Fulham 2 - 4 Manchester City

Match info: Premier League at Craven Cottage

Date: 21/12/2013 KO: 15:00 Ref: Att: 25,509

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers


Kieran Richardson 50
Vincent Kompany 69 (og)


Man City

Jesus Navas 78
Vincent Kompany 43
Yaya Toure 23
James Milner 83

FT (ht: 0-2)

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  • Well, thanks for joining me for today's action, and I hope you enjoyed yourselves as much as I did. I'm Ryan Gordon wishing you a great rest of your weekend! Cheers all!

  • And that's it! The alarm bells at Fulham will surely be ringing loud and clear as they remain entrenched in the relegation zone after their opening 17 games of the top-flight campaign. Manchester City, meanwhile, close the gap at the top of the standings to just a single point, temporarily hoisting themselves up to second, with Arsenal and Chelsea only in action against each other on Monday evening.

  • Fulham look to have already thrown the towel in as any impetus has completely gone out of their game.

  • The fourth official raises his board and shows there will be three minutes of added time to be played here at the end, although the three points are almost certainly heading to Manchester.

  • Fulham are almost the architects of their own downfall again as they dilly dally in defence, allowing Alvaro Negredo to win position, but he can't quite turn in the box and eventually scuffs a shot wide of the mark.

  • Alvaro Negredo looks to get in on the action as he works himself some shooting space on the edge of the area, but his effort is straight at Maarten Stekelenburg who makes a routine save.

  • City make their third and final change now as David Silva makes way for Javi Garcia.

  • That should be that for Manchester City as James Milner, on the field less than 10 minutes, fires home number four. It's Alvaro Negredo's pass that makes it, with the forward curling a delivery into the area with the outside of his left boot, and although Aaron Hughes is there to intercept, he completely fluffs his touch as the ball bounces through to the far-post where the England international is on hand to fire home under the goalkeeper.

  • GOAL! Fulham 2-4 Manchester City! James Milner!

  • Here comes Fulham's final change of the game, with Giorgos Karagounis being sacrificed for striker Darren Bent to join Adel Taarabt up front for the final few minutes.

  • That goal marked Manchester City's 50th in the Premier League this season already, making it an average of almost three goals every game. Title challenging form if ever there was.

  • Fulham's celebrations are short lived as City get themselves back in front. David Silva's defence-splitting pass plays Jesus Navas clean in behind the defenders, and the Spain international takes a look up before smashing a low drive through the goalkeeper's legs and into the back of the net.

  • GOAL! Fulham 2-3 Manchester City! Jesus Navas!

  • Yaya Toure lets his frustration show as he intentionally brings down Giorgos Karagounis from behind, although the referee chooses not to show the midfielder a yellow card.

  • Here comes another change from City now as James Milner is brought on in place of Samir Nasri, who has lacked his usually fluid movement in the final third today.

  • Craven Cottage is simply rocking at the moment and Fulham know they now have every chance of snatching the three points this afternoon. Manuel Pellegrini, meanwhile, is looking none too impressed in the City dugout as their torrid away form continues to rear its ugly head.

  • Oh my! You won't see a stranger own goal all season. John Arne Riise is played in behind the defence but scuffs his delivery which rolls harmlessly into the area, although Vincent Kompany inexplicably slices his clearance up into the air and behind him, with the ball eventually looping over Joe Hart and finding its way into the back of the net, with even Jesus Navas on the line unable to hack clear.

  • GOAL! Fulham 2-2 Manchester City! Vincent Kompany (og)!

  • Pajtim Kasami wastes little time in getting involved, bursting into the area to get on the end of John Arne Riise's low delivery, but the ball seems to get stuck under the striker's legs as he can only bundled the ball behind.

  • Here comes Kolarov down the right wing again, although this time his delivery is less convincing and the Fulham defenders can deal with that easily enough.


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