Manchester City vs. West Ham United  2 - 1

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Allardyce frustrated as City edge out West Ham

27 April 2013 18:38

West Ham boss Sam Allardyce bemoaned his side's lack of cutting edge as they went down 2-1 to Manchester City.

Goals from Sergio Aguero and Yaya Toure were enough to seal victory for Roberto Mancini's side, despite Andy Carroll's late goal that bobbled through Joe Hart's legs.

James Collins wasted a fine chance to equalise just before the Ivorian struck, leaving Allardyce incensed.

The defeat was the London side's first in six and leaves West Ham 10th in the Premier League with little to play for in their remaining three fixtures of the season.

Allardyce said: "I think that first half we showed a little bit too much respect to Man City and allowed them to just dominate possession but second half at least we started passing the ball properly and put them under a little bit of pressure.

"In that period of course, when you get a chance or a half chance you've got take it, it's been our problem all season.

"We changed the system to try and assert a little bit more pressure on them going towards the end of the game then Yaya Toure pulls out a screamer."

Speaking of his goalscorer, Carroll, Allardyce said there was "a lot to do" before any deal could be agreed but reaffirmed his desire to see the on-loan striker move to Upton Park permanently.

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Platt pleased with Manchester City professionalism

27 April 2013 18:19

Manchester City assistant manager David Platt hailed the professionalism of his side during their 2-1 win over West Ham on Saturday.

Last season's champions are all-but certain to secure second place in the Premier League, while West Ham are comfortably mid-table, but Platt said he

always felt that his players would approach the game in the right manner.


Andy Carroll scored in injury time as his shot squirmed through Joe Hart's legs, but it was not enough to overturn the hosts' two-goal deficit secured by goals from Sergio Aguero and Yaya Toure.

Roberto Mancini's right-hand man was keen to stress that City must continue performing at their best, despite their attempts to regain their title having ended in failure.

"We came into this one today and we didn't expect anything different from the group of boys that we've got. The intensity has been there in training this week and the focus has been there, it felt like a

normal game," Platt said

"This football club has got to a point where it's obligated to win football matches regardless of whether there is anything on

the game. We want to secure second place as soon as we possibly can."

Platt also confirmed that goalkeeper Hart suffered

from a spasm in his back which he felt may have hindered his ability to save Carroll's goal in the last minute.

"There was nothing visible that happened in terms of being involved in something, as he kicked a ball his back just spasmed,"

he explained.

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Premier League: Manchester City 2 West Ham 1

27 April 2013 15:38

Manchester City tightened their grip on second place with a straightforward 2-1 win against West Ham on Saturday.

Sergio Aguero's first-half effort sent City on their way to a routine win which was wrapped up with 10 minutes to go when Yaya Toure powered a drive into the top left-hand corner, although Joe Hart's error allowed Andy Carroll to net a late consolation.

Roberto Mancini named Joleon Lescott, Aguero and David Silva in

his starting XI in place of Matija Nastasic, Edin Dzeko and James

Milner while Sam Allardyce’s side was unchanged from their 2-0 win over

Wigan.

City got off to the better start, patiently probing and

keeping the ball well, and it was their recalled Spanish playmaker Silva who had the first sight of goal, firing past the far post after a

corner was only half-cleared.

Aguero should have made it 1-0 on

21 minutes after a quick breakaway saw the ball fall to the Argentine in

the box only for his scuffed effort to strike the post.

However, he would make up for it six minutes later when he did manage to put his side ahead.

A

lovely interchange between Toure, Silva and Samir Nasri on the left flank culminated

in a ball being squared for Aguero who side-footed home from eight yards to make

it 1-0.

Just two minutes later, Pablo Zabaleta could have doubled

the lead, with the full-back following up a Nasri strike only to see Jussi Jaaskelainen get down to make a fine double save.

If the first half had a laid-back, end-of-season feel to it, the start of the second half was quite the opposite. Matt Jarvis forced Zabaleta into a far-post clearance from his cross while City proved dangerous on the break.

City could have gone two up after a delightful chipped ball from Nasri found Carlos Tevez only for his effort to be blocked by Winston Reid while midway through the half Tevez again saw a strike in the six-yard box defended well by Joey O'Brien.

Nasri wasted a gilt-edged chance on 71 minutes when he let a Tevez cross slide under his foot with the goal at his mercy.

One of the better openings for West Ham fell to James Collins in the 81st minute. Jarvis' effort was blocked, only for the Welsh defender to drag it wide.

Clearly proving the difference in quality between the two sides, just a minute later Toure brushed off Gary O'Neill and smashed an effort into the top left-hand corner of the net, effectively killing off the game for his side.

The visitors grabbed a consolation goal in stoppage time as Carroll hit a right-footed effort that squirmed through Hart's legs and in.

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Premier League Preview: Manchester City v West Ham

25 April 2013 11:20

With their title hopes extinguished, Manchester City can only hope to sew up second spot in the Premier League as they host West Ham on Saturday.

Roberto Mancini's side's failed defence of their maiden Premier League title was confirmed when rivals Manchester United beat Aston Villa 3-0 on Monday.

But City can all but ensure they finish runners-up with three points in the early kick-off, as this - their game in hand - can see them go eight points clear of third-placed Arsenal with four matches remaining.

Sam Allardyce's West Ham, though, have provided stiff opposition of late - stringing together five matches unbeaten since a 2-0 loss to Chelsea in March.

Their previous three visits to Eastlands have resulted in defeats - although the ground holds good personal memories for striker Carlton Cole, who has scored two of West Ham's last three goals there.

Cole has been an unused substitute for the Hammers three times since their 0-0 draw with Liverpool, but Allardyce must be tempted to recall the front man given his history at the Etihad Stadium.

Mancini's only injury concern is midfielder David Silva, with an ankle injury bothering the Spaniard.

It is highly doubtful the FIFA World Cup winner would be risked for a dead rubber, although City will still be out to save face after a disastrous collapse to lose 3-1 at Tottenham after leading for the majority of the match.

George McCartney (hamstring) is Allardyce's lone absentee.

In the reverse fixture in London this season, West Ham held then-champions City to a 0-0 draw.

Their clash will also be a tribute for former Cameroonian midfielder Marc-Vivien Foe - who died 10 years ago after collapsing on a football field while on international duties.

Foe plied his trade at both City and the Hammers, before he died aged 28.

Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 38 +43 89
2 38 +32 78
3 38 +36 75
4 38 +35 73
5 38 +20 72
6 38 +15 63
7 38 +28 61
8 38 -4 49
9 38 -4 46
10 38 -8 46
11 38 -17 44
12 38 -10 43
13 38 -11 42
14 38 -11 41
15 38 -22 41
16 38 -23 41
17 38 -13 39
18 38 -26 36
19 38 -30 28
20 38 -30 25