Manchester City came into their match against Fulham knowing that a win would take them three points clear of Manchester United, and within ten minutes it was pretty clear that they'd get it. Adam Johnson managed to 'earn' himself a penalty by initiating contact against Chris Baird while the left back was trying to take evasive action, and Sergio Aguero stepped up to slam the spot kick past Mark Schwarzer for a 1-0 lead.
The Premier League leaders doubled their advantage on the half hour mark when the hapless Baird turned the ball into his own net, and City could easily have scored several more as they ran riot over their guests. And then the snow, which was an annoyance in the early stages of the game, picked up and events at the Etihad became farcical as the two sides were forced to play in what amounted to a blizzard, complete with groundkeepers running out to clear the lines.
With the conditions atrocious, Fulham were able to make something of themselves, but it was clear that City could break at will and the eventually put the game away after some fantastic work by Aguero allowed Edin Dzeko an opportunity to make it 3-0 from eight yards. The Bosnian didn't miss, and although City nearly managed to score an own goal from a corner, the score held for a comfortable, if rather odd victory.