China Daily (Hong Kong) - - SPORTS -

The en­ter­tain­ing, goalscor­ing feats of ti­tlechas­ing 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 Ful­ham on Satur­day.

It has scored a leaguebest 51 goals in 17 matches, 35 com­ing at home, and is on course to bet­ter the record of 103 scored by Chelsea en route to win­ning the ti­tle in the 2009-10 sea­son.

But City still sits only third in the stand­ings as it strug­gles to field a set­tled de­fense.

The club weath­ered some early pres­sure on Satur­day be­fore tak­ing a 2-0 lead, only for Ful­ham to pull even with 20 min­utes re­main­ing as City’s de­fense, tied for fourth worst on the road, was again cul­pa­ble.

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

Eng­land mid­fielder Mil­ner said he could do with­out the roller­coaster ride.

“We’d like to have games that are a bit more bor­ing if we can ... maybe a 1-0 or 2-0,” Mil­ner told British me­dia on Mon­day.

“When you are up 2-0, 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.”

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