Sunday 25 October 2009, 3:00pm at Etihad Stadium, Manchester
Barclays Premier League
Manchester City
Manchester City
2
Lescott 53'; Petrov 60'
Fulham FC
Fulham
2
Duff 62'; Dempsey 68'
Goals from Damien Duff and Clint Dempsey secured a fantastic comeback for Fulham at the City of Manchester Stadium on Saturday in a pulsating 2-2 draw.

53' Goal

Joleon Lescott

60' Goal

Martin Petrov

66' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Shaun Wright-Phillips
Off:Martin Petrov

71' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Stephen Ireland
Off:Nigel de Jong

90' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Vincent Kompany
Off:Kolo Touré

62' Goal

Damien Duff

68' Goal

Clint Dempsey

3' Yellow Card

Brede Hangeland Card was given for a foul

44' Yellow Card

John Pantsil Card was given for a foul

90' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Seol Ki-Hyeon
Off:Diomansy Kamara

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John Panstil took up his place at right back whilst Stephen Kelly switched to left back in place of Paul Konchesky in defence. Clint Dempsey and Damien Duff replaced Zoltan Gera and Bjorn Helge Riise on the left and right hand side of midfield respectively.

Eastlands has been a happy hunting ground for Hodgson’s side in recent seasons, with the Whites having won their previous two Barclays Premier League encounters against City in Manchester prior to Sunday’s 3pm kick-off.

In fact, Roy Hodgson’s side were the last team to win a league fixture at The City of Manchester Stadium, back in April 09, when a Clint Dempsey brace and Dickson Etuhu strike saw the Whites comfortably defeat Mark Hughes’ side towards the back end of the 08/09 season.

Fulham were up against a star-studded City eleven, featuring summer signings Carlos Tevez and Emmanuel Adebayor in attack, who got Sunday’s encounter underway.

The Whites made a bright start to the game and the only black mark was a yellow card for Brede Hangeland after just two minutes of play. The Norwegian earned himself a booking after checking Tevez on the halfway line.

It was a quiet start to the game but after six minutes of play Bellamy attempted to liven proceedings up by attempting the spectacular. From a Petrov corner Bellamy volleyed the ball over Schwarzer’s crossbar from 25 yards.

Bellamy’s shot was the only true effort on goal in the first fifteen minutes of play. For Fulham, Bobby Zamora was enjoying some success dropping off the frontline. On occasions City’s back line looked particularly narrow when Fulham countered, offered Fulham’s front pairing plenty of encouragement to work the channels.

Despite City enjoying the numerical advantage in terms of chances during the first 45, there was no denying that Fulham produced the opportunity of the half in the 17th minute.

Kamara broke through City’s high defensive line to latch onto a perfectly weighted through ball by Chris Baird. Kamara raced free towards goal but a heavy touch on the edge of the area allowed Shay Given to smother the ball on the 18-yard line.

At the other end Schwarzer was required to pull off a superb instinctive fingertip save to deny City after 24 minutes. Two minutes later Fulham went close twice in the space of a minute. First Chris Baird’s 25 yard strike flew just wide of Given’s far post before Greening fired an effort wide from a similar position.

Five minutes before half-time City moved up a gear and went close on two occasions through Adebayor and Tevez, before Richards headed home from Petrov’s corner - fortunately for Fulham City’s goal was ruled out for an apparent infringement in the area.

At the start of the second half Bobby Zamora missed a great opportunity to put Fulham ahead.

The chance came after Kamara cut inside City’s defence down the left flank and pulled the ball back to Dempsey in a central position 12 yards from goal. Given could only parry the American’s shot into Zamora’s path but the striker fired his effort over the bar from close range.

In the space of seven second half minutes the home side looked to have killed the game off after scoring two goals. First Adebayor fired City ahead from close range after 53 minutes before Petrov scored with a left footed strike past Schwarzer on the hour mark.

All was not lost for Fulham and just two minutes after Petrov's strike Fulham reduced the deficit when Duff drilled the ball past Given from 16 yards - the game was back on. Duff’s strike changed the entire complexion of the game and five minutes later Clint Dempsey brought Fulham level, heading past Given from the centre of the area. Memories of Fulham's remarkable 'Great Escape' came flooding back as history looked to be repeating itself.

Two goals in the space of six minutes knocked City’s confidence severely whilst Fulham looked inspired. The Whites seemed destined to take all three points with their bright, incisive attacking play during the later stages of the match.

City were on the rack and 15 minutes from time Zamora almost made up for his earlier miss when he produced a superb turn and shot on the edge of the area. Given was left flat-footed but agonisingly for Fulham’s travelling supporters the ball skimmed just wide of goal.

Two minutes later Given produced another superb save to deny Hangeland from a Fulham corner. The towering Norwegian sent his effort to the bottom right hand corner but Given was well positioned to parry the ball to safety.

Against the run of play Barry headed just wide of Schwarzer’s far post from six yards following a fine delivery from Wright-Phillips down the right flank. It wasn’t long until normal service was resumed and Fulham were probing City’s defence for the winner.

After 84 minutes Dempsey headed just over the bar from a Duff corner and five minutes later Kamara tore down the left flank and sent his cross just wide of the far post. The Fourth Official indicated five minutes of added time and Hughes immediately replaced Toure with Kompany whilst Hodgson introduced Seol for Kamara.

Fulham thoroughly deserved a point from Sunday's fixture and can count themselves unfortunate not to have recorded their second Premier League victory in the space of a week following Monday's win over Hull City.

After three matches in just six days Hodgson’s side will have five full days to prepare for their next Barclays Premier League match, a testing encounter against Liverpool at Craven Cottage on Saturday afternoon.

Match Information

Competition: Barclays Premier League

Date: Sunday 25 October 2009
Kick-off: 3:00pm

Venue: Etihad Stadium, Manchester
Attendance: 44,906

Referee: Kevin Friend

Manchester City

Line-up: Given; Richards, Lescott, Touré (Kompany 90'), Bridge; de Jong (Ireland 71'), Barry, Petrov (Wright-Phillips 66'); Tévez, Adebayor, Bellamy

Unused substitutes: Taylor, Sylvinho, Adam Johnson, Weiss

Fulham

Line-up: Schwarzer; Pantsil, Hughes, Hangeland, Kelly; Duff, Baird, Greening, Dempsey; Zamora, Kamara (Seol Ki-Hyeon 90')

Unused substitutes: Zuberbühler, Smalling, Gera, Bjorn Helge Riise, Nevland, Johnson

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Chelsea 10 24
2 Manchester United 10 22
3 Tottenham Hotspur 10 19
4 Arsenal 8 18
5 Liverpool 10 18
6 Manchester City 9 18
7 Aston Villa 9 17
8 Sunderland 10 16
9 Stoke City 10 15
10 Wigan Athletic 10 13
11 Burnley 10 12
12 Bolton Wanderers 9 11
13 Fulham 9 11
14 Everton 9 11
15 Birmingham City 10 10
16 Blackburn Rovers 9 10
17 Wolverhampton Wanderers 10 9
18 Hull City 10 8
19 West Ham United 8 5
20 Portsmouth 10 4
Manchester City (4-3-3)
  • 1Shay Given
  • 2Micah Richards
  • 6Joleon Lescott
  • 28Kolo Touré
  • 3Wayne Bridge
  • 34Nigel de Jong
  • 18Gareth Barry
  • 17Martin Petrov
  • 32Carlos Tévez
  • 9Emmanuel Adebayor
  • 39Craig Bellamy
Substitutes
  • 12Stuart Taylor
  • 4Vincent Kompany
  • 16Sylvinho
  • 7Stephen Ireland
  • 8Shaun Wright-Phillips
  • 11Adam Johnson
  • 40Vladimir Weiss
Fulham (4-4-2)
  • 1Mark Schwarzer
  • 4John Pantsil
  • 18Aaron Hughes
  • 5Brede Hangeland
  • 2Stephen Kelly
  • 16Damien Duff
  • 6Chris Baird
  • 27Jonathan Greening
  • 23Clint Dempsey
  • 25Bobby Zamora
  • 15Diomansy Kamara
Substitutes
  • 19Pascal Zuberbühler
  • 26Chris Smalling
  • 7Seol Ki-Hyeon
  • 11Zoltán Gera
  • 17Bjorn Helge Riise
  • 10Erik Nevland
  • 21Eddie Johnson