West Ham 2-1 Manchester City

In what will go down as a famous win against Manchester City, it has to be said, it was fully deserved. West Ham defeated the champions and continued the fine start to the Premier League season.

The game started out much as it was expected to, with City retaining much of the possession – yet with very little to show for it. And the longer this went on for, the more West Ham settled into the game, and started to show the style of play that City would have been scared to see.

The movement and confidence in play continued to grow as the first half continued, and the Irons were rewarded on 21 minutes when Morgan Amalfitano poked home from close range, latching onto a Enner Valencia cross.

The build up to the goal was where the quality in the team was evident, with man of the match Alex Song playing in Valencia with a perfectly weighted pass that cut the City defence in half.

There may be arguments that there was a call for offside in the build up. But what with the decision going the other way at Old Trafford a few weeks ago, denying West Ham a point, it has to be said these things do have a habit of evening out as the season goes on.

West Ham continued to threaten throughout the remainder of the half, and City would have felt relieved to go in the break at just 1-0 down.

The second half however showed a very different Man City side, who looked to be full of more energy in their quest to even the scoreline. But West Ham stood firm, with Winston Reid and James Collins both putting in outstanding performances at the heart of the defence.

The Irons grew into the second half started to probe the City defence, with the pace of Valencia and Sakho proving tough for the Citizens back line to cope with.

Then on 75 minutes West Ham doubled their lead with Diafra Sakho heading passed Joe Hart, with the ball just going over the line.

The lead however did not last long, as City responded immediately with David Silva producing a fine solo effort that was simply unstoppable.

The nerves then were felt around Upton Park, with City pushing for the equaliser. Thankfully it never came, as West Ham held on for another fantastic win, that sees the club sitting at 4th place with 16 points from 9 games.


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