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Fulham   1 - 4   Man City

Carlos Tevez celebrates
Carlos Tevez took his tally to nine league goals this season

By Sam Sheringham

Manchester City produced one of their most impressive performances of the season to sweep aside Fulham and return to the Premier League's top four.

Carlos Tevez opened the scoring with a crisp finish on a miserable afternoon for former City boss Mark Hughes.

Pablo Zabaleta smashed home from the edge of the area and Yaya Toure rounded off a fine team move to make it 3-0.

Tevez deflected Zabaleta's drive past Mark Schwarzer before Zoltan Gera crashed in a consolation goal.

Whether it was the presence of Diego Maradona in the crowd, or Kolo Toure's call for certain players to justify their high wages, that encouraged City to throw off the shackles, Mancini's men played with a fluency and coherence rarely seen this season.

And after defeats for Chelsea and Arsenal on Saturday, it was a timely reminder that City cannot be counted out of what is turning into one of the most open title races in years.

Diego Armando Maradona
Maradona, a guest of Fulham, saw two fellow Argentines score for Man City

The win took them up to fourth in the table, only three points behind leaders Chelsea and Manchester United.

After successive 0-0 draws in the previous two games, Mancini had addressed his team's lack of goals by handing Brazilian striker Jo his first start for the club in more than two years.

The £18m signing, who spent a year on loan at Everton, lined up on the left hand side of a front three in a side featuring five players signed by Hughes before he was sacked and replaced by Mancini last December.

City's more attacking outlook reaped instant reward with a goal inside the first six minutes.

Roberto Mancini

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Gareth Barry fizzed a pass into the feet of Tevez on the edge of the area, and the City captain muscled off his marker Carlos Salcido before slotting a low finish into the corner.

Fulham appealed for offside but replays showed Tevez was level with full-back Chris Baird when Barry released the ball.

The west Londoners responded with plenty of possession inside their opponents' half but their efforts were frequently undermined by poor delivery from the flanks.

Indeed, it was from a wasted Fulham free-kick that City almost went two in front.

Danny Murphy's low delivery was mis-kicked by Simon Davies and when the ball broke to David Silva, the Spaniard sent Aleksandar Kolarov racing clear.

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The full-back fired an early shot from the edge of the area but a well-positioned Schwarzer palmed the ball around the post.

There was a crispness and purpose to City's passing and it was little surprise when the second goal arrived.

A low cross from Silva was only half cleared by Damien Duff and Zabaleta unleashed an unstoppable drive from 25 yards, which clipped Duff's heel en route to the top corner.

With their jubilant travelling fans singing Mancini's name, City soon crafted a fine third goal, with the ball worked quickly from left to right by Silva and Jo before Tevez teed up Yaya Toure for a powerful drive into the bottom corner.

Hughes brought on Zoltan Gera for Duff at half-time and Fulham began the second half on the offensive, with Clint Dempsey lashing wide from the edge of the box.

Fulham manager Mark Hughes

Hughes laments Fulham's 'difficult day'

But City hit back and while Tevez wasted a chance to make it 4-0 when he shot straight at Schwarzer, his disappointment was short-lived as another powerful drive from Zabaleta struck the Argentine's foot and looped over the Fulham goalkeeper.

Fulham, to their credit, never gave up and their effort was rewarded with a goal after 69 minutes.

Jo's clearing header from a corner found Gera, whose shot struck Kolo Toure's foot on the way into the net.

But it was too little, too late for Fulham, who look destined for a long and difficult season.

With only two wins in 14 games, Hughes' team are only being kept out of the relegation zone on goal difference.

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Sunday, 21 November 2010

Barclays Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Fulham 1-4 Man City FT
(HT 0-3)
  • Gera 70
  • Tevez 6
  • Zabaleta 32
  • Yaya Toure 35
  • Tevez 56

Fulham

Substitutes

Man City

Substitutes

Ref: Lee MasonAtt: 25,694
FULHAM
MAN CITY

Possession

  • Fulham 42%
  • Man City 58%

Attempts on target

  • Fulham 3
  • Man City 8

Attempts off target

  • Fulham 6
  • Man City 3

Corners

  • Fulham 7
  • Man City 7

Fouls

  • Fulham 14
  • Man City 16
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+3:13 The final whistle is blown by the referee.
  • 90:00+2:14 Effort on goal by Zoltan Gera from just inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
  • 90:00+1:06 Centre by Chris Baird, Vincent Kompany makes a clearance.
  • 88:18 Vincent Kompany fouled by Clinton Dempsey, the ref awards a free kick. Joe Hart restarts play with the free kick.
  • 88:18 Substitution James Milner replaces David Silva.
  • 87:00 The referee blows for offside against David Silva. Free kick taken by Chris Baird.
  • 85:36 Patrick Vieira concedes a free kick for a foul on Simon Davies. Free kick taken by Brede Hangeland.
  • 83:22 Free kick awarded for a foul by Nigel De Jong on Simon Davies. Zoltan Gera shoots direct from the free kick.
  • 82:16 The ball is crossed by Andrew Johnson, clearance by Patrick Vieira.
  • 81:37 Gareth Barry gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Carlos Salcido. Danny Murphy restarts play with the free kick.
  • 81:37 Substitution Gareth Barry leaves the field to be replaced by Patrick Vieira.
  • 79:38 Centre by Carlos Salcido, clearance by Aleksandar Kolarov.
  • 79:29 Carlos Salcido delivers the ball, Kolo Toure makes a clearance.
  • 78:04 Unfair challenge on Vincent Kompany by Andrew Johnson results in a free kick. Aleksandar Kolarov takes the direct free kick.
  • 78:04 Booking Andrew Johnson receives a yellow card.
  • 76:39 Aleksandar Kolarov fouled by Aaron Hughes, the ref awards a free kick. Nigel De Jong takes the free kick.
  • 76:39 Substitution Carlos Tevez goes off and Adam Johnson comes on.
  • 76:00 Corner taken right-footed by Simon Davies, Pablo Zabaleta makes a clearance.
  • 75:24 Foul by Pablo Zabaleta on Diomansy Kamara, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed by Danny Murphy, save by Joe Hart.
  • 75:24 Booking Booking for Pablo Zabaleta for unsporting behaviour.
  • 69:13 GOAL - Zoltan GeraFulham 1 - 4 Man City Zoltan Gera gets on the score sheet with a goal from just inside the penalty area to the top right corner of the goal. Fulham 1-4 Man City.
  • 69:05 Corner taken right-footed by Simon Davies from the left by-line to the near post, Joao Alves Jo makes a clearance.
  • 68:50 Simon Davies takes a shot. Joao Alves Jo gets a block in.
  • 68:31 Short corner taken by Diomansy Kamara from the left by-line.
  • 68:23 The ball is delivered by Diomansy Kamara, Vincent Kompany makes a clearance.
  • 67:50 Unfair challenge on Zoltan Gera by Aleksandar Kolarov results in a free kick. Simon Davies takes the direct free kick.
  • 66:16 Corner taken right-footed by Simon Davies from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Gareth Barry.
  • 65:15 The ball is delivered by Carlos Salcido, save made by Joe Hart.
  • 64:29 Clinton Dempsey gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Pablo Zabaleta. Aleksandar Kolarov crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, save made by Mark Schwarzer.
  • 64:24 Joao Alves Jo produces a cross, clearance by Brede Hangeland.
  • 63:32 Pablo Zabaleta challenges Simon Davies unfairly and gives away a free kick. Mark Schwarzer takes the free kick.
  • 63:32 Substitution Diomansy Kamara comes on in place of Dickson Etuhu.
  • 62:51 Corner taken by David Silva from the right by-line to the near post, save by Mark Schwarzer.
  • 62:45 The ball is sent over by Carlos Tevez, Aaron Hughes makes a clearance.
  • 58:28 Shot from just outside the box by Aleksandar Kolarov misses to the left of the goal.
  • 57:37 Foul by Dickson Etuhu on Carlos Tevez, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed left-footed by Aleksandar Kolarov from right by-line, clearance by Clinton Dempsey.
  • 55:35 Assist on the goal came from Pablo Zabaleta.
  • 55:35 GOAL - Carlos TevezFulham 0 - 4 Man City Carlos Tevez fires in a goal from inside the six-yard box high into the middle of the goal. Fulham 0-4 Man City.
  • 55:34 Pablo Zabaleta takes a shot. Blocked by Carlos Tevez.
  • 55:24 Inswinging corner taken by Aleksandar Kolarov from the right by-line, Dickson Etuhu makes a clearance.
  • 54:59 Carlos Tevez takes a shot. Save by Mark Schwarzer.
  • 54:32 A cross is delivered by Simon Davies, save by Joe Hart.
  • 53:21 Andrew Johnson handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Nigel De Jong takes the free kick.
  • 52:29 The ball is sent over by Carlos Salcido, Aleksandar Kolarov fouled by Zoltan Gera, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Joe Hart.
  • 52:17 Carlos Salcido sends in a cross, Kolo Toure manages to make a clearance.
  • 51:19 Nigel De Jong fouled by Dickson Etuhu, the ref awards a free kick. Vincent Kompany takes the direct free kick.
  • 51:19 Booking Booking for Dickson Etuhu for unsporting behaviour.
  • 50:33 The ball is swung over by Pablo Zabaleta.
  • 49:29 Clinton Dempsey has a shot on goal from outside the area which misses left.
  • 48:25 Chris Baird crosses the ball.
  • 47:15 Centre by Andrew Johnson, save made by Joe Hart.
  • 46:57 Nigel De Jong challenges Zoltan Gera unfairly and gives away a free kick. Danny Murphy takes the free kick.
  • 45:51 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Simon Davies, Header on goal by Aaron Hughes from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
  • 45:21 Free kick awarded for a foul by Gareth Barry on Zoltan Gera. Danny Murphy takes the direct free kick.
  • 45:01 The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.
  • 45:01 Substitution Zoltan Gera joins the action as a substitute, replacing Damien Duff.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+2:13 The match has reached half-time.
  • 45:00+1:22 Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Simon Davies, clearance by Kolo Toure.
  • 45:00+1:07 Vincent Kompany concedes a free kick for a foul on Clinton Dempsey. Chris Baird takes the direct free kick.
  • 45:00+0:42 Nigel De Jong concedes a free kick for a foul on Damien Duff. Direct free kick taken by Brede Hangeland.
  • 45:00+0:29 Pablo Zabaleta sends in a cross, Aaron Hughes manages to make a clearance.
  • 44:04 Simon Davies takes a shot. Save by Joe Hart.
  • 43:42 Unfair challenge on Andrew Johnson by Vincent Kompany results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Chris Baird.
  • 42:31 Aaron Hughes concedes a free kick for a foul on David Silva. Direct free kick taken by Gnegneri Toure Yaya.
  • 41:07 Centre by Aleksandar Kolarov.
  • 40:35 Gareth Barry fouled by Dickson Etuhu, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Kolo Toure.
  • 39:47 Damien Duff gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gareth Barry. Aleksandar Kolarov restarts play with the free kick.
  • 37:50 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by David Silva from the right by-line to the near post, Clinton Dempsey manages to make a clearance.
  • 37:19 Aleksandar Kolarov takes the outswinging corner, Vincent Kompany takes a shot. Brede Hangeland gets a block in.
  • 37:13 Aleksandar Kolarov delivers the ball, blocked by Chris Baird.
  • 34:01 Carlos Tevez provided the assist for the goal.
  • 34:01 GOAL - Gnegneri Toure YayaFulham 0 - 3 Man City Gnegneri Toure Yaya fires in a goal from inside the box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Fulham 0-3 Man City.
  • 32:41 The referee blows for offside. Direct free kick taken by Carlos Salcido.
  • 31:30 GOAL - Pablo ZabaletaFulham 0 - 2 Man City A goal is scored by Pablo Zabaleta from outside the box to the top right corner of the goal. Fulham 0-2 Man City.
  • 30:23 Corner taken by Aleksandar Kolarov from the left by-line played to the near post.
  • 29:48 The ball is crossed by Aleksandar Kolarov, Simon Davies manages to make a clearance.
  • 27:00 Foul by Damien Duff on Aleksandar Kolarov, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Joe Hart.
  • 26:37 Foul by Carlos Tevez on Carlos Salcido, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Brede Hangeland.
  • 25:37 David Silva has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the left of the goal.
  • 24:39 Corner taken left-footed by Aleksandar Kolarov to the near post, clearance by Simon Davies.
  • 23:15 Shot from outside the box by Nigel De Jong misses to the left of the goal.
  • 22:19 Corner taken by David Silva, save by Mark Schwarzer.
  • 21:54 Aleksandar Kolarov takes a shot. Save by Mark Schwarzer.
  • 21:02 Unfair challenge on Clinton Dempsey by Vincent Kompany results in a free kick. Danny Murphy delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing.
  • 20:50 Free kick awarded for a foul by Pablo Zabaleta on Damien Duff. Damien Duff restarts play with the free kick.
  • 20:06 The referee penalises Gareth Barry for handball. Aleksandar Kolarov restarts play with the free kick.
  • 19:09 The ball is swung over by Simon Davies, Vincent Kompany makes a clearance.
  • 18:25 Clinton Dempsey is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Joe Hart.
  • 17:10 Andrew Johnson is ruled offside. Joe Hart restarts play with the free kick.
  • 16:24 Unfair challenge on Nigel De Jong by Danny Murphy results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Nigel De Jong.
  • 14:19 Clinton Dempsey takes a shot from a long way out which goes wide of the right-hand post.
  • 14:10 The ball is delivered by Danny Murphy, Vincent Kompany manages to make a clearance.
  • 14:00 The ball is swung over by Aaron Hughes, clearance by Kolo Toure.
  • 8:59 Foul by Brede Hangeland on Gnegneri Toure Yaya, free kick awarded. Gnegneri Toure Yaya restarts play with the free kick.
  • 7:19 Corner taken by Damien Duff from the left by-line, Aaron Hughes produces a header from inside the area that goes over the bar.
  • 6:19 Unfair challenge on Danny Murphy by Gareth Barry results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Danny Murphy.
  • 5:30 The assist for the goal came from Gareth Barry.
  • 5:30 GOAL - Carlos TevezFulham 0 - 1 Man City A goal is scored by Carlos Tevez from just inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Fulham 0-1 Man City.
  • 5:21 The ball is crossed by Aleksandar Kolarov, Aaron Hughes makes a clearance.
  • 4:57 Free kick awarded for a foul by Danny Murphy on Nigel De Jong. Kolo Toure restarts play with the free kick.
  • 3:42 Simon Davies delivers the ball, clearance by Pablo Zabaleta.
  • 3:16 Damien Duff delivers the ball, clearance made by Aleksandar Kolarov.
  • 3:08 The ball is delivered by Chris Baird.
  • 2:05 The assistant referee flags for offside against Carlos Tevez. Brede Hangeland takes the free kick.
  • 1:12 Free kick awarded for a foul by Nigel De Jong on Clinton Dempsey. Free kick taken by Danny Murphy.
  • 0:00 The ref blows the whistle to start the match.

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21 Nov 2010 23:59 UK


Barclays Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 21 Nov 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Chelsea 14 19 28
2 Man Utd 14 13 28
3 Arsenal 14 13 26
4 Man City 14 8 25
5 Bolton 14 6 22
6 Tottenham 14 2 22
7 Sunderland 13 2 19
8 Stoke 14 0 19
9 Liverpool 14 -1 19
10 Newcastle 14 1 18
11 Blackburn 14 -1 18
12 Blackpool 14 -6 18
13 Aston Villa 14 -5 17
14 Birmingham 14 -2 16
15 West Brom 14 -9 16
16 Everton 13 1 15
17 Fulham 14 -3 14
18 Wigan 14 -13 14
19 Wolves 14 -11 9
20 West Ham 14 -14 9

see also
Premier League as it happened
21 Nov 10 |  Football
Sunday's Premier League photos
21 Nov 10 |  Football
Man City are contenders - Hughes
21 Nov 10 |  Man City



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