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West Ham United
December 11, 2010
• Boleyn Ground, London
Referee: P. Dowd
• Attendance: 32813
West Ham United
The game is brought to an end and Manchester City overcame a distinctly average West Ham who remain rooted to the bottom of the Premier League. West Ham's fans will be worried about the future of their club after today's poor performance. City kept up their unbeaten run and move level on points with leaders Arsenal.
Yellow Card Pablo Zabaleta
Assist Victor Obinna
Goal James Tomkins
GOAL. That is no more than a consolation goal for West Ham. A Corner is crossed in and the zonal marking that City employ leave Tomkins free in the area and his header hits Kolo Toure and goes into the net. Shame that most of West Ham fans had left before the goal.
The game just drifitng towards the end of the game as both teams are playing for the full time whistle. Grant looking stoney faced on the touchline as he wonders what he has to change to get results in the coming weeks.
Yellow Card Nigel De Jong
In truth this game for the most part has been far too easy for City as they have been allowed to keep the ball for large periods and it could have been worse had City been more clinical.
Goal Adam Johnson
Assist David Silva
GOOOOAAALLLLL! What a superb goal and that will certainly put the game to bed. David Silva who has been excellent this afternoon roamed towards the centre of the pitch waiting to pick out a pass and substitute Adam Johnson made a brilliant run which Silva picked out. Johnson's first two touches took the ball past Green and he slid the ball into an empty net.
City playing keep ball now and are more than content to keep West Ham at arms length for the rest of the game.
The game must be over now as West Ham have barely threatened the goal for most of the game and must now score two.
Assist Yaya Touré
Own Goal Robert Green
GOOOOOAAAALLLL! What a comedy of errors that contributed to the goal. Spector was caught in possession and Yaya was played into a wide position on the left, he ghosts past Tomkins who should have done much better and unleashes a shot which hits the near post and bangs of the sprawling Green's back and into the net. An unlucky own goal but the defending prior to it was far too poor.
Pablo Edson Barrera
Grant makes the attacking change that the fans have been waiting for. Barrera comes off for Carlton Cole as Grant pushes for the equaliser with three strikers now.
Wonderful football from City, who have been bystanders for the large majority of this half. Silva links with Yaya and Jo before the Brazilian is set free on the edge of the area and his first time shot is dragged wide.
Interesting hand ball shout against Yaya. A corner came in from Barrera and Jo's clearing header hits the Ivory Coast international on the arm. He knew nothing about it but when players jump with their hands in the air they are asking for trouble. Certainly seen them given as penalties.
West Ham just beginning to have a spell of dominance on the ball here. For the first time in the game they are playing with some space as they search for the equaliser.
West Ham really trying to put pressure on City now, little in the way of chances but much better attitude from the Hammers in this second half. They are being spurred on by a very vocal home supporrt.
Yellow Card Mario Balotelli
He really is a petulant footballer, for all the skill that Balotelli has he must start to control his anger. He has just got himself in the book for talking too much to the referee.
Excellent defending from Tomkins. On the break Yaya finds Balotelli with an excellent through ball and the Italian runs at Faubert and Tomkins and just as he is about to shoot Tomkins slides in to stop him in his tracks. Much noisier in Upton Park now.
The game has become a lot more open now as West Ham look to try and push forward more often, there could be more goals in this.
Yaya given too much space to run into as he again drives towards the United box and shoots with power but Green is able to save.
The fans sound their appreciation as West Ham put together some passes. Parker and Piquionne involved heavily as the tall striker fires in a low cross which just evades Obinna. Better signs for West Ham here.
Second hald beginning in much the same fashion as the first half. City able to keep the ball all too easily as the Hammers not playing with any urgency.
Yellow Card Tal Ben Haim
No changes at half time for either side but it surely can't be long until Grant makes some substitutions.
Phil Dowd calls time on a very professional first half performance from Man City. They have scored one but perhaps should have pressed home their advantage further. The home side have been extremely poor and must improve if they want to get anything from the game.
Avram Grant is furious on the touchline as his players aren't pressing the ball enough and looking to win the ball back.
The pace of the game has dropped dramatically as Cit look content to keep the game at 1-0 up until half time.
West Ham really struggling here and look like they are just waiting for half time. They cannot get hold of the ball and are struggling to prevent City from easily getting crosses in.
Another good chance for Balotelli. A Silva corner is met by the head of the Italian who has a free header from six yards. His header has good power but is cleared off the line although it looked like the ball was drifting wide. Could have had a couple already this afternoon Balotelli.
The goal is nothing more than City deserve as they have controlled the game from the start and the Hammers have a big job on now to get someting from this game.
Assist Gareth Barry
Goal Yaya Touré
GOOOOAAAALLLLL!! What a strike that is. Excellent play down the left again from Barry and Silva before Barry plays a ball inside and Yaya runs onto and lest fly from the edge of the area. The venemous shot finds the back of the net leaving Robert Green absolutely no chance. Perhaps this will encourage West Ham to show a bit more adventure.
After being virtually absent for the opening 26 minutes of the game Yaya Toure showed everyone why he plays in a more advanced role. He picked up the ball just inside his own half and he rampaged forward striding past two West Ham defenders before flicking his boot at goal which Green saved easily.
Home fans getting on the back of referee Phil Dowd as they think decisions are favouring the away side at the moment. Ironic cheers when a free kick is given to West Ham.
Much better from West Ham. Scott Parker (who else) drove into the City half and played a ball out towards Stanislas who takes on Boateng and lets fly with a shot straight at Hart. Signs of West Ham getting into game perhaps.
City seeing all of the ball still, mainly down the left hand side through Silva and Balotelli but the end product has been very poor so far.
City trying to pressurise West Ham as soon as they get hold of the ball. Piquionne and Obinna looking extremely isolated so far.
Game being played at a very slow pace here at Upton Park and that will suit West Ham who have set up to defend in this game and hopefully catch City on the break.
Signs that West Ham are just starting to get to grips with the game now as they have the ball far higher up in possession. Little in the way of goal mouth action.
Already moans of disillusionment from the home fans as United are camped in their own half and can only play long hopeful balls forward at the moment.
West Ham treading water at the moment as they can't get hold of the ball, its wave after wave of City attacks in the early stages.
What a miss. David Silva who is pulling the strings already in the middle of the park sprays a ball out to Jo who somehow gets a cross and Balotelli is unmarked and only has to get contact on the ball to put it in the net and he slices the ball wide from three yards. Real let off for West Ham.
City surprisingly starting with four players in an advanced position and hoping to make an impression on the game early on.
Phil Dowd gets the game underway at a noisy Upton Park, where West Ham have picked up three quarters of all their points this season.
Six weeks ago Cit appeared to be out of the Premier League title race having slipped eight points off the pace however an unbeaten run since October has seen Mancini's charges move to within three points of the Premier League summit. City are unbeaten in all trips to London since Mancini took charge a year ago. Mancini has made two enforced changes as Alexander Kolarov and Top scorer Carlos Tevez are suspended and are replaced by Jerome Boateng and Jo. There is still no place in the squad for wantaway striker Emmanuel Adebayor.
After last weekend'd defeat West Ham will be pleased to be back at Upton Park where they are unbeaten in five games and are hoping to record back-to-back home wins for the first time this season. Avram Grant has rung the changes in search of the winning formula. Frederic Piquionne returns to the starting line-up in place of Carlton Cole and is one of five new faces for today's game.
Manchester City line-up: Hart Zabaleta Kompany K. Toure Boateng Barry Silva De Jong Y. Toure Jo Balotelli Subs: Given, Richards, Lescott, Milner, Johnson, Vieira, Santa Cruz
West Ham United line-up: Green Ben Haim Tomkins Upson Faubert Barrera Spector Parker Stanislas Piquionne Obinna Subs: Stech, Reid, Dyer, Boa Morte, Kovac, Cole, Hines
Good afternoon everyone and welcome to Goal.com’s live commentary of the game between West Ham United and Manchester City at Upton Park. West Ham’s defeat against Sunderland last weekend left the Hammers rooted to the bottom of the Premier League and find themselves embroiled in a relegation dogfight. Manchester City were able to cement their place in fourth position last week with victory over Bolton and still have ambitions of finishing the season in top spot.
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