Free-scoring Manchester City must be more boring, says Milner

Sun Dec 22, 2013 10:12pm EST
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(Reuters) - The entertaining, goal-scoring feats of title-chasing Manchester City has wowed fans and impressed rivals this season, but midfielder James Milner craves a less cavalier approach.

Even without injured top scorer Sergio Aguero, City delivered a glut of goals in a 4-2 away win over relegation threatened Fulham on Saturday.

They have scored a league-best 51 goals from 17 league matches, 35 coming at home, and are on course to better the record of 103 scored by Chelsea en route to winning the title in the 2009/10 season.

They still sit only second, however, as their cavalier approach and struggles to field a settled defense and mistake-free goalkeeper have given teams an opportunity to poach points when hosting the big-spending 2011/12 champions.

City weathered some early pressure on Saturday before taking a 2-0 lead only for Fulham to pull level with 20 minutes remaining as City's defense, the joint fourth worst away from home in the league, were again culpable.

But substitutes Jesus Navas and Milner put City back on top with late goals to leave them a point behind leaders Liverpool.

England midfielder Milner says he could do without the roller coaster ride.

"We'd like to have games that are a bit more boring if we can ... maybe a 1-0 or 2-0," Milner said in quotes carried by British media on Monday.

"When you are 2-0 up, you like to see out the job and we did that in the end. Hopefully we can get a few more clean sheets, which will be more important as the season goes on."   Continued...

Manchester City's James Milner celebrates his goal against Fulham during their English Premier League soccer match at Craven Cottage in London December 21, 2013. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez