PREMIER LEAGUE: Fulham snatch vital point over pedestrian Man City

Manchester City missed the chance to consolidate their top four position by being held 1-1 at home by Fulham who are slowly pulling away from the wrong end of the table.
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Manchester City missed the chance to consolidate their top four position by being held 1-1 at home by Fulham who are slowly pulling away from the wrong end of the table.

City went into this game having won their last seven home games whilst Fulham have the best defensive record of the New Year.

The Cottagers are managed by former City boss Mark Hughes who will be pleased with the point gained after being thrashed 4-1 at
Craven Cottage earlier in the campaign.

The home side took the lead in the first half as Mario Balotelli played a one-two with Carlos Tevez before finishing from 20 yards.

But these days Fulham are made of sterner stuff even if they have only won once away from home in 31 starts but have battled out of the bottom three were they found themselves on New Years Day.

The Cottagers levelled immediately after the break with Damien Duff finishing from close range after Andrew Johnson crossed.

Carlos Tevez and Aleksandar Kolarov went close but then the visitor’s also had some half chances as City lacked any creativity and their slim chances of a title tilt are all but over.

Certainly the boos from the City faithful at the final whistle gave that impression and there seemed to be some incident between Hughes and counterpart Roberto Mancini after their handshake at full time.

Referee: Peter Walton

Venue: City of Manchester Stadium
Attendance: 43,077

Man City scorers: Balotelli 26
Fulham scorers: Duff 48

MAN CITY
25 Hart
05 Zabaleta
13 Kolarov (Milner 77)
17 Boateng
19 Lescott
28 K Toure
18 Barry
42 Y Toure
10 Dzeko (Vieira 60)
32 Tevez
45 Balotelli (yellow card)

Substitutes
12 Taylor,
57 Wabara,
07 Milner,
08 Wright-Phillips,
24 Vieira,
27 Jo,
60 Guidetti

FULHAM
01 Schwarzer
03 Salcido
05 Hangeland
06 Baird
18 Hughes
13 Murphy (yellow card)
16 Duff
20 Etuhu
23 Dempsey
08 Johnson (yellow card) (Gudjohnsen 79)
30 Dembele

Substitutes
12 Stockdale,
02 Kelly,
11 Gera,
27 Greening,
29 Davies,
22 Gudjohnsen,
24 Kakuta

 
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