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Fulham 2-4 Manchester City

By Michael EmonsBBC Sport
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Manchester City moved up to second in the Premier League table after a thrilling victory against Fulham.

Yaya Toure scored direct from a free-kick and Vincent Kompany prodded in a second as City looked to be in control.

Fulham pulled one back when Kieran Richardson finished off a counter-attacking move before Kompany sliced a clearance into his own net for 2-2.

But Jesus Navas converted David Silva's pass to restore City's lead and James Milner tapped in a fourth goal late on.

City are now unbeaten in nine matches in all competitions and are only a point behind Liverpool, who had moved top earlier in the day with a 3-1 victory over Cardiff.

Manuel Pellegrini's side had won all eight of their home league matches, but had previously struggled on their travels, collecting only eight points from their first eight away games.

But they looked on course to claim a routine victory after first-half goals from Toure and Kompany, before the hosts fought back to 2-2, aided by a bizarre own goal from Kompany, who sliced the ball into his own goal under no pressure.

City then illustrated the strength of their squad with substitutes Navas and Milner both scoring late on.

Meulensteen salutes Fulham 'character'

Fulham, who stay 19th, had an early chance to go ahead but Joe Hart, making his first Premier League start since 27 October, pushed away Adel Taarabt's shot from the edge of the penalty area, before Silva curled an effort against the Fulham crossbar at the other end.

However, City, who have scored the most goals in the division, went ahead soon after with Toure grabbing his 11th of the season, a wonderful 20-yard free-kick after Steve Sidwell's foul on Silva.

The visitors doubled their lead just before half-time with Kompany tapping the ball in from close range after Martin Demichelis's header was parried by Maarten Stekelenburg to give City a well-deserved two-goal lead at the break.

Fulham had lost eight of their previous nine matches in all competitions and looked to be heading for another defeat, but they pulled a goal back after 50 minutes with a quick counter-attack after Silva had been dispossessed on the edge of the home side's penalty area.

The excellent Taarabt, playing in place of the injured Dimitar Berbatov, countered down the left wing and found an unmarked Richardson, who calmly finished past Hart from 12 yards out.

Pellegrini thankful for 'nervous' win

And the hosts then equalised through Kompany's extraordinary 70th-minute own goal - but they were only level for eight minutes.

Silva's excellent first-time through ball found Navas and the Spain international kept his composure to shoot low past Stekelenburg.

With Fulham pushing for another equaliser, City sealed the three points through Milner.

Striker Alvaro Negredo showed great technique to cross the ball with the outside of his left foot from the right wing, the ball falling to Milner to side-foot past the Fulham goalkeeper.

Fulham manager Rene Meulensteen said:

"I made it clear at the beginning of the week that against a quality side like this, we would not sit back and wait for them. We gave a good account of ourselves and we did extremely well to get back from 2-0 down to 2-2.

"But it is a shame we are again empty-handed. If you look at every performance in the last four games, we should not be in this position in the table. We have had some difficult opponents and we have to make sure we start turning the performances into points."

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Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Stekelenburg
  • 27Riether
  • 4SenderosSubstituted forAmorebietaat 37'minutes
  • 18Hughes
  • 3Riise
  • 28Parker
  • 14KaragounisBooked at 60minsSubstituted forBentat 82'minutes
  • 7Sidwell
  • 24DejagahSubstituted forKasamiat 65'minutes
  • 19Taarabt
  • 15Richardson


  • 8Kasami
  • 10Ruiz
  • 11Kacaniklic
  • 13Stockdale
  • 16Duff
  • 35Amorebieta
  • 39Bent

Man City

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Hart
  • 22Clichy
  • 4Kompany
  • 26DemichelisBooked at 45mins
  • 13Kolarov
  • 8NasriSubstituted forMilnerat 75'minutes
  • 25Fernandinho
  • 42Y Touré
  • 21SilvaSubstituted forGarcía Fernándezat 84'minutes
  • 10DzekoSubstituted forNavasat 58'minutes
  • 9Negredo


  • 7Milner
  • 14García Fernández
  • 15Navas
  • 17Rodwell
  • 30Pantilimon
  • 38Boyata
  • 60Guidetti
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Match Stats

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Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Fulham 2, Manchester City 4.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Fulham 2, Manchester City 4.

  3. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Pajtim Kasami (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Fernandinho (Manchester City).

  5. Post update

    Adel Taarabt (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Fernandinho (Manchester City).

  7. Post update

    Aaron Hughes (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Attempt saved. Álvaro Negredo (Manchester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  9. Post update

    Attempt saved. Álvaro Negredo (Manchester City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Aleksandar Kolarov.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Álvaro Negredo (Manchester City).

  11. Post update

    Steve Sidwell (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Offside, Fulham. Adel Taarabt tries a through ball, but John Arne Riise is caught offside.

  13. Post update

    Attempt blocked. James Milner (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Fernandinho.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Manchester City. Javi García replaces David Silva.

  15. Goal!

    Goal! Fulham 2, Manchester City 4. James Milner (Manchester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Álvaro Negredo with a cross.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Fulham. Darren Bent replaces Giorgos Karagounis.

  17. Goal!

    Goal! Fulham 2, Manchester City 3. Jesús Navas (Manchester City) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right to the centre of the goal. Assisted by David Silva with a through ball.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Yaya Touré (Manchester City).

  19. Post update

    Giorgos Karagounis (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Manchester City. James Milner replaces Samir Nasri.

As It Stood

2Man City17112451203135
7Man Utd178452820828
13Aston Villa175481723-619
16West Brom173771823-516
17West Ham173591422-814
18Crystal Palace1741121127-1613
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