Since Manchester Metropolis had been taken over by Sheikh Mansour, certainly one of soccer’s wealthiest homeowners, we’re used to seeing them dominate the home scene with among the world’s greatest gamers.
Pep Guardiola’s aspect head to Craven Cottage this weekend as heavy favourites to beat Fulham, however forward of the sport we’re turning again time to April 2009, the final time the Residents misplaced a recreation in opposition to the Cottagers.
Contemporary from defeat away at German aspect Hamburg within the first leg of their UEFA Cup (now Europa League) quarter-final tie, Mark Hughes’ Metropolis aspect returned to England to tackle a resilient Fulham aspect managed by none aside from Roy Hodgson.
In direction of the tip of their first season beneath the Mansour regime, Metropolis’s star man Robinho was left on the bench. The workforce was plagued with accidents, in order that they lined up as follows at Eastlands on a sunny Sunday afternoon:
Manchester Metropolis: Given, Richards, Dunne, Onuoha, Garrido, Zabaleta, Eire, De Jong, Ok.Etuhu, Bojinov, Petrov.
In the meantime, Hodgson’s aspect included the brother of Kelvin and former Metropolis man Dickson Etuhu and a strike partnership of Andy Johnson and Bobby Zamora.
Fulham: Schwarzer, Pantsil, Hughes, Hangeland, Konchesky, Davies, Murphy, D.Etuhu, Dempsey, Johnson, Zamora.
League recreation 32 of the season for each side, Stephen Eire’s deflected shot into the highest nook of the aim on 28 minutes put Metropolis forward at half-time.
The midfielder picked up the ball in his personal half and drove on the Fulham defence earlier than unleashing his shot near the sting of their field.
From there onwards a Residents collapse ensued and, for the second season working, Fulham would go away Eastlands with three factors.
The Whites – enjoying in a tidy pink and black halved away shirt – started their comeback by means of Dempsey simply 5 minutes after the restart.
A stray move from a younger Pablo Zabaleta allowed Dempsey to stage up the sport with a close-range side-footed shot previous Shay Given.
Simply ten minutes later, the guests had been in entrance by way of a surprise strike from Dickson Etuhu in opposition to his former aspect.
Taking part in in opposition to his brother for the primary time within the Premier League, Etuhu picked up the ball on the appropriate wing and reduce inside to unleash a ferocious effort previous Given, who had no probability of saving it.
Hughes despatched on Robinho for the hosts together with Ched Evans and Daniel Sturridge to try to discover a approach again into the sport, with the Brazilian lacking a guilt-edged probability to tie up the scores quickly after getting into the sphere.
Seven minutes earlier than the tip, the sport was put to mattress as Dempsey grabbed his second of the sport and Fulham’s third. Zamora rode the problem of Richard Dunne near the midway line and ran at aim earlier than slotting in Dempsey, who poked the ball by means of Given’s legs and into the again of the web.
Hodgson’s aspect picked up three factors away from house for the second recreation working within the Premier League, having defeated Bolton Wanderers of their final outing from London by the identical scoreline, a recreation which was truly Fulham’s first away win of your complete season.
They completed in seventh place, qualifying for the UEFA Cup within the course of and in the end reaching the ultimate the season after, solely to be cruelly defeated in extra-time by Atletico Madrid. Following this, Hodgson left the membership to develop into the supervisor of Liverpool.
In the meantime, Metropolis endured a horrific finish to the season. They completed 10th within the Premier League, albeit simply three factors behind Fulham, and crashed out of the UEFA Cup to Hamburg regardless of profitable their second leg in opposition to the Germans.
Mark Hughes left the membership in December 2009 to get replaced by Roberto Mancini, and everyone knows that the Italian managed to deliver Premier League success to Metropolis just below three years later.
We’re now nearly 12 years on from the final time Fulham beat Manchester Metropolis, and the 2 sides have met an extra 16 instances after this in all competitions.
Metropolis have dominated ever since with 13 wins out of 16, together with an extra-time Carling Cup victory in a while in 2009, nonetheless beneath Hughes’ stewardship.
The Cityzens are a most of 17 factors away from a fifth Premier League title in 10 seasons, and Fulham are combating for survival, having been promoted from the Championship by way of a play-off last victory over Brentford final season.
Though Guardiola’s Metropolis aspect will head to Craven Cottage as enormous favourites this weekend, by no means say by no means in soccer.
Fulham v Metropolis takes place at 8:00 pm on Saturday – March 13.