Sunday May 9, 2010 38th Day Finished Upton Park

West Ham United 1 - 1 Manchester City

  • Boa Morte 17’
  • Wright-Phillips 21’

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  1. Hammers draw with City

    Hammers draw with City

    West Ham and Manchester City fought out an entertaining 1-1 draw at Upton Park on the final Premier League weekend of the season. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • West Ham United
    • Manchester City
    • 90+3' And there goes the final whistle! Deserved draw for both teams, who matched each other blow for blow throughout the match
    • 90+2' Vieira's down now, on the half-way line, and there's some seriously tired legs out there, as the game drifts away
    • 90+1' West Ham press with Scott Parker, who plays a lovely ball for Stanislas who wins a corner. The home side fill the area and FRANCO REACHES IT! It slams into the foward's face though, and he can't direct it. He actually looks quite groggy!
    • 89' There's going to be three minutes of added time, and both keepers are still looking comfortable
    • 88' Time's running out now, with City in possession and trying to play the ball into their lively wingers
    • 86' West Ham make their final change, with the sublime Diamanti making way for Jordan Spence
    • 85' City press again, but West Ham easily win the ball back and immediately play the ball far too long and back to Man City. 5 minutes plus stoppages of the Premier League season, can someone provide a grandstand finish?
    • 84' Johnson flashes clear on the right again, and crosses to WRIGHT-PHILIPS WHO HEADS JUST OVER!! One headed goal from Wright-Philips is impressive, two would be simply ridiculous!
    • 82' Ilan hits a speculative shot from range, which Fulop gathers easily. Still 1-1 here, but both sides are threatening a winner!
    • 81' Parker runs the ball wide right, drags it to the centre and FRANCO CAN HIT IT! Well blocked in a congested area, and cleared.
    • 80' City have the ball inside the Hammers area, but Diamanti intercepts and tries to release Ilan, who runs into a sky blue shirt! The game's opened right up!
    • 78' Adebayor muscles Upson off the ball on the left of the area, dinks it central to Tevez WHO CHIPS GREEN! JUST OVER!! What an opportunity for Tevez!
    • 76' Franco bursts away from Toure, scampers through on goal AND SHOOTS! Good effort to the keepers' right but well held!
    • 75' And Diamanti again forces a corner, for the home side. He's causing all sorts of problems for the visitors, but both sides are looking toothless in front of goal
    • 74' CHANCE FOR WEST HAM! Diamanti gets space on the right, and threads the ball through a crowded area to pick out a claret shirt! Ilan's attempted overhead lob is an easy take for Fulop though
    • 72' Sylvinho makes way for Micah Richards, and Carlos Tevez gets another spine-tingling reception from the home fans, coming on for Santa Cruz
    • 71' City are lining up Tevez on the sidelines, but West Ham are back in possession and moving it around well
    • 69' And he's back into action straight away, haring off his line to snap up Vieira's throughball
    • 68' City are pressing down the right, with Wright-Philips and Zabaleta working the space to CROSS! Good take from Robert Green! He's doing everything right at the moment, the Hammers keeper
    • 67' Gilt-edged chance for Manchester City, as Wright-Philips sent Adebayor free, but the striker seemed reluctant to shoot on his weaker left foot, and squared to Santa-Cruz who was quickly closed down. Wasted chance
    • 65' Terrific defending from Daprela, who marshals Johnson well and wins a freekick for his efforts! Johnson's been City's best player by far, but Daprela is doing a number on him at the moment!
    • 64' Big ovation from the West Ham fans for Boa Morte, who's had a fantastic return from injury. A bigger roar goes up though as Carlos Tevez warms up on the touchline! What an ovation for the returning Argentine, Upton Park was on its feet then!
    • 63' West Ham make some changes, with Boa Morte and Carlton Cole making way for Junior Stanislas and Guillermo Franco
    • 61' And City are cranking up the gears, leaving West Ham chasing shadows with some crisp passing in the Hammers' half
    • 60' City string a few decent passes together, before switching wide right to Johnson, who sends Zabaleta clear on the overlap! The cross is plucked out of the air by Robert Green though, and again City fail to threaten the West Ham keeper from a promising position. West Ham look to be lining up some changes
    • 58' Johnson has the ball on the right, and throws some stepovers before being well challenged in the box. City are looking a bit blunt at the moment, with West Ham clearly wanting it more
    • 57' Diamanti sparks again, delivering a brilliant ball to Boa Morte, who's just offside on the left
    • 56' City have the ball back with De Jong, and Johnson takes a pop at goal but it's nowhere near threatening Green
    • 54' West Ham are taking the fight to City in the second half, throwing themselves into every challenge around the middle of the pitch
    • 52' Handbags between Parker and Kompany, which is something of a mismatch! Parker bundles into the City defender, who doesn't like it much, and tells Parker as much!
    • 50' Scott Parker charges forward, and the ball runs on FOR ILAN WHO'S THROUGH! GOOD SAVE! Fulop closes him down so quickly to block the shot, and the chance is gone
    • 49' Diamanti is back in the thick of things, commiting a sloppy foul one minute, before just slicing an overhead kick into Fulop's hands
    • 48' Faubert gets a yard on the right, and PICKS OUT COLE WITH CROSS! Headed just over!
    • 47' Scrappy start to the half, Johnson almost unleashes Santa Cruz with a long ball from the right, but Green grabs it
    • 45' We're back underway at Upton Park
    • 45+3' We're in the final minute of stoppage time, and City have a series of corners. They fail to make them count, though, and Howard Webb blows for half time
    • 45+2' Diamanti almost unlocks the City defence again on the break, making a yard for himself on the right, but cutting the ball too close to Fulop, who gathers
    • 45+1' Upton Park is quiet now, with City fully in control going into half time
    • 45' West Ham are pegged back in their area. Man City move the ball backwards to Sylvinho, who blasts a shot towards goal from 45 yards! Decent enough effort, but it was always rising over the bar
    • 44' Johnson hits it with the outside of his foot to SANTA CRUZ AT THE FAR POST! SHOULD'VE SCORED!! City will be cursing their finishing, as they should really be ahead after two or three gilt-edged chances
    • 43' Johnson sends a lovely pass in to Adebayor in the box, who SHOOTS ACROSS ROBERT GREEN'S GOAL! GREAT SAVE! And a corner for the visitors
    • 42' City move the ball down the left, Adebayor picks it up on the left, and squares to Zabaleta WHO SHOOTS! High over the bar though, under very little pressure. A defenders finish, that!
    • 40' City back in possession, and Zabaleta is again on the floor, after a cynical foul from Diamanti to stop the counter. Should be a yellow, but the ref waves on. He's not having his best game, Howard Webb
    • 38' Boa Morte clips a lovely ball diagonal right, and Diamanti picks it up, but can't pick out a claret shirt with his clever throughball!
    • 37' It looks like he's going to be back on soon, and West Ham quickly win a throw deep in the visitors' half
    • 35' 50/50 clash between Kovac and Zabaleta, which leaves the Argentine in a heap. There didn't seem to be any intent from Kovac, who was slightly late, but Zabaleta's still down...
    • 34' Ilan breaks into the City half, gives it to Diamanti who cuts inside on the left side of the area, and HITS IT WITH HIS RIGHT! OFF THE NEAR POST!! Cracking effort from Diamanti, who's looking a cut above the rest
    • 33' There's a scramble in the Hammers' box, before Robert Green clears the ball with a commanding punch
    • 32' Johnson gets the ball wide right, cuts inside to Zabaleta whose shot rebounds for a corner
    • 31' City getting a bit more time on the ball, spreading the ball from left to right, and playing for possession around the midfield
    • 29' They chip the ball towards Cole, but Man City do just enough to break down the move. The final ball is still a bit off from the hosts
    • 28' The deep, swinging ball is cleared for a corner. The Hammers play short, and pass the ball back to rebuild the attack
    • 27' West Ham move the ball forwards, and Boa Morte draws a foul from Zabaleta 40 yards out on the left
    • 25' West Ham are playing well on the break, but Manchester City are applying more sustained pressure. Adebayor thinks he's broken the offside-trap, but the linesman flags, and the Togo striker's effort is disallowed
    • 23' There's a high tempo to this match now, with Diamanti back in possession on the right, sending another clever ball across to Cole in the left of the area, who's bullied off it by Toure
    • 21' Johnson dazzles on the right wing again, shimmying into the box at pace, and Upson BRINGS HIM DOWN! PENALTY SURELY! NO, the ref waves on! Shocking decision from the ref, that was a stone-waller!
    • 20' GOAL! MANCHESTER CITY GO LEVEL! Johnson heads to the byline and floats a pinpoint backpost cross with his right foot, which finds Wright-Philips who arches the header back to the far post beyond Robert Green!
    • 18' Fantastic finish from the returning striker, who's been out for the better part of a year with knee ligament damage. His emphatic, shirtless celebrations have earned him a yellow card, which is ridiculous given the context of Boa Morte's injury problems
    • 17' GOAL! WEST HAM LEAD 1-0! Diamanti splits the defence with a delightful backheel to unleash Boa Morte free on the left, and the returning forward dinks the ball past Fulop!
    • 17' Wright-Philips is caught offside after a lovely diagonal ball, and sees his effort trickle wide anyway
    • 16' Parker and Vieira are duelling in the middle of the park, and Parker's getting the better of the former Arsenal man at the moment, as another snap tackle knocks the ball away from the City midfield
    • 15' Parker and Diamanti combine well on the right, but the final ball floats beyond the claret shirts headed into the area
    • 14' Scott Parker catches Wright-Philips in possession, allowing West Ham to break
    • 12' Shambolic defending from Kolo Toure, whose clearance hits a sky blue shirt, but Man City eventually clear. This is better from West Ham
    • 11' Decent spell of pressure from West Ham, with Da Costa forcing a corner off Patrick Vieira
    • 9' It's clumsy, but West Ham are just about keeping City at bay, showing plenty of hustle around the area. The visitors are providing all the pressure, though, reducing West Ham to knocking long-balls for Fulop to gather
    • 7' City holding the ball well just outside the area, but as soon as they try to play in Santa Cruz, West Ham close down the chance
    • 6' City get another freekick on the right, which Johnson swings into the arms of Robert Green again, who was well placed
    • 5' Luis Boa Morte is given ample space to amble towards the area, but blasts his shot high and wide from 22 yards
    • 3' It's far from frantic, in the opening stages, with both sides playing conservatively around the middle
    • 2' City have a freekick on the right, which is swung in to the far post by Johnson and Green collects
    • 1' And we're underway at Upton Park!
    • - The referee for today's match is Howard Webb (S. Yorkshire)
    • - Manchester City: Fulop, Zabaleta, Toure, Kompany, Sylvinho, Wright-Phillips, Vieira, De Jong, Adam Johnson, Santa Cruz, Adebayor. Subs: Nielsen, Richards, Garrido, Tevez, Boyata, Cunningham, Ibrahim.
    • - West Ham: Green, Faubert, da Costa, Upson, Daprela, Ilan, Parker, Kovac, Boa Morte, Diamanti, Cole. Subs: Kurucz, Gabbidon, Franco, McCarthy, Spector, Spence, Stanislas
    • - Meanwhile, if Manchester City avoid losing today they will equal their club record for fewest defeats in a top flight season, having lost both seven PL matches in both 1936-37 and 1976-77.
    • - They've won their last two PL home matches. They have not won three in a row at Upton Park in 16 months since a three-match streak from December 2008 to January 2009.
    • - The Hammers have conceded 65 PL goals this season – the most they have ever conceded in a single PL season, and most in the top flight in 23 years since they conceded 67 goals in old Division One in 1986-87.
    • - West Ham have won two of their last 11 PL matches – both coming in the last four games.
    • - The sky blues are also unbeaten in their last six PL away matches, since losing 2-1 at Hull City on February 6.
    • - Manchester City are unbeaten in their last three PL visits to London, winning at Chelsea and Fulham whist drawing at Arsenal. Their only defeat in the capital this season was 3-0 at Tottenham on December 16.
    • - West Ham’s only win in their last seven Premier League matches against Manchester City was 1-0 at Upton Park last season, March 2009 – Jack Collison scored the only goal.
    • - Manchester City are looking to complete a Premier League double over West Ham for the second time, and the first since beating them home and away in 2006-07.
    • - West Ham and Manchester City have met 83 times in the league. West Ham have won 33, Manchester City 38 and there have been 12 draws.
    • - 'Where's the stats?' I hear you ask. Well, don't worry, here they come...
    • 15:45 Good afternoon and welcome to our LIVE text commentary of West Ham v Manchester City!
  • Summary

    • 84' Johnson flashes clear on the right again, and crosses to WRIGHT-PHILIPS WHO HEADS JUST OVER!! One headed goal from Wright-Philips is impressive, two would be simply ridiculous!
    • 78' Adebayor muscles Upson off the ball on the left of the area, dinks it central to Tevez WHO CHIPS GREEN! JUST OVER!! What an opportunity for Tevez!
    • 76' Franco bursts away from Toure, scampers through on goal AND SHOOTS! Good effort to the keepers' right but well held!
    • 48' Faubert gets a yard on the right, and PICKS OUT COLE WITH CROSS! Headed just over!
    • 44' Johnson hits it with the outside of his foot to SANTA CRUZ AT THE FAR POST! SHOULD'VE SCORED!! City will be cursing their finishing, as they should really be ahead after two or three gilt-edged chances
    • 43' Johnson sends a lovely pass in to Adebayor in the box, who SHOOTS ACROSS ROBERT GREEN'S GOAL! GREAT SAVE! And a corner for the visitors
    • 42' City move the ball down the left, Adebayor picks it up on the left, and squares to Zabaleta WHO SHOOTS! High over the bar though, under very little pressure. A defenders finish, that!
    • 34' Ilan breaks into the City half, gives it to Diamanti who cuts inside on the left side of the area, and HITS IT WITH HIS RIGHT! OFF THE NEAR POST!! Cracking effort from Diamanti, who's looking a cut above the rest
    • 21' Johnson dazzles on the right wing again, shimmying into the box at pace, and Upson BRINGS HIM DOWN! PENALTY SURELY! NO, the ref waves on! Shocking decision from the ref, that was a stone-waller!
    • 20' GOAL! MANCHESTER CITY GO LEVEL! Johnson heads to the byline and floats a pinpoint backpost cross with his right foot, which finds Wright-Philips who arches the header back to the far post beyond Robert Green!
    • 17' GOAL! WEST HAM LEAD 1-0! Diamanti splits the defence with a delightful backheel to unleash Boa Morte free on the left, and the returning forward dinks the ball past Fulop!
    • - Manchester City: Fulop, Zabaleta, Toure, Kompany, Sylvinho, Wright-Phillips, Vieira, De Jong, Adam Johnson, Santa Cruz, Adebayor. Subs: Nielsen, Richards, Garrido, Tevez, Boyata, Cunningham, Ibrahim.
    • - West Ham: Green, Faubert, da Costa, Upson, Daprela, Ilan, Parker, Kovac, Boa Morte, Diamanti, Cole. Subs: Kurucz, Gabbidon, Franco, McCarthy, Spector, Spence, Stanislas

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Line-up

    Live Team Line-Up

    • Starting line-up

      • R. Green
      • J. Faubert
      • M. da Costa
      • M. Upson
      • F. Daprelà Yellow Card
      • S. Parker
      • R. Kovác
      • Ilan
      • L. Boa Morte Goal Yellow Card Substitution Out (64′)
      • A. Diamanti Substitution Out (88′)
      • C. Cole Substitution Out (64′)

      Subs

      • B. McCarthy
      • D. Gabbidon
      • J. Spector
      • G. Franco Substitution In64′
      • J. Spence Substitution In88′
      • Junior Stanislas Substitution In64′
      • P. Kurucz
    • Starting line-up

      • M. Fülöp
      • P. Zabaleta
      • K. Touré
      • V. Kompany
      • Sylvinho Substitution Out (73′)
      • P. Vieira
      • S. Wright-Phillips Goal
      • N. de Jong
      • A. Johnson Substitution Out (89′)
      • E. Adebayor
      • R. Santa Cruz Substitution Out (74′)

      Subs

      • J. Garrido
      • C. Tévez Substitution In74′
      • G. Nielsen
      • M. Richards Substitution In73′
      • D. Boyata
      • A. Ibrahim
      • G. Cunningham Substitution In89′
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