when we've dropped points against Wolves and Birmingham this result away from home against a team that has always been a sticking point was first class. I wonder if Mark Hughes still thinks we're not as good as when he was there?
pedmachine
21/11/2010 19:36:00
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can't think of a first half we've played better than today's in recent times
arthur7171
21/11/2010 19:37:00
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Superb display. The boy Kolarov takes no prisoners and will be dynamite when fully match fit.
Johnny Baguette
21/11/2010 20:04:00
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City now lead the Premiership in away goals scored - pretty good for a "Dull, boring, defensive, Italian-style team" don't you think?
fifthcolumnblue
21/11/2010 20:07:00
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Boring, Boring City, perhaps the papers will ease off a bit now, but then pigs will fly wont they, A Top Performance by City, now we have to maintain this standard for the rest of the season, if not the result every week then the way the players worked for each other and 'WANTED' the ball.... keep it up City, now i can go to work a happy Blue...
cityman51
21/11/2010 20:34:00
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thanks for the report OAB Wow whilst thinking we should win what an awesome performance i agree with the comments and on Jo was well pleased with his dropping back and cover. So pleased for Zab unf. for the booking balancing similar challenges . It took Etuhu 3 challenges before the yellow A wholesome blue performance against a Fulham side only losing at home to a controversial Spurs goal Well done Blues and Mancini F..ff tosser media reports
taggarts nose
21/11/2010 21:19:00
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Good report OAB. I would have given Jo a higher rating, I've never been a fan of his but I thought he played very well today, well for the first hour at least. He won a lot of aerial challenges flicking the ball on nicely to set up attacks. Outstanding team performance today, Fulham hardly got a kick of the ball in that first half.
bluedub
21/11/2010 22:32:00
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