Sunday May 1, 2011 Day 35 Finished The City of Manchester Stadium

Manchester City 2 - 1 West Ham United

  • de Jong 10’
  • Zabaleta 15’
  • Ba 33’

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  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Manchester City
    • West Ham United
    • - Don't forget you can watch highlights of this match, along with every Premier League game, from 00:01 on Monday morning (UK only).
    • 90' There's the final whistle! Manchester City are on their way to the Champions League - West Ham stay bottom.
    • 90+4' Majestic clowning from Robert Green, who miscontrols, then uses his head to keep the ball in play then follows it up with a scything tackle! Love it...
    • 90+3' Dzeko does an expert job holding the ball in the corner, running the clock down...
    • 90+2' City look the more likely scorers in stoppage time, and Milner wins a free-kick in an attacking position for a barge from Jacobsen.
    • 90+1' Three minutes of added time to play!
    • 90' Cole fires a low shot from the edge of the box, but his effort is blocked!
    • 89' Silva jinks his way delightfull past his man, but the eventual cross is poor.
    • 88' Silva drives through the middle and goes it alone as West Ham back off... he drills a powerful shot just over!
    • 87' Greedy from Johnson, who refuses to pass then goes down in a heap when he runs down a blind alley. No penalty.
    • 86' Man City change: Patrick Vieira comes on for Mario Balotelli.
    • 85' Silva's shot takes a crazy deflection, forcing Green to readjust and make a decent save!
    • 84' Dzeko fires a cross in from the right but nobody can turn it in!
    • 83' Great work from Toure to get into a promising position down the left, but his pass to the edge of the box is wretched and he reacts in horror as West Ham come away with it.
    • 82' Dzeko hits a powerful low shot from range - Green spills it but Balotelli is offside as he chases the rebound!
    • 80' Avram Grant throws his notepad away, and the wind blows it onto the pitch! Howard Webb returns it to Grant and has a quiet word with the Israeli.
    • 79' West Ham: Victor Obinna comes on for Luis Boa Morte.
    • 78' Johnson dribbles inside from the right and plays a low cross in front of goal - nobody there to attack it for City.
    • 77' City work the ball slickly inside from the left and Silva tries to help it goalwards but can only find a claret shirt and the ball is hoofed away.
    • 75' Balotelli fouls Sears and Hitzlspeger hits the free-kick long... over Ba and it's an easy save for Hart.
    • 74' Attacking substitution from Roberto Mancini, who brings Edin Dzeko on for Gareth Barry.
    • 73' Now Milner shoots, but it is straight at Green who makes a comfortable save.
    • 71' Adam Johnson goes for goal from 25 yards but his shot flashes wide.
    • 70' Toure stabs in a cross from the left intended for Balotelli, but Da Costa makes a crucial intervention.
    • 69' Now Gabbidon flies in illegally on Balotelli, and City have a chance to build.
    • 68' Winger's challenge from Adam Johnson on Boa Morte, and that is another yellow card from Howard Webb
    • 66' Here's a change for West Ham - Carlton Cole on for Robbie Keane who missed that golden opportunity in the first half.
    • 65' Awful free-kick from Hitzlsperger, who smashes the ball out for a goal kick from 45 yards.
    • 64' Silva is muscled off the ball 30 yards from goal - West Ham showing plenty of fight here.
    • 63' HOW IS THAT NOT A GOAL!! Silva is played clean through, spends an age dancing round Green and by the time he passes to Balotelli there are three men back on the line to block the Italian's shot. Why didn't Silva just go straight for goal?
    • 62' DA COSTA!! He meets Hitzlsperger's corner with a header but Hart makes a decent save!
    • 61' Jacobsen runs at Kolarov who puts the ball out for a corner.
    • 60' Now West Ham are dominating possession, which makes a change. It just shows you the technical quality they have.
    • 59' Hitzlsperger floats a through ball that drops over Keane's head and skips away from the Irishman.
    • 58' There are certainly more goals in this - City are looking to kill West Ham off, while the Hammers obviously have to go for it.
    • 57' Sears tees up Ba, who balloons his shot high over the bar!
    • 55' BALOTELLI HITS THE BAR!! He receives a slide rule pass from Silva, cut inside and bends his shot against the woodwork. Toure smashes the rebound goalwards and Green makes a good save!
    • 54' West Ham under the cosh now, as Toure finds Zabaleta whose cross is headed clear.
    • 53' Jacobsen looks like he might have used a bit of arm to control the corner, but ref Howard Webb waves play on. No great protests from City.
    • 52' Poor touch from Manuel Da Costa, and it's a corner for City.
    • 51' Pacy ball played through to Silva, but the ball hits him on the hip and West Ham scramble it clear.
    • 49' The free-kick comes to nothing, and West Ham have a chance to clear.
    • 48' Adam Johnson gets the better of Gabidon, who hauls the winger down and that's a free-kick and a yellow card.
    • 47' Silva tries to find Balotelli, who has yet to stamp his authority on this game.
    • 46' Second half under way, and it appears whatever was ailing Jonathan Spector has subsided.
    • 46' Manchester City change: The goalscorer Nigel De Jong comes off for James Milner.
    • 45+3' That's the end of a rather weird first half - City were absolutely cruising but Demba Ba's goal has put the game back on a knife edge!
    • 45+2' Balotelli goes to the ground clutching his face after catching a stray arm from Da Costa. I know it's vogueish to slag off Balotelli, but there was contact, even if the fall was a little thespian.
    • 45+1' Two minutes of stoppage time to be played.
    • 45' Johnson shoots low from 25 yards... straight at Green.
    • 43' Well, Avram still looks as depressed as he did when West Ham were two down. Radoslav Kovac seems the most likely man to replace Spector.
    • 42' Jonathan Spector is limping badly, and Avram Grant may be forced into another change!
    • 41' Silva and Kolarov combine to set up Johnson, who cannot get into a shooting position, and by the time he belatedly passes the moment has gone.
    • 40' Neat through ball for Balotelli, who loses his footing and knocks the ball out for a goal kick... Tomkins did well to contain him there.
    • 39' West Ham are a little shambolic in their marking, but Gabbidon does just enough to glance a header behind for a corner.
    • 37' Balotelli nearly gets in on goal, but Da Costa denies him with a fine challenge.
    • 36' The mood around Eastlands is now rather nervy - for the last few minutes it has been all West Ham!
    • 34' If City let this slip, they'll only have themselves to blame - they were in total control.
    • 33' GOAL!! West Ham are back in it! Joleon Lescott appears to handle inside the box, but the ref plays on and Ba tucks the ball past Hart! Well I never, it's game on again!
    • 32' That just shows you the lack of confidence with which Robbie Keane is playing. You'd expect him to take that chance every time...
    • 31' Robbie Keane is played clean through and must score... NO!! He tries to dink the ball over Hart but the keeper flicks out a leg and repels it!
    • 30' After the gleeful mayhem of the first half-hour, things have quietened down a little...
    • 29' Kolarov strides beyond Sears and crosses pacily from the left... scrambled clear by West Ham.
    • 27' Toure does brilliantly to dribble past his man, but he drags his shot wide from 25 yards.
    • 26' Manuel Da Costa replaces Upson. I'm sure whatever injury the West Ham skipper has is genuine, but he looked sprightly enough running off the pitch.
    • 24' More bad news - Matthew Upson has signalled he has got to come off...
    • 23' David Silva is playing absolutely majestically. His passing and vision are a joy to behold. Less so, a wayward long shot from Yaya Toure.
    • 22' Silva finds the increasingly ambitious Zabaleta on the right... his cross is headed away but it is still all too easy for City.
    • 20' That's a bit better. Boa Morte crosses from the left wing, but Ba does not get to his header.
    • 19' When you look at the team sheet, you don't really understand why West Ham are bottom of the Premier League. But the evidence is there on the pitch. They cannot defend.
    • 17' A little ray of hope for West Ham - Man City have conceded twice or more at home four times this season. But not since January. And, more to the point, West Ham are awful.
    • 16' Avram Grant looks even more hangdog than he usual does - which is very hangdog indeed. West Ham are sinking without trace.
    • 15' GOAL!!! It's two!! David Silva clips a superb ball over the top for the marauding Zabaleta, who shoots from a tight angle and Lars Jacobsen's attempted clearance goes in off the bar!
    • 14' Play is back under way after that hiatus.
    • 12' Matthew Upson is down injured, and we have a brief break in play.
    • 11' The City fans celebrate with a gleeful Poznan - that's Nigel De Jong's first goal for the club!
    • 10' GOAL!! NIGEL DE JONG!! City in front!! Wonderful goal!! Kolarov's corner is cleared as far as the Dutchman who smashes a low strike in from 30 yards!
    • 9' Johnson made mincemeat of Gabbidon there... the Welshman not accustomed to the left-back position.
    • 8' Adam Johnson cuts inside from the right onto his left foot... drags his shot wide.
    • 7' Tony Pulis is in the crowd, scouting Stoke City's FA Cup final opponents.
    • 5' Good start from City, who can all but clinch fourth place with a win today - they would go seven points clear of Liverpool and Tottenham with four games remaining.
    • 4' Johnson's corner comes in for BALOTELLI!! Heads just wide!
    • 4' Silva twists and turns at the edge of the box, but his attempted shot is deflected wide.
    • 3' Gabbidon is playing left-back today, replacing Wayne Bridge who cannot play under the terms of his loan from City.
    • 2' Early corner for West Ham, cleared as far as Gabbidon who booms a 40-yard shot high over the bar.
    • 1' Game on! West Ham are playing from left to right as we see it in claret and blue - but with slightly unusual blue shorts.
    • 16:05 City have only won eight of their 30 Premier League games played in the month of May.
    • 16:00 City have mustered just two goal attempts from a throw-in scenario this season, the lowest of any side in the division.
    • 15:55 West Ham have lost four consecutive league games for the second time this season.
    • 15:50 Roberto Mancini’s side have taken 19 points from the last 21 available at the City of Manchester Stadium and kept five clean sheets in their last seven league matches on home soil.
    • 15:45 Man City have won more penalties (9) than any other team in the top flight and picked up the most yellow cards for dissent (8).
    • 15:40 Man City have scored the joint-fewest headers in the Premier League (2) while West Ham have conceded the joint-highest number of headed goals this season (14).
    • 15:36 There is no Mark Noble for West Ham after his stomach injury suffered at Chelsea last weekend. Most significantly Scott Parker is also absent with an Achilles problem; Matthew Upson returns to the centre of defence following an illness. Wayne Bridge (ineligible - parent club), Kieron Dyer (hamstring), Peter Kurucz (knee), Mark Noble (stomach), Gary O'Neil (ankle), Junior Stanislas (hernia) are missing.
    • 15:34 Manchester City have opted to leave Edin Dzeko on the bench despite his winner at Blackburn. Mario Balotelli plays as the lone out-and-out striker with captain Carlos Tevez still out with a hamstring injury. Jerome Boateng and Michael Johnson (both knee), Shay Given (shoulder), Micah Richards (hamstring) and Kolo Toure (drugs suspension) are absent.
    • 15:32 Man City: Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany, Lescott, Kolarov, De Jong, Barry, Adam Johnson, Toure Yaya, Silva, Balotelli; subs: Taylor, Milner, Wright-Phillips, Dzeko, Vieira, Jo, Boyata /// West Ham: Green, Jacobsen, Tomkins, Upson, Gabbidon, Sears, Spector, Hitzlsperger, Boa Morte, Ba, Keane; subs: Boffin, Reid, Cole, Kovac, da Costa, Piquionne, Obinna
    • 15:30 West Ham have not won in all five league visits to The City of Manchester Stadium, losing the last two. Their last away victory against them was 1-0 at Maine Road in April 2003 – Freddie Kanoute scored the only goal. West Ham have only scored eight goals in the last 14 Premier League meetings with City. Hammers results and fixtures
    • 15:25 City are looking to complete the PL double over West Ham for the first time since 2006-07, while the Hammers have not won in their last three league matches against City. Their only victory in the last nine was 1-0 at Upton Park in March 2009 – Jack Collison scored the only goal. Man City results and fixtures
    • 15:20 Manchester City and West Ham United have met 85 times in the league. Manchester City have won 39, West Ham 33 and there have been 13 draws.
  • Summary

    • 90' Cole fires a low shot from the edge of the box, but his effort is blocked!
    • 85' Silva's shot takes a crazy deflection, forcing Green to readjust and make a decent save!
    • 82' Dzeko hits a powerful low shot from range - Green spills it but Balotelli is offside as he chases the rebound!
    • 63' HOW IS THAT NOT A GOAL!! Silva is played clean through, spends an age dancing round Green and by the time he passes to Balotelli there are three men back on the line to block the Italian's shot. Why didn't Silva just go straight for goal?
    • 62' DA COSTA!! He meets Hitzlsperger's corner with a header but Hart makes a decent save!
    • 55' BALOTELLI HITS THE BAR!! He receives a slide rule pass from Silva, cut inside and bends his shot against the woodwork. Toure smashes the rebound goalwards and Green makes a good save!
    • 33' GOAL!! West Ham are back in it! Joleon Lescott appears to handle inside the box, but the ref plays on and Ba tucks the ball past Hart! Well I never, it's game on again!
    • 31' Robbie Keane is played clean through and must score... NO!! He tries to dink the ball over Hart but the keeper flicks out a leg and repels it!
    • 15' GOAL!!! It's two!! David Silva clips a superb ball over the top for the marauding Zabaleta, who shoots from a tight angle and Lars Jacobsen's attempted clearance goes in off the bar!
    • 10' GOAL!! NIGEL DE JONG!! City in front!! Wonderful goal!! Kolarov's corner is cleared as far as the Dutchman who smashes a low strike in from 30 yards!
    • 4' Johnson's corner comes in for BALOTELLI!! Heads just wide!
    • 15:32 Man City: Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany, Lescott, Kolarov, De Jong, Barry, Adam Johnson, Toure Yaya, Silva, Balotelli; subs: Taylor, Milner, Wright-Phillips, Dzeko, Vieira, Jo, Boyata /// West Ham: Green, Jacobsen, Tomkins, Upson, Gabbidon, Sears, Spector, Hitzlsperger, Boa Morte, Ba, Keane; subs: Boffin, Reid, Cole, Kovac, da Costa, Piquionne, Obinna

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