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Man City   3 - 1   West Ham

By Nabil Hassan

Martin Petrov and Carlos Tevez
Petrov (left) and Tevez tormented the Hammers defence

Manchester City moved to within three points of the league leaders as two goals from former West Ham hero Carlos Tevez helped overcome the Hammers.

Tevez side-footed home Martin Petrov's cross from six yards out but Carlton Cole levelled with a neat back-heel.

Petrov, making his first league start of the season, curled a low, 25-yard free-kick into the corner of the net.

Tevez's header from Craig Bellamy's free-kick sealed victory and secured City's best league start since 1961.

The win moved City up to fifth in the Premier League, level on points with fourth-placed Tottenham and third-placed Liverpool and three points behind joint leaders Manchester United and Chelsea.

West Ham remain without a win in five matches and languishing in the bottom three.

City started brightly and could have been three goals up inside 15 minutes.

They had to settle for only one and it came after five minutes through Tevez, the former Hammers' favourite who helped lead the Londoners to Premier League survival in 2007.

Bulgarian winger Petrov found space out wide, following Gareth Barry's flick-on, and squared it to the unmarked Argentine, who from six yards out side-footed into the roof of the net for his first league goal of the season.

It was the worst possible start for the Hammers and a few moments later they were fortunate it was not worse after Tevez's neat swivel and shot flew inches wide of the post.

The striker was wreaked havoc in the Hammers defence and soon after he blazed over the bar after Wayne Bridge's cross had deflected into his path.

The visitors struggled to get into the game with Mark Noble's deflected 30-yard shot, which was comfortably saved by Shay Given, their only attempt inside the opening 20 minutes.

But after Petrov's half-volley was well held by Robert Green, the Hammers shocked Eastlands with a goal against the run of play.

City failed to clear Alessandro Diamanti's floated free-kick and Kovac's shot was back-heeled into the net by striker Cole.

606: DEBATE

The goal unsurprisingly invigorated the Hammers and soon after Cole's header from Julien Faubert's cross was neatly kept out by Given.

But just as the Hammers appeared to have taken a grip on the game, City got themselves back in front when Petrov's free-kick curled around the wall and into the bottom corner.

Soon after, Tevez found himself one-on-one with Green, but the Hammers keeper did well to narrow the angle and block the shot. From the resulting corner an unmarked Joleon Lescott headed wide as West Ham's defence again was in disarray.

A moment of controversy then followed when the visitors were denied a goal.

Scott Parker scored it, slotting in from 12 yards, but Cole was harshly penalised for an earlier foul on Lescott.

As the half reached its climax City enjoyed even more success on the wings and Green was twice called into action to keep out Bellamy's close-range header and Petrov's brilliant volley from the angle of the box.

It took until the hour for the next goal to come and Tevez was perfectly placed to expose the gaps in the visitors' defence.

The former West Ham striker found himself unmarked at the back post and accurately headed Bellamy's free-kick across goal beyond Green.

At the other end, Given was twice called into action with Diamanti testing the Irishman and James Tomkins then failed to hit the target from Diamanti's inswinging corner.

Barry could have extended the lead late on with a dipping volley that England keeper Green acrobatically tipped over the bar.

With 10 minutes remaining City introduced Roque Santa Cruz to make his debut following his arrival from Blackburn for £18m in June.

But the Paraguayan striker missed out on making the dream start to his Eastlands career when he steered Petrov's cross the wrong side of the post.

Petrov fired just wide as the Hammers defence crumbled, but it mattered little as City sealed their fifth win out of six league games this season.


Manchester City manager Mark Hughes:
"All night Carlos Tevez and Craig Bellamy were a real handful for the opposition, they couldn't handle them.

"It was hard for West Ham to stop them from having an influence because their movement and energy was outstanding.

"We executed our game plan perfectly. I think the movement and positioning of our guys, getting into good areas and causing the opposition problems was there for all to see.

"We were also able to get Roque Santa Cruz and Michael Johnson, who has been out for a long time, on at the end so they were another couple of positives on a night of positives."

West Ham boss Gianfranco Zola:
"I am not feeling well now as you can imagine.

"We didn't play in the first 45 minutes. When you play a team like City and you concede so much then it is very difficult to come back.

"I think this will be an important week for us, we will have to work hard. There are many things we need to concentrate on.

"We are much better than we are showing right now."

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Monday, 28 September 2009

Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Man City 3-1 West Ham FT
(HT 2-1)
  • Tevez 5
  • Petrov 32
  • Tevez 61
  • Cole 24

Man City

Substitutes

West Ham

Substitutes

Ref: FoyAtt: 42,745
MAN CITY
WEST HAM

Possession

  • Man City 45%
  • West Ham 55%

Attempts on target

  • Man City 12
  • West Ham 8

Attempts off target

  • Man City 8
  • West Ham 4

Corners

  • Man City 11
  • West Ham 5

Fouls

  • Man City 18
  • West Ham 14
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+3:18 The referee ends the match.
  • 90:00+0:29 Corner taken short by Craig Bellamy.
  • 89:22 Carlton Cole concedes a free kick for a foul on Nigel De Jong. Pablo Zabaleta takes the direct free kick.
  • 88:18 Substitution Michael Johnson comes on in place of Gareth Barry.
  • 88:18 Martin Petrov produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that clears the bar.
  • 87:19 Roque Santa Cruz produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the left-hand post.
  • 83:26 Martin Petrov challenges Zavon Hines unfairly and gives away a free kick. The ball is swung over by Alessandro Diamanti, Header on goal by Carlton Cole from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
  • 82:34 The referee blows for offside against Carlton Cole. Shay Given restarts play with the free kick.
  • 81:30 Alessandro Diamanti has an effort at goal from a long way out that goes wide left.
  • 79:51 Substitution Shaun Wright-Phillips leaves the field to be replaced by Roque Santa Cruz.
  • 78:28 Nigel De Jong takes a shot. Comfortable save by Robert Green.
  • 77:30 Gareth Barry takes a shot. Robert Green makes a save. Corner taken right-footed by Craig Bellamy from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Carlton Cole.
  • 75:55 Craig Bellamy takes a shot from inside the box clearing the bar.
  • 74:35 Free kick awarded for a foul by Junior Stanislas on Pablo Zabaleta. Free kick taken by Shay Given.
  • 73:30 Martin Petrov challenges James Tomkins unfairly and gives away a free kick. James Tomkins takes the direct free kick.
  • 72:54 Corner from left by-line taken by Mark Noble.
  • 72:12 Free kick awarded for a foul by Gareth Barry on Zavon Hines. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Alessandro Diamanti from right wing, clearance made by Kolo Toure.
  • 70:03 Substitution Junior Stanislas joins the action as a substitute, replacing Radoslav Kovac.
  • 70:03 Substitution Zavon Hines is brought on as a substitute for Luis Jimenez.
  • 66:29 Luis Jimenez takes a shot. Blocked by Joleon Lescott. Alessandro Diamanti takes a shot. Save by Shay Given. Short corner taken by Alessandro Diamanti from the right by-line. Alessandro Diamanti takes a shot. Save made by Shay Given. Alessandro Diamanti decides to take the corner short.
  • 64:54 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Martin Petrov played to the near post, Header from deep inside the area by Gareth Barry goes over the bar.
  • 64:24 Mark Noble takes a shot. Save made by Shay Given.
  • 62:52 Effort on goal by Craig Bellamy from just inside the area clears the crossbar.
  • 60:24 Assist by Craig Bellamy.
  • 60:24 GOAL - Carlos TevezMan City 3 - 1 West Ham Carlos Tevez grabs a headed goal from inside the penalty area. Man City 3-1 West Ham.
  • 59:29 Gareth Barry takes a shot. James Tomkins gets a block in. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gareth Barry by Julien Faubert. A cross is delivered by Craig Bellamy,
  • 58:18 James Tomkins takes the direct free kick.
  • 58:18 Booking The referee books Wayne Bridge for unsporting behaviour.
  • 58:08 Radoslav Kovac fouled by Wayne Bridge, the ref awards a free kick.
  • 57:53 Craig Bellamy crosses the ball.
  • 56:56 Free kick awarded for a foul by Julien Faubert on Martin Petrov. Free kick taken by Nigel De Jong.
  • 55:53 Corner taken by Craig Bellamy.
  • 54:51 Free kick taken by Joleon Lescott.
  • 54:51 Booking Alessandro Diamanti receives a yellow card.
  • 54:37 Unfair challenge on Nigel De Jong by Alessandro Diamanti results in a free kick.
  • 53:50 Julien Faubert concedes a free kick for a foul on Carlos Tevez. Shaun Wright-Phillips restarts play with the free kick.
  • 52:56 Inswinging corner taken by Martin Petrov from the right by-line, clearance by Julien Faubert.
  • 51:21 Luis Jimenez takes a shot. Blocked by Kolo Toure. Mark Noble concedes a free kick for a foul on Shaun Wright-Phillips. Shay Given restarts play with the free kick.
  • 50:47 Foul by Craig Bellamy on Alessandro Diamanti, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Alessandro Diamanti.
  • 49:04 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Mark Noble.
  • 48:02 Carlos Tevez concedes a free kick for a foul on Manuel Da Costa. Mark Noble takes the free kick.
  • 47:25 Alessandro Diamanti takes a inswinging corner to the near post, Nigel De Jong manages to make a clearance.
  • 45:27 Foul by Shaun Wright-Phillips on Manuel Da Costa, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Robert Green.
  • 45:01 The match restarts for the second half.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+2:11 The referee calls an end to the first half.
  • 45:00+0:47 Inswinging corner taken by Martin Petrov from the right by-line, save by Robert Green. Carlos Tevez takes a shot. Blocked by Herita Ilunga. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Craig Bellamy, save by Robert Green.
  • 44:04 The referee blows for offside against Craig Bellamy. Robert Green takes the indirect free kick. Wayne Bridge concedes a free kick for a foul on Alessandro Diamanti. Julien Faubert restarts play with the free kick.
  • 43:33 Shot by Martin Petrov. Comfortable save by Robert Green. The assistant referee signals for offside against Luis Jimenez. Kolo Toure restarts play with the free kick.
  • 41:58 Craig Bellamy takes a shot. Save made by Robert Green.
  • 40:57 Carlton Cole gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Joleon Lescott. Free kick taken by Shay Given.
  • 39:25 Carlton Cole gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kolo Toure. Direct free kick taken by Kolo Toure.
  • Correction - 38:38 Corner taken right-footed by Craig Bellamy from the left by-line, Headed effort from deep inside the area by Joleon Lescott misses to the right of the target. Carlos Tevez takes a shot. Blocked by Manuel Da Costa.
  • 38:38 Corner from the left by-line taken by Craig Bellamy, Headed effort on goal by Joleon Lescott from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the goal.
  • 37:07 Free kick awarded for a foul by Shaun Wright-Phillips on Herita Ilunga. Free kick taken by Manuel Da Costa.
  • 35:00 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nigel De Jong by Alessandro Diamanti. Nigel De Jong takes the direct free kick.
  • 34:34 Free kick awarded for a foul by Craig Bellamy on Scott Parker. Scott Parker takes the direct free kick.
  • 31:58 Luis Jimenez is adjudged to have handled the ball. Nigel De Jong takes the free kick.
  • 31:01 GOAL - Martin PetrovMan City 2 - 1 West Ham Martin Petrov finds the net with a goal direct from the free kick from outside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Man City 2-1 West Ham.
  • 30:09 Free kick awarded for a foul by Luis Jimenez on Nigel De Jong.
  • 29:45 Corner taken left-footed by Martin Petrov from the right by-line to the near post, Carlton Cole makes a clearance.
  • 29:04 Kolo Toure fouled by Carlton Cole, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Kolo Toure.
  • 28:21 Herita Ilunga gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Shaun Wright-Phillips. Pablo Zabaleta takes the free kick.
  • 28:03 Carlton Cole takes a shot. Save by Shay Given.
  • 23:18 The assist for the goal came from Radoslav Kovac.
  • 23:18 GOAL - Carlton ColeMan City 1 - 1 West Ham Carlton Cole gets on the score sheet with a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Man City 1-1 West Ham.
  • 22:34 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mark Noble by Shaun Wright-Phillips. Alessandro Diamanti restarts play with the free kick.
  • 21:50 Nigel De Jong concedes a free kick for a foul on Alessandro Diamanti. James Tomkins takes the free kick.
  • 19:51 Free kick awarded for a foul by Craig Bellamy on Scott Parker. Scott Parker takes the direct free kick.
  • 18:55 Gareth Barry gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Julien Faubert. Free kick taken by Robert Green.
  • 17:44 The official flags Craig Bellamy offside. Indirect free kick taken by Manuel Da Costa.
  • 17:18 Effort on goal by Carlton Cole from just inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.
  • 16:57 Martin Petrov takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Robert Green makes a comfortable save.
  • 16:05 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Carlton Cole by Pablo Zabaleta. Free kick taken by Mark Noble.
  • 15:54 Craig Bellamy delivers the ball, clearance by Manuel Da Costa.
  • 15:23 Mark Noble takes a shot. Shay Given makes a comfortable save.
  • 14:54 Unfair challenge on Luis Jimenez by Nigel De Jong results in a free kick. Mark Noble restarts play with the free kick.
  • 14:03 Carlos Tevez produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that goes over the bar.
  • 10:11 Shot from long range by Alessandro Diamanti misses to the right of the goal.
  • 9:06 Foul by Gareth Barry on Alessandro Diamanti, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by James Tomkins.
  • 8:28 Carlos Tevez produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
  • 7:49 Craig Bellamy takes a short corner.
  • 7:31 Shaun Wright-Phillips fouled by Mark Noble, the ref awards a free kick. Nigel De Jong restarts play with the free kick.
  • 6:53 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Luis Jimenez by Nigel De Jong. Herita Ilunga takes the free kick.
  • 5:40 Wayne Bridge takes a shot. Save made by Robert Green.
  • 4:27 The assist for the goal came from Martin Petrov.
  • 4:27 GOAL - Carlos TevezMan City 1 - 0 West Ham Goal scored by Carlos Tevez from close range high into the middle of the goal. Man City 1-0 West Ham.
  • 4:24 Martin Petrov delivers the ball,
  • 3:27 Inswinging corner taken by Craig Bellamy from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance by Carlton Cole.
  • 1:56 Shaun Wright-Phillips is caught offside. Robert Green takes the indirect free kick.
  • 0:00 The match has kicked off.

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