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Fulham 1 Manchester City 4

Fulham suffered a heavy home defeat against a side that were better than us in every department and a side that could have a major say in where the Premier League title ends up this season.

Mark Hughes was able to welcome back Carlos Salcido for this fixture with the Mexican having recovered from his ankle injury. Andrew Johnson was also making his first home start for fourteen months after his injury woes.

Despite getting the action underway, it wasn`t to be Fulham`s half as they were subjected to a three goal Manchester City salvo.

The first goal came as early as the sixth minute when Tevez spun off of Salcido to coolly net past Schwarzer. City could have doubled their lead in the twenty-second minute when they launched a swift counter-attack after Fulham had made a mess of a free-kick on the edge of the City box, thankfully, Schwarzer was on hand to push a shot from Kolarov around the post.

As City continued to press, De Jong and Silva both dragged shots wide before the inevitable second gal came, Thirty-two minutes were on the clock when City worked the ball across the pitch for Zabaleta to smash home a shot, from twenty-two yards, although it appeared to take a deflection off of Duff.

Three minutes later the lead was 3-0 when another good move saw the ball fed to Yaya Toure who rifled past Schwarzer from eight yards. It hadn`t been a good half but as it approached its conclusion Fulham did have an attempt on target when a long free kick, from deep into Fulham`s half, was helped on by Davies straight into the arms of Hart.

Half time saw Hughes make one change with Duff being replaced by Gera and the slight change in formation, with Dempsey moving out to the left started to make in-roads into the City defence.

An early corner, delivered by Davies, saw Aaron Hughes head over before Dempsey shot wide form outside the area. Gera saw a header saved by Hart but the referee, harshly, awarded a free kick for a push. But just as you thought Fulham might pull a goal back, City scored a fourth.

Schwarzer did well to deny Tevez after the Argentine international skipped through the defence to be one-on-one with the Australian keeper. But when the resulting corner was swung across and Fulham failed to clear their lines sufficiently, Zabaleta drilled a shot towards the goal that Tevez flicked over Schwarzer and into the net.

City, by now home and dry, went for a fifth but Kolarov`s curling shot went just wide. Hughes made a second change bringing on Kamara for Etuhu and once again Fulham started to push City back. A fine move involving Salcido and Kamara saw Johnson foiled at the near post by a solid interception.

With sixty-nine minutes gone, Fulham reduced the arrears, following a second corner as a result o the above incident, the ball fell invitingly to Gera and his shot was deflected past Joe Hart, in the City goal.

Gera tried to reduce the arrears further, one shot form the Hungarian was deflected behind, another, from a free kick, sailed high and wide and in stoppage time, a volley flew over the bar.

Not the best of afternoons as Mark Hughes was left to contemplate his first defeat against a club he`d previously managed.



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The Journalist

Writer: Andrew Joyce  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday November 21 2010

Time: 6:14PM

Your Comments

Damn!
artilleria pesada
My suspicion is that Hughes was so desparate to beat us and get his revenge that he set the team up all wrong today, and City exploited that ruthlessly. For my money Hughes was not a bad manager, but he'll never be a great one either, and with or without money he'll never really win anything. I realise that Fulham have some serious injury prroblems at the moment, and that has not helped your cause, but i do wonder how long Al-Fayed will give Hughes the lowere you slip in the table.
fifthcolumnblue
That's exactly what happened fcb. Hughes had Etuhu playing way too high and Duff and Davies so focused on attack that they left the back four in one on one situations. We lost to a better squad, but Hughes insured that we were embarrassed. Silva dominated the midfield. MotM in my opinion. Duff was AWFUL. Salcido got man-handled by Tevez. I guarantee that if Roy was still in charge, we wouldn't have looked that bad. We may have lost, but we wouldn't have given up 4 goals at home. Time for Sparky to put aside his style of play and manage the team based on the players he has available. F*cking embarrassment, today and should be a wake-up call for anyone who was lulled into a false sense of security with all those draws! We're not playing well and deservedly near the bottom.
Teddy_KGB
Completely agree teddy. Uninspired, flat and predictable. That sums us up this season.
Riverside Chanter
COULD BE WORSE BUT NOT BY MUCH LETS HOPE FOR ONCE WE HAVE A GOOD CHRISTMAS
truth sayer ffc
Typical reaction...we lose and its all over!!!!What !!! Look at the goal difference, Teddy and chanter IF (roy) is a big word! IF this, IF that.....loads of money, players etc. You have judged a little too quick me thinks.....Yes i was gutted at the score, but give city some credit, please! I think you may regret this rant in the future TEDDY!!!!
Leonestar
I won't regret a thing. Perfectly valid assessment of the performance and I noted that we lost to a better squad, so I did in fact give City credit. I didn't say it was all over. I simply said that Hughes may need to adjust his tactics based on the personnel he has on hand. I'm Fulham through and through, but that doesn't stop me from pointing out a poorly managed match and our overall results speak for themselves.
Teddy_KGB
Your passion in your defense is admireable. But the swearing lets your arguement down and it just looks like a rant posted minutes after the final whistle on Sunday. Actually on reflection you have some good points, but for many years i have watched the mighty whites from the hammy end and wished for more purpose and endeavour, but rarely saw it. With Roy we survived and became solid but lacked the attacking flare. We have had some great exciting games this year, thanks to Hughes. But we cant do that every week. We have been tight as well so its not all gun ho.....but with city in town...should we have sat back to lose 1 -0 or had a go.....look at blackpool!
Leonestar
THESE THINGS HAPPEN NOW AND AGAIN EVEN TO THE BIG CLUBS
truth sayer ffc
THESE THINGS HAPPEN NOW AND AGAIN EVEN TO THE BIG CLUBS
truth sayer ffc
 

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