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Saturday February 4, 2012Manchester City 3 - 0 Fulham

By Rhonda Richards | In Match Reports - Home Games

Manchester City got back to winning ways as they cruised to a 3-0 win over Fulham at a snowy Etihad Stadium, with Micah captaining the side in Vincent Kompany’s absence.

Much had been made of City’s apparent slump, but Roberto Mancini’s side looked accomplished throughout, with Sergio Aguero, a Chris Baird own goal and Edin Dzeko third securing the win.

City raced out of the blocks and had the visitors on the back-foot, and their early endeavour was rewarded when Adam Johnson was brought down by Baird, and Aguero stepped up to convert the penalty.

The hosts then had another penalty shout turned down after Dzeko was brought down in the area, whilst Davis Silva missed a decent opportunity from inside Fulham’s box moments after.

Johnson then went close from 20-yards out, before City’s advantage was doubled when Johnson thrashed in a cross that deflected in off Baird to compound his misery, and give the hosts some breathing space.

It almost got worse for Fulham straight after as Micah powered down the right, cutting the ball back on Phillipe Senderos almost directing the ball into his own net, but for the best efforts of Mark Schwarzer who managed to get down low to keep it out.

Silva missed a great chance after Aguero’s shot was saved, scooping over from four yards out, whilst Brede Hangeland blocked a powerful Dzeko effort bravely a minute later.

City continued to probe after the interval, spraying the ball around with ease to show up Fulham’s inability to keep hold of it themselves, with the worsening conditions making things more and more difficult as the game progressed.

A third seemed imminent, and it duly followed as Aguero ghosted past three Fulham defenders with ease before unselfishly teeing up Dzeko to add a third. If there had been any doubt prior to it, City’s 3-0 advantage looked unassailable, with Micah marshalling the right-flack imperiously.

He even went close to a goal of his own as he intercepted the ball in the middle of the park before rampaging forward, but his subsequent effort missed its target, whilst at the other end John Arne Riise’s long range effort was comfortably saved by an otherwise untested Joe Hart.

There was time for one more charge by Micah as he burst down the right only for his cross to be cut out, and City saw out the win to remind people of their title credentials.

Man City: Hart, Richards, Savic, Lescott, Kolarov, Nasri, Barry, Silva, Johnson, Aguero, Dzeko Subs: Pantilimon, Zabaleta, Milner, Pizarro, Clichy, De Jong, Rekik

Fulham: Schwarzer, Kelly, Hangeland, Senderos, Baird, Davies, Murphy, Etuhu, Duff, Dembele, Dempsey Subs: Stockdale, John Arne Riise, Kasami, Ruiz, Gecov, Hughes, Frei