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Man City 5-0 Fulham Prem 31 1314 Daily Star

last updated Monday 24th March 2014, 12:10 PM
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Man City (1) 5 Fulham (0) 0

YA-YA-YA Toure. What a fabulous first-ever Man City hat-trick for their cavalier captain

Toure slotted in two penalties and celebrated a trademark top-corner special as the title chasers got their goal mojo back.

And the Ivory Coast colossus leapfrogged Sergio Aguero as City's top Premier League scorer with a sweet 16 in a magnificent net-busting season.

Fernandino grabbed another great goal and Martin Demichelis silenced his many critics with a ?rst-class defending display - and a tap-in to boot.

Life does not get much better for City boss Manuel Pellegrini after this victory, with his side winning eight and losing none of their last 11 matches against Fulham.

He said: "It's important for Yaya the way he played. At the beginning of the season he received some criticism that he was not defending well.

"But he's an important player and scoring 20 goals in a season is not easy in midfield.

"This team doesn't depend on one striker. If they don't score we have other players who can."

Fulham boss Felix Magath was not happy about the first penalty - or the way his strugglers laid down and died to allow City a comfortable victory.

"There was contact but I think it was the moment where we lost the game," he said.

"For me, it was not a penalty. Until then we were doing quite well.

"But that penalty at that moment was not a decision we could manage. We lost confidence after that but there was no reason to stop playing. They gave up mentally."

City hammered out a warning for neighbours United ahead of Tuesday's Manchester derby as Fulham were flattened with defender Fernando Amorebieta sent off to compound the misery.

For most of the first half City were too laborious and short of ideas.

But the breakthrough came in the 25th minute when James Milner launched forward for Alvaro Negredo, who got a yard ahead of Amorebieta before hitting the ground in the tussle.

The referee finally pointed to the spot amid Fulham fury and up stepped Toure to comfortably find the bottom corner.

Fulham bounced back in the 32nd minute when Kieran Richardson mugged Demichelis and swept over for Sascha Riether to head wide.

But City could have added another two before the break when David Silva and Aleksandar Kolarov went close.

The reprieve was short-lived as Amorebieta was given his marching orders in the 53rd minute for scything down Silva on a run at goal.

Toure arrowed the spot-kick into the left corner.

You could sense the tension lifting and smiles were de?nitely back on City faces in the 65th minute when Toure completed his historic hat-trick.

Samir Nasri rolled a free-kick across to his lethal right boot and the City captain whippedina screamer of a shot past bewildered David Stockdale.

Wow. Toure has scored some wonder goals for City but that was right up there with the best.

It signalled the return of the real City as Milner's effort went wide and Kolarov stung Stockdale's hands with a trademark exocet.

Fulham were finally flattened by an equally fabulous fourth goal with Milner playing a huge part.

He laid a corner across to lurking Fernandinho who stepped past William Kvist and thundered in an unstoppable drive.

The Fulham keeper was beaten for a fifth time when a ferocious shot from substitute Stevan Jovetic was palmed away by Stockdale but only as far as Demichelis who had the easiest of jobs tapping home.

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