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Plucky Fulham deny City


Danny Murphy (front)

Danny Murphy (front)

Danny Murphy (front)

Manchester City surrendered their 100% start to the Barclays Premier League season as Fulham stunned them with a second-half comeback in a 2-2 draw at Craven Cottage.

City looked set to equal their best ever opening to a top-flight campaign when Sergio Aguero's jaw-dropping start to life in England continued with the seventh and eighth goals of his five-game City career.

He made it 2-0 just 12 seconds after the break but Fulham refused to buckle, with Bobby Zamora and Danny Murphy earning them a deserved draw.

City took the lead when Gareth Barry found David Silva on the edge of the box, and he was allowed to turn and feed Aguero, who timed his run perfectly before sidefooting home.

Mark Schwarzer denied City a second goal three times in the space of three minutes, beating Edin Dzeko to Aguero's cross, tipping Gael Clichy's 20-yard shot wide and getting fingers to Dzeko's piledriver.

Aguero doubled the visitors' lead straight from the kick-off. Clichy pumped a diagonal ball forward to Dzeko, whose knockdown was fired into the bottom left corner by the Argentinian.

Aguero thought he had completed back-to-back Premier League hat-tricks - he hit one against Wigan eight days ago - three minutes later with an identical finish but he was narrowly offside.

The home side took full advantage of their reprieve when they finally created a gilt-edged chance in the 55th minute.

The build-up was of the City kind, ending when Clint Dempsey threaded in the unmarked Zamora, who curled the ball into the top corner.

Joe Hart excelled himself again by tipping over Dempsey's bullet header from a corner. But it was Fulham's pressure that told when they equalised 15 minutes from time, Murphy's scuffed 20-yarder taking a huge deflection off Vincent Kompany and going beyond the stranded Hart.