Touré's leap proves timely for Hughes

Manchester City 2 Fulham 1 (After extra time; score at 90 min 1-1)

It had been the six minutes of added time that had so infuriated City in the Manchester derby, and three days later, they were forced into another 30 minutes of unwelcome overtime.

Here, they endured, although but for Kolo Touré's header that rebounded in off the underside of the crossbar, they would have been forced into a penalty shoot-out and, but for Shay Given's goalkeeping, Manchester City might not have reached the fourth round at all.

On Sunday at Old Trafford they had lost as gloriously as it is possible to lose in sport, but last night was rather more laboured and easily the most disjointed performance Mark Hughes' side has delivered this season. It was not much of a way to mark the first anniversary of Sheikh Mansour's formal takeover of the club.

And yet it was not because of any lack of respect for the League Cup. This was the last trophy City won and, as the banner on the Stretford End of Old Trafford delights in pointing out, it was won as long ago as 1976 – and in recent seasons they have been humiliated in the competition at Doncaster, Chesterfield and Brighton.

Hughes is in the market for a trophy of whatever description and he named a virtually full-strength side on an evening when the club was selling tickets for a fiver. The combination deserved a better reward but a young, highly determined Fulham side had other ideas. This was a completely changed team from the one that had lost at Wolves on Sunday but, if they were supposed to go down with as much dignity as possible, it was a brief Fulham never looked like being willing to fulfil. "I thought they were magnificent," their manager, Roy Hodgson, remarked.

There was a time, in the seasons when Ferenc Puskas and Florian Albert dominated the European game, that "Hungarian" was a byword for magic. Zoltan Gera may not belong in that pantheon of talent but his volley from 30 yards did. There was nobody near him and no obvious danger to Given's goal when he swung his right foot, but the shot was unstoppable.

As misplaced pass followed mis-kick, frustration began to eat into Hughes' players, although given the week Craig Bellamy has had, he remarkably appeared among the most composed. When the teams were announced, the Welshman was greeted with the biggest cheer of the evening; proof that at Eastlands physically confronting a Manchester United fan is not considered a crime.

It was his corner, seven minutes after the restart, that Gareth Barry rose to meet, so moving the scoreboard closer to what even those 60-odd fans who had travelled from London – and who were matched by the number of stewards assigned to supervise them – might have expected upon kick-off.

Manchester City (4-3-3) Given; Zabaleta, Touré, Lescott, Bridge; Ireland (Petrov, 76), De Jong ( Weiss, 90), Barry; Wright-Phillips, Tevez, Bellamy. Substitutes not used: Taylor (gk), Garrido, Sylvinho, Vidal, Ball.

Fulham (4-4-2) Stockdale; Stoor, Smalling, Baird, Kelly; Davies (Dikagasoi, 71), Greening, Riise, Gera ( Anderson, 119); Johnson ( Elm, 90), Ceol. Substitutes not used: Zuberbühler (gk), Watts, Saunders, Smith.

Referee: S Attwell (Warwickshire).

News
newsAnother week, another dress controversy on the internet
Life and Style
Scientist have developed a test which predicts whether you'll live for another ten years
health
Life and Style
Marie had fake ID, in the name of Johanna Koch, after she evaded capture by the Nazis in wartime Berlin
historyOne woman's secret life as a Jew in wartime Berlin
News
news... and what your reaction to the creatures above says about you
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

Syrian conflict is the world's first 'climate change war', say scientists, but it won't be the last one

Climate change key in Syrian conflict

And it will trigger more war in future
How I outwitted the Gestapo

How I outwitted the Gestapo

My life as a Jew in wartime Berlin
The nation's favourite animal revealed

The nation's favourite animal revealed

Women like cuddly creatures whilst men like creepy-crawlies
Is this the way to get young people to vote?

Getting young people to vote

From #VOTESELFISH to Bite the Ballot
Poldark star Heida Reed: 'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'

Poldark star Heida Reed

'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'
The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
Families clubbing together to build their own affordable accommodation

Do It Yourself approach to securing a new house

Community land trusts marking a new trend for taking the initiative away from developers
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn