Kevin De Bruyne registered his sixth help of the season and added a aim besides as Manchester City breezed previous Fulham to go fourth within the Premier League.
The Belgium worldwide arrange Raheem Sterling for his sixth aim of the season after simply 5 minutes with an inch excellent by means of ball for the England winger to tuck dwelling.
Pep Guardiola’s facet, who thrashed Burnley 5-Zero final week, might simply have received by a much bigger scoreline on a cushty afternoon on the Etihad Stadium.
De Bruyne, significantly, was excellent, not solely establishing Sterling’s fifth-minute strike however scoring the second from the penalty spot after which hitting the bar, in addition to forcing save from Alphonse Areola.
The hosts had been not often threatened and, having been 14th simply over every week in the past, their marketing campaign is now beginning to take form with a leap into the higher reaches of the desk.
Fulham noticed little of the ball and consequently supplied little in assault however they weren’t overrun. After Monday’s beautiful victory over Leicester, supervisor Scott Parker would possibly nonetheless mirror on week.
Former City youth prospect Tosin Adarabioyo, who joined Fulham in search of first-team alternatives in October, acquitted himself effectively on his return to the Etihad however the hosts had been all the time in management.
Guardiola made six modifications from the facet that confronted Porto in midweek, with the return of De Bruyne being essentially the most important.
He was instrumental within the first aim, seizing possession and bursting ahead to launch Sterling within the space.
Sterling, who had already introduced a save out of Areola moments earlier, picked his spot and calmly side-footed into the underside nook.
Ademola Lookman had a shot blocked as Fulham tried to reply however that was a uncommon opening for the London facet as City dominated possession.
Joao Cancelo turned inside and shot effectively over earlier than Rodri missed the goal and De Bruyne drew save from Areola.
Their second aim got here from the penalty spot on 26 minutes after extra good build-up play by City ended with Sterling being tripped within the space by Joachim Andersen as he tried to search out room to shoot.
Fulham might have felt the contact on Sterling was solely slight however the choice stood and De Bruyne clinically tucked away the penalty, sending Areola the mistaken approach.
John Stones’ current good type has been an enormous constructive for City however the centre-back had a second to overlook when he failed to note Ederson was away from his aim as he hit a again cross. The Brazilian had no probability of retrieving the state of affairs however, happily for Stones, the ball rolled extensive.
Areola saved effectively once more from a Sterling volley earlier than the interval and De Bruyne spurned two wonderful probabilities so as to add to City’s lead after the restart.
The primary noticed the Belgian thump a shot in opposition to the bar from 10 yards after being teed up by Gabriel Jesus and he was then denied by Areola after being put by means of one on one with the keeper.
City started to ease in the direction of the ultimate whistle and Fulham briefly sparked as Ivan Cavaleiro tried his luck from distance however Ederson comfortably claimed.
The guests pushed once more within the latter levels however City noticed out the sport with out alarm.