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Manchester City 3 - Fulham 0

Barclays Premier League

Etihad Stadium

04/02/12

Attendance: 46,963

Referee: Mike Dean

Manchester City
3 - 0
Fulham
Aguero (pen 10), Baird (og 30), Dzeko 72
 
 
Venue: Etihad Stadium
 
Attendance: 46,963
The Teams
Joe Hart
 
 
 
Mark Schwarzer
 
 
Micah Richards
 
 
 
Stephen Kelly
 
 
Stefan Savic
 
 
 
Brede Hangeland
 
 
Joleon Lescott
 
 
 
Philippe Senderos
 
 
(73)
Aleksandar Kolarov
 
 
 
Chris Baird
 
 
Samir Nasri
 
 
(54)
 
Simon Davies
 
 
Gareth Barry
 
 
 
Danny Murphy
 
 
David Silva
 
 
 
Dickson Etuhu
 
 
(68)
Adam Johnson
 
 
(90)
 
Damien Duff
 
 
Sergio Aguero
 
 
(80)
 
Moussa Dembele
 
 
(85)
Edin Dzeko
 
 
 
Clint Dempsey
 
 
Substitutes
Costel Pantilimon
 
 
 
David Stockdale
 
 
Pablo Zabaleta
 
 
 
John Arne Riise
 
 
(73)
James Milner
 
 
(54)
 
Pajtim Kasami
 
 
David Pizarro
 
 
(90)
 
Bryan Ruiz
 
 
(68)
Gael Clichy
 
 
 
Marcel Gecov
 
 
(85)
Nigel De Jong
 
 
(80)
 
Aaron Hughes
 
 
Karim Rekik
 
 
 
Kerim Frei
 
 
Game Statistics
16
Goal Attempts
11
10
On Target
8
4
Corners
6
8
Fouls
7
1
Yellow Cards
3
0
Red Cards
0
53
%
47
Comments...
Johnny On The Spot: Roberto Mancini could not have asked more from his players today as they put on a "Ballet On Slush" for a superb 46,963 attendance in atrocious wintry conditions... The Etihad Stadium turf held up terrifically well in heavy snow and the we are all in this together mentality that engulfs the club these days was typified by the efforts of the groundsmen who really put in a shift clearing snow from crucial areas when called upon by erratic referee Mike Dean. We moved symbolically this week from Everton handcuffs to swift Manchester shovels... Let`s get the latest ref out of the road. Nevermind his penalty area indecision, a shocking two footed leg breaker from Baird aimed at Dzeko copped a yellow card right under Dean`s nose. Hang your deluded head in shame David Bernstein for your blind faith in England`s abysmal referees.... Meanwhile, City are all of a sudden threatening to run into form at a crucial stage in the season as the bottom half of the table sides queue up to face them and the leading lights gear up to challenge united... Aguero was absolutely outstanding. Playing with fluidity flanked by the box to box Yaya Nasri and Merlin Silva, he dragged Fulham`s defenders this way and that to great effect. He`s constantly in Dzeko`s ears and I believe it`s starting to pay off. With a bit more of a shoot on target instinct, The Citizens could have plundered a hatful. The stats show however that the hunger for goals is coming back. And how crucial the goals scored against Fulham, who are no mugs, could prove to be. If the rags lose on Sunday the City goal difference on them will be into double figures again and the picture will be looking that bit rosier once more.... At the back, Everton knacking Kompany proved to be less of a handicap than expected. Richards and Lescott showed the confidence required to bring young Savic on and Kolarov had one of his best games yet. Harty had little to do but like all City`s six England players today put in what was required when called upon.... Many pundits, hacks and rival fans forget that this is a young City side who are aiming for the title hungry for success. They do lack collective experience in a Premier League title charge, but if they do lift that craved for trophy, they will have done so with absolute merit considering the adversity they have had to contend with. Well played Blues and respect to both sets of fans for their commitment tonight.




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Date:Sunday February 5 2012

Time: 7:04AM

Your Comments

It was nearly lie the good old days, when the snow came down and you slogged it out in a slush, Either City's undersoil heating wasn't working right or there was a hell of a lot of snow. Aren't stats odd, 8 shots on target by Fulham have you thinking they made a fight of it, they didn't. As for City they were sloppy at times when contration would have seen a few more goals in their favour.
Buzz Lightyear
I certainly don't remember any of Fulham's chances, aside from when Dzeko deflected the ball onto hart's post, so they can't have been much cop. The penalty Johnson won was a bit on the soft side now that I've seen a replay, but Martin Jol should STFU and stop trying to brand him a diver - it's out of order for other managers to influence the referees this way (Yes Redknapp and Slur, I'm talking about you, after all, you've both got previous for it!). Unfortunately, once Mike Dean had awarded that one, there was no way he was going to award us the two much clearer shouts we had! It would also seem that was behind his mystifying decison not to give Baird a straight red for his decidedly nasty challenge on Dzeko. Today we were fortunate that these three key decisions didn't cost us, but don't let the 3-0 win cover up the fact that we're still not getting key decisions from the ref. Even the linesmen are still making crucial mistakes, as twice Clint Dempsey got away from Kolarov into a good attacking position - by using his arm to direct the ball away from the defender. I can undserstand the ref missing it, but the linesman needed to man up and give a decision. had they scored because of Dempsey's handballs City fans would, of course have gone mental and been accused of sour grapes - but little things like these can change games, but are unfortunately never shown on the edited match highlights. All in all a good professional performance from City, but I'd still like the referees to do their job properly.
fifthcolumnblue
I think you are a bit harsh on Mike Dean fcb. For me he is quite un-fussy and applies what he sees...except penalties 2 and three yesterday. The linesman must have been snow blind!!
pedmachine
That was a good performance.
xskarlo
 

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