Mark Hughes blasted Manchester City’s poor defending after his side let a two-goal lead slip against Fulham yesterday afternoon.

Goals from Joleon Lescott and Martin Petrov seemed to have set City on course for another win at Eastlands, but Fulham roared back in six second half minutes thanks to a strike from Damien Duff and a header from Clint Dempsey. The Manchester City manager was far from amused.

We were 2-0 to the good and we should have seen the game out. It was how we dealt with balls into the box and [Fulham] have a guy in Dempsey who is acknowledged as good in the air and we haven’t dealt with it.

Credit to Fulham, the two matches we’ve had most difficulty with this season has been against them.

That last comment is high praise, when you consider City have already played Arsenal at home and Manchester United away.