Fulham 0-2 Manchester City
Manchester City made it seven Premier League victories in a row with a comfortable 2-0 win at Championship-bound Fulham.
Pep Guardiola’s team return to the top of the table as a result of their latest victory, while the Cottagers have now lost eight consecutive matches and conceded at least two goals in each of them.
In a one-sided encounter, Guardiola’s men only needed five minutes to break the deadlock, Bernardo Silva firing a low effort past Sergio Rico. Ilkay Gundogan then saw his shot kept out by Rico before Kevin De Bruyne went close to doubling City’s lead.
The second goal duly arrived in the 27th minute when Joe Bryan was dispossessed and Bernardo Silva took full advantage, playing in Sergio Aguero whose rising shot was too good for Rico.
City had penalty appeals waved away when Raheem Sterling went down under Timothy Fosu-Mensah’s challenge and on the stroke of half-time Gundogan flashed a shot narrowly wide.
After a low-key opening to the second period, Rico saved Sterling’s curling shot on the hour mark before Fosu-Mensah blocked Bernardo Silva’s strike.
Kyle Walker’s fierce drive hit the outside of a post after he had been set up by his England team-mate Sterling, who curled a late effort high and wide, while Fulham were unable to create any clear-cut openings even though City barely moved out of second gear after the interval.
The second half was very dull, with Scott Parker’s team seemingly content to settle for damage limitation as City saved their energy levels for tougher tests to come.