Last Updated: 29/09/12 5:06pm
As the referee moves his whistle to his lips, Mancini will be a relieved man after two weeks of disappointment for his side.
The hosts fire several long balls forward for Rodallega to chase but all he does is give away a foul in the air in the dying embers of this encounter.
Probably too little, too late but the home side press with earnest as City's defence is called into late action.
Finally a goal ahead in the match, City push even harder for the killer blow and deliver the ball for their three-pronged attack of Aguero, Balotelli and Dzeko.
Within 60 seconds of coming on, Dzeko smashes the ball into the back of the net after the Cottagers fail to clear the danger of City's free-kick into the box from the left.
After a lengthy delay, Balotelli finally steps up to take the free-kick for City but he fires it straight into the wall.
City inside the Cottagers half and making a concerted effort around the penalty area as they probe for an opening.
It's slowed down a bit as both sides look to catch their breath for the closing encounter of this tight affair in the capital.
Balotelli, again, with a long range shot off target as Baird makes way for veteran Giorgos Karagounis.
City come again as the Cottagers prepare themselves for a gut-busting final ten minutes of regulation time.
The visitors are camped inside the home side's half, with Baird chasing at shadows trying to intercept a loose pass.
City seem to be concentrating most of their effort on getting the ball up to Balotelli, although Toure tries to make rare run down the left but to no avail.
The home side withstand City's latest barrage, but just barely, and looked to launch one of their own down the right wing through Damien Duff.
Samir Nasri comes on for Barry just as City put the foot on the gas with their attacking intent, Schwarzer and his defenders called into action several times at the back in quick succession.
Silva tries to create some space for himself inside the box to shoot but the numbers game catches up with him before he can pull the trigger.
Balotelli receives the ball in space outside the box and turns and shoots, his attempt wide of a diving Schwarzer to his left.
City trying to get Balotelli into the game early with a long ball played forward for the surly striker to chase out to the left.
Cottagers fail to capitalise on the set-piece inside their opponents half and are once again on the back foot.
Rodallega and Kacaniklic try to combine on a quick-break, but Kompany gives away a foul to quash the momentum.
Zabaleta, again, making his presence felt on attack with a long-range attempt on goal from the right.
All the action is taking place inside the Cottagers' box with the home side's defence battling to deal with the power of Tevez and Aguero on the ball.
Zabaleta's attempted cross from the right after a strong run is blocked for a corner, with Tevez making a nuisance of himself in front of goal from the resulting set-piece.
City spread the ball from flank to flank wit Zabaleta and Gael Clichy getting more and more forward on attack.
Nicely weighted cross from the right by Zabaleta sees Aguero head the ball just wide of the far corner of goal.
Corner-kick for City from the right is way over a packed box and the scoring opportunity goes a-begging.
Silva slips a pass to Tevez on his right but the Argentine's pass into box fails to find Aguero, who looked to have been pushed inside the area.
The Cottagers with a bit of attacking momentum at the moment as they take play down the right through Chris Baird.
Ruiz's free-kick form the right is a good one as his delivery into the danger area allows Brede Hangeland to rise up and get a head to the ball, his header just wide of the near post.
City with the early possession and if the first 45 minutes is anything to go by, that's a dangerous position for the home side to be in.
I think Mancini should do his usual trick of pushing Yaya Tourefurther up in the second half with the defensive cover of Barry and Javi Garcia already in this Man City team. He might also want to consider bringing on Nasri and Dzeko at some stage as they need to convert their possession dominance into more goals. It'll be good for Aguero's confidence on returning from injury that he's scored and in many ways half time has come at the wrong time for City. I stillfancy them to have the upper hand in the second half. Think it will finish 3-1 in the end.Gabriel Sutton
Mancini's men will go into the half-time break buoyed by their late strike, and will be keen to keep up their feverish threat on the Cottagers' goal.
Level on the scoreboard and the Citizens are looking the favourites to pull a win even at this stage of the match.
There's no denying City this time as Aguero gets on the end of Zabaleta's pass and puts the ball past Schwarzer at the far post.
City's relentless attacking barrage just can't seem to reap the deserved rewards, but they keep on chipping away.
Schwarzer, again, called into action and the Australian makes a great low save to his left from a Silva long-range strike, Zabaleta's cross for Aguero on the rebound desperately cleared by the Cottagers defence.
Schwarzer does well under pressure to hold onto the ball on the goal-line as Aguero chases down Silva's pass from the right with verve.
Risse's free-kick is blocked, but Ruiz tries to score from the rebound, only no dice as his strike careens into the side-netting.
Kompany, again, with a cynical challenge, this time on Petric that earns the City skipper a booking and another free-kick for the hosts, this time close to goal.
The Citizens hustling and bustling off the ball in a dogged attempt to regain their ascendency in the possession stakes.
Tevez, again, creates some space for himself on the right of the 18-yard area only for his angled shot to breeze past Mark Schwarzer.
The Cottagers look to hit City on the counter with Ruiz trying his luck from outside the box, but his shot is skied over the bar.
A frustrated Tevez complains to the referee as the official waves play on when the City ace had a legitimate call for a penalty turned down.
Aguero with a perfect chance to level the score, but his header at the far post from Silva's corner-kick is wide of the mark.
Fantastic football by City as Zabaleta does extremely down the right flank to get on the end of Tevez's cross from the left, but the left-back's pass into the box fails to find a team-mate and is cleared.
Jol's charges are playing a dangerous game allowing the league champions to keep running at them at will.
Toure, again, looking to create some room to shoot from range but the Cottagers defence close the Ivorian down early.
City, again, through Silva going forward with the Spaniard trying to jink his way through several defenders but gets tackled and loses possession.
The hosts try to get an attacking movement going, but they're once again dispossessed outside the box.
The Cottagers back-line withstand a foray down the right flanks, with Silva's attempted pass into the box intercepted.
Some good work down the left from Bryan Ruiz and Rodallega sees the latter put in a decent pass for Petric in the area, but the goalscorer's shot is high over the cross.
It's still all City with the Cottagers' defensive lines set pretty tight for this early stage of the match.
Despite having gone behind, City haven't change their tactics and keep pressuring going forward in possession.
Hugo Rodallega put into space and rounds Joe Hart in the box, but his tap forward is too heavy and he can't catch the CIty shot-stopper out of position.
Aguero with a strong run down the left, but the Argentine's lay off for Barry on his outside his too strong.
The Cottagers seeing some decent ball going forward but are being closed down just outside City's box.
Yaya Toure with the first shot on goal of the game,. although the midfielder's effort from outside the box is off target.
it will be the game to watch, i think Fulham will carry the day it will be 3-1 for Fulham believe me or not. Best Regrads, Jackson Kandela from Zambia, kitwe
The game between Fulham vs Man city it will be 50-50,it will be all draw following the two last games man city have involved in, am a man u fan but looking at fulham the game will be the one to watch.This is Jack Kandela from Zambia, Kitwe.
Martin Jol will certainly be the happiest of the two managers with 9pts from an opening 5 games. Berbatov has been a revelation for Fulham as he suits their style of play perfectly- the Cottager's will miss his quality, composure and deftness of touch. Man City have had a poor start to their season and the fact that they are without a win in 4 games all competitions, and without a clean sheet suggests there's a bit of complacency creeping into their camp. This game is a bit of a must win for City in terms of the title race, andwith Fulham missing Berbatov I think they'll get that clean sheet in a 3-0 win. Gabriel Sutton
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The major change to Martin Jol's starting XI is the absence of striker Dimitar Berbatov, who has been ruled out of action for two weeks with a thigh problem.
Vincent Kompany resumes the captain's duties for City after he was rested in midweek, but his usual partner in the centre of defence, Joleon Lescott, starts off the pine. Pablo Zabaleta remains at right-back due to injuries to Maicon and Micah Richards. Scott Sinclair drops out of the match 22 with Samir Nasri back from injury to take a spot on the bench.
Fulham are rated at 7/2 to beat Man City today according to our friends at Sky Bet, while it is 11/4 for the match to end in a draw. Sergio Aguero and Carlos Tevez are both 5/1 to score first and 8/1 to secure a brace.
Meanwhile, the Cottagers welcome the Premier League champions off the back of two league victories and come into this game as joint highest scorers with twelve goals in five games.
City have drawn their last two league games 1-1 and are still yet to register a clean sheet all season. And to make matters worse, Roberto Mancini's side were dumped out of the Capital One Cup in midweek after a 4-2 extra-time defeat at the hands of Aston Villa.