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Silva: In inspired form

Silva: In inspired form

Manchester City battled hard to secure a 2-0 win over a gritty Fulham side at the Etihad Stadium on a chilly Saturday afternoon.

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City started the game in breathtaking style, wasting little time before grabbing the opening goal.

Eden Dzeko did well to slam a first-time shot at goal from 25 yards, and Mark Schwarzer could only push the ball out to the lurking David Silva, who tapped home from 10 yards out.

The goal shocked the Cottagers, who took a while to settle into the game, and the best chances still fell to the home side even when the visitors started to edge the possession stats.

Carlos Tevez was just inches away from connecting with a pinpoint cross from James Milner, before the Argentine wasted a free kick by smashing it into the Fulham wall from a dangerous position.

Steve Sidwell almost pulled a goal back for the Cottagers after heading the ball onto the post under pressure from Pablo Zabaleta, but City entered the half-time break 1-0 to the good.

City started the second-half lethargically, perhaps sensing the game was as good as over, and Fulham enjoyed the lion's share of the possession as a result. They were unable to find that final pass of quality in the final third, though, and City made them pay for their profligacy.

Silva was on hand once more to grab the second goal of the game, bringing the ball into the box as if it was glued to his feet before dinking it calmly over the helpless Schwarzer.

Seconds later, he missed his chance for the hat-trick, scuffing a shot wide from just a few yards out.

There was time before the final whistle for Dzeko to grab a contender for miss of the season, the striker chipping the ball over the bar when it looked easier to score, but ultimately the two goal scoreline was flattering for a City side that never really had to leave first gear.

Posted: 19/01/13 16:50

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