Manchester City 4-0 Fulham: Pep Guardiola’s side keep FA Cup defence on track

first_img But there was no respite for Fulham as Sterling came on to replace him and struck the bar within minutes of coming on after being played in by David Silva. David Silva then set up Jesus but Terence Kongolo, making his Fulham debut after moving on loan from Huddersfield, denied him with a fine tackle. While that was a good moment for Kongolo, he had one to forget in the 72nd minute when he was dispossessed by Bernardo Silva. The ball was worked back to Joao Cancelo and his precise cross was headed firmly home by Jesus. Fulham made almost the same mistakes again moments later, this time Michael Hector gifting the ball to Jesus. He played in Foden, whose shot was saved by Marek Rodak, but the Brazilian followed up to head in from close range and complete the job. City may be out of Premier League title contention but they have no intention of giving up either of the other two domestic trophies they won last season easily. Their goals took their tally to the season in all competitions to 102 and put them in good heart for the second leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final against Manchester United in midweek. Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola: “After one or two minutes I thought it would be a tough game. It is a team with a lot of courage but after the red card it was a little bit different. They could not run but they tried to play. “The performance is difficult to analyse. If it had been 11 against 11, it would have been a tough game.” Fulham boss Scott Parker: “We understand the challenge ahead when you come to play a world-class team but the plan and preparation you do goes out of the window after six minutes when you go down to 10 men and they score a goal. It would have been a hard game with 11 men but with 10 it makes it even more difficult. But I am very proud. I have been in this job for a year and it was one of the proudest I have been of them. Read Also:Leeds closing in on Ian Poveda from Man City “I asked the team to show personality and be brave. I saw a team which was committed and brave, putting themselves in positions and on offer to show what they are about. It would have been easy to come here, surrender possession, boot the ball as far from your goal and sit on the edge of your box. We lacked penetration but we showed a real identity.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentCulkin Cracks Up The Web With His Own Version Of ‘Home Alone’The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. 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Fulham contributed to their own downfall at the Etihad Stadium with a number of mistakes, not least Ream’s disastrous early intervention. Jesus was played through by Gundogan but before the Brazilian could shoot he was pulled back from the shoulder by Ream. Referee Kevin Friend immediately pointed to the spot and brandished the red card. Gundogan rolled the penalty into the bottom corner and City piled on the pressure with Angelino, Riyad Mahrez and Phil Foden all going close. The inevitable second goal came after 19 minutes. At first it seemed the chance may have gone for Bernardo Silva as he was forced out of the area but his footwork tricked the defenders. He created space with a smart turn and then clipped a shot into the bottom corner, registering City’s 100th goal of the season in the process. Pep Guardiola made eight changes to his Manchester City side as the holders hosted Fulham in the fourth round of the FA Cup. Veteran David Silva and experienced pair Bernardo Silva and Ilkay Gundogan were among those to come in, along with youngsters Phil Foden and Eric Garcia. As in previous domestic cup games this season, Claudio Bravo played in goal. Raheem Sterling, Kevin De Bruyne and Sergio Aguero were on the bench. Fulham handed a debut to loan signing Terence Kongolo but were without a handful of players including Aleksandar Mitrovic, Harrison Reed, Aboubakar Kamara, Anthony Knockaert and Maxime Le Marchand. City then eased off the gas but Fulham were almost caught out again by another break and Joe Bryan resorted to a cynical foul to halt a Mahrez charge. Mahrez fired over early in the second half and was taken off soon afterwards, perhaps to get some rest ahead of Wednesday’s derby.last_img read more

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Dzeko: City’s swagger is back

first_imgManchester City striker Edin Dzeko felt the spirit of last season was returning as the champions thrashed Newcastle to reinvigorate their title defence. Dzeko was among the goalscorers as City ran out 5-0 victors at the Etihad Stadium – their biggest win of the campaign – to cut Chelsea’s lead at the top of the Barclays Premier League to five points. City netted 102 goals in winning the competition last year but have been well below that exhilarating standard this term, and questions were asked of their durability during a recent poor run. The 28-year-old said: “I am happy with the goal. It finally came back to me after those two injuries when I didn’t play much, didn’t score so many. Hopefully I’m back too.” While City can now look forward to Tuesday’s visit of Barcelona in the Champions League in good heart, Newcastle need to pick themselves up after a demoralising afternoon. The Magpies were comprehensively outplayed and such was the paucity of their performance that it was described as “pathetic” by their record goalscorer Alan Shearer on television. Joe Hart did make one good save to deny Papiss Cisse, but the score was already 3-0 by then. Newcastle remain in mid-table, 10 points above the bottom three, but manager John Carver admitted there needed to be considerable improvement before next week’s home clash with struggling Aston Villa. Carver said: “We all know this, there are three divisions within the Premier League and we know where we are. “If you get something at a stadium like this, it is great. If not, it is not good but it is how you deal with it. “It wasn’t a good day at the office but when we get back to work on Monday we will do everything in our means to get three points against Aston Villa. That puts more pressure on us because we have to win these games in this division. “I don’t think the players gave up on the situation – I think they genuinely gave what they have – but it wasn’t good enough. “Sometimes you just have to say we were beaten by a better side with world-class players.” Manuel Pellegrini’s men went four games without a league win early in the new year, allowing Chelsea to stretch ahead, but a 4-1 win at Stoke, followed by Saturday’s success, has changed the mood. Dzeko said: “I think the first half was maybe one of the best this season. Recently maybe we didn’t play the best football, didn’t score so many goals, but in the last two games we scored nine and hopefully we are back to normality – like we played last season. We have to continue.” City needed just 24 seconds to take command of the game, as the highly impressive Dzeko seized on a mistake by Vurnon Anita to win a penalty. Sergio Aguero struck the from the spot – his 22nd goal of the season – and Samir Nasri and Dzeko joined him on the scoresheet inside the opening 21 minutes. A quickfire double from David Silva early in the second half put the seal on victory and City might have had three more but for three good saves from Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul. One of those stops denied Wilfried Bony, City’s £25million January signing, a debut goal after he appeared off the bench for the final 30 minutes. “The goalkeeper made a great save,” Bony said. “I was a little bit disappointed but when I saw the result I started to laugh. It would be great if I scored but I will take it next time.” Regardless of Bony’s failure to score, it arguably appeared he had already made an impact with his presence on the bench bringing the best out of Dzeko. The Bosnian, who was hampered by calf injuries after last scoring in September, was a handful throughout. As well as winning the penalty and scoring he set up Nasri’s goal and both created chances and had some himself. Press Associationlast_img read more

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