Saturday November 3, 2012 Day 10 Finished Upton Park

  1. Premier League - Man City misfire in West Ham stalemate

    Premier League - Man City misfire in West Ham stalemate

    A solid defensive effort from West Ham United earned them a 0-0 Premier League draw against Manchester City 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+4' West Ham have earned an excellent point at home to the champions! The final whistle is greeted with a tremendous roar. And that result means that Manchester United finish the day as Premier League leaders. City stay third.
    • 90+3' One last City attack as Kompany launches it downfield... but yet again the home team are equal to it and the ball comes straight back.
    • 90+3' West Ham have it in City territory with Cole, who just looks to hold the ball up.
    • 90+2' West Ham clear with header after header. They have been really resolute. They are 90 seconds away from a superb point. But it's not job done yet.
    • 90+1' Three minutes of added time to be played. One less than I predicted. Some timekeeper, me...
    • 90' Sam Allardyce is roaring at his players to get back and defend!
    • 90' City change: Scott Sinclair on for Samir Nasri.
    • 89' Hopeless from Yaya Toure who toepokes his shot from the edge of the box but sends it high over the bar. He then claims he was being fouled, which he wasn't.
    • 88' ...Toure plays it into the box where O'Brien heads behind for a corner.
    • 88' Benayoung crosses from the left and Kompany clears. City look to launch another attack as Yaya releases Nasri down the right...
    • 87' West Ham continue to stand firm, but they have more or less abandoned any pretence at going forward. Always a bit of a risk.
    • 86' Into the last five minutes of normal time - I'd guess at another four added on.
    • 85' As ever, the West Ham fans give Tevez a generous ovation. Well, he did keep them up while, er, not exactly legitimately registered...
    • 84' James Collins is injured and has to go off. He is replaced by Jordan Spence. Meanwhile, Javi Garcia comes on for Tevez. An oddly negative move, though I guess Yaya Toure will get forward now.
    • 83' Tevez delivers a free-kick from the right and Cole is there to head clear.
    • 82' Yellow card George McCartney for a late challenge on Barry.
    • 81' Aguero belts a 25-yarder but Collins gets in the way again. Superb defending from West Ham here.
    • 80' City are preparing a change - and is it really going to be Garcia for Tevez? Apparently so.
    • 79' O'Neil dispossesses Nasri but is adjudged to have fouled the City man.
    • 78' West Ham change: Carlton Cole comes on for Andy Carroll who has played well, albeit without scoring his first West Ham goal.
    • 78' Kolo Toure has gone down injured and is receiving treatment at the edge of the pitch. Could just be cramp.
    • 77' Here come West Ham on the counter-attack with Matt Jarvis who does exceptionally well to beat Toure and cross low for Carroll who stretches out a boot and fires over.
    • 76' Nearly disaster for Collins as he slips over inside his own box, but he recovers enough to block the CIty shot with his head!
    • 75' West Ham get everyone behind the ball as City play it around looking for an opening... this is good, disciplined stuff from the hosts.
    • 74' Clichy crosses low for Dzeko who control and lays it back to the edge of the box but cannot find a navy shirt.
    • 73' This just in from OptaJoe: "5 - Sergio Aguero has scored (3) or assisted (2) five goals in five Premier League appearances as a substitute before today. Impact?"
    • 72' West Ham change: Gary O'Neil on for Mohamed Diame.
    • 71' Tevez overhits a through ball to Aguero, and with 20 minutes remaining City need to step up a gear.
    • 70' Aguero replaces Balotelli and, to the palpable disappointment of the TV commentators, the Italian merely accepts a coat and sits down. Strop free.
    • 69' City come away on the break, Barry bursts into the box but uses his arm to control and that's a handball. Lucky, really, since he made a mess of an easy finish.
    • 68' A spot of head tennis in the City box, but the ball is eventually hacked away.
    • 67' Corner West Ham, which Noble will take. Balotelli meets it and heads behind for another corner.
    • 66' Balotelli is about to go off. Aguero presumably will replace him.
    • 65' Jaaskelainen races out of goal to play sweeper and intercept a long Clichy pass - but there is an offside flag anyway.
    • 64' TEVEZ!! That's a real chance as West Ham are caught short at the back. Balotelli finds Tevez who blazes a left-foot shot into the night sky. Should have done better.
    • 63' Yaya Toure has been limping a little, but seems determined to play on. City have already lost James Milner today to an injury sustained in the warm-up.
    • 61' Oops. Air shot from Matt Jarvis, who I was so confidently talking up earlier. Ho hum.
    • 60' Clumsy, late tackle by Benayoun on Tevez - that's a yellow card.
    • 59' ANDY CARROLL!! McCartney crosses from the left and Carroll meets it with a superb overhead kick that comes off Barry and goes out for a corner. Cracking effort.
    • 58' Chance for Nolan! Cross comes in from the right and the unmarked midfielder sends his header wide!
    • 56' Yellow card to James Collins, and a City free-kick some 45 yards from goal. Played short from Tevez to Dzeko but the ball is put out for a throw.
    • 55' Corner City - delivered by Tevez but there is a foul in the box and West Ham have a free-kick.
    • 54' Lobbed long into the City box - Nolan sprawls to the ground, but it's not clear where a foul occurred, if any.
    • 52' Tevez has been taking all the set pieces for City, and another outswinging corner from him is cleared.
    • 51' Nastri tries to clip the ball over the top for Tevez to chase... he has been City's most creative player so far, albeit without much success.
    • 50' Uncertain defending from West Ham as the ball pings around the box - Tevez ends up hitting a weak shot at Jaaskelainen.
    • 49' Poor first touch from Balotelli, who gives it away... West Ham come forward through Diame who plays a poor through ball. Sloppy from both sides.
    • 48' A blast of magic spray, and Collins will attempt to play on. Didn't look a terrible one - but painful nonetheless.
    • 47' James Collins twists his ankle trying to make a tackle on Tevez and that looks a painful one.
    • 46' City restart the game, now playing from right to left in their navy blue change strip.
    • 45+2' That's half-time! No goals, but plenty to talk about. Not least the latest lovers' tiff brewing between Mancini and Balotelli.
    • 45+1' Just one added minute to be played...
    • 45' Nasri finds Balotelli who goes for an acrobatic overhead kick... it bounces well wide.
    • 44' The corner is cleared, then played back in with Kolo finding Yaya, but little brother blazes his shot wide!
    • 43' Balotelli's cross thwacks into Collins and City will have a corner...
    • 42' He's a useful player, Jarvis - not sure he's likely to get another England call-up, but he's that rare beast: an English player comfortable kicking with either foot.
    • 41' Nolan frees Jarvis down the left... he doesn't have much support so ducks into a little space and hits a shot wide from a tight angle.
    • 39' Yaya Toure lofts the ball into the box, but West Ham are strong in the air defensively and Collins nods the ball to safety.
    • 38' Twitter sage Joey Barton has just accused Manchester City of having some 'ste' players. Not really sure to whom he's referring. I suspect he'll elaborate.
    • 37' Wasteful from Balotelli as he blasts the ball wide after good work from Kolo Toure.
    • 36' West Ham win a free-kick on the right - Carroll awaits in the middle but Noble plays it short and City regain possession.
    • 35' The pace slows momentarily. City dominating possession just now.
    • 33' Tevez delivers another superb free-kick that is met by Balotelli who stretches out his right leg and boots the ball high over the bar! Having got there, he should have done better.
    • 32' Tevez with an outswinging corner from the City right... Dzeko attempts a thunderous volley but there's another West Ham block in there.
    • 31' Clichy's cross from the left is headed half-clear to Balotelli at the edge of the box, whose volley is blocked.
    • 30' Also this: Manchester City have failed to score in the opening 30 minutes of any away match since April 22 – Sergio Aguero at Wolves.
    • 29' Infostrada with this: Balotelli has failed to score in his last 10 PL matches going back to March 31. It is 11 months since he scored a PL away match – at Chelsea in December 2011.
    • 28' West Ham build promisingly, but Diame lets the side down with an overhit cross that bypasses Carroll and goes out for a goal kick.
    • 26' Balotelli hits a fine diagonal ball for Dzeko, whose first touch is ragged and the ball bounces through to Jaaskelainen.
    • 25' Roberto Mancini is giving Mario Balotelli a right rollocking. They have an interesting relationship, those two, don't they?
    • 24' Tevez dispossesses Noble and tees up Dzeko, who hits a weak shot straight at Jaaskelainen.
    • 23' Noble and O'Brien combine to dispossess Tevez as he races towards the box - it's muscular but fair from West Ham.
    • 22' Carroll slaps a low shot inches wide from the edge of the box after good work from Benayoun! Hart didn't move! West Ham have had some good chances early on here.
    • 21' Yaya Toure blasts a long shot over from 30 yards. Let's call that a 'low percentage' option. A.k.a. a waste.
    • 20' Tevez goes for goal but fires over - too much power to get over the wall and back down from that range.
    • 19' Dzeko brought down just outside the box, and this is a real opportunity for City. Looks like Tevez will take it.
    • 18' Jarvis crosses from the West Ham left for BENAYOUN!! He meets it with a powerful side-foot volley that clangs off the bar and goes over!
    • 17' Carroll goes down as the ball bounces into the box - Kompany did have his hands on the striker, but you very rarely see those given.
    • 16' Nolan bears down on Kompany, who puts the ball out for a throw.
    • 15' Tevez plays it into the box for Dzeko who dummies, but West Ham clear the loose ball. City starting to exert some control over the game.
    • 14' Benayoun gets underneath the ball and rather spoons it into the box, where Hart rises highest to make a comfortable catch.
    • 13' Diame! He weaves his way inside from the left and smashes a shot just over from the edge of the box. Cracking effort.
    • 12' Balotelli's low free-kick hits the heels of the wall and spirals away... West Ham end up with a throw deep inside their own half on the left side.
    • 11' City have a free-kick just to the left of centre, a shade over 30 yards from goal. Tevez and Balotelli stand over it.
    • 9' Nasri hits a long-range shot that Jaaskelainen parries - Dzeko heads the rebound wide but there is an offside flag up anyway.
    • 8' Noble flies in to block a long-range Dzeko effort and appears to get injured in the process.
    • 7' An interesting month-related fact from Infostrada: "Manchester City unbeaten in their last 12 PL matches in the month of November stretching back four years, since a 1-0 home defeat to Manchester United on November 30, 2008. However, they have only won four of these 12 – drawing eight times."
    • 5' As the free-kick came in, Nolan looked about three nanometres offside. Which is still offside, granted. But it was very close.
    • 4' KEVIN NOLAN!! NO! There's a flag up to cut that chicken dance short! We'll have to see that again.
    • 4' Carroll wins a free-kick off Yaya Toure...
    • 3' Joe Hart is wearing exactly the same kit as ref Howard Webb: yellow shirt, black shorts and socks.
    • 2' Nasri tries to find Balotelli in the box but overhits the pass.. an early warning for West Ham.
    • 1' Game on! West Ham kick off, playing from right to left as we see it. City are in their navy blue change strip.
    • 17:29 David Gold, Geoff Hurst and Mike Summerbee come out ton to the pitch with wreaths in memory of those who have died in service of their country. West Ham have poppies on their shirts. And now a moment's silence.
    • 17:28 A change to the City team: James Milner was injured in the warm-up, so Gareth Barry starts.
    • 17:27 Out come the teams! It's a cold early evening, but West Ham are not messing about with any of that training top nonsense. City, on the other hand...
    • 17:25 Andy Carroll has scored four goals against Manchester City, more than he has netted against any other opponent in the Premier League. However, he has not yet scored for West Ham.
    • 17:20 Man City have won seven and lost just one of the last 10 Premier League meetings with West Ham. The Hammers have scored just nine goals in their last 15 Premier League games against Man City and never more than once in a game in that run.
    • 17:15 Roberto Mancini, meanwhile, has rather curiously attempted to deflect rumours of an offer to manage Monaco by confirming that he has had talks with several teams: "Last year I was very close with seven or eight teams but I prefer to stay here. It is a fantastic situation. Now, we have time to improve and build a team. I have worked well here for three years."
    • 17:10 Sam Allardyce has said his West Ham side can take heart from City's slow start to the season: "I'm surprised but yet again there have been a few changes and a few players he has lost through injury and that disrupts what was his renowned back four for last season. He (Mancini) has tried a different style, a different system, he has lost (Nigel) de Jong who used to give them that protection. It is a bit more encouraging - I watched Swansea last week and they were very impressive against them."
    • 17:05 It has been a quiet week for both teams - neither were in midweek Capital One Cup action and should come into this game fresh.
    • 17:00 It's full-time around the country in the 3pm kick-offs - you can catch up on all the day's action in our Premier League score centre. Scores and scorers
    • 16:55 Interesting selection from Roberto Mancini, who goes for Kolo Toure at right-back with Richards and Zabaleta out injured - Nastasic gets the nod in central defence, and there is no Aguero in the front three.
    • 16:50 TEAMS: WEST HAM: Jaaskelainen, O’Brien, Reid, McCartney, Collins, Jarvis, Nolan, Noble, Diame, Benayoun, Carroll. SUBS: Spiegel, Chambers, Spence, O'Neil, Hall, Maiga, Cole. /// MAN CITY: Hart, Kolo Toure, Kompany, Nastasic, Clichy, Yaya Toure, Nasri, Milner, Tevez, Dzeko, Balotelli. SUBS: Pantilimon, Zabaleta, Kolarov, Barry, Sinclair, Garcia, Aguero.
    • 16:45 Welcome to LIVE coverage of the Premier League game between West Ham and Manchester City from Upton Park!
  • Summary

    • 64' TEVEZ!! That's a real chance as West Ham are caught short at the back. Balotelli finds Tevez who blazes a left-foot shot into the night sky. Should have done better.
    • 59' ANDY CARROLL!! McCartney crosses from the left and Carroll meets it with a superb overhead kick that comes off Barry and goes out for a corner. Cracking effort.
    • 58' Chance for Nolan! Cross comes in from the right and the unmarked midfielder sends his header wide!
    • 44' The corner is cleared, then played back in with Kolo finding Yaya, but little brother blazes his shot wide!
    • 33' Tevez delivers another superb free-kick that is met by Balotelli who stretches out his right leg and boots the ball high over the bar! Having got there, he should have done better.
    • 22' Carroll slaps a low shot inches wide from the edge of the box after good work from Benayoun! Hart didn't move! West Ham have had some good chances early on here.
    • 18' Jarvis crosses from the West Ham left for BENAYOUN!! He meets it with a powerful side-foot volley that clangs off the bar and goes over!
    • 13' Diame! He weaves his way inside from the left and smashes a shot just over from the edge of the box. Cracking effort.
    • 4' KEVIN NOLAN!! NO! There's a flag up to cut that chicken dance short! We'll have to see that again.
    • 17:28 A change to the City team: James Milner was injured in the warm-up, so Gareth Barry starts.
    • 16:50 TEAMS: WEST HAM: Jaaskelainen, O’Brien, Reid, McCartney, Collins, Jarvis, Nolan, Noble, Diame, Benayoun, Carroll. SUBS: Spiegel, Chambers, Spence, O'Neil, Hall, Maiga, Cole. /// MAN CITY: Hart, Kolo Toure, Kompany, Nastasic, Clichy, Yaya Toure, Nasri, Milner, Tevez, Dzeko, Balotelli. SUBS: Pantilimon, Zabaleta, Kolarov, Barry, Sinclair, Garcia, Aguero.
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