West Ham Utd 1-3 Manchester City

  • by Staff Writer
  • Saturday, 16th September 2023

David Moyes' West Ham fell to their first defeat of the season at home to reigning champions Manchester City - despite having led at half time.

James Ward-Prowse's 36th minute effort gave the Hammers hope of an unexpected win - only for the Irons, who were being watched by former striker Paolo Di Canio, to see their hopes dashed by a second half comeback from the visitors.

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Former Hammers trasnsfer target Jeremy Doku levelled the scored little in the opening minute of the second half before Bernardo Silva put the Citizens ahead 14 minutes from the end of time.

And West Ham's fate was finally sealed in the 86th minute when Erling Haaland added a third for City to put the game beyound West Ham.

Despite the defeat there were plenty of positives for West Ham to take from the game; on another day Edson Alvarez's free kick, which came moments after City's equaliser might have found the back of the net and not just the woodwork and Ederson might not have been able to rach a goalbound header from captain Kurt Zouma.

Meanwhile Man City manager Pep Guardiola admitted that it was an important result for his team against what he referred to as an "incredible" West Ham team. "All game we were fantastic, even when we were losing at half-time against an incredible side," he said, reflecting upon the win.

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"We were efficient and patient in the second half. It was a big win after the international break. The team showed good spirit to survive."

As for Moyes, the Irons boss felt that the game was lost by minor monents that went against West Ham - although he conceded that having beaten Brighton with less than 25 per cent of possession, lightning was unlikely to strike twice so soon.

"It was bad timing for their first goal right after half-time, but I was more disappointed with their second goal - it was really poor," he mused.

"We've had small margins in the other games that we've won. Today their keeper made a couple of saves and those margins could have gone our way [but] didn't. We were probably as good on the ball today as we have been for a long time but didn't get the opportunities we would have liked. We were still a threat, but not enough."

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