After a scoreless opening half, it was the hosts who scored first when Joleon Lescott tapped in an Emmanuel Adebayor shot in the 54th minute to give the Citizens the lead. Mark Hughes' squad doubled the lead eight minutes later when Martin Petrov's shot from the top of the 18-yard box rocketed past Mark Schwarzer.
But, similar to Fulham's trip to the City of Manchester Stadium in April of 2008, there was a comeback in the cards for the Cottagers. While the comeback in 2008 kickstarted Fulham's "impossible escape", the 2009 version did not have the same implications, but it was impressive to see the Whites earn the draw against a team full of big money signings and solid international players all over the pitch.
After Petrov's 60th minute goal, Fulham responded quickly through the rejuvenated Damien Duff. The Irish international squeezed his shot past fellow countrymen Shay Given to make it 2-1.
Six minutes later it was Clint Dempsey who awkwardly headed in a free kick in the 68th minute to tie things up at two. Brede Hangeland nearly won it in the 83rd minute when his header of a corner went straight into the arms of Given.
All in all, I was extremely impressed with Fulham's display on Sunday. It would have been easy to pack up the tent and head back to London with a 2-0 loss, but this team showed a lot of grit and determination in battling back against a very good City squad.
This is not the City of old. This is a team that has great players all over the pitch that should be able to hold a two goal lead at home against a mid-table opponent like Fulham.
Looking back on things, I would say the comeback had more to do with Fulham making it happen than City letting it go. The Cottagers earned this draw. They created chances and capitalized on them when they needed to in the second half.
It is displays like today's that give me hope that this team can finish in the top ten once again this season. They may not have the most talent of all Premier League teams, but they are a TEAM. They play well together. They pass together, they defend together, they win together, they lose together and they play well together. You cannot say that about every team in this league.
There is not one superstar on this team that is bigger than the team itself. Roy Hodgson has done a splendid job meshing this team together with players from the previous regime with his own signings and making it not just work, but work well.
This team does actually have a decent amount of depth. Players like Chris Baird, Bjorn Riise, Erik Nevland and Jonathan Greening are solid players and have shown that both in league play and in the Europa League.
It is amazing what Hodgson has done for a guy like Baird since he took over. Under Lawrie Sanchez, Baird had a difficult time making the transition from the Championship to the Premier League. Instead of Sanchez easing him into things, he threw him into the fire and it did not work. Baird made mistake after mistake and was constantly under fire from the Fulham supporters. However, at present time, while he is not a starter, he is a very serviceable replacement in defense. Whether it be at center back or right back, Baird has shown he can play at this level and that credit goes to both Baird for working hard and to Hodgson for showing faith in him and giving him some opportunities to showcase his talent and earn a spot on the pitch.
As I have said before, the month of October was not a walk in the park for Fulham. With only one match remaining at home against Liverpool, it will not be easy. However, November will get a little better in terms of the fixtures. Wigan, Birmingham City, Blackburn and Bolton are the four Premier League matches the Cottagers will play next month.
I would say Fulham did a great job in October both in league play and in the Europa League. The late goal by Roma still stings, but the Cottagers are still in a decent position halfway through the group stage to advance. I like their chances of getting through.
What are your thoughts on Fulham's reserves? Do players like Baird, Riise, Greening, Nevland and others deserve more playing time in the Premier League? Are you feeling the way I do in that this team actually might have more depth than I originally thought?