Man City vs West Ham 2017- Post Match Analysis, Thoughts and Report

Angelo Ogbonna scored his first ever Premier League goal, but a gutsy West Ham side were eventually beaten by Man City, who equalled Chelsea and Arsenal’s record of thirteen consecutive wins in the same Premier League season with this hard fought 2-1 victory at the Etihad.

Both sides made four changes for this clash. City boss Pep Guardiola, with one eye on the upcoming Manchester derby, opted not to risk Vincent Kompany and Fernandinho, both of whom were a booking away from a potential ban.

For West Ham, Adrian made his first start in goal in place of Joe Hart, who was ineligible to play against his parent club as per the terms of his loan deal. With Winston Reid joining the injured list, David Moyes opted for three at the back, with Aaron Cresswell joining Ogbonna and youngster Declan Rice. Pablo Zabaleta captained the club for the first time ever, and Arnautovic, Ayew and Sakho were all left on the bench as Michail Antonio started alone upfront. The formation, highly guarded by Moyes in the buildup to the game, could be said to be a 5-3-1-1.

WHUFC XI vs MCFC 2017

The first chance of the game went to Michail Antonio in the 7th minute, with Cheikhou Kouyate’s flick on from a corner proving to be too much for the former. It was however most definitely a chance, and one that again highlighted City’s vulnerabilities at set pieces.

It took City 25 minutes to register their first major effort on goal, with David Silva’s long range effort taking a deflection off Rice before being tipped over by Adrian.

At the other end, the Spaniard’s opposite number Ederson produced a good save to deny Lanzini after some sloppy defending from the home side.

West Ham were dealt a blow when Kouyate had to hobble off in the 42nd minute, to be replaced by Diafra Sakho, the scorer of the winner when the Hammers last won at the Etihad.

Minutes after Sakho’s arrival, the Hammers had the opener. A short corner routine was poorly read by City and Sane did not get tight enough to Cresswell, who was afforded the time and luxury to fire his cross in, and Italian Ogbonna nodded in for his first ever league goal in WHUFC colours.

Despite having over 70% of possession and stringing together over 350 passes, City had only one shot on target to show for their first half efforts.

Guardiola sent on Jesus for Danilo at half time as City decided to step up the ante- their last defeat at the Etihad had been on this very day last year to Chelsea. In the 55th minute, Delph effectively “dived” to get a free kick, with Mike Dean awarding it to City despite Rice’s protests. From the free kick, Adrian produced a great save to deny Kevin de Bruyne, but from the next play, City were level, with Otamendi’s effort taking a deflection off Rice after some good work from Jesus.

What transpired afterwards was somewhat predictable. Gaps began to appear as West Ham began to tire, and Adrian was called into action several times, saving from the likes of Sane and Jesus, as City searched for a winner.

Lanzini was hooked for Arnautovic and Antonio had a good chance on the counter that was saved by Ederson, but most the footy was being played in the West Ham half.

The dam was threatening to break, and it finally did in the 83rd minute, with a delicious pass from KdB and a superb finish from Silva undoing all of West Ham’s best efforts. You could say this Rice was partly at faulty for the goal, but the youngster otherwise had a pretty good afternoon, and the kind of wizardry exhibited by City would’ve never been seen by him at age group football level.

There was still a chance for a twist in the tale late on when Arnautovic on the counter set up Sakho, but the Senegalese, very disappointingly, could not even hit the target.

City eventually finished with 77% of possession, 24 attempts overall and 755 passes (nearly three and a half times as many as West Ham)

Courageous from West Ham- they were seven minutes away from a draw, but City’s superior quality got them though, as it has on numerous occasions this season.

Man City 2 (Otamendi, Silva) beat West Ham 1

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