sport
  • English Barclays Premier League
  • 19 January 2013, 3:00pm
  • Etihad Stadium
  • Attendance: 47,286
Man CityMan CityvFulhamFulham
2
  • Silva, 2
  • Silva, 69
0

live commentary

90 mins:FULL TIME: MANCHESTER CITY 2-0 FULHAM

89 mins:Dzeko misses an absolute sitter, chipping the ball over the bar when it looked easier to score.

89 mins:A lot of the City fans are trickling out of the Etihad now; they know this game has been won, and comfortably won in the end despite a brave display from Fulham.

88 mins:Joleon Lescott comes on for Silva.

87 mins:Milner slams a stinging shot just over the bar after being set up nicely by Aguero. The ball was always rising there, but that was a good effort.

85 mins:Silva deserves all the headlines here; he's been the best player on the pitch by an absolute mile. It's just a shame he hasn't been able to grab a hat-trick to add some gloss to a fine individual display this afternoon.

83 mins:Aguero does well to lay the ball off to Dzeko, but he sends a shot wide of the target. He tried to pass the ball into the net there but got it all wrong.

82 mins:Less than ten minutes here for Fulham to mount what would be a remarkable comeback. It looks like City are just trying to keep the ball in midfield rather than push for a third.

80 mins:Tevez is replaced by Aguero.

80 mins:Duff is roaming around all over the place at the moment, and he's making things happen, picking out Karagounis, who finds Berbatov with a neat pass. Berbatov spins a pass through to Petric, who can't quite connect with the ball in front of goal.

78 mins:Dzeko drives a shot right into the side netting. He moved the ball nicely there and did well to get the shot away, but it just failed to hit the target.

76 mins:City might just want to bring on Aguero or even Mario Balotelli, just to freshen things up a little up front.

74 mins:The fight seems to have drained out of Fulham, and you can understand why. They didn't deserve to concede a second goal, but City have just been too clinical for them today.

72 mins:Dejagah is replaced by Mladen Petric.

70 mins:Silva misses his chance for the hat-trick, scuffing his shot from just a few yards out after springing the Fulham offside trap!

68 mins:GOAL: MANCHESTER CITY 2-0 FULHAM: SILVA grabs the second goal of the game, bringing the ball into the box as if it's glued to his feet before dinking it calmly over Schwarzer and into the back of the net.

68 mins:You get the feeling that City have two or three gears they could easily move up into, but for some reason they're unwilling to up the pace of their game here.

66 mins:Richardson has picked up an injury here and is replaced by Matthew Briggs.

64 mins:Garcia is the latest player to pick up a booking.

62 mins:Scrap that! Zabaleta walks off the pitch, grimacing in pain, and he'll need to be replaced here. Samir Nasri jumps off the bench and replaces the defender.

62 mins:It looks like Zabaleta will be able to run that injury off, by the way, despite how bad it initially looked for the City man.

60 mins:What a chance for Tevez! From a corner, the ball falls to the striker, but Karagounis is applying pressure on him, making it almost impossible for him to get the shot away. Fulham eventually clear, but Tevez should perhaps have done better from that position.

58 mins:Zabaleta is down injured at the moment after a tackle from Hangeland.

57 mins:Silva fizzes the ball across the face of goal, but Berbatov, of all people, is on hand to hack it clear.

55 mins:Richardson goes into the book for a nasty tackle on Milner.

54 mins:Vincent Kompany plays a long ball over the top trying to find Milner, but Kieran Richardson gets his foot to the ball first, tapping it through to Schwarzer.

52 mins:Barry tries to dig the ball out to Silva, but finds Tevez instead. Zabaleta is running down the wing on the overlap, but Tevez's pass out towards him is cut out brilliantly by Brede Hangeland.

50 mins:Sergio Aguero is warming up at the moment; Mancini might want to give him 20 or 25 minutes today on his return from injury.

48 mins:Ashkan Dejagah and Berbatov play a nice one-two, but it breaks down under pressure from Milner. Fulham have come out fighting and are pinging the ball around very nicely.

46 mins:The next goal in this game is crucial; if Fulham get it, then game on. If City get it, you'd have to say it's probably game over.

45 mins:The second half is now underway.

45 mins:HALF TIME: MANCHESTER CITY 1-0 FULHAM

43 mins:It's all Fulham at the moment! If they can grab an equaliser before the break, the second half would certainly be an interesting one.

41 mins:City spring forward, but Tevez's loose ball is pounced upon by Sidwell. Fulham attack through Berbatov, and Matija Nastasic is forced into some desperate last-ditch defending to prevent the former Manchester United striker taking on the shot.

39 mins:Gareth Barry tries to win the ball off Karagounis, but nobody's winning the ball off him this afternoon; he's playing so well today for Fulham.

37 mins:The game has dipped into a bit of a lull, but let's quickly consider one stat: City are yet to lose a league game this season after scoring the first goal (W11, D1). That's not a great stat if you're a Fulham fan.

35 mins:Tevez bursts into the box and tries to cross the ball, but Karagounis bombs back to defend heroically, thumping the ball out for a throw-in.

33 mins:City are sitting back dangerously at the moment, inviting pressure from Fulham. Perhaps scoring so early might not have been ideal for City.

31 mins:Steve Sidwell flings himself at the ball in the box after making a really good run, and heads the ball just wide of the target after a slight deflection from Zabaleta. That was a fine chance for the away side.

29 mins:A fine delivery from the boot of Karagounis is wasted by the lack of a Fulham player in the box. That was the best delivery of the game from Fulham. What a waste.

28 mins:Milner crosses into the box and the ball drifts just over the head of Tevez. A centimetre or two lower and the ball would have connected with the forehead of the striker and possibly spun into the back of the net.

26 mins:Fulham have done well to keep this game at 1-0; the longer it stays like this the more they'll believe they can take something from this game.

24 mins:Carlos Tevez takes the free kick for the home side, but he smashes the ball straight into the wall and wastes what was a decent opportunity to cross into the box to the likes of Dzeko.

23 mins:Giorgios Karagounis is booked for a trip on Silva.

23 mins:Fulham are actually enjoying the lion's share of the possession at the moment, but you wouldn't know it; they're doing very little of any note with the ball.

21 mins:That corner comes to nothing for the away side, and City can break forward in numbers.

21 mins:Fulham win their first corner of the game after good work from Duff.

19 mins:Javier Garcia rugby tackles Berbatov, and is lucky to escape a booking. Garcia is a very physical player, but sometimes seems to edge over the line.

17 mins:Roberto Mancini doesn't look altogether happy on the touchline but he should be feeling content right now; City look ever so comfortable here.

15 mins:Silva finds himself in plenty of space down the left and he takes full advantage, sprinting towards the edge of the box and crossing towards Dzeko in the area. Dzeko gets his head to the ball and forces Schwarzer to make the save.

13 mins:City look really, really up for this one. They're hassling Fulham when the Cottagers have the ball, and they look so sharp in the final third.

11 mins:Fulham attack through Ruiz, but his pass towards Berbatov isn't good enough, and City break themselves through Milner.

9 mins:Clichy sends a low ball across the face of goal, and it almost falls for Pablo Zabaleta at the far post. He tries to make a decent connection with it but the ball gets away from him and goes out for a goal kick.

7 mins:Damien Duff lays the ball off to Steve Sidwell, who crosses into the box. James Milner clears back out to the lurking Sidwell, but his subsequent cross is claimed by Joe Hart.

5 mins:Fulham try to mount an attack from the back, but the ball trickles straight through to Gael Clichy. The movement from Bryan Ruiz and Dimitar Berbatov was shocking there.

3 mins:Fulham, understandably, look shell-shocked by conceding that early goal. They just need to settle back down and try to do the simple things well over the next 10 minutes or so.

1 mins:GOAL: MANCHESTER CITY 1-0 FULHAM: Well, City aren't in the mood for wasting any time today before taking the lead! Eden Dzeko shoots from 25 yards and Mark Schwarzer makes a decent save, but the ball falls kindly to DAVID SILVA, who taps home from 10 yards out.

Today's match referee Jonathan Moss gets the game underway.

On paper this one looks like a no-brainer; Manchester City are 23 points ahead of Fulham in the Premier League, and have an enviable array of attacking talent to help them towards all three points at home today. However, Manchester City's 3-0 win over Fulham at home last season was their first home win against the Cottagers in five matches. In fact, the last 10 league fixtures between these two at the Etihad have only ended in victory for City three times.

  • English Barclays Premier League
  • 19 January 2013, 3:00pm
  • Etihad Stadium
  • Attendance: 47,286
Man CityMan CityvFulhamFulham
2
  • Silva, 2
  • Silva, 69
0

match report

A deadly double from David Silva saw Manchester City to a 2-0 victory over Fulham and to within four points of table-topping Manchester United.

City's Spanish playmaker opened the scoring with just 95 seconds on the clock at the Etihad Stadium, with an Edin Dzeko effort from the edge of the box parried into his path by Mark Schwarzer.

Silva's second of the afternoon arrived on 69 minutes, with a flowing move involving Gael Clichy and Carlos Tevez expertly finished off with a composed finish which glanced in off the post.

City looked to be in confident mood from the off and made a blistering start as Dzeko took up an early attack and was allowed to shoot from 25 yards. Schwarzer parried his fierce effort but Fulham had been caught short and Silva followed up to rifle in the rebound.

Fulham were unable to get anything going in response and Gareth Barry took command in midfield.

James Milner started to come into the game on the City right and linked well with Pablo Zabaleta before floating an inviting cross into the box but it dropped inches over Tevez's head.

The game went quiet as Fulham tried to take the pace out of City but the hosts still looked the most likely side and Tevez raced across the area before having a shot blocked by Brede Hangeland.

Fulham played a patient game and tried to build slowly but it yielded little until just after the half hour when Damien Duff found room on the right. Steve Sidwell got free at the back post and was picked out by a good cross from Duff but his glancing header struck the outside of the post.

Fulham made a positive start to the second half as they created a chance for Sidwell outside the area but he sliced well wide and City upped the tempo.

City saw Zabaleta, their only fit right-back, forced off shortly after the hour mark, but were able to cope without him for the rest of the afternoon and doubled their lead soon after his exit following some brilliant play by Tevez and Silva.

The Spaniard started the move, finding Clichy out wide and the left-back's pass inside was cleverly flicked back into Silva's path by Tevez. Silva then did the rest, running into the area and hitting a delicate left-foot lob over Schwarzer to score off the post.

The crowd were still celebrating the goal when Silva went close to claiming a hat-trick, running through in almost identical fashion but this time rolling a low shot inches wide of the far post.

Thereafter City were never in any danger and played plenty of possession football and almost carved out chances at will. Dzeko should have scored a third in injury time but somehow scooped over from six yards with the goal at his mercy.

team line-up

1Joe Hart
22Gaël Clichy
4Vincent Kompany
33Matija Nastasic
5Pablo Zabaleta64
21David Silva89
14Javi García
7James Milner
18Gareth Barry
32Carlos Tévez81
10Edin Dzeko

substitutes

13Aleksandar Kolarov
16Sergio Agüero81
17Jack Rodwell
6Joleon Lescott89
8Samir Nasri64
45Mario Balotelli
30Costel Pantilimon

referee

Jonathan Moss

team line-up

1Mark Schwarzer
15Kieran Richardson67
18Aaron Hughes
27Sascha Riether
5Brede Hangeland
24Ashkan Dejagah73
16Damien Duff
7Steve Sidwell
14Giorgios Karagounis
9Dimitar Berbatov
11Bryan Ruiz

substitutes

31Alexander Kacaniklic
6Chris Baird
20Hugo Rodallega
10Mladen Petric73
17Matthew Briggs67
4Philippe Senderos
38Neil Etheridge

referee

Jonathan Moss

match stats

possession %4554
shots on target70
shots off target102
corners12
tackles won2216
offsides21