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City 1 - Fulham 1

Eastland's

15.00

Attendance: 43,017

City Drop More Points At Home To Fulham

With Tottenham and Chelsea not having Premier League fixtures this weekend, the chance for City to take advantage in the race for the Champions League spots was evident.

However, hoping to emphasise our stranglehold over the coveted top four positions was proving a difficult task with a disjointed side enduring a difficult and woeful 1-1 draw.

Mark Hughes was to visit Eastland`s as an opposing manager for the first time since his departure and was hopeful of his Fulham side to upset city for the fourth season running, with the West London visitors enjoying their previous trips to Manchester.

The reverse fixture between the sides earlier in the season brought delight to City with Hughes`s side embarrassed in the 4-1 victory most Blues recall as our seasons finest performance.

Today`s performance was a devastating contrast of the emphatic rout and the frustration of the home fans and players portrayed the shock result.

City`s start was tedious and slack, the early exchanges hardly illustrated a will to win and rather than the fluent, exciting nature were becoming more accustomed to, it was hard to enjoy anything.

That was until Mario Balotelli took centre-stage anyway. The eccentric Italian has had a bizarre start to his City career with injuries, goals, dismissals and strange behaviour all combining over the past six months.

Hoping his goals will become the main attraction to his performance, Balotelli took aim from 25 yards and perfectly found the bottom corner. It was a delightful finish, but sadly the only delight we had to witness in a drab performance.

Fulham`s knack of coming from behind and clinching results at Eastland`s is becoming embarrassing and Damien Duff scored what proved to be the equaliser after more slack Kompany-less defending.

Andrew Johnson`s pace was causing the City back-line problems and after he raced down the right hand side alone, he was allowed to cross for the unmarked Duff.

As the groaning from the home crowd increased our failure to conjure openings or take the slight chances we had led to more disappointment.

Carlos Tevez and Aleskander Kolarov both tried and tested Schwarzer`s defences, but as usual the veteran stopper was up to the task.

Star Player

Zabaleta- Combined with Lescott the only one who put a shift in. He tried, tried and tried some more.

Player Ratings


Hart-6

Distribution is getting worse, his shot stopping was good.

Boateng-5

Not the start to his City career he had hoped for.

Toure-5

Poor.

Lescott-7

Possibly his best City performance. Along with Zab he atleast put a shift in.

Kolarov-5

His defence was poor and apart from the one shot his radar was well out.

Zabaleta-8

The usual Zab. Really worked hard.

Toure-5

Today his old performance came through. Lazy.

Barry-6

Tried to influence the game, but had very little runners.

Balotelli-6

Great goal even if thats all he contributed to.

Tevez-5

Far from his best.

Dzeko-5

Marked out by Hangeland. Shadow of the mid-week Dzeko.

Vieira-5

Very bizarre sub, but he did alright.

Milner-5

Added nothing.




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Date:Sunday February 27 2011

Time: 6:55PM

Your Comments

Fair result. Quite pleased to come away with a point from this one. Didn't expect one.
Teddy_KGB
A number of players certainly did not put in a shift today. They should be revelling in all these games and testing themselves to the limit.
Johnny Baguette
so, if we win our two games in hand we go above you. Can you imagine it, you spend all that money and not only can you not finish above a Chelsea side who have endured their worst run of form for 15 years, you yet again can't break into the top 4. Nightmare.. LOL
Seanytrueblue
All that money Seany? Please remind us again what Chelsea spent in January. The top four hasn't been decided yet mate. Bad day at th office but we'll bounce back, perhaps take another 3 points of your lot again at Stamford Bridge.
Bluedub
LOL @ Chelsea suddenly championing the cause of high standing citizens after doing exactly what we did to get where they are now - and with that squad ageing and declining, doing the exact same thing again starting in the January window just past after their "self-sustaining" youth policy tanked.
StuMCFC
You have to play us yet Seany, easy three pointer for you?
Buzz Lightyear
I'd use other more suitable words to describe Mario Balotelli's personality than "eccentric"
OhNoGaryDoherty
Great report OAB surprised you could pull so much out of the "game" It really was a hangover from Thursday. Hopefully had Weds in mind and we will back to routing tooting and shooting God it was painful to watch good job the cricket was taped so we could watch some action when we got back in
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