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The elements and the frenetic play at Craven Cottage reduced the normally smooth Pellegrini to this.
Manchester City led Fulham by two goals after the first half at Craven Cottage. In fairness to Fulham, that score flattered City quite a bit. Fulham had a few great chances in the first half, and the first City goal was a Yaya Toure free kick following a ticky-tack foul outside the Fulham box.
City's halftime advantage was built against the run of play. As recently as last season, that would have led to a decided change in City's tactics.
When Roberto Mancini managed City, a 2-0 lead on the road—particularly in a match where the Citizens were not playing well—meant closing up shop and trying to bleed out the last 45 minutes. That led to many a nervy second half for City fans as the Sky Blues put nine men behind the ball and held on.
The good news for City fans is that City does not play like that any more. Manager Manuel Pellegrini is committed to always going forward and trying aggressively to outscore the opposition.
The bad news is that even a two-goal lead, especially on the road, never feels safe.
Fulham's first goal, which converted the contest from a foregone conclusion to an "uh-oh," happened mainly because City had most of their XI pushing ahead. When David Silva needlessly lost the ball to Steve Sidwell, Fulham was off and City could do little to thwart the one-two from Adel Taarabt and Kieran Richardson.
Stuff like that does not matter too much, but it does render a side vulnerable to a fluke setback like Vincent Kompany's own goal leveling the score instead of being easily laughed away.
City scored the last two goals of the match because Pellegrini permitted attacking threats like Jesus Navas, Silva and Alvaro Negredo to keep pouring forward. Against Fulham, at least, it worked.
It would be nice, though, if City had the ability to take the air out of the ball with a two-goal lead now and again. This is no way to play against stronger sides like Liverpool, Chelsea or Barcelona.