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WE CAME, WE SAW, we lost!
If you don't have a bash you'll never succeed
billp TOOFIF Updated Monday, 17 September 2018
Our record against the Citizens is not at all impressive. For those who've been around a while, City seemed to be a bit of a bogie team even in when both clubs were floundering in the bottom divsions. Out of 64 games played we have won just 17 and drawn 16, I'd have settled for our 17th draw on Saturday, that 3-0 drubbing tips the historical balnce a little farther away from us!
Pep damned us with faint prise after his team's victory but I doubt that there was any comfort in his words for Slav and the team, to be blunt, were inferior in most ways on the day, City are looking to be one of those battling for the mantle of champions once this season draws to a close, let's hope we're not too many places behind them.
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Manchester City v FFC
Saturday, 15 September 2018 19:19
billp TOOFIF Updated Sunday, 16 September 2018
We were over-awed, tentative, nervous, unadventureous, lacklustre, cowardly, amateur and downright awful.
This was apart from the first 90 seconds, when we were thrashing them, then we reverted to type, gave the ball away and set the seal on the worst team performance since Magath!
To be honest I wasn't expecting too much, after all City are possibly the best team in Britain and were odds on to beat a newly promoted team like Fulham.
However I was expecting a performance from our lads, a marker to be put down to tell the Premier League that we were worthy of being there, no fools and a force to be reckoned with.
Well, more fool me!
Ok, that's possibly harsh but the truth is we were disappointing, having said that, not many teams win at the Etihad, I just wish we had nbeen able to score a goal or two and make it more of a match.
Poor old Mitro, he was completely isolated, we were so busy fumbling about in defence and midfield and constantly giving the ball away cheaply that he received no service whatsoever.
As to the futre, we can honestly say that it was a good point in the season to play City and that's a super tough game out of the way, now the suad needs to re-group and get back to the form we loved watching last season.
The game against Watford, who are doing so well at present, is definitely winnable but we face a completely different type of game, no way can we let them bully us, we have to match their physical players and play football against them, it'll be tight! One thing is certain, we need Tim and Tom back and the new guys need to blend in PDQ.
Fulham's record since our first game in 1908
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Man City boss Pep Guardiola lavishes praise on Fulham for one key reason
Posted by James Westwood
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola gave a lot of credit to newly promoted Fulham after they lost 3-0 at the Etihad on Saturday in the Premier League.
Goals from Leroy Sane, David Silva and Raheem Sterling earned City their fourth win of the 2018-19 campaign and condemned Fulham to their third defeat.
Guardiola's men created a hatful of clear goalscoring opportunities but squandered many of them, after scoring twice in the first twenty minutes of the contest.
However, Fulham were not content to simply sit back behind the ball with 11 men against their more illustrious opponents, which was the key reason behind Guardiola's praise for the Cottagers post-match – according to the Standard.
The Spaniard told reporters: “I give a lot of credit to Fulham. Fulham asked a lot from us because they want to play.
“They will cause a lot of surprises in the Premier League, so I give a lot of credit for what we have done to win.
“3-0 is a good result – but we created a lot of chances to score five, six or seven goals.
“We have to be more clinical because goal difference is important.”
The BBC are pretty balanced here
Manchester City 3 Fulham 0
By Alex Bysouth
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says he never doubted Leroy Sane's quality after he opened the scoring in the win over Fulham, but reminded the winger he must stay professional.
Sane, making his first league start for Guardiola's side this term, netted after one minute and 36 seconds as the defending champions maintained their unbeaten start to the season.
David Silva doubled the hosts' lead before the break, with Raheem Sterling all but securing the win two minutes into the second half.
A fourth win in five games keeps City within touching distance of league leaders Liverpool and Chelsea, who have taken maximum points so far.
Guardiola said he was impressed by 22-year-old Sane's performance at Etihad Stadium, having restricted the Germany international to substitute appearances before the international break.
"We never had doubts about Leroy's quality," said the Spaniard. "He shows us many times in the last season and today he played again so good.
"We cannot forget sometimes this kind of thing happens, he is 21, 22. Sometimes he has to realise what, like a professional, he has to do.
"I am delighted for his performance and so confident."
City were rarely troubled by the newly promoted Cottagers, restricting the visitors to handful of half chances at Etihad Stadium.
The hosts, perhaps with one eye on Wednesday's Champions League opener against Lyon, eased off the pace in the second half but could have added to their lead with a number of opportunities falling to substitute Gabriel Jesus.
Sane starts as Silvas star
Sane enjoyed a glittering season as Manchester City won the title last term, scoring 10 goals and proving one of Guardiola's main attacking outlets, but he has been restricted to a spot on the bench so far this campaign.
It took the winger, who also surprisingly missed out on a place in Germany's World Cup squad in the summer, less than two minutes to find the net on his return.
The hosts punished Fulham's Jean Michael Seri for giving the ball away in midfield as Fernandinho broke forward and teed up 22-year-old Sane inside the six-yard-box.
It was the quickest Premier League goal of the season so far and the culmination of a good few days for Sane, who said after the game he became a father this week.
City's only dropped points this season came at newly promoted Wolves but, having not lost at home to a promoted team in 11 years, they were always in complete control against Fulham and doubled the lead on 20 minutes.
Bernardo Silva's good work down the left was eventually finished off by David Silva's half volley that struck the bar on its way in - it was the Spaniard's 50th Premier League goal, becoming the fifth City player to reach that landmark after Sergio Aguero, Yaya Toure, Carlos Tevez and Edin Dzeko.
Sterling had also hit the bar in the first half as he and Sane caused problems out wide, but the England forward got his reward for a strong performance within two minutes of the restart as he tapped in from Aguero's low cross.
Learning curve for Fulham
Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic said before the match that while his side wanted to use "similar weapons" to City, they must follow their own style of football.
The visitors brought two attacking full-backs into their line-up with Cyrus Christie on the right and teenager Ryan Sessegnon, often utilised as a winger, making his first start as a left-back since before Christmas.
But that left Fulham's central defenders exposed, with City exploiting the space left behind by 18-year-old Sessegnon as Aguero set up Sterling with a low cross from the right for City's third.
Fulham, promoted via the play-offs last season, looked threatening in the rare spells they were able to bring wide forwards Andre Schurrle and Luciano Vietto into the game, with World Cup winner Schurrle forcing a smart save from Ederson in the first half.
However, prolific forward Aleksandar Mitrovic, who has scored 24 goals for club and country in 2018, remained isolated and was restricted to only one shot on target from long range late in the second half.
It was another lesson for Fulham following their return to top-flight football, with the Cottagers having now conceded 12 goals in five games - the worst defensive record in the division.
Man of the match - Bernardo Silva (Manchester City)
'It could have been more than three'
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola: "It could have been more than three goals, considering the chances we created.
"After an international break it's always a mystery how you'll come back, and Fulham asked us a lot of questions. They will have a good season and I want to give Fulham a lot of credit.
"But we were aggressive when we had the ball and we created chances. Today we had many, many clear chances to score and we need to work at scoring more.
"I believe in all the guys in my squad - Sane, for example, is only 22 and he realises why he hasn't played many minutes. But he did well today."
Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic: "We started both halves conceding early goals. The result was fair and if you don't perform perfectly it's so hard to do well against Manchester City.
"Our performance was a little shy and we didn't connect our play well enough. We had some moments in the game when we enjoyed possession but we didn't have end quality."
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