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Manchester City 2 - Fulham 0

FA Barclays Premier League

The Etihad Stadium

19/1/13

Attendance: 47, 286

Referee: Jonathan Moss

Manchester City
2 - 0
Fulham
Silva 2′, 69′
 
 
Venue: The Etihad Stadium
 
Attendance: 47, 286
The Teams
01 Hart
 
 
 
01 Schwarzer
 
 
04 Kompany
 
 
 
05 Hangeland
 
 
05 Zabaleta
 
 
63'
 
15 Richardson
 
 
67'
22 Clichy
 
 
 
18 Hughes
 
 
33 Nastasic
 
 
 
27 Riether
 
 
07 Milner
 
 
 
07 Sidwell
 
 
14 Garcia
 
 
 
14 Karagounis
 
 
18 Barry
 
 
 
16 Duff
 
 
21 Silva
 
 
88'
 
09 Berbatov
 
 
10 Dzeko
 
 
 
11 Ruiz
 
 
32 Tevez
 
 
81'
 
24 Dejagah
 
 
73'
Substitutes
30 Pantilimon
 
 
 
38 Etheridge
 
 
06 Lescott
 
 
88'
 
04 Senderos
 
 
13 Kolarov
 
 
 
06 Baird
 
 
08 Nasri
 
 
63'
 
17 Briggs
 
 
67'
17 Rodwell
 
 
 
31 Kacaniklic
 
 
16 Aguero
 
 
81'
 
10 Petric
 
 
73'
45 Balotelli
 
 
 
20 Rodallega
 
 
Game Statistics
20
Goal Attempts
3
11
On Target
0
1
Corners
3
2
Offside
1
14
Fouls
6
1
Yellow Cards
2
56
%
44
Comments...
Johnny On The Spot: Wins from reigning champions don't come much more third gear than this one did. The instant David Silva pounced to seal the early goal that more often than not leads to a surefire City win, the question was simply...how many? Yet oddly, an untinkered with City chose to play well within themselves and if anything adopted a counter attacking approach which invited a Fulham side packed with wily old campaigners on to the home side for long periods. The Blues forced only one corner all game which underlines just how deep the team sat...There was a suggestion that this tactic was playing with fire, but the fact that Joe Hart didn't have a save to make and Vincent Kompany and Matija Nastasic were imperious said it all as Fulham's huff and puff was stifled. You got the feeling City could and would raise it when required... There are two areas for concern emerging from this latest crucial win. City's passing was erratic today and an overall make sure strategy saw a generally sizeable gap between central midfield and attack, yet plenty of chances were still created. However, City's strikers failed to deliver. This has been a repeat story all season and one The Blues could end up regretting although Kun Aguero showed in his brief cameo that his hunger is well and truly there...Still, City have steadily clawed back goal difference on Robin Van Persie to one goal. Then there is Pablo Zabaleta. City's ultimate warrior came off worst in a 50-50 and he will be sorely missed if out for any length of time, particularly at uncompromising Stoke in the cup next week. At the end of a frustrating day, job done. Stats Courtesy BBC Sport




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Date:Saturday January 19 2013

Time: 4:57PM

Your Comments

Should've been ten. Very lethargic for long spells.
Bluedub
As things stand, we now have a -1 goal difference to the rags. After Tottenham give them a kicking tomorrow, we should have a better goal difference than them. But I can't help but feel we missed the chance to ram the goal difference right up ferguson's arse today such was our dominance. Must score more sitters is all I can say. COYS
fifthcolumnblue
 

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