Belfast Telegraph

Tevez leads way in City romp

Carlos Tevez scored twice as Manchester City romped to a 4-1 victory over a Fulham side managed by old boss Mark Hughes.

Tevez fired his team into a fifth-minute lead at Craven Cottage, then wrapped up an easy win with his 10th of the season in the second half.

Pablo Zabaleta and Yaya Toure had struck in a three-minute period just before the break, to ensure Zoltan Gera's effort was nothing more than a consolation.

Twelve months ago Hughes was the man profiting from the South American's prowess in front of goal.

Now it is Roberto Mancini hailing two goals and a man-of-the-match display from the inspirational South American.

Indeed, as Mancini reflects on a table that shows his side to be bang in the title hunt - as well as more money to strengthen in January than any of their rivals - and four more goals on the road to answer the critics who have panned him for being too negative, the Italian could be forgiven for having a large chuckle to himself.

Pablo Zabaleta and Yaya Toure struck within a three-minute period at the end of the first half after Tevez had given City a flying start.

And although Zoltan Gera netted a consolation for the visitors, Tevez had already grabbed a fourth for the Blues, who would have to be rated as strong championship challengers in this crazy season, if only they can start playing at home as they do away.


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