Saturday 4 February 2012, 5:30pm at Etihad Stadium, Manchester
Barclays Premier League
Manchester City
Manchester City
3
Agüero (pen) 10'; o.g. Baird 30'; Dzeko 72'
Fulham FC
Fulham
0
Fulham leave a snow covered Etihad Stadium without anything to show for it after a 3-0 loss to league leaders Manchester City.

10' Penalty

Sergio Agüero

30' Own-goal

Chris Baird

72' Goal

Edin Dzeko
Assist by Sergio Agüero

75' Yellow Card

Aleksandar Kolarov Card was given for a foul

55' Substitution

Player was substituted due to an injury
On:James Milner
Off:Samir Nasri

80' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Nigel de Jong
Off:Sergio Agüero

90' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:David Pizarro
Off:Adam Johnson

67' Yellow Card

Philippe Senderos Card was given for a foul

75' Yellow Card

Moussa Dembélé Card was given for arguing during match

85' Yellow Card

Chris Baird Card was given for a foul

68' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Bryan Ruiz
Off:Dickson Etuhu

73' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:John Arne Riise
Off:Philippe Senderos

85' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Marcel Gecov
Off:Moussa Dembélé

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15
30
45
60
75
90

Martin Jol shuffled his pack as Fulham welcomed back injury victims Mark Schwarzer and Mousa Dembele to the team for the trip to table-topping Manchester City. Dickson Etuhu and Chris Baird were also restored to the starting line-up with David Stockdale, John Arne Riise and Bryan Ruiz dropping to the bench. Steve Sidwell missed out through injury.

Fulham started brightly in the constant snow but could have gone behind after two minutes. An excellent sliding tackle from Etuhu fell kindly to Edin Dzeko but Schwarzer comfortably kept out the Bosnian’s tame effort. The striker had another chance moments later but his speculative volley promised no danger to the Whites’ goal.

The breakthrough came on ten minutes when Adam Johnson was adjudged to have been brought down in the area by Chris Baird. Sergio Aguero stepped up to emphatically plant the ball to Schwarzer’s left from 12 yards out.

The Whites were struggling to get a foothold in the game but Clint Dempsey had the home crowd worried on 14 minutes when his looping volley sailed over.

Mousa Dembele was at the heart of Fulham’s best moves and at the mid way point of the first half he found Simon Davies on the edge of the area but the Welshman’s shot was held by Joe Hart.

The game was coming to life as the half went on with Damien Duff the next to have a go at goal, bending a left footed effort just wide of Hart’s far post.

Any optimism Fulham had created though evaporated on the half hour mark as City doubled their advantage somewhat fortuitously. Adam Johnson’s cut-back cruelly deflected in at the near post by Chris Baird for an own-goal.

City were looking incredibly dangerous on the counter attack and it took a saving block from Hangeland to deny Dzeko a clear shot on goal after 38 minutes.

Fulham enjoyed a period of sustained pressure at the start of the second half as the sleet continued to fall. Unfortunately we only had Danny Murphy’s shot straight at Hart to show for it.

The second half was proving to be much more of an open contest, with both sides going in search of the game’s third goal, although the fluency of the game was disrupted on 59 minutes when City had to send their groundsmen on to clear some of the settled snow.

A penetrating run by Stephen Kelly just after the hour mark had the City defence backing off, but the move ended with the full-back poking his effort into Hart’s body. And minutes later the England number one was on hand once again to keep out Baird’s drive from range.

The groundsmen were re-introduced on 68 minutes, during which time Martin Jol replaced Etuhu with Bryan Ruiz as Fulham went in search of a way back into the game.

Manchester City put the match out of sight on 72 minutes after a surging run from Aguero resulted in the Argentine laying the ball off to Dzeko who had the easiest of tasks rolling the ball into the back of the net.

The goal seemed to take the wind out of Fulham’s sails as the home side proceeded to dominate possession until the 78th minute when we almost found a way back into the game. City couldn’t deal with Ruiz’s low corner and the ball bobbled around before agonisingly glancing against the post.

John Arne Riise, a replacement for Philippe Senderos, hit a fierce strike across goal as the game drew to a close but, as had been the case all game, Joe Hart was equal to the effort.

Riise’s shot proved to be the last chance for Fulham on what was a disappointing evening in Manchester.

Match Information

Competition: Barclays Premier League

Date: Saturday 4 February 2012
Kick-off: 5:30pm

Venue: Etihad Stadium, Manchester
Attendance: 46,963

Referee: Mike Dean

Manchester City

Line-up: Hart; Richards, Savic, Lescott, Kolarov; Johnson (Pizarro 90'), Barry, Nasri (Milner 55'), Silva; Agüero (de Jong 80'); Dzeko

Unused substitutes: Pantilimon, Zabaleta, Clichy, Rekik

Manager: Roberto Mancini

Fulham

Line-up: Schwarzer; Kelly, Senderos (John Arne Riise 73'), Hangeland, Baird; Duff, Murphy, Etuhu (Ruiz 68'), Davies; Dembélé (Gecov 85'); Dempsey

Unused substitutes: Stockdale, Hughes, Kasami, Frei

Manager: Martin Jol

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Manchester City 24 57
2 Manchester United 23 54
3 Tottenham Hotspur 23 49
4 Chelsea 23 42
5 Arsenal 24 40
6 Newcastle United 23 39
7 Liverpool 23 38
8 Sunderland 24 33
9 Norwich City 24 32
10 Swansea City 24 30
11 Everton 24 30
12 Stoke City 24 30
13 Aston Villa 23 28
14 Fulham 24 27
15 West Bromwich Albion 24 26
16 Queens Park Rangers 24 21
17 Wolverhampton Wanderers 24 21
18 Bolton Wanderers 24 20
19 Blackburn Rovers 24 18
20 Wigan Athletic 24 16
Goals
3
0
Total Shots
16
13
Shots On Target
4
5
Passing Accuracy
87%
88%
Fouls
10
7
Corners
4
6
Offsides
1
1
Bookings
1
3
Sending Offs
0
0
Manchester City (4-4-1-1)
  • 25Joe Hart
  • 2Micah Richards
  • 15Stefan Savic
  • 6Joleon Lescott
  • 13Aleksandar Kolarov
  • 11Adam Johnson
  • 18Gareth Barry
  • 19Samir Nasri
  • 21David Silva
  • 16Sergio Agüero
  • 10Edin Dzeko
Substitutes
  • 30Costel Pantilimon
  • 5Pablo Zabaleta
  • 22Gaël Clichy
  • 44Karim Rekik
  • 7James Milner
  • 8David Pizarro
  • 34Nigel de Jong
Manager
  • Roberto Mancini
Fulham (4-4-1-1)
  • 1Mark Schwarzer
  • 2Stephen Kelly
  • 14Philippe Senderos
  • 5Brede Hangeland
  • 6Chris Baird
  • 16Damien Duff
  • 13Danny Murphy
  • 20Dickson Etuhu
  • 29Simon Davies
  • 30Moussa Dembélé
  • 23Clint Dempsey
Substitutes
  • 12David Stockdale
  • 3John Arne Riise
  • 18Aaron Hughes
  • 10Pajtim Kasami
  • 15Marcel Gecov
  • 21Kerim Frei
  • 11Bryan Ruiz
Manager
  • Martin Jol
Goals
0
0
Total shots
0
0
Ball played into the final third of the pitch
0
0
Minutes played by player
0
0
Assists from open play
0
0
Crosses
0
0
Tackles
0
0
Successful aerial duels
0
0
Duel over the possession of the ball where a player wins the ball
0
0
Pass forwards
0
0
Successful dribbles
0
0
Sum of all a players ball events
0
0
Accurate passes
0
0
Key passes
0
0
Player intercepts a pass
0
0
Goalkeeper saves
0
0
Goalkeeper catches a cross
0
0