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Magath urges Fulham to attack City

20 March 2014 14:45

Felix Magath has urged his struggling Fulham side to attack Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.

The Craven Cottage outfit travel to Manchester sat rock bottom of the Premier League table, although their survival hopes were given a boost last Saturday with a crucial 1-0 home win over Newcastle United.

In the reverse fixture, Fulham exposed City's defensive frailties in coming from two down to level the game at 2-2, before late goals from Jesus Navas and James Milner saw Manuel Pellegrini's side leave with all three points.

Fulham have struggled for goals at times this season, averaging just one per match in the league, but it is at the back where they have shown the greatest deficiency, conceding a massive 65 from their 30 league fixtures.

Despite their poor defensive record and City's array of attacking talent, Magath has implored his side to go on the offensive on Saturday.

"If we can stop Manchester City scoring, then I think we can create chances to score ourselves," he said.

"It's my job to help the players and believe in their ability.

"I'm convinced they are better than they have been before. I hope the last game has given us more confidence. I don't want the team to only defend against Man City, I want us to go forwards.

"I hope the last game has given us more confidence. I'm convinced they are better than they have been before."

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Competition
Premier League
Date
22 March 2014
Game week
31
Kick-off
16:00
Half-time
1 - 0
Full-time
5 - 0
Venue
Etihad Stadium (Manchester)
Attendance
47262

Goals

Y. Touré (PG) 26'  
1 - 0
Y. Touré (PG) 54'  
2 - 0
Y. Touré 65'
(assist by S. Nasri) 
3 - 0
Fernandinho 84'
(assist by J. Milner) 
4 - 0
5 - 0

Lineups

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
15
17
35
14
22
30
38
# Player Bookings
10 90+2'
26 65'
8
1
14
22
39

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 1 +2 3
2 1 +2 3
3 1 +1 3
4 1 +1 3
5 1 +1 3
6 1 +1 3
7 1 +1 3
8 1 +1 3
9 1 +0 1
10 1 +0 1
11 1 +0 1
12 1 +0 1
13 1 -1 0
14 1 -1 0
15 1 -1 0
16 1 -1 0
17 1 -1 0
18 1 -1 0
19 1 -2 0
20 1 -2 0

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