Fulham 1-2 Manchester City
Last Updated: Sat, 29 Sep 2012 17:15
Edin Dzeko scored a late winner as Manchester City beat Fulham to record their first win in three Premier League games.
Fulham took the lead in the first-half through Mladen Petric's penalty before Sergio Aguero equalised just before half-time and Dzeko stole the points in the 87th minute, moments after coming on as a substitute.
City travelled to Craven Cottage on the back of two successive draws but in search of ending that run with a win after Chelsea went seven points clear of them in the table after a win over Arsenal in the lunchtime kick-off.
It was not the start Roberto Mancini had in mind as referee Mark Halsey awarded Fulham a penalty after 10 minutes when John Arne Riise was fouled by Pablo Zabaleta. The connection appeared to happen outside the box but Petric did not complain as he stepped up and drove past Joe Hart from 12-yards.
City themselves had several penalty appeals turned down throughout the 90 minutes but in the end got the win from open play.
Bryan Ruiz almost doubled Fulham's lead when he lashed a shot into the side netting and City drew level shortly after when Silva's first-time shot was parried by Mark Schwarzer into the path of Aguero who equalised on the 43rd minute, opening his account for the season.
It was all City after half-time and Aguero came agonisingly close to heading them into the lead on the hour mark when his looping header grazed the post from Zabaleta's cross.
Mario Balotelli threw himself into the action as a second-half substitute and flashed a couple of shots wide from outside the box.
But it was Dzeko who proved to be the super-sub for City. He pounced on a loose ball after Riise failed to deal with Gael Clichy's cross to fire home a winner with three minutes remaining.
Balotelli saw a late chance blocked before Aguero's curling shot grazed the crossbar as City picked up what turned out to be a deserved win in West London.
The defeat is Fulham's second in their last 14 league matches at Craven Cottage and they stay above champions City on goal difference, with the two teams level on 10 points.