Fulham hold City to draw
Manchester City were held to a 1-1 draw at Fulham as Jimmy Bullard cancelled out Benjani Mwaruwari's opener for the visitors on Saturday.
Zimbabwe forward Benjani had put City ahead early in the first half at Craven Cottage but Bullard equalised before the break and Fulham were the stronger side after that.
City have won just once in their last seven matches and remain dangerously close to the relegation zone despite manager Mark Hughes's multi-million pound spending spree in pre-season.
Fulham finished frustrated at their failure to turn possession into more goals but Roy Hodgson's are now unbeaten in five matches and comfortably positioned in mid-table.
City made the perfect start when Benjani outjumped both Aaron Hughes and Brede Hangeland to head home Pablo Zabaleta's cross from in the sixth minute.
Stephen Ireland should have increased City's lead but the midfielder fired wide following a poor punch from Fulham goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer.
Fulham were finally rewarded for their pressure in the 27th minute when Bobby Zamora's clever reverse pass found Bullard in space and the midfielder looked up before lashing his shot across Hart into the far corner for his first league goal this season.
The visitors responded and Darius Vassell tested Schwarzer with a stinging effort.
It was Fulham who finished the half on top though. Clint Dempsey drilled wide following Johnson's lay-off and then headed Bullard's cross over the bar.
It took a fine save from Hart to deny Bullard's rasping free-kick midway through the half, before Schwarzer kept out Zabaleta from close range in the closing minutes.