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IN FORM:Manchester City's David Silva (centre) scores past Fulham goal-keeper Mark Schwarzer (second from left) on Saturday.— PHOTO: AP
IN FORM:Manchester City's David Silva (centre) scores past Fulham goal-keeper Mark Schwarzer (second from left) on Saturday.— PHOTO: AP

Manchester City cut Manchester United’s Premier League lead to four points by beating Fulham 2-0 on Saturday, thanks to a brace from Spanish midfielder David Silva.

Silva broke the deadlock after just 96 seconds at the Etihad Stadium, slamming home from six yards after Fulham goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer parried a long-range shot from Edin Dzeko.

Steve Sidwell hit the post for the visitors in the 31st minute and City lost Pablo Zabaleta to injury before Silva added a second with 21 minutes left, gathering a Carlos Tevez flick and beating Schwarzer with a dinked finish.

Meanwhile, Liverpool reacted to last weekend's 2-1 loss at United in emphatic fashion by thrashing Norwich City 5-0 at Anfield.

Jordan Henderson broke the deadlock with a vicious 26th-minute half-volley before home debutant Daniel Sturridge's clever dummy freed Luis Suarez to beat Mark Bunn for his seventh goal in three games against the Canaries.

Sturridge tapped in his third goal in three games for his new club in the 59th minute, with Steven Gerrard getting in on the act from 25 yards before Norwich's Ryan Bennett put through his own goal in the 74th minute.

Meanwhile, Michael Owen became the seventh player to score 150 Premier League goals when he netted his first goal for Stoke City in a 3-1 defeat at Swansea City on Saturday.

The results: Manchester City 2 (Silva 2, 69) bt Fulham 0; Liverpool 5 (Henderson 26, Suarez 36, Sturridge 59, Gerrard 66, Bennett 74-og) bt Norwich 0; Newcastle 1 (Cabaye 35) lost to Reading 2 (Le Fondre 71, 77); Swansea 3 (Davies 49, De Guzman 59, 80) bt Stoke 1 (Owen 90); West Ham 1 (J. Cole 68) drew with QPR 1 (Remy 14); Wigan 2 (Vaughan 4-og, Henriquez 79) lost to Sunderland 3 (Gardner 17-pen, Fletcher 20, 42). — AFP

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