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West Ham United
September 18, 2011
• Craven Cottage, London
Referee: M. Clattenburg
• Attendance: 24750
B. Zamora 56'
D. Murphy 75'
S. Agüero 18', 46'
Goal.com's correspondent, Joe Doyle: "Fulham leave the pitch to a great reception from the fans after a fine comeback in the second half. It looked for all the world that City would be taking all three points when Aguero scored his second, but great credit due to Fulham for the spirit they showed."
Well that was an unexpected scoreline at 46 minutes when Aguero made it 2-0 to City but Fulham came back admirably and they will be thoroughly delighted to have got a point out of this game. Great entertainment and it leaves plenty of thinking time for Mr Mancini.
90' + 2'
Toure has a go from 30 yards but it drifts wide and with a minute left it looks as if it will remain 2-2.
Fulham still trying to find a winner here as well. This second half really has been a great advert for the Premier League and Fulham have shown plenty of character to get themselves back into this game.
Yellow Card Steve Sidwell
Great block from Hangeland. Tevez receives the ball in the area and does brilliantly to find space for a shot but the big Norwegian gets his body in front of it.
Fulham contented to sit back with what they have now and try to catch their opponents on the break. Home fans beginning to feel very anxious.
Can City find some inspiration in the last ten minutes here at Craven Cottage? Both teams must surely go for the points now.
For a team with title aspirations, as City have, it will be fascinating to see how the react to this. 15 minutes or so to find a response against a Fulham team very much in the ascendency.
Goal.com's correspondent, Joe Doyle: "A deflected Danny Murphy shot and Fulham are level. Joe Hart had no chance with the goal, already going the other way. The Fulham fans are truly enjoying this now, as Mancini stands on the touchline, hands in pockets."
Assist Bobby Zamora
Goal Danny Murphy
GOOOOAAAALLLL!!! My word Roberto Mancini will be absolutely livid with his team. City are irate that a foul wasn't given on Dzeko in the build up to the goal. Zamora swivels on the ball in the area and lays it off for Murphy whose shot is deflected in off Kompany. What a second half this has been.
That was some chance. Murphy perfectly finds Riise who makes an excellently timed run but the Norwegian is beaten by the bounce of the ball. He was completely unmarked though.
The Spaniard and his fans sound less than impressed with the decision to pull him off for Zabaleta. A very interesting decision it must be said.
Well this is a surprise, Zabaleta is being readied to come on and the man he is to replace will be Silva. Mancini is showing just how worried he is about Fulham's resurgence.
Goal.com's man at Craven Cottage, Joe Doyle: "Joe Hart pulling out all the stops here, making good saves from Dembele and Dempsey to keep City in the lead. The home fans are really willing their team on now after a flat first half."
City on the rack here now and they are having to withstand some pressure from Fulham. Hart has pulled off another very good save this time from Dempsey who rose highest at the back post.
That is a fabulous save from England's number one. Dembele creates some space for himself from 25 yards and his low, rifling shot was heading for the bottom corner but Hart gets across to parry it wide. Great game now.
Zamora has probably had more touches in the past five minutes than he had in the previous 55, Fulham really gathering some momentum here.
Yellow Card Gareth Barry
What a brilliant challenge that is from Micah Richards. Dempsey latches onto a deflected through ball and just as he looks to shoot from seven yards, the England man excellently gets in front of the American and clears the danger. The game is very much alive now.
Goal.com's Joe Doyle says: "The home fans have jumped about 20 decibels after that wonderful finish from Bobby Zamora, the first time they've really got at City. Poor marking from Kompany and Richards gave Zamora far too much time on the ball, and the striker made them pay."
Assist Clint Dempsey
Goal Bobby Zamora
GOOOOAAAALLLL!!! Where has that come from? Dembele does well to get the ball to Dempsey on the edge of the area who swivels to find Zamora his first touch takes it out of his feet and then he smashes the ball home into the top corner. Top finish and Fulham are right back in it.
Sergio Aguero has now scored six more goals than Fulham in the Premier League this season which says everything about the difference between the two teams.
Goal.com's correspondent at Craven Cottage, Joe Doyle: City catch Fulham cold after the re-start, and the City fans are loving it, starting with a rendition of the 'Poznan' dance and finishing with a tongue-in-cheek "We are staying up!" chant
Fulham trying to respond and have had a couple of set pieces but City manage to deal with them confidently.
What can Fulham do now? Will it be damage limitation or can they get back into it and win a point?
Assist Edin Dzeko
Goal Sergio Agüero
GOOOAAAALLLL!!! Nine seconds, that's all its taken for them to double their score. A long diagonal ball; is played forward to Dzeko who beats Hangeland to ball and nods to Aguero who has acres of space to run into before rifling a shot into the bottom corner from the edge of the area. Really poor from Fulham.
A stony-faced Martin Jol comes out of the tunnel along with his team and he will be hoping that his team manages to get hold of the ball more than they did in the first half. City will be hoping for more of the same as they get the game underway.
That is half time and City have, at times, been unplayable with the interplay between Silva and Nasri absolutely mesmerising. Schwarzer has been forced into action too many times for Fulham's liking and they will have to dramatically improve if they are to get anything from this game.
45' + 1'
Just one minute of added time here and Fulham look as if they could go into half time still with a glimmer of hope when in reality they should be dead and buried already.
City content to keep the ball without much tempo now as the minutes towards the end of the half count down. Dembele and Zamora have been bystanders in this half.
Five minutes to go and the tempo of the game has slowed somewhat in the last six or seven minutes. Fulham will welcome some respite after what has been a torrid first half for them.
A brief interlude for Fulham here as Yaya Toure gets some treatment on his thigh after receiving some studs from Hangeland.
Finally a decent foray into the City half from Fulham, Dempsey receives the ball on the edge of the area and creates half a yard of space before shooting towards goal but Joe Hart is more than equal to the shot.
Fulham just cannot get the ball off their opponents at the moment and the gulf in class is absolutely huge. The hosts will be hoping to get through to half time without conceding anymore.
Our man at Craven Cottage Joe Doyle says: The home crowd are growing very restless as City beginning to dominate proceedings more and more. Schwarzer is the only thing standing in the way of another goal, making two fine stops since Aguero's opening goal.
Another excellent save from Schwarzer. Silva pulls a ball back to Dzeko who hits his left-footed striker towards to top corner only for the keeper to tip it over. City are completely over-running the west Londoners here.
Very important touch from Schwarzer twice in the space of a minute. First Aguero pulls a ball back towards the back post with Dzeko waiting to head home but the Australian just gets in front of him to put behind for a corner. From the resultant corner Clichy shoots from the edge of the area and the keeper tips wide. City are dominating here.
Fulham really have got a big task on their hands now. On reflection from the replay Aguero did look half a body offside.
Assist David Silva
Goal Sergio Agüero
GOOOOAAAALLLLL! And as soon as they're paid a complement Fulham concede a goal. Silva does brilliantly to control a ball on the edge of the area and then play a through ball for that man Aguero to slot home from 12 yards. Suspicions of offside in the goal but City are up and running.
Credit must be given to Fulham for the way they have defended so far, City are being met with a sea of white when they push forward.
Still no real chances in the game so far, City continuing to press and find the killer through ball while Fulham are defending diligently for now.
The game showing a familiar theme so far with the home side getting ten men behind the ball while City probe away trying to find the correct opening.
City have settled into this game very nicely and already Fulham are having to chase shadows. This could be a long afternoon for the league's basement club.
Fulham looking to get the ball forward as quickly as possible when in possession while City are willing to keep the ball amongst each other before playing a killer ball.
Straight away City looking to get on the ball and pass the ball around quickly and Fulham settling into a system which looks set to try and keep a clean sheet.
Fulham get the game underway.
Referee Mark Clattenburg leads the two teams out in front of a sell out crowd with City desperate to keep the pressure on their city rivals United while Fulham will be looking to get past their worst start to a Premier League season.
Fulham will be hoping today's game is not a repeat of the last time they met at Craven Cottage in which Roberto Mancini's men ran riot and won 4-1 with former skipper Carlos Tevez scoring two in the process.
Manchester City arrive in west London this afternoon in red hot form having won their previous four league games so far this season amassing 15 goals in the process including six for new signing Sergio Ageuro. Mancini has shuffled his pack from last week’s 3-0 victory of Wigan Athletic making three changes as Samir Nasri, Gareth Barry and Edin Dzeko all return to the starting line up in place of Adam Johnson, James Milner and Carlos Tevez.
Martin Jol’s team come into today’s game off the back of two consecutive home draws against FC Twente and Blackburn Rovers respectively. Manager Jol has made three changes to last weekend’s team with Stephen Kelly, Chris Baird and Moussa Dembele all returning in the place of Philippe Senderos, Aaron Hughes and record signing Bryan Ruiz who struggled to make an impact against Blackburn on his debut.
Man City line up: Hart Richards Kompany Lescott Clichy Barry Nasri Silva Y Toure Dzeko Aguero Substitutes Pantilimon, Zabaleta, Kolarov, K Toure, Johnson, Tevez, Balotelli
Fulham line up: Schwarzer Kelly JA Riise Hangeland Baird Sidwell Murphy Duff Dempsey Zamora Dembele Substitutes Etheridge, Senderos, Grygera, Kasami, Gecov, Orlando Sa, Ruiz
Good afternoon football fans and welcome to part two of Goal.com’s Sunday football coverage where Roberto Mancini’s impressive Manchester City side travel to Craven Cottage to visit a Fulham team still searching for their first win of the Premier League season.
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