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Man City   2 - 2   Fulham

By Phil Dawkes

Mark Schwarzer fails to prevent Martin Petrov scoring
Fulham keeper Schwarzer is powerless to prevent Petrov scoring City's second

Fulham battled back from two goals down to earn a point and end Manchester City's 100% home record this season.

City took the lead early in the second half when Joleon Lescott found space to tap in following a corner.

They doubled their lead moments later when Martin Petrov exchanged passes with Gareth Barry before curling in.

It took Fulham eight minutes to draw level and ultimately earn a point as firstly Duff fired in and then Clint Dempsey headed home from a free-kick.

City had won the last seven games in all competitions at Eastlands, including a 2-1 win over Fulham in the Carling Cup.

In contrast, Fulham had won only eight away games in the last four Premier League seasons.

City lacked spark - Hughes

Interestingly though, three of those victories have come in trips to face City - the latest being the last time City were beaten at Eastlands - and they proved once again a thorn in their side.

As expected, the home side had the greater share of possession throughout, but in the first half Fulham's dedication to their defensive game limited City largely to half chances.

Emmanuel Adebayor, who had passed a late fitness test on his ankle to play, laid off a pass to the lively Carlos Tevez on the edge of the box but his shot bobbled wide.

Craig Bellamy then found space down the left but his cross was just behind Adebayor and the Togo striker's back-heel finish lacked the power or direction to beat Fulham keeper Mark Schwarzer.

As City committed greater numbers forward in an attempt to press home their initial superiority, Fulham were presented with opportunities to counter-attack and from one such foray forward they should have opened the scoring.

Bobby Zamora poked the ball forward beyond the City defence for Diomansy Kamara, who found himself clear on goal, but his first touch was woeful and Shay Given was able to dive to collect at his feet.

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The scare revitalised City and shortly after Nigel De Jong could and probably should have scored when Wayne Bridge's long-range effort deflected to him in the box, and whilst his shot was good, Schwarzer's one-handed diving save was better.

In the last telling effort of the half, City thought they had taken the lead when Micah Richards headed home Petrov's corner.

However, referee Kevin Friend disallowed the goal because of a push by Barry on Chris Baird.

Much-maligned striker Zamora has already matched last season's goal tally of four goals this season but past bad habits returned to haunt him and let City off the hook five minutes into the second half.

Kamara dribbled in down the left and pulled back for Dempsey whose shot was deflected into the path of Zamora but with the goal at his mercy the striker inexplicably sidefooted the ball over the bar.

Fulham paid the price for this miss minutes later as City struck twice in a matter of minutes.

Hodgson aggrieved with first City goal

From a Bellamy corner, Barry poked the ball to Adebayor whose strength was key in forcing the ball on in a goalmouth scramble to find Lescott in front of goal to put his team ahead.

Then Petrov, who has scored in every game he has started this season, fed Barry on the right before receiving a return pass on the edge of the box and dummying himself some shooting space before curling his left-foot effort in.

Fulham though are far from pushovers and amazingly, within eight minutes they were back level.

Firstly, Stephen Kelly crossed from the left, Zamora did well to chest off to Duff and the Republic of Ireland winger's low, left-foot drive was too good for international team-mate Given.

Then, from a speculative free-kick launched into the box, Dempsey rose and directed a superb header into the right-hand side of the net.

Both sides had their chances to grab a winner, Barry heading a Bellamy cross just wide for City and Kamara pulling a shot wide late on, but ultimately the draw was a fair result for the work-rate and endeavour each team applied.


Manchester City manager Mark Hughes:

"We're disappointed because in that situation we should see the game out.

"We haven't done our jobs defensively, we knew the threat Dempsey posed at set pieces.

"Credit to Fulham, they are organised and made the game difficult for us."

Fulham manager Roy Hodgson:

"After their goals we got ourselves back on track and started playing how we had for the 60 minutes.

"We have players injured at the moment so it was a sterling effort for the players to earn a point.

"We battled hard against a good side, defended well throughout, and the character of the team is outstanding."

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Sunday, 25 October 2009

Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Man City 2-2 Fulham FT
(HT 0-0)
  • Lescott 53
  • Petrov 60
  • Duff 62
  • Dempsey 68

Man City

Substitutes

Fulham

Substitutes

Ref: FriendAtt: 44,906
MAN CITY
FULHAM

Possession

  • Man City 44%
  • Fulham 56%

Attempts on target

  • Man City 7
  • Fulham 5

Attempts off target

  • Man City 13
  • Fulham 6

Corners

  • Man City 14
  • Fulham 2

Fouls

  • Man City 11
  • Fulham 12
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+5:13 The game is over, as the referee blows his whistle.
  • 90:00+4:02 Foul by Bobby Zamora on Joleon Lescott, free kick awarded. Shay Given takes the free kick.
  • 90:00+2:30 Corner taken by Craig Bellamy from the left by-line, clearance made by Chris Baird.
  • 90:00+0:36 Mark Schwarzer takes the free kick.
  • 90:00+0:36 Substitution Diomansy Kamara leaves the field to be replaced by Ki-Hyeon Seol.
  • 90:00+0:36 Substitution Vincent Kompany replaces Kolo Toure.
  • 90:00+0:36 Foul by Emmanuel Adebayor on Damien Duff, free kick awarded.
  • 88:42 Corner from the right by-line taken by Craig Bellamy, Brede Hangeland manages to make a clearance.
  • 88:18 Carlos Tevez takes a shot. Chris Baird gets a block in.
  • 85:45 Inswinging corner taken by Craig Bellamy from the right by-line.
  • 84:11 Inswinging corner taken by Gareth Barry from the right by-line, Headed effort from close range by Emmanuel Adebayor goes wide left of the target.
  • 83:13 Damien Duff takes the inswinging corner, Clinton Dempsey produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box that clears the bar.
  • 80:44 Joleon Lescott concedes a free kick for a foul on Damien Duff. Direct free kick taken by Chris Baird.
  • 80:11 Gareth Barry has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
  • 78:12 Shot by Shaun Wright-Phillips from outside the box goes over the net.
  • 77:06 Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Damien Duff, Brede Hangeland takes a shot. Save by Shay Given.
  • 75:16 Effort from the edge of the box by Bobby Zamora goes wide of the right-hand upright.
  • 71:41 Gareth Barry restarts play with the free kick.
  • 71:41 Substitution Stephen Ireland replaces Nigel De Jong.
  • 71:41 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Micah Richards by Clinton Dempsey.
  • 70:53 Inswinging corner taken by Gareth Barry from the right by-line, Aaron Hughes manages to make a clearance.
  • 68:54 The referee blows for offside. Mark Schwarzer takes the indirect free kick.
  • 68:37 Handball by Jonathan Greening. Free kick taken by Kolo Toure.
  • 67:15 Assist by Jonathan Greening.
  • 67:15 GOAL - Clinton DempseyMan City 2 - 2 Fulham Clinton Dempsey finds the back of the net with a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Man City 2-2 Fulham.
  • 65:53 Free kick taken by Jonathan Greening.
  • 65:53 Substitution (Man City) makes a substitution, with Shaun Wright-Phillips coming on for Martin Petrov.
  • 65:53 Jonathan Greening fouled by Nigel De Jong, the ref awards a free kick.
  • 64:25 Free kick awarded for a foul by Martin Petrov on Damien Duff. Chris Baird takes the direct free kick.
  • 61:49 Bobby Zamora provided the assist for the goal.
  • 61:49 GOAL - Damien DuffMan City 2 - 1 Fulham A goal is scored by Damien Duff from just outside the box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Man City 2-1 Fulham.
  • 59:33 Assist by Gareth Barry.
  • 59:33 GOAL - Martin PetrovMan City 2 - 0 Fulham A goal is scored by Martin Petrov from the edge of the area to the top right corner of the goal. Man City 2-0 Fulham.
  • 58:51 Craig Bellamy takes a inswinging corner.
  • 56:37 Emmanuel Adebayor is penalised for a handball. Mark Schwarzer takes the free kick.
  • 55:46 Craig Bellamy decides to take a short corner.
  • 52:45 Corner taken by Craig Bellamy from the left by-line,
  • 52:44 The assist for the goal came from Emmanuel Adebayor.
  • 52:44 GOAL - Joleon LescottMan City 1 - 0 Fulham Joleon Lescott grabs a goal from inside the six-yard box low into the middle of the goal. Man City 1-0 Fulham.
  • 52:35 Wayne Bridge takes a shot. Save made by Mark Schwarzer.
  • 52:10 Inswinging corner taken by Martin Petrov from the right by-line, save by Mark Schwarzer.
  • 50:51 Emmanuel Adebayor is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Mark Schwarzer.
  • 49:01 Kolo Toure gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Diomansy Kamara. Chris Baird produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick.
  • 46:44 Clinton Dempsey takes a shot. Shay Given makes a save. Shot by Bobby Zamora from inside the six-yard box clear the bar.
  • 45:01 The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+2:34 It is the end of the first-half.
  • 45:00+2:00 Long distance shot from Martin Petrov misses to the left of the goal.
  • 44:21 Unfair challenge on Carlos Tevez by Bobby Zamora results in a free kick. Kolo Toure restarts play with the free kick.
  • 43:24 Martin Petrov takes the indirect free kick. Carlos Tevez produces a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the target.
  • 43:24 Booking John Pantsil receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
  • 43:09 John Pantsil concedes a free kick for a foul on Gareth Barry.
  • 40:27 Corner taken by Martin Petrov from the right by-line, Gareth Barry challenges Chris Baird unfairly and gives away a free kick. Mark Schwarzer takes the free kick.
  • 40:23 A cross is delivered by Carlos Tevez, clearance by Damien Duff.
  • 39:16 Shot from just outside the box by Emmanuel Adebayor misses to the right of the goal.
  • 37:10 Nigel De Jong is penalised for a handball. Jonathan Greening takes the indirect free kick.
  • 35:57 Free kick awarded for a foul by Brede Hangeland on Carlos Tevez. Free kick taken by Gareth Barry.
  • 33:02 Diomansy Kamara is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Micah Richards.
  • 31:35 Inswinging corner taken by Martin Petrov from the right by-line, Carlos Tevez produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box that clears the bar.
  • 31:01 Clinton Dempsey takes a shot. Save made by Shay Given.
  • 30:01 Bobby Zamora challenges Gareth Barry unfairly and gives away a free kick. Joleon Lescott takes the free kick.
  • 29:36 Shot by Gareth Barry from 12 yards. Aaron Hughes gets a block in.
  • 28:13 Effort from the edge of the box by Carlos Tevez goes wide of the right-hand upright.
  • 27:27 Jonathan Greening has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the goal.
  • 26:43 Chris Baird has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide left of the goal.
  • 26:15 Unfair challenge on Damien Duff by Wayne Bridge results in a free kick. Aaron Hughes takes the indirect free kick.
  • 23:58 Nigel De Jong takes a shot. Save by Mark Schwarzer.
  • 23:23 John Pantsil concedes a free kick for a foul on Craig Bellamy. Craig Bellamy takes the free kick.
  • 21:15 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Martin Petrov.
  • 20:49 Carlos Tevez takes a shot. Brede Hangeland gets a block in.
  • 20:14 Free kick awarded for a foul by Nigel De Jong on Jonathan Greening. Chris Baird takes the free kick.
  • 19:47 Diomansy Kamara is caught offside. Shay Given takes the indirect free kick.
  • 16:04 Shot from just outside the box by Carlos Tevez misses to the right of the goal.
  • 13:06 Nigel De Jong gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jonathan Greening. Jonathan Greening restarts play with the free kick.
  • 11:34 Effort on goal by Martin Petrov from outside the penalty box goes harmlessly over the bar.
  • 10:01 Free kick awarded for a foul by Diomansy Kamara on Kolo Toure. Shay Given takes the free kick.
  • 9:20 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Brede Hangeland by Emmanuel Adebayor. Mark Schwarzer takes the free kick.
  • 7:36 Nigel De Jong fouled by Clinton Dempsey, the ref awards a free kick. Gareth Barry restarts play with the free kick.
  • 6:51 Corner taken left-footed by Martin Petrov, Effort on goal by Craig Bellamy from just inside the penalty box goes harmlessly over the target.
  • 6:27 Martin Petrov takes a shot. Chris Baird gets a block in.
  • 5:44 Free kick awarded for a foul by Damien Duff on Wayne Bridge. Craig Bellamy delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, John Pantsil makes a clearance.
  • 5:21 Clinton Dempsey challenges Micah Richards unfairly and gives away a free kick. Nigel De Jong restarts play with the free kick.
  • 4:27 Gareth Barry challenges Damien Duff unfairly and gives away a free kick. Aaron Hughes takes the indirect free kick.
  • 3:41 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Martin Petrov, Gareth Barry has a headed effort at goal from close range which goes wide of the left-hand post.
  • 2:47 Free kick taken by Gareth Barry.
  • 2:47 Booking Brede Hangeland receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.
  • 2:40 Free kick awarded for a foul by Brede Hangeland on Carlos Tevez.
  • 1:08 The offside flag is raised against Emmanuel Adebayor. Indirect free kick taken by Jonathan Greening.
  • 0:00 The match has kicked off.

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Premier League results

25 Oct 2009 23:59 UK

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Bolton 3-2 Everton R
Liverpool 2-0 Man Utd R
Man City 2-2 Fulham R
West Ham 2-2 Arsenal R

Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 25 Oct 2009 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Chelsea 10 16 24
2 Man Utd 10 10 22
3 Arsenal 9 16 19
4 Tottenham 10 7 19
5 Liverpool 10 11 18
6 Man City 9 7 18
7 Aston Villa 9 5 17
8 Sunderland 10 3 16
9 Stoke 10 -2 15
10 Wigan 10 -5 13
11 Burnley 10 -12 12
12 Bolton 9 -1 11
13 Fulham 9 -2 11
14 Everton 9 -3 11
15 Birmingham 10 -4 10
16 Blackburn 9 -11 10
17 Wolverhampton 10 -7 9
18 Hull 10 -14 8
19 West Ham 9 -4 6
20 Portsmouth 10 -10 4


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