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Man City   2 - 1   West Ham

Nigel De Jong
Nigel De Jong scores his first goal for City to give the hosts the lead

By Alistair Magowan

Manchester City boosted their Champions League hopes by beating bottom of the table West Ham in a fluctuating match.

The hosts were rampant early on and scored through an unlikely source when Nigel De Jong got his first City goal.

Pablo Zabaleta compounded West Ham's misery with a second on 15 minutes after a fine exchange with David Silva.

But Demba Ba fired in after the half hour to change the mood of the match and although Mario Balotelli hit the bar in the second half, City held on.

It could have been far more comfortable for Roberto Mancini's side as Silva squandered a fine one-on-one opportunity too.

And it will puzzle their fans that they were so fluent in the first half hour only to become more ragged as the game wore on.

With the points in the bag they will not worry too much as the victory cements their status in the fourth Champions League spot, seven points clear of nearest rivals Liverpool and Tottenham with just four Premier League games remaining.

Manchester City 'complacent' - Mancini

For West Ham the defeat represents their fifth on the bounce and although there were signs around the turn of the half that they could overcome Mancini's men, they remain at the foot of the table.

From the start City were quick to get the ball to their right where Adam Johnson could run at stand-in left-back Danny Gabbidon, who replaced the ineligible Wayne Bridge.

Johnson twice combined with the roaming Silva and it was from the Spaniard's blocked shot that City carved out their first chance, with Balotelli heading wide from a corner.

City's dominance was such that it was no surprise when they took the lead on 10 minutes via another corner.

Aleksandar Kolarov swung the ball in from the left and Thomas Hitzlsperger's half-clearance was gobbled up by De Jong, who defied his goal drought since joining the club in January 2009 to shoot calmly past Robert Green.

Gabbidon was being offered little cover in front of him by Luis Boa Morte, and Mancini's side again exploited this weakness to double their advantage.

Zabaleta poured forward from full-back, exchanged a delightful one-two with Silva and fired towards goal where Lars Jacobsen could only divert the ball into the roof of the net.

It was a nightmare start for the Hammers and boss Avram Grant looked exasperated on the touchline as the next 10 minutes almost descended into tedium.

But without any counter-attack of note up until that point, City were guilty of switching off when Robbie Keane was put through in acres of space and was denied by Joe Hart.

The hosts did not heed that warning and West Ham changed the whole mood of the game soon after when they got a goal back through Ba on 33 minutes.

Grant remains positive despite defeat

Hitzlsperger picked up a half-cleared corner and delivered the ball into the danger area where, despite a penalty claim when the ball hit Joleon Lescott's arm, Ba pounced, latching on to the loose ball to fire into the corner.

That inspired the Hammers, who were now without Matthew Upson after he picked up a knock, and Grant's side managed to shore up their left side by placing Ba wider to curtail the runs of right-back Zabaleta.

Though they enjoyed a good spell after the break it was City who came closest to scoring when Balotelli hit the bar after good work again by Silva.

And the visitors were fortunate that Silva did not opt to shoot when clean through, the Spaniard choosing to square to Balotelli, whose shot was cleared off the line.

Between those two chances, though, Manuel Da Costa had a header from a corner well saved and, with City becoming more ragged, there were several half-chances where West Ham failed to capitalise.

Sensing they needed to score again to calm their nerves, City began to reaffirm their grip on the game thanks to some wonderful Yaya Toure passing.

And they should have made it easier for themselves when Silva, and substitutes James Milner and Edin Dzeko had chances to give them breathing space.

But that would have been too easy for their supporters, who had to watch the denouement of the contest nervously, with Carlton Cole going closest when his late goalbound shot was blocked.

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Sunday, 1 May 2011

Barclays Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Man City 2-1 West Ham FT
(HT 2-1)
  • De Jong 10
  • Zabaleta 15
  • Ba 33

Man City

Substitutes

West Ham

Substitutes

Ref: H WebbAtt: 44,511
MAN CITY
WEST HAM

Possession

  • Man City 48%
  • West Ham 52%

Attempts on target

  • Man City 12
  • West Ham 4

Attempts off target

  • Man City 7
  • West Ham 3

Corners

  • Man City 9
  • West Ham 5

Fouls

  • Man City 13
  • West Ham 8
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+3:45 The referee blows his whistle to end the game.
  • 90:00+3:10 Corner from right by-line taken short left-footed by Adam Johnson (Man City).
  • 90:00+1:31 Corner from left by-line taken short right-footed by James Milner (Man City).
  • 90:00+0:41 Shot by Edin Dzeko (Man City) right-footed from right channel (20 yards), comfortable save (caught) by Robert Green (West Ham).
  • 89:45 Shot by Carlton Cole (West Ham) right-footed from left channel (18 yards), blocked by Freddie Sears (West Ham).
  • 87:56 Goal kick taken long by Robert Green (West Ham).
  • 87:45 Shot by David Silva (Man City) left-footed from right channel (25 yards), over the bar.
  • 87:17 Attacking throw-in by Pablo Zabaleta (Man City).
  • 85:51 Attacking throw-in by James Milner (Man City).
  • 85:18 Outswinging corner from left by-line taken left-footed by David Silva (Man City) to centre, clearance by James Tomkins (West Ham).
  • 85:18 Substitution Man City substitution: Mario Balotelli replaced by Patrick Vieira (tactical).
  • 84:31 Cross by Edin Dzeko (Man City), shot by David Silva (Man City) left-footed from left channel (18 yards), blocked by Jonathan Spector (West Ham).
  • 83:40 Foul by James Tomkins (West Ham) on Edin Dzeko (Man City). Free kick taken right-footed by James Milner (Man City) from right wing, passed.
  • 82:47 Mario Balotelli (Man City) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Robert Green (West Ham) from own half, passed.
  • 81:57 Foul by Edin Dzeko (Man City) on Thomas Hitzlsperger (West Ham). Free kick taken left-footed by Thomas Hitzlsperger (West Ham) from left wing, passed.
  • 81:18 Shot by Edin Dzeko (Man City) right-footed from right channel (25 yards), save (fumbled) by Robert Green (West Ham). Mario Balotelli (Man City) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Robert Green (West Ham) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 80:49 Goal kick taken long by Joe Hart (Man City).
  • 80:35 Shot by Demba Ba (West Ham) right-footed from left channel (25 yards), missed left.
  • 79:08 Foul by Pablo Zabaleta (Man City) on Carlton Cole (West Ham). Free kick taken right-footed by James Tomkins (West Ham) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 78:57 Defending throw-in by Daniel Gabbidon (West Ham).
  • 78:27 Substitution West Ham substitution: Luis Boa Morte replaced by Victor Obinna (tactical).
  • 76:38 Attacking throw-in by Aleksandar Kolarov (Man City).
  • 74:53 Foul by Mario Balotelli (Man City) on Freddie Sears (West Ham). Free kick crossed left-footed by Thomas Hitzlsperger (West Ham) from right channel, comfortable save (caught) by Joe Hart (Man City).
  • 74:35 Attacking throw-in by Daniel Gabbidon (West Ham).
  • 73:07 Substitution Man City substitution: Gareth Barry replaced by Edin Dzeko (tactical).
  • 72:38 Shot by James Milner (Man City) volleyed left-footed from left channel (25 yards), comfortable save (caught) by Robert Green (West Ham).
  • 72:33 Attacking throw-in by Aleksandar Kolarov (Man City).
  • 71:23 Goal kick taken short by Joe Hart (Man City).
  • 70:39 Goal kick taken long by Robert Green (West Ham).
  • 70:25 Shot by Adam Johnson (Man City) left-footed from right channel (25 yards), missed left.
  • 70:05 Cross by Gnegneri Toure Yaya (Man City), clearance by Manuel da Costa (West Ham).
  • 69:17 Defending throw-in by Lars Jacobsen (West Ham).
  • 68:43 Foul by Daniel Gabbidon (West Ham) on Mario Balotelli (Man City). Free kick taken right-footed by James Milner (Man City) from right channel, passed.
  • 68:05 Free kick crossed left-footed by Thomas Hitzlsperger (West Ham) from left channel, clearance by Vincent Kompany (Man City).
  • 68:05 Booking Adam Johnson (Man City) booked for unsporting behaviour.
  • 67:56 Foul by Adam Johnson (Man City) on Luis Boa Morte (West Ham).
  • 66:22 Free kick taken right-footed by Daniel Gabbidon (West Ham) from left channel, resulting in open play.
  • 66:22 Booking Gareth Barry (Man City) booked for unsporting behaviour.
  • 66:18 Foul by Gareth Barry (Man City) on Luis Boa Morte (West Ham).
  • 65:47 Attacking throw-in by Daniel Gabbidon (West Ham).
  • 65:40 Goal kick taken long by Joe Hart (Man City).
  • 65:13 Substitution West Ham substitution: Robbie Keane replaced by Carlton Cole (tactical).
  • 64:36 Foul by Gareth Barry (Man City) on Jonathan Spector (West Ham). Free kick taken left-footed by Thomas Hitzlsperger (West Ham) from right channel, resulting in open play.
  • 64:10 Defending throw-in by Lars Jacobsen (West Ham).
  • 61:30 Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Thomas Hitzlsperger (West Ham) to near post, shot by Manuel da Costa (West Ham) right-footed from right side of penalty area (6 yards), save (parried) by Joe Hart (Man City). Weak shot by Mario Balotelli (Man City) right-footed from left side of penalty area (12 yards), blocked by James Tomkins (West Ham).
  • 59:47 Attacking throw-in by Lars Jacobsen (West Ham).
  • 59:07 Foul by Mario Balotelli (Man City) on Demba Ba (West Ham). Free kick taken left-footed by Thomas Hitzlsperger (West Ham) from left channel, passed.
  • 56:58 Goal kick taken long by Joe Hart (Man City).
  • 56:39 Shot by Demba Ba (West Ham) right-footed from left side of penalty area (18 yards), missed right.
  • 56:17 Foul by James Milner (Man City) on Thomas Hitzlsperger (West Ham). Free kick taken left-footed by Thomas Hitzlsperger (West Ham) from own half, passed.
  • 54:56 Shot by Mario Balotelli (Man City) right-footed from left side of penalty area (12 yards), shot by Gnegneri Toure Yaya (Man City) right-footed from right side of penalty area (6 yards), save (blocked) by Robert Green (West Ham).
  • 54:17 Cross by Adam Johnson (Man City), clearance by Manuel da Costa (West Ham).
  • 52:49 Foul by Luis Boa Morte (West Ham) on Gareth Barry (Man City). Free kick taken left-footed by Gareth Barry (Man City) from own half, passed.
  • 52:32 Defending throw-in by Aleksandar Kolarov (Man City).
  • 51:49 Outswinging corner from left by-line taken left-footed by Aleksandar Kolarov (Man City) to near post, clearance by Luis Boa Morte (West Ham).
  • 51:03 Adam Johnson (Man City) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Robert Green (West Ham) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 50:18 Defending throw-in by Daniel Gabbidon (West Ham).
  • 49:04 Foul by Vincent Kompany (Man City) on Demba Ba (West Ham). Free kick taken left-footed by Daniel Gabbidon (West Ham) from own half, passed.
  • 48:07 Free kick crossed left-footed by David Silva (Man City) from right wing, resulting in open play.
  • 48:07 Booking Daniel Gabbidon (West Ham) booked for unsporting behaviour.
  • 48:03 Foul by Daniel Gabbidon (West Ham) on Adam Johnson (Man City).
  • 47:09 Foul by Demba Ba (West Ham) on Adam Johnson (Man City). Free kick taken right-footed by Pablo Zabaleta (Man City) from own half, passed.
  • 45:57 Defending throw-in by Daniel Gabbidon (West Ham).
  • Correction - 45:01 Substitution (Man City) makes a substitution, with James Milner coming on for Nigel De Jong.
  • 45:01 The second half kicks off.
  • 45:01 Substitution Man City substitution: Nigel De Jong replaced by James Milner (injury).
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+2:08 The whistle is blown to end the first half.
  • 45:00+0:06 Shot by Adam Johnson (Man City) left-footed from right channel (25 yards), comfortable save (caught) by Robert Green (West Ham).
  • 43:38 Robbie Keane (West Ham) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Joe Hart (Man City) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 43:21 Attacking throw-in by Daniel Gabbidon (West Ham).
  • 43:00 Defending throw-in by Pablo Zabaleta (Man City).
  • 41:28 Defending throw-in by Daniel Gabbidon (West Ham).
  • 39:33 Goal kick taken long by Robert Green (West Ham).
  • 39:04 Defending throw-in by Aleksandar Kolarov (Man City).
  • 38:20 Outswinging corner from left by-line taken left-footed by Aleksandar Kolarov (Man City) to centre, resulting in open play.
  • 37:49 Outswinging corner from left by-line taken left-footed by Aleksandar Kolarov (Man City) to centre, resulting in open play.
  • 37:28 Handball by Demba Ba (West Ham). Free kick taken right-footed by Pablo Zabaleta (Man City) from own half, passed.
  • 36:44 Attacking throw-in by Pablo Zabaleta (Man City).
  • 35:35 Defending throw-in by Lars Jacobsen (West Ham).
  • 34:08 Free kick taken left-footed by Daniel Gabbidon (West Ham) from own half, passed.
  • 34:08 Booking Pablo Zabaleta (Man City) booked for unsporting behaviour.
  • 33:58 Foul by Pablo Zabaleta (Man City) on Demba Ba (West Ham).
  • 32:42 Assist (pass) by Robbie Keane (West Ham) from left side of penalty area.
  • 32:42 GOAL - Demba BaMan City 2 - 1 West Ham Goal by Demba Ba (West Ham) right-footed (bottom-left of goal) from right side of penalty area (6 yards).Man City 2-1 West Ham.
  • Correction - 32:42 Robbie Keane provided the assist for the goal.
  • 32:18 Outswinging corner from left by-line taken left-footed by Thomas Hitzlsperger (West Ham) to centre, clearance by Joleon Lescott (Man City).
  • 32:01 Outswinging corner from left by-line taken left-footed by Thomas Hitzlsperger (West Ham) to short, resulting in open play.
  • 31:21 Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Thomas Hitzlsperger (West Ham) to centre, clearance by Joleon Lescott (Man City).
  • 30:59 Shot by Robbie Keane (West Ham) right-footed from right side of penalty area (6 yards), save (with feet) by Joe Hart (Man City).
  • 29:31 Foul by Pablo Zabaleta (Man City) on Demba Ba (West Ham). Free kick taken right-footed by Robert Green (West Ham) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 26:32 Goal kick taken long by Robert Green (West Ham).
  • 26:16 Shot by Gnegneri Toure Yaya (Man City) right-footed from right channel (20 yards), missed left.
  • 25:14 Free kick taken right-footed by Gnegneri Toure Yaya (Man City) from right wing, passed.
  • 25:14 Substitution West Ham substitution: Matthew Upson replaced by Manuel da Costa (injury).
  • 25:04 Foul by Daniel Gabbidon (West Ham) on Mario Balotelli (Man City).
  • 24:15 Defending throw-in by Pablo Zabaleta (Man City).
  • 24:02 Goal kick taken long by Robert Green (West Ham).
  • 23:28 Shot by Gnegneri Toure Yaya (Man City) right-footed from right channel (30 yards), missed left.
  • 23:13 Foul by Thomas Hitzlsperger (West Ham) on Aleksandar Kolarov (Man City). Free kick taken left-footed by David Silva (Man City) from left channel, passed.
  • 22:06 Attacking throw-in by Lars Jacobsen (West Ham).
  • 18:53 Foul by Gareth Barry (Man City) on Luis Boa Morte (West Ham). Free kick taken right-footed by Robert Green (West Ham) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 18:17 Defending throw-in by Daniel Gabbidon (West Ham).
  • 17:34 Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Adam Johnson (Man City) to near post, resulting in open play.
  • Correction - 14:19 Pablo Zabaleta takes a shot. Lars Jacobsen gets a block in.
  • 14:19 Shot by Pablo Zabaleta (Man City) right-footed from right side of penalty area (6 yards), blocked by Lars Jacobsen (West Ham).
  • Correction - 14:16 David Silva provided the assist for the goal.
  • Correction - 14:16 GOAL - Pablo ZabaletaMan City 2 - 0 West Ham Pablo Zabaleta scores a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Man City 2-0 West Ham.
  • 14:16 Goal kick taken long by Robert Green (West Ham). Assist (pass) by David Silva (Man City) from right channel.
  • 14:16 GOAL - Pablo ZabaletaMan City 2 - 0 West Ham Goal by Pablo Zabaleta (Man City) right-footed (bottom-left of goal) from right side of penalty area (12 yards).Man City 2-0 West Ham.
  • 13:45 Attacking throw-in by Daniel Gabbidon (West Ham).
  • 9:59 GOAL - Nigel De JongMan City 1 - 0 West Ham Goal by Nigel De Jong (Man City) right-footed (bottom-left of goal) from right channel (25 yards).Man City 1-0 West Ham.
  • 9:44 Inswinging corner from left by-line taken left-footed by Aleksandar Kolarov (Man City) to centre, resulting in open play.
  • 9:32 Cross by David Silva (Man City), clearance by Lars Jacobsen (West Ham).
  • 8:55 Goal kick taken long by Joe Hart (Man City).
  • 8:23 Goal kick taken long by Robert Green (West Ham).
  • 8:14 Shot by Adam Johnson (Man City) left-footed from right channel (20 yards), missed right.
  • 7:34 Goal kick taken long by Joe Hart (Man City).
  • 6:59 Foul by Pablo Zabaleta (Man City) on Luis Boa Morte (West Ham). Free kick crossed left-footed by Thomas Hitzlsperger (West Ham) from left wing, resulting in open play.
  • 6:36 Goal kick taken long by Robert Green (West Ham).
  • 4:10 Inswinging corner from left by-line taken left-footed by Adam Johnson (Man City) to centre, resulting in open play. Shot by Gareth Barry (Man City) right-footed from left side of penalty area (20 yards), comfortable save (caught) by Robert Green (West Ham).
  • 3:35 Shot by David Silva (Man City) left-footed from right side of penalty area (18 yards), blocked by James Tomkins (West Ham).
  • 2:47 Shot by Gnegneri Toure Yaya (Man City) right-footed from right side of penalty area (12 yards), blocked by Matthew Upson (West Ham).
  • 1:58 Goal kick taken long by Joe Hart (Man City).
  • 1:50 Shot by Daniel Gabbidon (West Ham) right-footed from right channel (35+ yards), missed right.
  • 1:15 Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Thomas Hitzlsperger (West Ham) to near post, resulting in open play.
  • 0:40 Shot by Pablo Zabaleta (Man City) left-footed from right channel (20 yards), blocked by Matthew Upson (West Ham).
  • 0:23 Attacking throw-in by Pablo Zabaleta (Man City).
  • 0:00 The ref blows the whistle to start the match.

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Barclays Premier League results

1 May 2011 23:59 UK


Barclays Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 1 May 2011 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Man Utd 35 38 73
2 Chelsea 35 38 70
3 Arsenal 35 32 67
4 Man City 34 22 62
5 Liverpool 35 15 55
6 Tottenham 34 7 55
7 Everton 35 5 48
8 Bolton 35 0 46
9 Fulham 35 7 45
10 Stoke 35 0 43
11 West Brom 35 -14 43
12 Newcastle 35 -2 41
13 Aston Villa 35 -13 41
14 Sunderland 35 -13 41
15 Birmingham 35 -17 39
16 Blackburn 35 -14 38
17 Blackpool 35 -22 35
18 Wigan 35 -23 35
19 Wolves 35 -23 34
20 West Ham 35 -23 32

see also
Premier League as it happened
01 May 11 |  Football
Sunday's football photos
01 May 11 |  Football



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