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Away the lads as Roque sets new record

santa cruz at fulham

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Roque Santa Cruz’s goal at Fulham set a new record of Premier League goals scored on the road for City after Craig Bellamy’s second against Chelsea equalled the previous best of 23 set in 2004/05.

With 25 scored so far, Roberto Mancini’s side will be hoping to add several more to the tally before the end of the season as club records continue to tumble.

City are now also just one victory away from logging their best overall record away from home after recording their fifth win of the campaign at Craven Cottage.

Based on the current format of 38 teams, the Blues’ best set of results on their travels to date was set during 2002/03, when six wins and four draws were recorded.

In 2006/07, City again won six times away, but drew one game less, but the latest triumph in West London means that the 16 matches away from the City of Manchester Stadium have so far yielded five wins, seven draws and just four losses.

With trips to Burnley, Arsenal and West Ham still to come, the Blues have already equalled their best-ever Premier League points haul of 22 and barring disaster, more points should be gained from the final three fixtures.

Though City won eight and drew four of the inaugural Premier League season, an extra two games were played due to the original 22-club format, but winning all three remaining matches on the road would beat even that milestone

...Blues set new records

 

For the record, City’s best-ever season on their travels was during 2001/02 when Kevin Keegan’s cavaliers clocked up 12 victories from 23 games away from Maine Road and scored an incredible 45 goals along the way – almost two every match.

By contrast, the Blues have only ever endured one campaign with no victories at all away from home and that miserable statistic was recorded during the 1986/87 relegation season when just eight goals were scored...

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