With seven changes to the starting lineup – and a shift in formation from 4-3-3 to 3-4-3 – City looked a little disjointed in the early stages, with our usual intensity and fluidity somewhat lacking.
Our best chance of the first half fell to Ferran Torres, who forced a save from the feet of Alphonse Areola after latching on to a fine reverse ball from Joao Cancelo.
Bernardo Silva forced his way past two players inside the area, but his shot lacked power, and Sergio Aguero produced a decent effort from a tight angle but Areola saved comfortably.
Clear-cut chances were few and far between in the first period.
However, City started the second half with more intensity, and we opened the scoring inside two minutes of the re-start, Stones tapping home with a first-time finish from Joao Cancelo’s teasing free-kick.
It was Stones’ fifth goal of the season in all competitions, and it sparked a more open, free-flowing performance.
Jesus doubled our lead ten minutes later, capitalising on some poor Fulham passing in front of their own goal before rounding Areola and finishing emphatically.
And it became 3-0 moments later. Former City academy graduate Tosin Adarabioyo was guilty of overplaying on the edge of his area and was dispossessed by Ferran Torres. Adarabioyo then brought the City forward down inside the area, leaving referee Andre Marriner no option but to award a penalty.
Aguero stepped up to score his first Premier League goal in 14 months, a wonderful sight for City fans everywhere after his injury-affected year.