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  • Date:04 Feb 2012
  • Kick-off:17:30
  • Venue:Etihad Stadium
  • Attendance:46,963
  • Aguero - pen (9) Chris Baird - og (28)
    Chris Baird - og (29) Chris Baird - og (29)
    Dzeko (71)

Live Commentary

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Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Bryan Ruiz from the right by-line, Header from close in by Clint Dempsey misses to the left of the goal.


Adam Johnson goes off and David Pizarro comes on.


John Arne Riise takes a shot. Save made by Joe Hart.


Outswinging corner taken left-footed by John Arne Riise, clearance made by Stefan Savic.


Unfair challenge on Edin Dzeko by Chris Baird results in a free kick. Chris Baird receives a caution for unsporting behaviour. Moussa Dembele goes off and Marcel Gecov comes on. Direct free kick taken by Joleon Lescott.


Stephen Kelly delivers the ball.


Adam Johnson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Stephen Kelly. Stephen Kelly restarts play with the free kick.


Shot from outside the penalty box by Micah Richards goes wide right of the goal.


Nigel De Jong is brought on as a substitute for Sergio Aguero.


Foul by Clint Dempsey on Stefan Savic, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Joleon Lescott.


Clint Dempsey takes a shot. Blocked by Gareth Barry. Inswinging corner taken by Bryan Ruiz from the right by-line played to the near post.


Foul by Aleksandar Kolarov on Moussa Dembele, free kick awarded. Aleksandar Kolarov is cautioned. Moussa Dembele receives a caution. Direct free kick taken by Stephen Kelly.


Edin Dzeko gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the box low into the middle of the goal. Man City 3-0 Fulham.Assist on the goal came from Sergio Aguero. Philippe Senderos leaves the field to be replaced by John Arne Riise.


David Silva takes a shot. Philippe Senderos gets a block in.


Sergio Aguero takes a shot. Brede Hangeland gets a block in. David Silva takes a inswinging corner to the near post, Clint Dempsey makes a clearance.


(Fulham) makes a substitution, with Bryan Ruiz coming on for Dickson Etuhu.


Sergio Aguero takes a shot. Blocked by Stephen Kelly. Unfair challenge on Aleksandar Kolarov by Philippe Senderos results in a free kick. Philippe Senderos booked for unsporting behaviour. Aleksandar Kolarov fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick.


Clint Dempsey fouled by Gareth Barry, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Stephen Kelly. Chris Baird has an effort at goal from 25 yards. Save made by Joe Hart.


Stephen Kelly fouled by Edin Dzeko, the ref awards a free kick. Philippe Senderos takes the free kick.


Stephen Kelly takes a shot. Joe Hart makes a save.


Corner taken by Adam Johnson played to the near post, clearance made by Philippe Senderos.


The referee blows for offside against Danny Murphy. Joe Hart restarts play with the free kick.


James Milner replaces Samir Nasri. Outswinging corner taken by Danny Murphy from the right by-line, clearance by Edin Dzeko.


Foul by Joleon Lescott on Clint Dempsey, free kick awarded. Danny Murphy restarts play with the free kick.


Danny Murphy takes a shot. Joe Hart makes a save.


Clint Dempsey takes a shot. Joleon Lescott gets a block in.


Aleksandar Kolarov takes a shot. Stephen Kelly gets a block in.


Unfair challenge on Dickson Etuhu by Edin Dzeko results in a free kick. Philippe Senderos takes the free kick.


Aleksandar Kolarov concedes a free kick for a foul on Damien Duff. Direct free kick taken by Stephen Kelly.


Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Damien Duff from the right by-line to the near post, Gareth Barry makes a clearance.


Edin Dzeko takes a shot. Brede Hangeland gets a block in. Corner taken by Adam Johnson, Mark Schwarzer makes a save.


Damien Duff takes a inswinging corner to the near post, clearance made by Edin Dzeko.


Damien Duff takes a shot. Blocked by Joleon Lescott.


Sergio Aguero takes a shot. Save made by Mark Schwarzer. The assistant referee flags for offside against David Silva. Mark Schwarzer takes the indirect free kick.


Foul by Aleksandar Kolarov on Stephen Kelly, free kick awarded. Stephen Kelly takes the direct free kick.


Adam Johnson sends in a cross, Dickson Etuhu makes a clearance.


Damien Duff produces a curled left-footed shot from deep inside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.


Adam Johnson takes a shot. Blocked by Chris Baird. An unfortunate own goal is conceded by Chris Baird. Man City 2-0 Fulham.Adam Johnson provided the assist for the goal.


The ball is crossed by Simon Davies.


Shot from long range by Adam Johnson misses to the right of the target.


Effort from inside the area by David Silva misses to the right of the target.


Shot by Simon Davies. Save made by Joe Hart.


Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David Silva by Damien Duff. Free kick taken by David Silva.


Foul by Philippe Senderos on Edin Dzeko, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Gareth Barry.


The ball is crossed by Aleksandar Kolarov.


Dickson Etuhu gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Micah Richards. Adam Johnson restarts play with the free kick.


Shot from 25 yards by Aleksandar Kolarov. Edin Dzeko gets a block in.


Short corner taken by Samir Nasri from the left by-line.


Clint Dempsey produces a right-footed shot from long distance which goes wide right of the goal.


Edin Dzeko is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Chris Baird takes the free kick.


Micah Richards handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Chris Baird.


Chris Baird gives away a Penalty for an unfair challenge on Adam Johnson. Sergio Aguero scores a placed penalty. Man City 1-0 Fulham.Assist by Adam Johnson.


Centre by Gareth Barry, Strike by Edin Dzeko from inside the six-yard box clear the bar.


Gareth Barry takes a shot. Philippe Senderos gets a block in.


Edin Dzeko takes a shot. Save by Mark Schwarzer.

Match Preview

Mancini calm as pressure mounts on City Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini admits his team are finding life tough at the top - but would not expect anything different. City have led the Barclays Premier League since October but have lost their thrilling autumn momentum and been unable to pull away from champions and arch-rivals Manchester United. Mancini's men endured a particularly tough January as they were beaten twice in the league and knocked out of both domestic cup competitions. Their latest defeat, at Everton on Tuesday, left them ahead of United only on goal difference. It has been suggested Mancini and his players could be buckling under the pressure but the Italian insists that is not the case as all teams encounter difficult patches. He said: "We don't have any reason to have pressure. We never thought that we could win the title in January or February. "The Premier League you can win at the end of April - not now. "It is impossible to stay on the top for five months and not have any problems. "It will not be easy to stay there, especially when you fight against United. United have been used to staying on the top for 20 years." Mancini took the unusual step of blaming himself for Tuesday's 1-0 loss at Goodison Park. Despite his dismal record against the Toffees - four defeats in five previous clashes with the Merseysiders - Mancini claimed he underestimated David Moyes' side. Mancini said: "I always want to do well and sometimes this does not happen. Against Everton I probably didn't do my job very well. The players shouldn't have pressure because they have done very well up until now. "We have scored 60 goals and have the best defence in the Barclays Premier League. "For us it is important to go our own way and not think about the other teams. This championship depends only on us, not on others." City are back in action as Fulham visit the Etihad Stadium. Mancini was active on transfer deadline day in securing Chilean midfielder David Pizarro, 32, on loan from Roma until the end of the season. Pizarro, who previously played under Mancini at Inter Milan, will increase options with Yaya Toure still at the African Nations Cup and Owen Hargreaves having so far failed to secure a place. Martin Jol knows Fulham face a tough task but believes his side can frustrate the leaders. The Cottagers face the unenviable task of trying to become the first side to take points off Mancini's side at the Etihad Stadium this season. City have won all 11 home league matches and scored 34 goals in the process, although Fulham can be buoyed by the fact were the first team to take points off the Citizens this season. While Jol downplayed the importance of the 2-2 draw back in mid-September, he believes his side have it within themselves to ask questions of the league leaders. "I am not sure [what we can do differently to those 11 sides that have lost] because there were quite a few good teams going over there," the Dutchman said. "Of course away from home they are good, but they are even better at home. "We have to find a solution to give them a few questions. "We did that in the second half at Craven Cottage, but in the first half [Sergio] Aguero and [David] Silva were a handful. "If you remember, the manager took them off and we scored our two goals and could have even scored a winner after that. "We took the first points off them and of course they have had a few disappointing matches, like Everton. "We hope to do the same away from home. Every game is different. "I can understand why managers go there and try and narrow the space and play compact, but sometimes maybe the solution is to play four attackers. "Real Madrid, the best in Spain and top of the league by seven points, tried everything against Barcelona and still lost. "So sometimes there is no solution but we will have a game plan, make a decision and we'll have to wait and see. "For me the most important thing is to get this game out of the way. We will see after the game what the result will be." Fulham go into the game off the back of a frustrating 1-1 draw with West Brom on Wednesday evening. But their attack will be boosted by the return of Belgium international Mousa Dembele after a hip problem, although Andy Johnson continues to miss out with a groin injury and new signing Pavel Pogrebnyak is waiting for clearance. Steve Sidwell misses out after a hernia injury while Dickson Etuhu looks set to be welcomed back to the fold.

Formation:4411Manager: Roberto Mancini

Man City

Formation: 4411Manager: Martin Jol


  • Joe Hart
  • Micah Richards
  • Stefan Savic
  • Joleon Lescott
  • Aleksandar Kolarov
  • Samir Nasri
  • Gareth Barry
  • David Silva
  • Adam Johnson
  • Sergio Aguero
  • Edin Dzeko
  • SUBS
  • Costel Pantilimon
  • Pablo Zabaleta
  • James Milner
  • David Pizarro
  • Gael Clichy
  • Nigel De Jong
  • Karim Rekik



Match Report

Aguero shines in the snow for City Sergio Aguero shrugged off recent signs of tiredness to turn in a man-of-the-match display as Manchester City defeated Fulham 3-0 to open up a three-point lead at the top of the Barclays Premier League. Aguero drove home his 19th goal of the season from the penalty spot, then set up strike partner Edin Dzeko with some unselfish work after half-time. Between them, the pair have scored 35 times this season, making a mockery of recent assertions that they have difficulty operating in tandem. And with Chris Baird turning Adam Johnson's cross into his own net, City were not hindered by the wintry conditions that even left the fans to chant for the end long before the five minutes' injury time had been completed. The old cliche of there being no easy games in the Premier League could have been made for a day like this. In theory, 30 points clear of their visitors and boasting a 100 per cent record on home soil this term, it should have been a straightforward assignment. Yet significant questions were asked of City before kick-off. In sub-zero temperatures and with snow getting increasingly heavy, the Blues were without skipper Vincent Kompany due to a knee injury, on a run of just three wins from their last nine games and facing a team who had lost on just one of their eight visits to this stadium and battled back to draw at Craven Cottage in September despite being two goals down. The evidence of the opening stages suggested it was going to be one of those difficult evenings, with Fulham intent on keeping their defences tight and relying on the predatory instincts of Clint Dempsey. City needed a helping hand, and referee Mike Dean provided it. Fooled completely by Johnson initiating contact with Baird inside the box, Dean pointed to the spot when a yellow card for the City man could easily have been the correct decision. Aguero, five matches without a goal - his worst run since joining City - converted to the corner despite the returning Mark Schwarzer going the right way. Fate had not finished for City. For when Aguero flicked Aleksandar Kolarov's cross into the path of Johnson, Baird got in the way as the winger turned it back towards the danger area, giving Schwarzer no chance of keeping it out. Now the damage was done, which meant it did not matter much that Schwarzer's lightning reactions prevented Philippe Senderos scoring a second own goal, nor that David Silva did not get a legitimate penalty after he had his legs taken away by City old boy Dickson Etuhu. Aside from Damien Duff's angled drive, Fulham offered little and the game would have been over had it not been for the bravery of Brede Hangeland, who threw himself in the way of a goalbound Dzeko strike. The value of City's first-half efforts were not fully apparent until the second had reached its midway stage, with the snow becoming steadily heavier. Twice Dean had to stop play for the lines to be swept, Senderos was booked for crashing into Kolarov with a tackle that owed something of its recklessness to the underfoot conditions and neither side could get any flow into their game. Baird had a free-kick gathered by Joe Hart, who has been mentioned in some quarters as a potential England skipper for Euro 2012 following John Terry's demotion. With defending proving increasingly difficult, Aguero's nimble feet carried him into the area and past two half-hearted attempts at tackles. It was a measure of the striker's awareness that instead of going for goal himself, he rolled the ball to an unmarked Dzeko, who finished with ease. After a spate of disciplinary problems, City got away with one when Kolarov, about to be booked for hauling back Mousa Dembele, became engaged in a head-to-head duel with the Fulham man. Dembele was booked but Kolarov escaped with a lecture in addition to the yellow card he would have received anyway. The visitors hit the post when a cross-shot from substitute Bryan Ruiz flicked off Dzeko and then the woodwork before rolling to safety. But the goalmouth action was over, the last notable moment coming when Mancini introduced transfer-window arrival David Pizarro for his debut in the final minute.

Form Guide

  • Man City
  • VS
  • Fulham

Last Meetings

  • Fulham
  • 2 - 2
  • Man City
  • 18/09/2011
  • Man City
  • 1 - 1
  • Fulham
  • 27/02/2011
  • Fulham
  • 1 - 4
  • Man City
  • 21/11/2010
  • Fulham
  • 1 - 2
  • Man City
  • 21/03/2010
  • Man City
  • 2 - 2
  • Fulham
  • 25/10/2009
  • Man City
  • 1 - 3
  • Fulham
  • 12/04/2009

Top Scorers

Man City

  • SL Aguero 13
  • E Dzeko 11
  • M Balotelli 7
  • A Johnson 5
  • DJ Silva 5
  • G Toure Yaya 3
  • S Nasri 3
  • J Milner 2
  • V Kompany 2
  • G Barry 1
  • J Lescott 1
  • M Richards 1
  • A Kolarov 1
  • S Savic 1


  • CD Dempsey 10
  • A Johnson 3
  • B Ruiz 2
  • D Duff 1
  • S Sidwell 1
  • M Dembele 1
  • CB Orlando Sa 1


Man City

    • Total goals 79
    • Goals per game 60
  • 2 (For) Period 0-10 mins
  • 2 (For) Period 11-20 mins
  • 5 (For) 1 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 6 (For) 3 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 7 (For) Period 41-50 mins
  • 14 (For) 3 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 7 (For) 5 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 6 (For) 2 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 11 (For) 5 (Against) Period 81-90 mins


    • Total goals 48
    • Goals per game 29
  • 2 (For) 3 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 1 (For) 1 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • (For) 2 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 4 (For) 1 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 1 (For) 10 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 7 (For) 1 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 6 (For) 1 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 2 (For) 2 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 6 (For) 11 (Against) Period 81-90 mins