Hughes berates leaky defence as plucky Fulham show heart

FRUSTRATED Manchester City boss Mark Hughes pointed the finger of blame at his defence after Fulham rallied from 2-0 down to secure an unlikely point at Eastlands.<br /><br />Goals from Joleon Lescott and Martin Petrov inside seven second half minutes put Hughes&rsquo; men in cruise control, only for plucky Fulham to fight back with goals from Damien Duff and Clint Dempsey.<br /><br />Indeed it could have been worse as the visitors were left to rue a miss by Bobby Zamora, described as &ldquo;horrific&rdquo; by Fulham boss Roy Hodgson.<br /><br />Despite their embarrassment of riches, City have now gone seven matches without keeping a clean sheet and Hughes were clearly not happy with his side&rsquo;s inability to handle Fulham&rsquo;s aerial threat.<br /><br />&ldquo;We were 2-0 to the good and we should have seen the game out. It was how we dealt with balls into the box and Fulham have a guy in Dempsey who is acknowledged as good in the air and we haven&rsquo;t dealt with it.&rdquo;<br /><br />Hughes added, however: &ldquo;Credit to Fulham, the two matches we&rsquo;ve had most difficulty with this season has been against them.&rdquo;<br />