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Sunday, 3rd December 2017

Manchester City 2
West Ham United 1

by David Fletcher


Another late winner sealed the deal for the league leaders and as a consequence extended West Ham's run without a win in the league to eight games despite taking the lead.

Despite seeing next to nothing of the ball in the first ten minutes, West Ham were the ones to grasp the first chance of the match from a corner. A decent delivery from Aaron Cresswell, helped on its way by Cheikhou Kouyate, found Michail Antonio at the far post who was only capable of poking it over.

Though it was a sign of things to come, Manchester City kept pushing forward against a timid West Ham defence, reluctunt to mark tightly knowing the excellent close control of their skillful opponents.

Barring a long-range shot by David Silva deflected off Declan Rice and well met by 'keeper Adrian, the home side lacked purpose going forward allowing the Hammers to find their feet in the game.

And the game would turn on its head just before half-time when West Ham took advantage of City's vulnerability from set-pieces again.

Cresswell, under pressure, took the corner short to Manuel Lanzini who returned it immediately back to the England international who crossed it first time. The delivery was met convincingly by Angelo Ogbonna who powered it home to put West Ham in front.

Man City coped with the rising sense of frustration from their supporters to net less than 15 minutes after the restart. It all started with a free kick conceded on the edge of the penalty area, given away by Declan Rice, who had a very valid point when claiming he had never touched Fabian Delph in the build-up.

Justice seemed to have been served as far as West Ham were concerned when Adrian saved Kevin De Bruyne's effort. However, with the danger not being cleared, Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus linked up well, the young Brazilian then drilled a low cross into the danger zone as Nicolas Otamendi flew in ahead of the defenders to smash it in and put his team level.

It would be a relentless uphill slog from then on in as the away side battled hard to try and grind out a draw. Yet out of nowhere, De Bruyne picked out a perfectly weighted lobbed pass into the path of David Silva who acrobatically put Man City ahead.

West Ham did respond with a decent chance of their own as Marko Arnautovic charged forward, beating Eliaquim Mangala convincingly in the process, only for his pull-back to be put wide by Diafra Sakho's poor effort.



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Player Ratings

Adrian San Miguel Del Castillo
Commanded the defence well, distribution was second to none and made quite a few world class saves to keep his side afloat.


Pablo Zabaleta
Dealt with Leroy Sane really well down the left-hand side despite not being as quick and agile as his former team mate.


Arthur Masuaku
Was full of energy in the first half attacking with purpose and beating players with ease. Was relatively weak in defence in the closing stages of the match allowing crosses to be put into the box from his side.


Angelo Ogbonna
Gelled well with Aaron Cresswell and prevented City from creating many chances.


Declan Rice
Very decent in defence, not at all carried away by the occasion. Already a very mature player.


Aaron Cresswell
Played a commanding role in West Ham's relative success in defence cutting off the supply line to AgŁero.


Pedro Obiang
Kept the Man City midfield quiet and picked out some good incisive passes going forward.


Cheikhou Kouyate
Was a nuiscance for his opponents in midfield with his bulky presence.


Manuel Lanzini
West Ham's focal point going forward converting defence into attack in a flick of a switch with his agility and intelligence.


Edimilson Fernandes
Kept a very cool head in midfield.


Michail Antonio
A big threat for Man City in defence causing problems on the counter attack with his speed. Wasn't as productive when moved into a midfield role after the withdrawal of Kouyate.


Substitutes


Diafra Sakho
(Replaced Kouyate) Didn't pose the same threat as Antonio and was very isolated up front.


Marko Arnautovic
(Replaced Lanzini) Decent in defence and created, almost singlehandedly, the opportunity that almost put West Ham back on level terms.


Andre Ayew
(Replaced Antonio) No comments.


Nathan Trott
Did not play.


Ben Johnson
Did not play.


Domingos Quina
Did not play.


Anotnio Martinez
Did not play.



Match Facts

Referee: .

Attendance: 0.

Man of the Match: Adrian San Miguel Del Castillo.

West Ham United

Adrian San Miguel Del Castillo, Pablo Zabaleta, Arthur Masuaku, Angelo Ogbonna, Declan Rice, Aaron Cresswell, Pedro Obiang, Cheikhou Kouyate, Manuel Lanzini, Edimilson Fernandes, Michail Antonio.

Goals: Angelo Ogbonna 44                  .

Booked: None.

Sent off: None.

Manchester City

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Substitutes: .

Subs not used: .

Goals: .

Booked: .

Sent Off: .

 
David Fletcher's Man of the Match: Adrian San Miguel Del Castillo


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