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Fulham vs Manchester City at Craven Cottage

Craven Cottage Referee : Andre Marriner
13th March 2021 8:00 PM (GMT)
  • 0 Fulham

  • 3 Manchester City

    • ‘47' John Stones
    • ‘56' Gabriel Jesus
    • ‘60' Sergio Agüero (Pen)


Commentary By David Clayton


It's a wrap...

Thanks for joining us this evening - still to come. Pep reaction, a post-match player interview and our various highlights packages so plenty to stick around for. 

Other than that, see you against Borussia Monchengladbach next Tuesday...


More Pep...

"I will arrive well [with a fit squad] in Budapest through rotating. Sometimes the players don't believe me, I want everyone involved. 

"Sometimes it is difficult but everyone has to make a contribution to win games and we will arrive at the end of the season fighting as best as possible." 


Scott Parker reaction...

"You are playing against a team that in any moment of the game, can hurt you. You have to be switched on. That's probably the residing factor of the game.

"The season is not going to be defined by a team we have played tonight and the quality they have. Individually, I wanted to leave an imprint and individually we did that. We will dust ourselves down and move on.

"This is the part of the season when trophies are won and rewards are won. It's the nitty-gritty of it. It's the defining moment. We understand that. It's the home stretch for us. We are in a good place and we will continue."


Stones on Sergio...

"I'm really happy for Sergio to get that scoring feeling back. We all know how good he is and I'm really happy to see him on the scoresheet as I'm sure every City fan is."


Pep reaction....

"Great performance. With a team like this who are so physical and with good ideas, we were brilliant. 

"The beginning of second half was important and it was an Important victory for us - eight games left. We are closer. 

"Now we have three weeks until next PL game. We now have two finals - the Champions League  and FA Cup - but I think the team is ready to try it

"Of course it’s important for Sergio to score. For him goals are everything, Gabriel too."


More Stones...

"It was really satisfying to score. I’m glad to get on the scoresheet again. 

"We knew that they keep such a high line from set-pieces. I tried to time my run as best as I could. 

"The ball was great from Joao, we told him to go over earlier to have an in-swinging ball and it paid off."


John Stones reaction...

"It was really difficult. Give a lot of credit to Fulham .The way they play their football doesn't really reflect where they are in the table.

"They’re a strong opposition and they made it hard for us in the first half. It was hard to find space in the pockets and in behind. 

"We corrected a few things and it was great to get three points again and another clean sheet."


✔️Sergio scores

✔️Sergio 90 minutes

✔️Mendy and Torres 90 minutes

✔️Ederson clean sheet - now on 16

✔️16 games unbeaten away from home



City fully deserved that based on our second-half display - we go 17 points clear and we're now just FIVE wins form guaranteeing the title. Dreamland.


I've got a feeling Scott Parker might be ditching the 'lucky' jacket after tonight. Not necessarily a bad thing. But I'd still put good money (if I was allowed) on Fulham staying up this season.


You really could not see this coming - three goals in 13 minutes and the game looks won. Fantastic and Pep... what did you say/change at the break?


Terrible defending by Fulham who gift the ball to Jesus and he runs clear, takes it around the keeper and plants home his 12th of the season. Get in!!


RICHARD DUNNE:  "It’s great to get Silva on the ball but we want him on the ball further up the pitch. It’s all a bit congested out there. We’ve not really had the intensity and the link ups. The link between midfield and the front men doesn’t seem to be there, the gap seems to be too big. The first half has been a non event almost." 


We're Not Really Here - HT verdict

MICHAEL BROWN:  "The big talking point was the set up and the shape. I wanted to see City go and control it, move it around, get Aguero on the ball, but actually, Fulham have defended really well. We’re trying to find anything and you can see they haven’t played that system for some time. The passing is just not there. It hasn’t been vintage but there’s something to work from. I expected City to create more. Aguero is dropping deep to get the ball."


Not sure the formation is working as things stand - we've looked fairly comfortable but there's a lack of fluidity and creativity. Still, all square and all to play for


Bernardo starting to run the midfield, dashing here and there and trying to spark something all the time - it's a rare central role for him tonight


All the chances have fallen to Ferran Torres so far - Mendy's corner is cleared to the edge of the box and Torres tees himself before shooting well wide


Craven Cottage would have been rocking tonight under 'normal' circumstances. There's a new stand taking shape opposite where the press box is and on a night like this, under the floodlights and with plenty at stake... ah well. It'll be back soon, hopefully. 


MOTD pundit Alan Shearer has had his say on our starting XI (via BBC):  "I was surprised at Manchester City's team selection against Manchester United, when they went with Gabriel Jesus. They've had a great run without having a forward - not many teams have been able to cope with that. They went back to that against Southampton and scored some goals again. "


City can go 17 points clear tonight - that would be incredible with eight games to go after tonight, but we still have plenty of tough games to come. 


25 minutes to kick-off... Good win for Burnley at Goodison Park this afternoon. We'll be heading there next weekend for the FA Cup quarter-final...


Pep pre-match...

ON ROTATION:  "We are doing what we have done in the last 2 or 3 months - everyone is involved. "

ON AGUERO: "The sense of goal he always has. We thought today was a good day for him, so he starts."

ON FULHAM:  "Of course we have respect for what they have done so far, Parker is a young manager and they are growing in the right way. Fulham have been nice to watch from the start of the season. "


The starting XI has certainly sparked some discussion - here are our guests on #WNRH...

MICHEAL BROWN: "Which two do you pick of the three - Stones, Dias or Laporte? The question has been answered now, are we going to see a back three? I think so!  It will be fascinating.

RICHARD DUNNE: "On paper that’s what it looks like [3 at back]. Fulham had a really good result at Anfield. Stones can either play in central midfield or even drop into right back - you just don’t know what the team is going to look like on the pitch. I think the back 3 gives the players further forward that bit of security.

"Going forward it gives us more options. Torres and Jesus may have more freedom to attack inside and see the wingbacks push up the flank."


Great to see Sergio start and it will be even better if he gets on the scoresheet. Benjamin Mendy starts a Premier League game for the first time in three months. Should be interesting!


We're Not Really Here...

Pre-match show starts right here on the Matchday Centre in about 25 minutes - Richard Dunne and Michael Brown are this evening's guests...


So, what are you thinking for tonight's game? On paper, City will start as strong favourites because we are 14 points clear at the top and Fulham are third bottom - but that doesn't tell the whole story. The Cottagers have lost once in seven, conceding just twice. Scott Parker's done sterling work this season and they will take the game to City if they get the chance...


Part of the CFG family, Mumbai City FC, have been crowned the Champions of the Hero Indian Super League 2020-’21 after a 2-1 win over ATK Mohun Bagan  - the first time Mumbai City have won the ISL. Fantastic achievement by all concerned... 


Kick-off is 8pm at Craven Cottage and we'll be bringing you the team news at 7pm.

Who will Pep select? Will there be changes and if so, how many?

All will be revealed soon...


Form guide 📈

City go into the match on the back of a remarkable run of overall.

Aside from last Sunday's derby defeat to Manchester United, we have won every other game so far in 2021 and have won 22 of our past 23 league and cup matches

Pep Guardiola's side are 14 points clear at the top of the Premier League though we have played a game more than second-paced United.

We can also equal our club record of 16 consecutive away matches unbeaten, which was set between January and September 1999 under Joe Royle.

Though still lying third from bottom in the Premier League table, Fulham's form over the past six league games is the fifth best in the division, with three wins and 11 points.

Scott Parker's side have only conceded twice in their past seven league matches, keeping five clean sheets.


Pep Guardiola 💬

“Since day one Fulham have played incredibly well.

“In English football, there are incredibly good managers such as Graham Potter at Brighton and Scott at Fulham.

“Many of them have courage to play. In my fifth season in England, I have never seen the lower teams with this quality of play.

“We saw it with Southampton. The way they play is incredible. I saw it here with Fulham earlier this season.

“The pace they play with, the organisation - a real tough, tough opponent

“Even the games when they didn’t have success with the results, like Brighton, always the way they played us positively. It’s a challenge for us on Saturday.”


It's matchday! ⚽

A very good morning to you, City fans!

We're back in Premier League action as City travel to Fulham, hoping to take another big step towards our drive to regain the Premier League title.

It's a 20:00 (UK) kick-off at Craven Cottage and as always, we'll have all of the build-up, live coverage and post-match reaction right here in the Matchday Centre.

Check out for more pre-match content and let us know how you're feeling about the game, using the hashtag #WNRH!

Other games that day

  • Everton1
  • Crystal Palace1
    West Bromwich Albion0
  • Leeds United0

As it stood

P GD Pts
2 Manchester United 28 +23 54
3 Leicester City 28 +16 53
4 Chelsea 29 +19 51
5 West Ham United 27 +11 48
6 Everton 28 +3 46
7 Tottenham Hotspur 27 +18 45
8 Liverpool 28 +11 43
9 Aston Villa 27 +11 41
10 Arsenal 27 +7 38
11 Crystal Palace 29 -16 37
12 Leeds United 28 -3 36
13 Wolverhampton Wanderers 28 -9 35
14 Southampton 28 -14 33
15 Burnley 29 -15 33
16 Newcastle United 28 -17 28
17 Brighton and Hove Albion 27 -8 26
18 Fulham 29 -14 26
19 West Bromwich Albion 29 -37 18
20 Sheffield United 28 -29 14
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