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Premier League

  • September 18, 2011
  • • 15:00
  • • Craven Cottage, London
  • Referee: M. Clattenburg
  • • Attendance: 24750

Fulham 2-2 Manchester City: Sergio Aguero double not enough as visitors squander two-goal advantage

Fulham 2-2 Manchester City: Sergio Aguero double not enough as visitors squander two-goal advantage

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Martin Jol is still looking for first Premier League win this season despite the comeback against the visitors, while Mancini's men fail once again to keep a clean sheet

A Sergio Aguero brace was not enough for Manchester City as Fulham fought back from two goals down to draw 2-2 at Craven Cottage.

Despite City starting the more confident side, it was the hosts that had the first meaningful effort on target through Clint Dempsey. Gael Clichy tried to be clever with a quick free kick to Micah Richards though it was under-hit and intercepted by the American who fired goalwards from 25-yards which flashed just over.

City broke the deadlock in the 17th minute after some neat build-up play between Nasri and Silva allowed the in-form Aguero to break the deadlock. Silva picked up the ball on the edge of the Fulham area before playing it to Nasri, whose through ball found Aguero who placed it in the bottom corner with consummate ease.

The visitors almost doubled their lead through the left-back Gael Clichy. The summer signing from Arsenal picked up a clearance from a corner and struck it goalwards from 25 yards which forced Mark Schwarzer into a top-class save.

Once more City went close as they continued to push Fulham further and further back into their own half.Nasri picked out the arriving Dzeko who struck his shot first time only for Schwarzer to thwart him once more.

Just 10 seconds into the second-half Manchester City stunned Fulham when Sergio Aguero doubled his and City’s tally. Clichy fired a hopeful ball forward from kick-off which was nodded down by Dzeko to Aguero, who lashed in a fierce strike from the edge of the area.

However, Bobby Zamora scored a fantastic goal to give his side an undeserved route back into the game. Poor marking from Lescott and Kompany allowed Zamora too much space to pick his spot before hitting an unstoppable effort into the top corner.

The surprise goal seemed to spark the home side into life and they almost drew level just moments later through Moussa Dembele. The striker cut inside and hit a well-struck shot that took a wicked deflection off Lescott and forced Hart into a world-class stop.

Fulham were a completely different side now, and got a deserved equaliser. Zamora received the ball with his back to goal and laid off to Murphy, whose first time effort took a deflection to send the ball past Hart.

Despite Martin Jol still looking for his first Premier League victory as Fulham boss, the fans will be pleased with the spirit shown after going down 2-0 to such an impressive Manchester City side. Mancini will leave Craven Cottage wondering why they were unable to keep out a previously tame home attack.