Manchester City cruised back to the top of the Premier League as they condemned strugglers Fulham to their eighth consecutive defeat.

Pep Guardiola’s side quickly established their superiority in the west London sunshine, with Bernardo Silva’s 20-yard drive finding the bottom left corner inside five minutes.

City, who had 10 shots in the first 15 minutes, added their second when Sergio Aguero sublimely lifted the ball over home goalkeeper Sergio Rico from close range.

Some woeful defending from Fulham – who have now conceded 72 goals, the worst record in the top flight – contributed to both goals, with Timothy Fosu-Mensah and Joe Bryan both guilty of gifting the ball to City near their own goal.

Scott Parker’s side also struggled to make an impression at the other end of the pitch and failed to register a shot on target.

City, who are chasing an unprecedented quadruple, move one point above Liverpool, who host Tottenham on Sunday (16:30 BST kick-off).

The Cottagers stay second bottom, 13 points from safety with six league games remaining.

Aguero’s key contribution

By the time Aguero was substituted in the 57th minute Manchester City were well on their way to a seventh consecutive Premier League victory.

And the 30-year-old, who is the division’s top scorer with 19 goals, played as decisive role as usual in the final third.

He may have only managed 22 touches, but one of his first was seizing on to Fosu-Mensah’s mistake to assist Silva’s opening goal.

Silva then repaid the favour to provide the Argentina forward the chance to continue his own rich vein of form – and Aguero delivered his 14th goal in his past 14 appearances.

His darting run gave him the time to execute the deftest of finishes as Rico closed in to narrow an already tight angle. It was Aguero’s only shot on target but it brought him his fourth goal in seven Premier League starts against Fulham.

It also underlined his prowess against sides that come up from the Championship.

Since his arrival in England from Atletico Madrid in 2011, no player has been involved in more Premier League goals against newly promoted teams than Aguero – who has scored 29 times and provided seven assists.

More to follow.

Line-ups

Fulham

  • 25Rico
  • 22ChristieBooked at 67mins
  • 21Fosu-Mensah
  • 20Le MarchandBooked at 80mins
  • 5Chambers
  • 23Bryan
  • 11AyitéSubstituted forKebanoat 64′minutes
  • 29Zambo Anguissa
  • 10CairneySubstituted forSchürrleat 70′minutes
  • 3R Sessegnon
  • 12BabelSubstituted forMcDonaldat 88′minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Odoi
  • 6McDonald
  • 7Kebano
  • 14Schürrle
  • 19Vietto
  • 31Fabri
  • 43S Sessegnon

Man City

  • 31Ederson
  • 2Walker
  • 30Otamendi
  • 14Laporte
  • 35Zinchenko
  • 17De BruyneSubstituted forFernandinhoat 75′minutes
  • 8Gündogan
  • 21Silva
  • 20Bernardo Silva
  • 10AgüeroSubstituted forGabriel Jesusat 57′minutes
  • 7SterlingSubstituted forMahrezat 88′minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Danilo
  • 5Stones
  • 19Sané
  • 25Fernandinho
  • 26Mahrez
  • 33Gabriel Jesus
  • 49Muric
Referee:
Kevin Friend
Attendance:
25,001

Match Stats

Home TeamFulhamAway TeamMan City
Possession
Home35%
Away65%
Shots
Home5
Away24
Shots on Target
Home0
Away7
Corners
Home0
Away11
Fouls
Home4
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Fulham 0, Manchester City 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Fulham 0, Manchester City 2.

Foul by Nicolás Otamendi (Manchester City).

André Schürrle (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester City. Riyad Mahrez replaces Raheem Sterling.

Substitution

Substitution, Fulham. Kevin McDonald replaces Ryan Babel.

Attempt missed. Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Ilkay Gündogan.

Attempt blocked. André Schürrle (Fulham) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left is blocked.

Foul by Raheem Sterling (Manchester City).

Ryan Babel (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Ilkay Gündogan (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Bernardo Silva.

Attempt missed. Neeskens Kebano (Fulham) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Cyrus Christie with a headed pass.

Foul by Fernandinho (Manchester City).

Ryan Babel (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Raheem Sterling (Manchester City).

Joe Bryan (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Maxime Le Marchand (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Kyle Walker (Manchester City) hits the right post with a right footed shot from the right side of the box. Assisted by Raheem Sterling.

Foul by Oleksandr Zinchenko (Manchester City).

Neeskens Kebano (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Offside, Fulham. Timothy Fosu-Mensah tries a through ball, but Ryan Babel is caught offside.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match André Schürrle (Fulham) because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester City. Fernandinho replaces Kevin De Bruyne.

Offside, Fulham. André Schürrle tries a through ball, but Maxime Le Marchand is caught offside.

Foul by Oleksandr Zinchenko (Manchester City).

André Schürrle (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Fulham. André Schürrle replaces Tom Cairney.

Foul by Raheem Sterling (Manchester City).

André-Frank Zambo Anguissa (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Bernardo Silva (Manchester City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Raheem Sterling.

Booking

Cyrus Christie (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

David Silva (Manchester City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Cyrus Christie (Fulham).

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by André-Frank Zambo Anguissa.

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Joe Bryan.

Substitution

Substitution, Fulham. Neeskens Kebano replaces Floyd Ayité.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Timothy Fosu-Mensah (Fulham) because of an injury.

Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

goal

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