Verdict: Manchester City 1 Fulham 1

A disappointing draw with Mark Hughes in the dugout at Eastlands is hardly a new feeling, rather an unwelcome reminder of how we are yet to fully evolve into a top side. Mario Balotelli provided the one moment of real quality with a superb strike, while Fulham warranted their draw as City put in a jaded performance.

Mancini paid the price for playing strong sides against Notts County and Aris. The eight goals scored without reply in those two games now looks like overkill after we failed to get a second against Fulham.

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Player ratings: Manchester City v Fulham

Hart – No chance with the goal and rarely called upon elsewhere as Fulham failed to produce shots on target. 6

Boateng – Neither attacked or defended with enough menace. Hard to recall Jerome stopping a cross and it looks increasingly like centre-back is his only position of real strength. 5

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