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West Ham   1 - 3   Man City

Manchester City celebrate Yaya Toure's opening goal
City go second in the table behind Arsenal on goal difference

By David Ornstein

Manchester City served notice of their title ambitions by outclassing West Ham to move level on points with Arsenal at the top of the Premier League.

City took a deserved lead when the superb Yaya Toure fired past Robert Green from Gareth Barry's cut-back.

And they made it two at a subdued Upton Park as Yaya Toure's shot hit a post and went in off Green's back.

Adam Johnson rounded Green to seal the points before James Tomkins headed a consolation for rock-bottom West Ham.

The result sees big-spending City leapfrog Chelsea and Manchester United to join Arsenal on 32 points, although the Gunners' goal difference is superior by five.

Chelsea will go top if they win at Tottenham on Sunday, while Arsenal and United have the chance to take pole position when they meet at Old Trafford on Monday.

West Ham, by contrast, stay bottom of the league on 12 points with only two wins all season.

606: DEBATE

Their loss at Sunderland last Sunday kept them at the foot of the table, but a run of five home games without defeat in all competitions provided cause for optimism ahead of this one.

And despite featuring four changes from the side beaten on Wearside, the Hammers looked lively and cohesive from the outset - snapping into tackles and breaking forward at pace.

Boss Avram Grant dropped Carlton Cole to the bench as Frederic Piquionne came in to partner Victor Obinna up front, and the Frenchman was ably supported by wingers Pablo Barrera and Junior Stanislas.

Yet it was City, unbeaten in the league since October and with five victories from nine away games, who carved out the best chance in the early stages.

With captain Carlos Tevez ruled out of a return to his old club through suspension, City fans could have been forgiven for approaching the match with trepidation.

The Argentine striker had scored 48% of his side's league goals this season - a higher proportion than at any other club.

But it was his replacement, the Brazilian forward Jo, who produced a fine run and low cross from the left to tee up Mario Balotelli in the fourth minute.

Grant unconcerned by Hammers defeat

The in-form Italian ghosted in front of Matthew Upson at the near post, only to angle his first-time finish wide of the far upright.

Seemingly unfazed by that close shave, West Ham went back on the front foot and Scott Parker volleyed wide before Stanislas curled a free-kick over and shot powerfully at Joe Hart after cutting in from the left.

However, City gradually began to exert an influence on proceedings - dominating possession and frustrating their opponents with a slick brand of pass-and-move football - and reward was forthcoming.

West Ham were warned of the threat posed by Yaya Toure when he ran half the length of the pitch before shooting straight at Green - but the lesson was not heeded.

In the 30th minute, the Ivorian fed Gareth Barry on the left, got ahead of a dozing Jonathan Spector to meet the cut-back and rifle a first-time drive past Green from the edge of the penalty area.

It was a stunning finish and one which West Ham worked hard to bounce back from, Parker dragging a drive narrowly wide and Piquionne glancing a header over from Julien Faubert's cross.

City reached half-time fairly comfortably and the flat atmosphere at Upton Park did not exactly make for a rousing opening to the second period.

Kidd likens Mancini to Ferguson

Obinna drilled in a promising centre from the left that was gathered by Hart with Piquionne lurking, but a second City goal was looking more likely than a West Ham equaliser.

Yaya Toure stung Green's palms with a fierce strike following another ranging run, while Balotelli was squeezed out by Tomkins after being released by the former Barcelona man.

Balotelli was becoming increasingly irritated by his inability to make an impact and shortly after picking up a caution for dissent, he was withdrawn by manager Roberto Mancini.

The 20-year-old's petulance appeared to disrupt his team's rhythm and allowed the momentum to swing back into West Ham's hands.

Grant's men set about pressing with real intent, forcing a couple of defensive mix-ups and an unsuccessful penalty appeal for what looked like a handball by Yaya Toure.

On came Kieron Dyer and Cole as Grant went for all-out attack and there was to be another goal - but it went the way of City.

Yaya Toure raced forward to collect Nigel de Jong's pass and waltzed past Tomkins to go one-on-one with Green. His shot came back off the woodwork but ricocheted in off the goalkeeper's back.

It was three when Johnson, on for Balotelli, latched on to David Silva's slide-rule pass and evaded Green to roll into an unguarded net.

Tomkins nodded Obinna's corner past Hart with the aid of a deflection off Kolo Toure at the death, but it proved too little too late.

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Saturday, 11 December 2010

Barclays Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
West Ham 1-3 Man City FT
(HT 0-1)
  • Tomkins 89
  • Y Toure 30
  • Y Toure 73
  • Johnson 81

West Ham

Substitutes

Man City

Substitutes

Ref: DowdAtt: 32,813
WEST HAM
MAN CITY

Possession

  • West Ham 51%
  • Man City 49%

Attempts on target

  • West Ham 3
  • Man City 8

Attempts off target

  • West Ham 10
  • Man City 4

Corners

  • West Ham 2
  • Man City 6

Fouls

  • West Ham 10
  • Man City 13
  • Final Result
  • 93:30 The final whistle goes and the game is over.
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+2:43 Attacking throw-in by Jerome Boateng (Man City).
  • 90:00+1:50 Defending throw-in by Julien Faubert (West Ham).
  • 90:00+0:53 Foul by Pablo Zabaleta (Man City) on Zavon Hines (West Ham). Free kick taken right-footed by Victor Obinna (West Ham) from right channel (18 yards), blocked by Adam Johnson (Man City).
  • 90:00+0:53 Booking Pablo Zabaleta (Man City) booked for unsporting behaviour.
  • 89:33 Foul by Carlton Cole (West Ham) on Pablo Zabaleta (Man City). Free kick taken right-footed by Joe Hart (Man City) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 89:28 Goal kick taken long by Robert Green (West Ham).
  • 88:10 Outswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Victor Obinna (West Ham) to centre, assist (cross) by Victor Obinna (West Ham) from right by-line.
  • 88:10 GOAL - James TomkinsWest Ham 1 - 3 Man City Headed goal by James Tomkins (West Ham) (high centre of goal) from centre of penalty area (12 yards).West Ham 1-3 Man City.
  • 87:15 Defending throw-in by Julien Faubert (West Ham).
  • 86:44 Header by Carlton Cole (West Ham) from centre of penalty area (12 yards), save (caught) by Joe Hart (Man City).
  • 85:56 Shot by Zavon Hines (West Ham) left-footed from right channel (20 yards), missed left. Goal kick taken long by Joe Hart (Man City).
  • 85:04 Foul by Nigel De Jong (Man City) on Zavon Hines (West Ham). Free kick taken right-footed by Julien Faubert (West Ham) from right wing, resulting in open play.
  • 85:04 Substitution Man City substitution: David Silva replaced by James Milner (tactical).
  • 84:45 Booking Nigel De Jong (Man City) booked for unsporting behaviour.
  • 82:34 Attacking throw-in by Tal Ben-Haim (West Ham).
  • 81:52 Kieron Dyer (West Ham) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Joe Hart (Man City) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 80:18 Assist (pass) by David Silva (Man City) from left channel.
  • 80:18 GOAL - Adam JohnsonWest Ham 0 - 3 Man City Goal by Adam Johnson (Man City) left-footed (low centre of goal) from left side of penalty area (6 yards).West Ham 0-3 Man City.
  • 79:17 Defending throw-in by Julien Faubert (West Ham).
  • 79:17 Substitution West Ham substitution: Frederic Piquionne replaced by Zavon Hines (tactical).
  • 78:47 Defending throw-in by Pablo Zabaleta (Man City).
  • 77:21 Goal kick taken long by Joe Hart (Man City).
  • 77:02 Defending throw-in by Tal Ben-Haim (West Ham).
  • 76:03 Defending throw-in by Jerome Boateng (Man City).
  • 74:30 Attacking throw-in by Julien Faubert (West Ham).
  • 74:19 Attacking throw-in by Tal Ben-Haim (West Ham).
  • 72:38 GOAL - Gnegneri Toure YayaWest Ham 0 - 2 Man City Goal by Gnegneri Toure Yaya (Man City) (bottom-left of goal) from left side of six-yard box (6 yards).West Ham 0-2 Man City.
  • 72:29 Gnegneri Toure Yaya provided the assist for the goal.
  • 72:29 GOAL - Robert GreenWest Ham 0 - 2 Man City Robert Green puts the ball into his own net from 6 yards. West Ham 0-2 Man City.
  • 71:14 Outswinging corner from left by-line taken left-footed by David Silva (Man City) to near post, clearance by Carlton Cole (West Ham).
  • 70:19 Goal kick taken long by Robert Green (West Ham).
  • 70:19 Substitution West Ham substitution: Pablo Barrera replaced by Carlton Cole (tactical).
  • 69:24 Shot by Joao Alves Jo (Man City) left-footed from left side of penalty area (12 yards), blocked by James Tomkins (West Ham). Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by David Silva (Man City) to near post, clearance by Victor Obinna (West Ham).
  • 68:28 Shot by Joao Alves Jo (Man City) right-footed from centre of penalty area (12 yards), over the bar. Goal kick taken long by Robert Green (West Ham).
  • 67:39 Shot by Jerome Boateng (Man City) left-footed from right channel (20 yards), save (caught) by Robert Green (West Ham).
  • 66:40 Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Pablo Barrera (West Ham) to centre, clearance by Nigel De Jong (Man City).
  • 66:24 Attacking throw-in by Julien Faubert (West Ham).
  • 65:31 Foul by Pablo Zabaleta (Man City) on Pablo Barrera (West Ham). Free kick crossed right-footed by Pablo Barrera (West Ham) from right wing, clearance by Joao Alves Jo (Man City).
  • 65:09 Defending throw-in by Pablo Zabaleta (Man City).
  • 64:23 Shot by Pablo Barrera (West Ham) left-footed from right channel (18 yards), over the bar. Goal kick taken long by Joe Hart (Man City).
  • 64:23 Substitution West Ham substitution: Junior Stanislas replaced by Kieron Dyer (tactical).
  • 63:25 Attacking throw-in by Junior Stanislas (West Ham).
  • 62:35 Defending throw-in by Julien Faubert (West Ham).
  • 62:00 Attacking throw-in by Julien Faubert (West Ham).
  • 61:53 Defending throw-in by Pablo Zabaleta (Man City).
  • 61:30 Attacking throw-in by Julien Faubert (West Ham).
  • 60:35 Foul by Gnegneri Toure Yaya (Man City) on Victor Obinna (West Ham). Free kick taken left-footed by Matthew Upson (West Ham) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 60:35 Substitution Man City substitution: Mario Balotelli replaced by Adam Johnson (tactical).
  • 58:48 Foul by David Silva (Man City) on Victor Obinna (West Ham). Free kick crossed right-footed by Victor Obinna (West Ham) from left channel, clearance by Vincent Kompany (Man City).
  • 58:48 Booking Mario Balotelli (Man City) booked for dissent.
  • 57:28 Attacking throw-in by Julien Faubert (West Ham).
  • 56:51 Goal kick taken long by Robert Green (West Ham).
  • 56:18 Defending throw-in by Pablo Zabaleta (Man City).
  • 55:47 Attacking throw-in by Pablo Zabaleta (Man City).
  • 55:24 Attacking throw-in by Julien Faubert (West Ham).
  • 54:30 Defending throw-in by Tal Ben-Haim (West Ham).
  • 53:58 Weak shot by Jonathan Spector (West Ham) right-footed from left channel (25 yards), missed left. Goal kick taken long by Joe Hart (Man City).
  • 53:28 Attacking throw-in by Tal Ben-Haim (West Ham).
  • 52:59 Joao Alves Jo (Man City) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Robert Green (West Ham) from own half, passed.
  • 52:42 Defending throw-in by Pablo Zabaleta (Man City).
  • 52:16 Shot by Gnegneri Toure Yaya (Man City) drilled right-footed from left channel (25 yards), save (caught) by Robert Green (West Ham).
  • 51:48 Cross by Pablo Barrera (West Ham), resulting in ball out of play. Goal kick taken long by Joe Hart (Man City).
  • 51:18 Attacking throw-in by Julien Faubert (West Ham).
  • 51:01 Defending throw-in by Julien Faubert (West Ham).
  • 50:43 Attacking throw-in by Pablo Zabaleta (Man City).
  • 49:15 Handball by Mario Balotelli (Man City). Free kick taken right-footed by Robert Green (West Ham) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 47:56 Outswinging corner from left by-line taken left-footed by David Silva (Man City) to centre, clearance by James Tomkins (West Ham).
  • 46:56 Defending throw-in by Tal Ben-Haim (West Ham).
  • 46:21 Foul by Tal Ben-Haim (West Ham) on David Silva (Man City). Free kick taken right-footed by Joe Hart (Man City) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 46:21 Booking Tal Ben-Haim (West Ham) booked for unsporting behaviour.
  • 45:01 The referee starts the second half.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+1:07 It is the end of the first-half.
  • 45:00+0:19 Goal kick taken long by Robert Green (West Ham).
  • 44:43 Attacking throw-in by Jerome Boateng (Man City).
  • 44:03 Header by Frederic Piquionne (West Ham) from centre of penalty area (12 yards), over the bar. Goal kick taken long by Joe Hart (Man City).
  • 43:40 Attacking throw-in by Julien Faubert (West Ham).
  • 43:08 Foul by Gnegneri Toure Yaya (Man City) on Scott Parker (West Ham). Free kick taken right-footed by Robert Green (West Ham) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 41:57 Defending throw-in by Julien Faubert (West Ham).
  • 41:30 Defending throw-in by Jerome Boateng (Man City).
  • 41:05 Attacking throw-in by Pablo Zabaleta (Man City).
  • 40:02 Defending throw-in by Jerome Boateng (Man City).
  • 39:33 Foul by Joao Alves Jo (Man City) on James Tomkins (West Ham). Free kick taken right-footed by Robert Green (West Ham) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 38:46 Attacking throw-in by Tal Ben-Haim (West Ham).
  • 37:59 Shot by Scott Parker (West Ham) left-footed from right channel (20 yards), missed right. Goal kick taken long by Joe Hart (Man City).
  • 37:17 Attacking throw-in by Kolo Toure (Man City).
  • 34:48 Foul by Gareth Barry (Man City) on Pablo Barrera (West Ham). Free kick crossed right-footed by Victor Obinna (West Ham) from right wing, resulting in open play. Goal kick taken long by Joe Hart (Man City).
  • 34:36 Attacking throw-in by Julien Faubert (West Ham).
  • 33:59 Goal kick taken long by Robert Green (West Ham).
  • 32:50 Inswinging corner from left by-line taken left-footed by David Silva (Man City) to centre, header by Mario Balotelli (Man City) from centre of penalty area (12 yards), clearance by Pablo Barrera (West Ham).
  • 31:29 Foul by Joao Alves Jo (Man City) on Julien Faubert (West Ham). Free kick taken right-footed by Robert Green (West Ham) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 30:43 Attacking throw-in by Jerome Boateng (Man City).
  • 29:09 Assist (pass) by Gareth Barry (Man City) from left by-line.
  • 29:09 GOAL - Gnegneri Toure YayaWest Ham 0 - 1 Man City Goal by Gnegneri Toure Yaya (Man City) left-footed (high centre of goal) from right channel (12 yards).West Ham 0-1 Man City.
  • 28:11 Shot by Pablo Barrera (West Ham) right-footed from right channel (25 yards), missed left. Goal kick taken long by Joe Hart (Man City).
  • Correction - 26:49 Gnegneri Toure Yaya takes a shot. Save made by Robert Green.
  • 26:49 Shot by Gnegneri Toure Yaya (Man City) left-footed from left channel (18 yards), save (caught) by Robert Green (West Ham).
  • 25:09 Goal kick taken long by Robert Green (West Ham).
  • 24:00 Shot by Jerome Boateng (Man City) left-footed from right channel (25 yards), blocked by Scott Parker (West Ham).
  • 23:30 Outswinging corner from left by-line taken left-footed by David Silva (Man City) to far post, resulting in open play.
  • 22:41 Foul by Pablo Barrera (West Ham) on David Silva (Man City). Free kick taken left-footed by David Silva (Man City) from left channel, passed.
  • 22:25 Foul by Victor Obinna (West Ham) on Jerome Boateng (Man City). Free kick taken right-footed by Nigel De Jong (Man City) from own half, passed.
  • 21:53 Shot by Junior Stanislas (West Ham) right-footed from left side of penalty area (12 yards), save (caught) by Joe Hart (Man City).
  • 20:23 Goal kick taken long by Robert Green (West Ham).
  • 20:05 Foul by Junior Stanislas (West Ham) on Joao Alves Jo (Man City). Free kick taken right-footed by Nigel De Jong (Man City) from own half, passed.
  • 19:10 Goal kick taken long by Robert Green (West Ham).
  • 18:36 Foul by Pablo Barrera (West Ham) on Pablo Zabaleta (Man City). Free kick crossed left-footed by David Silva (Man City) from left wing, clearance by Frederic Piquionne (West Ham).
  • 18:22 Attacking throw-in by Pablo Zabaleta (Man City).
  • 17:32 Foul by Junior Stanislas (West Ham) on Kolo Toure (Man City). Free kick taken right-footed by Nigel De Jong (Man City) from right wing, passed.
  • 16:36 Defending throw-in by Tal Ben-Haim (West Ham).
  • 15:32 Defending throw-in by Julien Faubert (West Ham).
  • 14:20 Defending throw-in by Pablo Zabaleta (Man City).
  • 13:50 Foul by Mario Balotelli (Man City) on James Tomkins (West Ham). Free kick taken right-footed by Robert Green (West Ham) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 12:34 Foul by Nigel De Jong (Man City) on Frederic Piquionne (West Ham). Free kick curled right-footed by Junior Stanislas (West Ham) from left channel (25 yards), over the bar. Goal kick taken short by Joe Hart (Man City).
  • 11:57 Shot by Victor Obinna (West Ham) right-footed from right channel (18 yards), blocked by Kolo Toure (Man City).
  • 10:41 Foul by Julien Faubert (West Ham) on Joao Alves Jo (Man City). Free kick crossed right-footed by Mario Balotelli (Man City) from left wing, resulting in ball out of play. Goal kick taken long by Robert Green (West Ham).
  • 9:41 Shot by Scott Parker (West Ham) drilled right-footed from left channel (25 yards), missed left. Goal kick taken long by Joe Hart (Man City).
  • 9:26 Foul by Mario Balotelli (Man City) on Scott Parker (West Ham). Free kick taken right-footed by Scott Parker (West Ham) from left channel, passed.
  • 9:02 Foul by Mario Balotelli (Man City) on Jonathan Spector (West Ham). Free kick taken right-footed by Tal Ben-Haim (West Ham) from left channel, passed.
  • 8:45 Attacking throw-in by Tal Ben-Haim (West Ham).
  • 8:02 Goal kick taken long by Robert Green (West Ham).
  • 7:00 Foul by Victor Obinna (West Ham) on Nigel De Jong (Man City). Free kick taken right-footed by Jerome Boateng (Man City) from own half, passed.
  • 6:12 Corner from right by-line taken short left-footed by Joao Alves Jo (Man City).
  • 4:16 Foul by Scott Parker (West Ham) on Gnegneri Toure Yaya (Man City). Free kick taken right-footed by Jerome Boateng (Man City) from own half, passed.
  • 3:18 Shot by Mario Balotelli (Man City) left-footed from left side of six-yard box (6 yards), missed left. Goal kick taken long by Robert Green (West Ham).
  • 2:14 Defending throw-in by Pablo Zabaleta (Man City).
  • Correction - 1:55 Joao Alves Jo takes a shot. Robert Green makes a save.
  • 1:55 Shot by Joao Alves Jo (Man City) left-footed from left side of penalty area (12 yards), save (caught) by Robert Green (West Ham).
  • 0:10 Defending throw-in by Tal Ben-Haim (West Ham).
  • 0:00 The referee gets the game started.

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Barclays Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 11 Dec 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Arsenal 16 16 32
2 Man City 17 11 32
3 Man Utd 15 19 31
4 Chelsea 16 19 30
5 Tottenham 16 3 26
6 Sunderland 17 2 24
7 Bolton 16 5 23
8 Newcastle 17 1 22
9 Liverpool 17 -1 22
10 Blackpool 16 -5 22
11 West Brom 17 -5 22
12 Stoke 17 -1 21
13 Blackburn 16 -4 21
14 Aston Villa 17 -9 20
15 Everton 17 -2 18
16 Birmingham 16 -2 18
17 Fulham 17 -4 16
18 Wigan 17 -15 16
19 Wolves 16 -13 12
20 West Ham 17 -15 12

see also
Kidd compares Mancini to Ferguson
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