Manchester City v FFC NOV 1 2018

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WHAT GOES AROUND might come around

Who says we can't reach the fifth round?

billp TOOFIF Updated Friday, 5 October 2018

Old Match Reviews

Our pre-match ramblings…

Our record against the Citizens has not been improved upon this season. This makes me wonder whether we can add a more positive spin to that in this Cup fixture.That last meeting doen't count now, this is the Magnificent Carabao Cup and we're in it to win it!

Who am I kidding, this might not be the highest priority for Slav and the team but it's a game we have to prove ourselves in, so Come On You Whites and give a good account of yourselves.

The fact is that we've done better against City in the cups than we have in the leagues, in two FA Cup Draws, we've played them 3 times, drawing the first tie 1-1 in 1908 at Maine Road before winning the replay at the Cottage 3-1, we lost the next time we met in 1914 2-0, away from home.

In the League Cup we've met twice, winning the 1967 tie 3-2 at home and losing our 2009 clash in Manchester 2-1.

Stats reproduced from 11v11.com

Manchester City v FFC

Etihad Stadium

Thursday, 1 November 2018 19:45

Manchester City 2 FFC 0 (HT 1-0)

billp TOOFIF Updated Friday, 5 October 2018

We lost, so no progress in the League Cup but there were crimbs of comfort to be taken from the performance

Images: Fulhamfc.co.uk

It's a case of hands up from me here, I did not travel to watch this match and I just couldn't get to watch the televised coverage, call me a coward or a fair weather fan, sorry I just couldn't drag myself out to the pub.

To his credit, Slav fielded a pretty strong team (that sounds rather odd this season as I'm confused as to what 'strong' constitutes in relation to our current collection), posting just three changes to the team that were so piteously exposed against a workman-like but fairly ordinary Bournemouth side. Tom Cairney (hurrah!) returned to the starting line-up together with Luciano Vietto and Maxime Le Marchand

City boss Pep Guardiola by contrast made no less than 10 changes to his line up, retaining just Stones from the previous team though Kevin De Bruyne, Kompany, Delph, Gabriel Jesus and Sané all started, hardly a reserve team by any standards, this aagin demonstrates the disparity between the very top clubs and the rest of us. One might say that with the massive spending that City have emabrked on since being the National Team of the Middle East makes that a certainty. I would counter that by comparing our £100,000,000 close season spend to their first season's outlay of £138,000,000 and hypothesise that money can't buy you success if you don't spend it wisely.

As I can only comment on the game by virtue of the text update impressions I was using to keep up to date, I'll keep this brief, after all we all know the result.

In short, City dominated the opening stages of this encounter, scoring their first goal in the 18th minute. This was from a shot by Diaz which deflected in off Mitrovic's back, unfortunate and unlucky but that is the way it goes when a team is suffering.

Despite the fact that City were having the best ofthe posession and were comfortably on top, we were looking better than in previous games, or at lest, that is the impression I was getting.

City scored again in the second half, Diaz bagging a second but at least we gave it a go and despite not finishing our very few chances this was at least a rather more settled performance. from the Super Whites

Miracles don't often happen to dear old Fulham, maybe we're due one about now but I'd like to think that we're beginning to settle down and if we keep the faith things will improve, starting at the John Smith's Stadium on Monday November 5th, let's have a fiery performance and go out with a bang!

Fulham's record since our first game in 1908

Reproduced from 11v11.com

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Match Information

Competition: Carabao Cup

Date: Thursday 1 November 2018

Kick-off: 7:45pm

Venue: Etihad Stadium, Manchester

Attendance: 35,271

Referee: Martin Atkinson

Manchester City

Line-up: Muric; Danilo, Stones, Kompany, Zinchenko; De Bruyne (Gomes 86'), Delph, Foden; Diaz (Mahrez 78'), Gabriel Jesus, Sané

Unused substitutes: Ederson, Walker, Bernardo Silva, Sterling, Agüero

Manager: Josep Guardiola

Fulham

Line-up: Rico; Fosu-Mensah, Odoi, Ream (Le Marchand 69'), Ryan Sessegnon; Cairney, Zambo Anguissa, Seri; Vietto (Christie 90'), Mitrovic, Schürrle (Ayité 81')

Unused substitutes: Fabri, Mawson, Steven Sessegnon, De La Torre

Manager: Slavisa Jokanovic