Saturday December 11, 2010 Day 17 Finished Upton Park

West Ham United 1 - 3 Manchester City

  • Tomkins 89’
  • Touré 30’, 73’
  • Johnson 81’

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  1. City go joint top with win

    City go joint top with win

    Manchester City went joint top of the Premier League table with Arsenal after a 3-1 win over a beleaguered West Ham at Upton Park. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • West Ham United
    • Manchester City
    • - 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+3' The full-time whistle goes at Upton Park, and Manchester City move into second place in the Premier League table as a result of their 3-1 win over West Ham, who remain rock bottom! Thanks for joining us.
    • 90+2' West Ham squander the set piece opportunity, and City can clear and alleviate the pressure on their goal.
    • 90+1' Zabaleta is booked for tripping Hines on the edge of the box, and this could be very dangerous.
    • 90' Three minutes will be added at the end of this second half, as Johnson presses forward for City.
    • 89' GOAL!!!!! TOMKINS GRABS ONE BACK! Slack marking from Kolo Toure inside the City box sees West Ham score from the corner, and it's Tomkins who heads past Hart with the aid of a deflection.
    • 88' City are suddenly being forced to defend stoutly inside their half as West Ham pile forward.
    • 87' The hosts win a corner as Obinna hurtles down the right at pace to good effect.
    • 86' West Ham are enjoying fleeting spells of possession, and City are on the back foot all of a sudden.
    • 85' James Milner comes on as a substitute, and David Silva deservedly receives a standing ovation as he departs.
    • 84' De Jong earns his customary yellow card for a robust challenge on Spector on halfway.
    • 83' Silva continues to weave his magic in the final third for City, and West Ham do not know how to pick him up.
    • 82' Johnson has been a livewire since coming on as a sub, and that is no surprise to anyone.
    • 81' GOAL!!!! JOHNSON MAKES IT THREE! Silva shows imperious vision in picking out Johnson, whose composure and poise is exceptional as he rounds Green and slots the ball into an empty net!
    • 80' Silva surges forward once more, before Ben-Haim challenges Johnson with great success on this occasion.
    • 79' Piquionne, who has been very ineffectual for the Hammers, is replaced by Zavon Hines.
    • 78' Grant is out on the touchline once more, but the Hammers boss has very little he can offer.
    • 77' Hart lumps a long ball up towards Johnson, who takes the ball down in his stride with supreme confidence.
    • 76' De Jong dispossesses Obinna with a fine challenge on halfway, and it's all City.
    • 75' Jo is proving to be a very effective presence in attack for City, and he holds the ball up once more.
    • 74' That is surely the end of the contest with West Ham unable to find any inspiration going forward.
    • 73' GOAL!!!! CITY ARE TWO UP! Yaya Toure cuts in from the left with a stunning run after beating Tomkins, and his shot comes off the post and rebounds off Green's back into the net!
    • 72' Zabaleta brings the ball down the left once more for City, but Faubert prevents the cross coming in.
    • 71' Green is apprehensive in coming off his line, and Upson is forced to clear under pressure from Jo.
    • 70' Tomkins has been very good at the back for West Ham, and he concedes a corner with a timely intervention at the back post.
    • 69' Carlton Cole is now introduced for the Hammers in an attacking move as Barrera departs.
    • 67' Jo steals in at the back post inside the West Ham box, but his shot goes wide and the chance goes begging!
    • 66' There are vociferous appeals for a penalty as the ball appears to be handled by Jo in the City box, but nothing is given.
    • 65' Kieron Dyer comes on to replace Stanislas, and that really is a throw-back - how long will he last?
    • 64' Barrera skies the most ridiculous shot over the crossbar, and that just about sums up the hosts' day so far.
    • 63' Stanislas wins a throw in for the hosts, but Grant's side do not look like equalising at the moment.
    • 62' De Jong makes a very fine challenge on Parker to break up the play, but Silva goes down again to no avail.
    • 61' Indeed, Mancini realises that Balotelli is treading on thin ice, and he swiftly substitutes the forward as Johnson is introduced.
    • 60' Adam Johnson is about to come on for City, and it would not be surprising if it is Balotelli who makes way.
    • 59' Yaya Toure clatters into Obinna, and suddenly this is getting very scrappy again.
    • 58' Balotelli is booked for a mistimed challenge on Upson, and that is about his third of that type before he berates the referee. Careful, Mario!
    • 57' What a challenge from Tomkins, who intervenes just as Balotelli was about to pull the trigger in front of goal!
    • 56' Balotelli shows good work rate in chasing down Upson and harrying the defender into misplacing a pass.
    • 55' What a challenge from Upson, who times a perfect tackle to dispossess Balotelli as the forward careers forward.
    • 54' Kolo Toure sweeps up superbly at the back as he comes across to clear with Stanislas rampaging down the left.
    • 53' Barry slips an incisive through ball into the path of Jo, but Green is swiftly out to clear as the forward is ruled offside.
    • 52' Yaya is getting carried away with his own hype now as he fires two speculative efforts from range which do not trouble Green.
    • 51' Zabaleta is looking much brighter in this second half than he did in the first, and he drives down the left before whipping over a fine ball towards Jo.
    • 50' STAT: The Hammers have won just one of their last 10 matches against Manchester City in all competitions.
    • 49' Piquionne is having a pretty shambolic game in attack, and he gives the ball away again for West Ham.
    • 47' Ben-Haim is booked for a cynical tug on Silva's shirt, and City can pile forward once more.
    • 46' The second half is underway at Upton Park, and the home fans will be looking for a swift response from their side.
    • 45+1' The half-time whistle goes at Upton Park, and Yaya Toure's stunning strike on the half hour sees City assume a 1-0 lead over West Ham. Can the Hammers muster a response in the second half?
    • 45' There will be one added minute at the end of this first half, with City attacking through Silva down the right.
    • 44' Barrera does well to win an attacking throw in by the corner flag for the hosts, before Piquionne heads over the bar from Faubert's cross.
    • 43' STAT: West Ham have the same number of points after 16 games as they had in 2002-03, the season they were relegated.
    • 42' The Hammers keep the ball at the back as Green exchanges passes with Faubert, and the hosts need to show some urgency and belief.
    • 41' Parker produces another driving run, but this time his through ball to Piquionne goes astray - even Grant is animated now on the touchline.
    • 40' Upson misplaces a pass through to Obinna down the right, and that is very poor from the hosts.
    • 39' Kolo Toure wins a towering header to beat Piquionne to the ball yet again, and the striker is not having much his own way.
    • 38' Parker twists and turns in midfield, before unleashing a fierce shot which drifts narrowly wide of the near post - he's a bright spark in a pretty dull performance from the Hammers.
    • 37' STAT: Blackpool are the only team to prevent West Ham from scoring at Upton Park in the last 11 Premier League games played there.
    • 36' City's possession count is now 62 per cent as the hosts continue to fade out of this first half.
    • 35' Obinna whips over a testing delivery from the right, and Piquionne heads wide rather tamely for a goal kick.
    • 34' Barrera clears off the line as Balotelli beats Spector to a header inside the West Ham box from a Silva corner - shoddy marking!
    • 33' Silva drifts a deep cross to the back post, but Jo cannot rise beyond Ben-Haim to meet it.
    • 32' City sit deep inside their own half as West Ham enjoy some possession, but they are not looking threatening with the ball.
    • 31' The home fans are stunned after that quite incredible finish from the midfielder, who barely celebrates as he maintains his cool.
    • 30' WHAT A GOAL!!! Barry gets down the left and cuts the ball back, and there is Yaya Toure to lash the ball beyond Green into the top corner of the net in emphatic fashion!
    • 29' It is all City, and West Ham are being pushed firmly under the cosh as they defend very deep.
    • 27' Stanislas and Barrera combine, before the latter drives a low shot narrowly wide of the far post - a good effort.
    • 26' Piquionne fails to hold the ball up in the City half, before Yaya Toure produces a driving run but can only fire a tame shot straight at Green.
    • 25' Silva takes a tumble on the edge of the West Ham box as he feels he was blocked by Ben-Haim, but the referee is right to spot the playacting and wave play on.
    • 24' Boateng cuts inside as a deep corner from Silva drifts over towards him, but his shot is blocked by Ben-Haim.
    • 23' Obinna is furious with the referee after he is fouled by De Jong, but he has his free kick.
    • 22' Stanislas cuts inside from the left incisively before firing a fierce low shot straight at Joe Hart, but that was a very fine run!
    • 21' Zabaleta is not having the best of games so far, and the Argentine misplaces yet another simple pass intended for the frustrated Balotelli.
    • 20' City have enjoyed 56 per cent of the possession so far in this first half, and the visitors keep the ball in their half once more.
    • 19' Jo wins a free kick for City as this first half continues to be a pretty scrappy affair.
    • 18' Silva squanders the set piece, and West Ham can build from the back once more.
    • 17' Faubert hauls down Silva outwide on the City right, and the visitors can pile forward with his free kick.
    • 16' Mancini is out on the touchline berating De Jong for not retreating from the last attack, while Zabaleta fouls Obinna.
    • 15' Barry strokes the ball around with ease in midfield, and West Ham are not managing to pressure the City players.
    • 14' Hart distributes the ball with good vision from the back, and he finds Balotelli with an enormous throw out, before the Italian loses the ball and promptly fouls Parker.
    • 13' De Jong holds his hands up to protest his innocence after mullering Piquionne from behind, and he can have absolutely no complaints!
    • 12' Balotelli has started pretty abysmally, and he fires a shoddy free kick over the crossbar with six City players waiting expectantly in the box!
    • 11' Barry links the play from midfield before Jo wins a free kick with a neat piece of skill down the left. He has started very brightly.
    • 10' West Ham enjoy a rare spell of possession, and Balotelli clatters Spector from behind.
    • 9' Silva finds Zabaleta down the left, but the full back's first touch is atrocious and the ball runs out for a goal kick.
    • 8' Silva has a snap shot blocked on the edge of the penalty area as West Ham break, but Obinna ends up fouling De Jong.
    • 7' Tomkins heads behind for a corner as City continue to pile forward, and Silva wins the set piece.
    • 6' City are keeping the ball with consummate ease as they force the hosts to chase shadows in their own half.
    • 5' Toure and Parker clash on halfway, and the Hammers midfielder is penalised for his over-zealous approach.
    • 4' Yaya Toure and Silva combine in midfield as City press forward, before Jo drills another low cross into the six-yard box, but Balotelli is very lax and tamely miscues his effort from close range!
    • 3' Jo forces his way to the left byline, before drilling a low cross intended for Balotelli across the box, where Green stoops low to collect.
    • 2' Parker breaks up the play superbly for West Ham, and he dispossesses Jo before bringing the ball past the halfway line for the hosts.
    • 1' The first half is underway at Upton Park, and City kick us off in their change strip of white shirts with a red stripe.
    • 14:55 Has Avram Grant done the right thing in dropping Carlton Cole and Luis Boa Morte? Let me know your thoughts, and this is also your final chance to give us all your prediction for today's match...
    • 14:50 There is again no sign of Emmanuel Adebayor, with the striker clearly not featuring in Mancini's plans at present. A January exit would not be the greatest shock! What are you thoughts on his omission?
    • 14:45 The teams are in at Upton Park, and Balotelli does start for City, while Behrami fails his fitness test for West Ham. The referee is Phil Dowd.
    • 14:40 West Ham: Green, Faubert, Tomkins, Upson, Ben-Haim, Barrera, Spector, Parker, Stanislas, Piquionne, Obinna. Subs: Stech, Reid, Dyer, Cole, Boa Morte, Kovac, Hines
    • 14:35 Man City: Hart, Boateng, Toure, Kompany, Zabaleta, De Jong, Barry, Jo, Toure Yaya, Silva, Balotelli. Subs: Given, Richards, Milner, Adam Johnson, Santa Cruz, Lescott, Vieira
    • 14:30 West Ham will give a fitness test to Valon Behrami before deciding whether the midfielder will play any part in the Premier League match against Manchester City. The Swiss missed last week's defeat at Sunderland with a hip injury and is a doubt for the game while Mark Noble is out until the new year with a similar injury. Long-term absentees Thomas Hitzlsperger (thigh), Manuel da Costa (foot), Anthony Edgar, Peter Kurucz, and Jack Collison (all knee) also miss out.
    • 14:25 Tevez, who has scored 10 goals this season, misses a return to his former club as he is suspended. So too is Aleksandar Kolarov after he was sent off in the victory against Bolton but Kolo Toure could be available following a calf problem.
    • 14:20 West Ham boss Avram Grant is happy with the job Wally Downes has done since he came to Upton Park but admits he would not stand in his way if the Hammers coach decided to join Alan Pardew at Newcastle. Read more
    • 14:15 The absence of suspended captain - and former West Ham striker - Carlos Tevez will make City's task even harder but Mancini is expecting another big performance from summer signing Yaya Toure. Mancini remains wary of the Hammers, though, and said: "This championship is very good because every game is difficult. If you think you have an easy one it is a disaster."
    • 14:10 Mario Balotelli is Paul Parker's 'player to watch' today, and the Italian forward will be desperate to show his manager Mancini that he is indeed capable of turning out consistent displays. Read full blog: Mario should be super every week
    • 14:05 City lie three points behind Premier League leaders Arsenal on 29 points after 16 games and, with the Gunners not playing until Monday, Roberto Mancini's side can make ground. West Ham, meanwhile, are rock bottom on 12 points. Premier League table
    • 14:00 Fourth placed Manchester City look to go second in the Premier League table if they can beat struggling West Ham at Upton Park.
  • Summary

    • 89' GOAL!!!!! TOMKINS GRABS ONE BACK! Slack marking from Kolo Toure inside the City box sees West Ham score from the corner, and it's Tomkins who heads past Hart with the aid of a deflection.
    • 81' GOAL!!!! JOHNSON MAKES IT THREE! Silva shows imperious vision in picking out Johnson, whose composure and poise is exceptional as he rounds Green and slots the ball into an empty net!
    • 73' GOAL!!!! CITY ARE TWO UP! Yaya Toure cuts in from the left with a stunning run after beating Tomkins, and his shot comes off the post and rebounds off Green's back into the net!
    • 66' There are vociferous appeals for a penalty as the ball appears to be handled by Jo in the City box, but nothing is given.
    • 57' What a challenge from Tomkins, who intervenes just as Balotelli was about to pull the trigger in front of goal!
    • 34' Barrera clears off the line as Balotelli beats Spector to a header inside the West Ham box from a Silva corner - shoddy marking!
    • 30' WHAT A GOAL!!! Barry gets down the left and cuts the ball back, and there is Yaya Toure to lash the ball beyond Green into the top corner of the net in emphatic fashion!
    • 26' Piquionne fails to hold the ball up in the City half, before Yaya Toure produces a driving run but can only fire a tame shot straight at Green.
    • 22' Stanislas cuts inside from the left incisively before firing a fierce low shot straight at Joe Hart, but that was a very fine run!
    • 4' Yaya Toure and Silva combine in midfield as City press forward, before Jo drills another low cross into the six-yard box, but Balotelli is very lax and tamely miscues his effort from close range!
    • 14:40 West Ham: Green, Faubert, Tomkins, Upson, Ben-Haim, Barrera, Spector, Parker, Stanislas, Piquionne, Obinna. Subs: Stech, Reid, Dyer, Cole, Boa Morte, Kovac, Hines
    • 14:35 Man City: Hart, Boateng, Toure, Kompany, Zabaleta, De Jong, Barry, Jo, Toure Yaya, Silva, Balotelli. Subs: Given, Richards, Milner, Adam Johnson, Santa Cruz, Lescott, Vieira

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Line-up

    Live Team Line-Up

    • Starting line-up

      • R. Green
      • J. Faubert
      • J. Tomkins Goal
      • M. Upson
      • T. Ben-Haim Yellow Card
      • J. Spector
      • S. Parker
      • P. Barrera Substitution Out (71′)
      • Junior Stanislas Substitution Out (65′)
      • Obinna
      • F. Piquionne Substitution Out (80′)

      Subs

      • K. Dyer Substitution In65′
      • L. Boa Morte
      • C. Cole Substitution In71′
      • Z. Hines Substitution In80′
      • R. Kovác
      • W. Reid
      • M. Štech
    • Starting line-up

      • J. Hart
      • J. Boateng
      • K. Touré
      • V. Kompany
      • P. Zabaleta Yellow Card
      • Y. Touré Goals×2
      • N. de Jong Yellow Card
      • G. Barry
      • D. Silva Substitution Out (86′)
      • M. Balotelli Yellow Card Substitution Out (61′)

      Subs

      • P. Vieira
      • R. Santa Cruz
      • S. Given
      • J. Lescott
      • J. Milner Substitution In86′
      • A. Johnson Substitution In61′ Goal
      • M. Richards
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