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  • Date:21 Dec 2013
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:Craven Cottage
  • Attendance:25,509
  • Richardson (49) Vincent Kompany - og (68)
    Vincent Kompany - og (68)
  • Toure (22) Kompany (42)
    Jesus Navas (77)
    Milner (82)
Goal!

Live Commentary

92:55 +2.55

Shot on goal comes in from Pajtim Kasami from the free kick. Blocked by Aleksandar Kolarov.

The referee ends the match.

92:11 +2.11

Foul by Luis Fernandinho on Adel Taarabt, free kick awarded.

91:30 +1.30

Vincent Kompany makes a clearance.

90:14 +0.14

Free kick taken by Maarten Stekelenburg.

89:55

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Aaron Hughes by Luis Fernandinho.

88:29

Alvaro Negredo takes a weak shot. Maarten Stekelenburg blocks the ball.

87:38

Alvaro Negredo takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Maarten Stekelenburg catches the ball.

86:13

Foul by Alvaro Negredo on Steve Sidwell, free kick awarded.

86:08

Joe Hart takes the free kick.

85:29

The assistant referee flags for offside against John Arne Riise.

85:15

Aaron Hughes makes a clearance.

83:41

Francisco Javi Garcia is brought on as a substitute for David Silva.

82:36

James Milner grabs a goal with a right foot finish. Fulham 2-4 Man City.Assist on the goal came from Alvaro Negredo.

81:38

Fernando Amorebieta manages to make a clearance.

81:13

Darren Bent replaces Giorgos Karagounis.

80:37

The ball is swung over by Adel Taarabt.

78:21

Clearance made by Martin Demichelis.

77:22

Gonzalez Jesus Navas slots the ball right footed into the goal. Fulham 2-3 Man City.The assist for the goal came from David Silva.

76:57

Clearance by Gonzalez Jesus Navas.

76:06

Unfair challenge on Giorgos Karagounis by Yaya Toure results in a free kick.

74:54

Corner from the right by-line taken by Gonzalez Jesus Navas.

74:41

James Milner joins the action as a substitute, replacing Samir Nasri.

72:12

The ball is sent over by Aleksandar Kolarov.

69:27

Clearance by Fernando Amorebieta.

68:28

The ball is sent over by Sascha Riether.

66:53

The ball is swung over by Kieran Richardson.

65:56

Fernando Amorebieta makes a clearance.

64:45

Clearance made by John Arne Riise.

64:19

Pajtim Kasami replaces Ashkan Dejagah.

63:13

Steve Sidwell gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Samir Nasri.

62:17

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Giorgos Karagounis by Samir Nasri.

62:07

Corner taken by Giorgos Karagounis from the right by-line.

61:18

Fernando Amorebieta manages to make a clearance.

59:27

Alvaro Negredo takes a shot. Blocked by Fernando Amorebieta.

59:05

Free kick taken by Sascha Riether.

58:11

Giorgos Karagounis concedes a free kick for a foul on David Silva.

57:15

Edin Dzeko goes off and Gonzalez Jesus Navas comes on.

56:32

Header by Steve Sidwell goes to the left of the goal.

54:07

Martin Demichelis manages to make a clearance.

53:03

Sascha Riether takes the free kick.

52:31

The assistant referee signals for offside against Aleksandar Kolarov.

51:58

Steve Sidwell restarts play with the free kick.

51:50

Foul by Edin Dzeko on Steve Sidwell, free kick awarded.

50:52

The ball is swung over by Aleksandar Kolarov.

49:35

Kieran Richardson grabs a goal with a left foot finish. Fulham 1-2 Man City.The assist for the goal came from Adel Taarabt.

46:37

David Silva has an effort at goal. Maarten Stekelenburg blocks the ball.

The match restarts for the second half.

45:48 +0.48

Free kick awarded for a foul by Yaya Toure on Ashkan Dejagah.

The referee blows for half time.

45:11 +0.11

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Adel Taarabt by Martin Demichelis.

45:08

Clearance made by Aleksandar Kolarov.

44:36

Alvaro Negredo takes a shot. Blocked by Scott Parker.

44:17

Samir Nasri crosses the ball.

42:26

Vincent Kompany scores with a right foot finish. Fulham 0-2 Man City.

42:24

Headed chance falls to Martin Demichelis. Parried by Maarten Stekelenburg back into danger.

42:17

David Silva takes the free kick.

41:24

John Arne Riise gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Samir Nasri.

40:01

Clearance made by Sascha Riether.

38:36

Adel Taarabt has an effort at goal. Blocked by Vincent Kompany.

36:37

Fernando Amorebieta joins the action as a substitute, replacing Philippe Senderos.

35:05

Edin Dzeko takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Maarten Stekelenburg fumbles the ball.

34:12

Vincent Kompany challenges Adel Taarabt unfairly and gives away a free kick.

33:37

Aaron Hughes takes the free kick.

33:17

Free kick awarded for a foul by Luis Fernandinho on Adel Taarabt.

33:05

Corner from the right by-line taken by Samir Nasri.

31:03

Adel Taarabt has an effort at goal. Joe Hart parries the effort to safety.

30:48

Shot by Edin Dzeko. Blocked by Aaron Hughes.

30:25

Clearance made by Vincent Kompany.

30:24

Ashkan Dejagah has an effort at goal and missed to the left of the net.

29:36

Clearance by Samir Nasri.

29:09

Unfair challenge on Giorgos Karagounis by David Silva results in a free kick.

29:04

Clearance made by Aaron Hughes.

27:56

Shot by Adel Taarabt. Joe Hart safely holds on.

27:20

Aleksandar Kolarov challenges Scott Parker unfairly and gives away a free kick.

24:51

Header at goal by Kieran Richardson misses left of the target.

24:49

The ball is crossed by Ashkan Dejagah.

24:27

Ashkan Dejagah delivers the ball.

22:42

Yaya Toure finds the net with a shot from the free kick. Fulham 0-1 Man City.

20:51

Steve Sidwell challenges David Silva unfairly and gives away a free kick.

19:41

Adel Taarabt takes a shot. Joe Hart safely holds on.

18:14

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Scott Parker by Luis Fernandinho.

17:46

Gael Clichy restarts play with the free kick.

17:08

Gael Clichy makes a clearance.

16:14

John Arne Riise takes the free kick.

15:49

Luis Fernandinho challenges Giorgos Karagounis unfairly and gives away a free kick.

14:56

Steve Sidwell takes a shot. Martin Demichelis gets a block in.

13:45

John Arne Riise fouled by Martin Demichelis, the ref awards a free kick.

13:41

Corner taken by Samir Nasri.

12:40

Clearance made by David Silva.

12:04

Adel Taarabt has an effort at goal. Joe Hart fumbles the ball.

11:55

Clearance by Sascha Riether.

6:02

Kieran Richardson takes a shot.

5:56

Corner taken by Giorgos Karagounis from the right by-line.

5:22

The ball is crossed by Ashkan Dejagah.

3:51

Gael Clichy restarts play with the free kick.

3:21

Free kick awarded for a foul by Adel Taarabt on Gael Clichy.

2:49

Steve Sidwell concedes a free kick for a foul on Vincent Kompany.

2:22

Gael Clichy restarts play with the free kick.

2:17

The referee penalises John Arne Riise for handball.

The game gets underway.

Match Preview

Winter rush leaves Pellegrini cold Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini is not impressed by English football's packed Christmas fixture schedule. Pellegrini, in his first season in the Barclays Premier League, is frustrated that his team must play on Boxing Day and again on December 28. Those matches, against Liverpool and Crystal Palace respectively and both at home, come amid a run of four games in 12 days starting at Fulham on Saturday. Pellegrini, having seen Sergio Aguero and Pablo Zabaleta join Micah Richards, Matija Nastasic and Stevan Jovetic on the casualty list in the past week, fears losing more players to injury. The Chilean accepts such a busy festive programme is traditional in England but he concedes he is a fan of the winter breaks they have in other leagues where he has worked. He said: "We are always changing every match - the rotation of the squad is very important. "We have to play 26th and 28th, less than 48 hours. It is incredible that the games are so near. "I think that to play two games in less than 72 hours is not a good thing, the players are not recovered in less than 72 hours normally. "Playing after 40 hours, I think, is a very bad thing. It is a lot of games and in this case we are not in the best situation." When asked if he would like to see anything changed, Pellegrini said: "I don't know because it is very important, here in the Premier League, all these days like Boxing Day. "But all the other countries stop and I think it is very important for the players to have a winter break because they play too much, too many games "But the rules are the rules and always the Premier League has been the same, so we must play." The absence of Zabaleta, who suffered a hamstring injury during the Capital One Cup quarter-final win at Leicester on Tuesday, gives City a problem at right-back with Richard already out. Zabaleta is only expected to be out for a week or two but Pellegrini must consider deploying a central defender, a midfielder or one of his two left-backs in an unfamiliar position during this testing run. Pellegrini said: "We don't have a right-back so will see who will play there. "We can play (Gael) Clichy, we can play (Aleksandar) Kolarov, we can play (Dedryck) Boyata, (James) Milner, so we will see who is the best option." City are still unsure how long they will be without top scorer Aguero, who limped off with a calf injury during last week's 6-3 thrashing of Arsenal. Edin Dzeko, after scoring twice at Leicester, will hope to continue in place of 19-goal Aguero, although it remains to be seen if he can form an effective partnership with Alvaro Negredo. Jovetic, City's fourth striker, is again unavailable this weekend due to illness. Rene Meulensteen is planning to team up former Fulham striker Clint Dempsey with current star Dimitar Berbatov to kick-start the club's fight for Premier League survival. Dempsey is currently undergoing medical tests with a view to rejoining Fulham on loan in January, while Meulensteen believes he has persuaded Berbatov to stay at Craven Cottage. It would be a major double coup for the Dutch manager who has been in charge for just three matches and used to ply his trade at Manchester United as a first team coach under Sir Alex Ferguson. Dempsey, 30, currently plays for Seattle Sounders in America's Major League Soccer following a disappointing season with Tottenham last year, but is available for January and February in the MLS close season. Meulensteen, whose side lie second from bottom in the Premier League and face the daunting visit of Manchester City to Craven Cottage on Saturday, said: "He's (Dempsey)having a medical over the last couple of days and the next couple of days, so hopefully that will all work out. "Clint has spent so many years playing in the Premier League. "We know where his strengths lie whether it is coming in from the left or playing as a deeper striker or a number nine depending on who you are playing against. "The most important thing is that he will be a good boost for us." Dempsey, who is captain of the United States national team, played 184 league matches for Fulham between 2007-2012, scoring 50 goals, and while he was often looked upon as the club's talisman there were some fans who were not impressed when he decided to leave for Tottenham. Meulensteen, however, believes the fans will give him a warm welcome. "I'm sure they will," he said. "It speaks volumes for him that in his loan opportunity he wants to come back here." While the arrival of Dempsey could be crucial to Fulham's progress in the new year it is the news that Berbatov, 32, could also stick around which is exciting for Fulham fans. Berbatov's agent had insisted he was unhappy and wanted to leave in the last weeks of the Martin Jol era. Meulensteen, who has no new problems to concern him ahead of the game, said: "That was before I took over. I had a chat with him. "I know he is very committed to this football club and the games we have in front of us. "That's what we both said, concentrate on the games we have up to January and then review the situation as it comes." Asked whether he believed he had persuaded Berbatov to stay, Meulensteen said: "I could well have done because look at the performances he has put in. He has been excellent, absolutely fantastic for us."

Formation:433Manager: Rene Meulensteen

Fulham

Formation: 442Manager: Manuel Pellegrini

Man City

  • Maarten Stekelenburg
  • Sascha Riether
  • Philippe Senderos
  • Aaron Hughes
  • John Arne Riise
  • Steve Sidwell
  • Scott Parker
  • Giorgos Karagounis
  • Ashkan Dejagah
  • Adel Taarabt
  • Kieran Richardson
  • SUBS
  • Pajtim Kasami
  • Bryan Ruiz
  • Alex Kacaniklic
  • David Stockdale
  • Damien Duff
  • Fernando Amorebieta
  • Darren Bent

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Match Report

Form Guide

    LLLLWL
  • Fulham
  • VS
  • Man City
  • LWWWDW

Last Meetings

  • Man City
  • 2 - 0
  • Fulham
  • 19/01/2013
  • Fulham
  • 1 - 2
  • Man City
  • 29/09/2012
  • Man City
  • 3 - 0
  • Fulham
  • 04/02/2012
  • Fulham
  • 2 - 2
  • Man City
  • 18/09/2011
  • Man City
  • 1 - 1
  • Fulham
  • 27/02/2011
  • Fulham
  • 1 - 4
  • Man City
  • 21/11/2010

Top Scorers

Fulham

  • S Sidwell 3
  • D Bent 2
  • P Kasami 2
  • S Parker 1
  • D Berbatov 1
  • P Senderos 1
  • B Ruiz 1
  • A Dejagah 1
  • A Kacaniklic 1

Man City

  • SL Aguero 13
  • AS Negredo 7
  • Y Toure 6
  • S Nasri 4
  • DJ Silva 4
  • E Dzeko 3
  • LR Fernandinho 2
  • G Jesus Navas 2

Goals

Fulham

    • Total goals 45
    • Goals per game 15
  • (For) 2 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 1 (For) 5 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 3 (For) 3 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • (For) 1 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 3 (For) 3 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 3 (For) 3 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 3 (For) 1 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 1 (For) 3 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 1 (For) 9 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

Man City

    • Total goals 77
    • Goals per game 47
  • 5 (For) Period 0-10 mins
  • 6 (For) 1 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 3 (For) 1 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 3 (For) 2 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 10 (For) 1 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 6 (For) 3 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 3 (For) 1 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 5 (For) 3 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 6 (For) 6 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

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