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Monday December 23, 2013Fulham 2 - 4 Manchester City

By Rhonda Richards | In Match Reports - Away Games

Manchester City secured a 4-2 win away at struggling Fulham to move up to second in the Premier League, though Manuel Pellegrini’s men didn’t have it all their own way.

Fulham started brightly and Adel Taarabt forced Joe hart into a good stop early on, whilst David Silva saw a shot rebound off the woodwork.

City finally broke the deadlock through a Yaya Toure free-kick, the Ivorian’s fourth of the season and superbly struck to make it 1-0. Further chances were spurned before skipper Vincent Kompany prodded home to double the visitor’s lead, making it 2-0 courtesy of quick reactions in the box.

Fulham pulled a goal back after the break, Taarabt the architect and Keiron Richardson on the end to bring the hosts back into the game, and they were level soon after through an unfortunate own goal by Kompany, who sliced the ball over Hart and into the back of his own net.

However, Jesus Navas grabbed a third for Pellegrini’s side after racing through and slotting home, before James Milner added a fourth after an exquisite ball by Alvero Negredo.

It was a valuable win on the road for City, who continue their impressive run of form and put the heat on Arsenal, who face Chelsea next.

Fulham: Stekelenburg, Riether, Senderos, Hughes, Riise, Dejagah, Karagounis, Parker, Sidwell, Richardson, Taarabt
Man City: Hart, Clichy, Kompany, Demichelis, Kolarov, Nasri, Fernandinho, Yaya Toure, Silva, Dzeko, Negredo