Vital Football

Latest Fulham FC News

Fulham 1 Man City 2

Fulham 1 Man City 2

Was it a case of after the Lord Mayor`s show came the………………?

Well I`d beg to suggest not. After the memorable 4-1 rout of Juventus, in the Europa League on Thursday evening, there was always going to be considerable media focus on our next fixture. The fact that it was against cash-laden Manchester City, a team with ambitions of a Champions League place next season, was always going to be a hard fixture anyway.

For the clash (Sir) Roy Hodgson was unable to call upon the services of Brede Hangeland and it was to be Chris Smalling who was to take his place. Returning to midfield though was Danny Murphy who must have been gutted to have missed both those Juventus games due to suspension.

Manchester City were without a former Fulham favourite, Wayne Bridge, who spent time on loan here whilst recovering from injury. Bridge, is currently sidelined with an injury. However, Manchester City did have amongst their ranks Bellamy and Tevez both of whom were to prove a handful.

Just like Thursday evening, Fulham got off to a bad start, although it took longer than the ninety-nine seconds Juventus took to score, with City taking seven minutes. The goal came after a Bellamy shot was deflected onto the post by Aaron Hughes and Roque Santa Cruz was on hand to stick the rebound away.

Matters got worse for Fulham ten minutes before half time when City doubled their lead through a fine goal. Carlos Tevez danced past a couple of challenges and his low drive left Mark Schwarzer with no chance. After the initial disappointment of going two down had subsided the goal was well worthy of the ripple of applause that went around Craven Cottage.

Two down at half time, Fulham had it all to do in the second half but it was a rescue package that almost took place although very late on. With seventy-five minutes played Gareth Barry, despite all his protestations, was adjudged to have used his arm to control Baird`s cross and Lee Probert pointed to the spot.

Up stepped the dependable Danny Murphy to score and it was game on. Perhaps our best chance of leveling matters up came late on when a cross from Bjorn Helge Riise struck the arm of Adam Johnson, unfortunately Lee Probert wasn`t so accommodating this time and waved play on.

So it ended in a rare defeat for Fulham, at Craven Cottage, but our minds now focus on White Hart Lane this Wednesday and a chance to reach the FA Cup semi-final, at Wembley.

COYW`s!


Bookmark and Share



Vital Fulham On Twitter >> Click Here

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Andrew Joyce
Date:Monday March 22 2010
Time: 4:32PM

Comments

0
I was looking past this one, I'm afraid. The Spurs replay is looming large.
Teddy_KGB
22/03/2010 16:50:00
0
Errrr......check the score. Think you'll find City won 2-1. Wishful thinking.
sensorian
22/03/2010 20:52:00
0
we all know cit won 2 1 they were to strong no disgrace tevez class act the x factor beat spurs and this could be our steping stone to better things the big deal me thinks
truth sayer ffc
23/03/2010 14:16:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Fulham Articles

Huddersfield v Fulham - Team-Sheets

The Cottagers are in Yorkshire today, taking on their fellow Championship play-off hopefuls, Huddersfield Town.

PFA Championship Team Of The Year 2017

This week the Professional Footballers Association announced their Championship Team of the Year for the season of 2016/17.

Huddersfield v Fulham - Fascinating Facts

A quintet of facts to amaze you.

Huddersfield v Fulham - Early Team-News

Now is not the time for those of a nervous disposition.

Archived Vital Fulham Articles

Vital Fulham articles from

Site Journalists

Andrew Joyce
Editor email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Huddersfield v Fulham?
Suggested By: putney
Huddersfield to Win!19%
Fulham to Win!63%
A Draw!18%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
P Brighton 44 28 8 8 92 35
2 Newcastle 43 26 7 10 85 37
3 Reading 44 24 7 13 79 1
4 Sheff Wed 44 23 9 12 78 15
5 Huddersfield 43 24 6 13 78 2
6 Fulham 44 21 13 10 76 27
7 Leeds Utd 44 22 7 15 73 14
8 Norwich 44 19 9 16 66 12
9 Brentford 44 18 9 17 63 12
10 Derby County 44 17 12 15 63 2
11 Preston 43 16 13 14 61 5
12 Cardiff 44 16 11 17 59 -2
13 Aston Villa 43 15 13 15 58 -1
14 Barnsley 44 15 12 17 57 0
15 Wolves 43 15 10 18 55 -2
16 Ipswich 44 13 16 15 55 -6
17 Bristol City 44 14 9 21 51 -6
18 Burton 44 13 12 19 51 -12
19 Q.P.R. 44 14 8 22 50 -12
20 Forest 44 13 9 22 48 -11
21 Birmingham 43 11 14 18 47 -21
22 Blackburn 44 10 15 19 45 -15
23 Wigan 44 10 11 23 41 -16
R Rotherham 44 5 6 33 21 -58
Vital Football Comment
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Write for Vital Football

Recent Fulham Results (view all)

Fulham Fixtures (view all)

Apr 29 2017 3:00PM : Brentford (H)
Sky Bet Championship
May 7 2017 12:00PM : Sheffield Wednesday (a)
Sky Bet Championship
The Vital Football Members League