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West Ham   1 - 1   Man City

Shaun Wright-Phillips scores for Manchester City
Wright-Phillips' rare headed goal brough City level just four minutes after falling behind

By Phil Dawkes

Manchester City ensured a fifth-place Premier League finish by taking a point from a tepid final game at West Ham, who finished the season in 17th.

Luis Boa Morte capped his return to the Hammers side by neatly chipping the home team into a first-half lead.

But just four minutes later, Adam Johnson crossed for fellow winger Shaun Wright-Phillips to head City level.

Former West Ham favourite Carlos Tevez came off the bench and could have won it for City but chipped over.

While Europa League qualification will be scant consolation for having missed out on a Champions League place to Tottenham, Roberto Mancini's side can take solace from their highest Premier League finish.

Italian managers share the love

Having also attained their highest number of wins in a Premier League season and beaten their previous mark for goals scored, it is clear why City's owners feel Mancini deserves another chance to achieve their lofty ambitions, backed by "all the tools he needs" according to chairman Khaldoon al-Mubarak.

If the Italian's recruitment of winger Johnson in January is anything to go by, it will be money well entrusted.

Johnson was the stand-out player of what was an otherwise low-key, end-of-season affair and with Franco Baldini - the assistant to England coach Fabio Capello - watching on, could have played himself into England's World Cup party.

He was a constant torment to the home defence, switching wings with another England hopeful Wright-Phillips to great effect and also providing the cross from which his diminutive fellow winger scored City's equalising goal.

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The former Middlesbrough man dug out an excellent cross from the right which found Wright-Phillips lurking at the back post to head the ball back across goal and in.

That strike came just four minutes after Boa Morte, on his first appearance since the final game of last season, latched on to a neat back-heel pass from Alessandro Diamanti to chip West Ham into a 17th-minute lead.

Johnson remained the key figure in the game thereafter, sparking unsuccessful penalty appeals midway through the half after tumbling under what was a well-timed Matthew Upson tackle and then later laying on a good chance for Emmanuel Adebayor, which was saved by West Ham keeper Robert Green.

However, West Ham have England hopefuls of their own including Scott Parker, who in typically industrious fashion kept his side competitive and demonstrated enough to suggest he could be worthy of inclusion if City's Gareth Barry fails to recover from an ankle injury in time.

Zola admits West Ham underachieved

Either side of half-time, Parker ran with purpose at the City defence before finding Araujo Ilan, but the striker struck the outside of the post with his 20-yard effort from the first opportunity and then saw a second shot blocked by City's on-loan keeper Marton Fulop.

Hammers co-owner David Sullivan implied recently that Parker was the Hammers most prized asset by suggesting he was the only player not for sale this summer.

However, he has been far less effusive in relation to manager Gianfranco Zola, using the programme notes to say that the team and manager have underperformed during a season that saw the Hammers finish fourth bottom.

Man City had chances to finish fourth - Mancini

If this was to be Zola's final game he can be proud of the way his players acquitted themselves, particularly during a second half in which they matched their opponents and had Carlton Cole or his replacement Guillermo Franco shown greater composure when shooting they could have signed off with a victory.

However, the three points could also have been heading back to Manchester had Wright-Phillips done better with another header from a Johnson cross or substitute Tevez been able to get his close-range chip on target instead of landing it on the roof of the net.

The miss was in contrast to three seasons ago, when Tevez saved the Hammers from relegation by scoring the winner against Manchester United on the final day of the season - a moment that must have been reflected on at full time as he donned a West Ham shirt to the applause of the home fans.


West Ham manager Gianfranco Zola:

"I think it was a good game but it was obviously an end of season game between two teams which didn't need the points.

"This season has been one where the whole team hasn't achieved what it could have achieved.

"But I take a lot of positives because this season is one that has made me and all the players better."

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini:

"I think we played a good game and had plenty of chances to score.

"It is important that we finished in fifth position and it is an important result for us.

"And our supporters were fantastic today so congratulations."

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Sunday, 9 May 2010

Barclays Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
West Ham 1-1 Man City FT
(HT 1-1)
  • Boa Morte 17
  • Wright-Phillips 21

West Ham

Substitutes

Man City

Substitutes

Ref: H WebbAtt: 34,989
WEST HAM
MAN CITY

Possession

  • West Ham 50%
  • Man City 50%

Attempts on target

  • West Ham 8
  • Man City 6

Attempts off target

  • West Ham 4
  • Man City 11

Corners

  • West Ham 4
  • Man City 3

Fouls

  • West Ham 12
  • Man City 7
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+3:32 The referee blows for the end of the match.
  • 90:00+0:34 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Radoslav Kovac played to the near post.
  • 88:21 Marton Fulop takes the free kick.
  • 88:21 Substitution Adam Johnson goes off and Greg Cunningham comes on.
  • 88:21 Foul by Guillermo Franco on Vincent Kompany, free kick awarded.
  • 86:25 Robert Green takes the free kick.
  • 86:25 Substitution Jordan Spence is brought on as a substitute for Alessandro Diamanti.
  • 86:25 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Fabio Daprela by Emmanuel Adebayor.
  • 83:59 Shaun Wright-Phillips has a header from inside the six-yard box and clears the crossbar.
  • 83:07 Araujo Ilan takes a shot. Marton Fulop makes a comfortable save.
  • 82:25 Shaun Wright-Phillips takes a shot. Julien Faubert gets a block in.
  • 81:51 Guillermo Franco takes a shot. Micah Richards gets a block in.
  • 81:23 Nigel De Jong challenges Araujo Ilan unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Radoslav Kovac.
  • 80:46 Shot by Carlos Tevez from outside the box goes over the target.
  • 78:24 Carlos Tevez takes a shot from close range clearing the crossbar.
  • 76:52 Guillermo Franco takes a shot. Save made by Marton Fulop.
  • 75:45 Alessandro Diamanti challenges Nigel De Jong unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Pablo Zabaleta.
  • 75:27 Short corner taken by Alessandro Diamanti from the left by-line.
  • 75:10 Alessandro Diamanti takes a shot. Nigel De Jong gets a block in.
  • 72:04 Direct free kick taken by Vincent Kompany.
  • 72:04 Substitution (Man City) makes a substitution, with Carlos Tevez coming on for Roque Santa Cruz.
  • 72:04 Substitution (Man City) makes a substitution, with Micah Richards coming on for Silvio Sylvinho.
  • 72:04 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Silvio Sylvinho by Guillermo Franco.
  • 67:41 Effort on goal by Roque Santa Cruz from just outside the area goes harmlessly over the target.
  • 67:06 Nigel De Jong fouled by Junior Stanislas, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Nigel De Jong.
  • 66:32 Adam Johnson challenges Fabio Daprela unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Robert Green.
  • 64:33 Silvio Sylvinho produces a left-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the target.
  • 63:07 Pablo Zabaleta takes the direct free kick.
  • 63:07 Substitution Carlton Cole leaves the field to be replaced by Guillermo Franco.
  • 63:07 Substitution Junior Stanislas comes on in place of Luis Boa Morte.
  • 63:07 Booking The referee shows Fabio Daprela a yellow card.
  • 62:59 Fabio Daprela gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Adam Johnson.
  • 62:19 Silvio Sylvinho takes a shot. Blocked by Matthew Upson.
  • 57:16 The assistant referee signals for offside against Luis Boa Morte. Indirect free kick taken by Marton Fulop.
  • 56:21 Scott Parker takes a long range shot harmlessly clearing the crossbar.
  • 53:42 Effort on goal by Adam Johnson from outside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.
  • 52:29 Scott Parker concedes a free kick for a foul on Vincent Kompany. Silvio Sylvinho takes the direct free kick.
  • 51:45 Emmanuel Adebayor takes a shot. Save made by Robert Green.
  • 51:21 Araujo Ilan takes a shot. Save by Marton Fulop.
  • 50:42 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Pablo Zabaleta by Luis Boa Morte. Pablo Zabaleta restarts play with the free kick.
  • 50:29 Alessandro Diamanti takes a shot. Marton Fulop makes a comfortable save.
  • 49:22 Free kick awarded for a foul by Alessandro Diamanti on Shaun Wright-Phillips. Direct free kick taken by Silvio Sylvinho.
  • 48:02 Effort on goal by Shaun Wright-Phillips from outside the box goes harmlessly over the bar.
  • 47:28 Carlton Cole has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the goal.
  • 45:01 The referee starts the second half.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+3:34 The referee calls an end to the first half.
  • 45:00+2:55 Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Adam Johnson, save by Robert Green.
  • 45:00+0:37 Araujo Ilan gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Vincent Kompany. Vincent Kompany takes the direct free kick.
  • 45:00+0:05 Silvio Sylvinho takes a shot.
  • 42:52 Adam Johnson takes the inswinging corner, Header from close in by Roque Santa Cruz misses to the right of the target.
  • 42:31 Emmanuel Adebayor takes a shot. Save by Robert Green.
  • 41:28 Pablo Zabaleta has an effort at goal from the edge of the box that misses to the right of the target.
  • 39:54 Alessandro Diamanti challenges Pablo Zabaleta unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Kolo Toure.
  • 37:58 Emmanuel Adebayor is caught offside. Free kick taken by Manuel da Costa.
  • 33:56 Shot from just outside the penalty area by Alessandro Diamanti hits the post.
  • 31:14 Adam Johnson takes a outswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, Carlton Cole makes a clearance.
  • 30:52 Pablo Zabaleta takes a shot. Luis Boa Morte gets a block in.
  • 28:14 Short corner taken by Alessandro Diamanti.
  • 27:27 Pablo Zabaleta concedes a free kick for a foul on Luis Boa Morte. Alessandro Diamanti crosses the ball in from the free kick, Roque Santa Cruz makes a clearance.
  • 25:37 The assistant referee flags for offside against Emmanuel Adebayor. Robert Green restarts play with the free kick.
  • 24:33 Carlton Cole takes a shot. Marton Fulop makes a comfortable save.
  • 20:26 Assist on the goal came from Adam Johnson.
  • 20:26 GOAL - Shaun Wright-PhillipsWest Ham 1 - 1 Man City Shaun Wright-Phillips finds the back of the net with a headed goal from close range. West Ham 1-1 Man City.
  • 18:34 Booking Booking for Luis Boa Morte for unsporting behaviour.
  • 16:42 Assist by Alessandro Diamanti.
  • 16:42 GOAL - Luis Boa MorteWest Ham 1 - 0 Man City Luis Boa Morte finds the net with a goal from inside the box to the bottom left corner of the goal. West Ham 1-0 Man City.
  • 16:07 The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Robert Green.
  • 13:32 Araujo Ilan fouled by Vincent Kompany, the ref awards a free kick. Alessandro Diamanti restarts play with the free kick.
  • 11:50 Alessandro Diamanti takes a short corner.
  • 11:11 Foul by Patrick Vieira on Araujo Ilan, free kick awarded. Alessandro Diamanti takes the free kick.
  • 10:28 Shaun Wright-Phillips challenges Luis Boa Morte unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Fabio Daprela.
  • 5:09 Free kick awarded for a foul by Manuel da Costa on Roque Santa Cruz. Adam Johnson produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick, Robert Green makes a comfortable save.
  • 4:10 Long range shot from Luis Boa Morte misses to the left of the target.
  • 1:35 Radoslav Kovac challenges Emmanuel Adebayor unfairly and gives away a free kick. Adam Johnson crosses the ball in from the free kick, comfortable save by Robert Green.
  • 0:00 The game kicks-off.

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Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 9 May 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Chelsea 38 71 86
2 Man Utd 38 58 85
3 Arsenal 38 42 75
4 Tottenham 38 26 70
5 Man City 38 28 67
6 Aston Villa 38 13 64
7 Liverpool 38 26 63
8 Everton 38 11 61
9 Birmingham 38 -9 50
10 Blackburn 38 -14 50
11 Stoke 38 -14 47
12 Fulham 38 -7 46
13 Sunderland 38 -8 44
14 Bolton 38 -25 39
15 Wolves 38 -24 38
16 Wigan 38 -42 36
17 West Ham 38 -19 35
18 Burnley 38 -40 30
19 Hull 38 -41 30
20 Portsmouth 38 -32 19

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