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Navas and Milner spare Manchester City’s blushes against Fulham

Manchester City put their away day problems firmly in the past with a fine 4-2 win against lowly Fulham at Craven Cottage.

City took the lead after 23 minutes courtesy of Yaya Toure. The Ivorian ace took advantage of a cheap foul on David Silva on the edge of the area to curl an unstoppable free-kick into the top corner of the Fulham net.

Vincent Kompany then doubled the visitors’ lead just moments before half-time. Martin Demichelis wriggled free of his marker at another set-piece to knock he ball back across to his defensive partner, who diverted goalwards.

However, it looked as if the Sky Blues’ woes on the road could continue, as Kieran Richardson took advantage of an out of position Gael Clichy to pull one back, before Kompany sliced a routine clearance into the back of his own net.

But, Jesus Navas popped up to spare Manuel Pellegrini’s blushes with a little over 10 minutes to play. The Spanish winger – fresh off of the bench – latched onto an excellent ball from his compatriot Silva before smashing the ball through Maarten Stekelenburg’s legs.

James Milner then made the result safe as he combined with Alvaro Negredo to bury a neat first-time finish and put the game beyond Rene Meulensteen’s struggling side.

The result moves City into second position behind leaders Liverpool – although that may change after Monday night’s proceedings – while Fulham remain firmly rooted in the bottom three.

Article title: Navas and Milner spare Manchester City’s blushes against Fulham

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