Sunday, August 24, 2008

Man City 3 West Ham 0

If West Ham's intention was to hold on for a 0-0 draw then they did reasonably well in the first-half. At least they did up until the point when Mark Noble got himself sent off. Until then West Ham restricted City to just two shots, although both of those shots were close to being goals.

In the 12th minute following a bit of a pinball scramble from a corner the ball fell to Ben-Haim 6 yards out, his shot deflected off Davenport up onto the bar and then to safety. In the 22nd minute Petrov hit a 25 yrd free-kick over the West Ham wall and with Green motionless the ball bounced off the right-hand post.

Then in the 36th minute Noble, having already been booked for a deliberate handball, was shown a second yellow for a bad lunging tackle. From then on it was all City for the rest of the half, although West Ham did reasonably well to restrict them to long shots. However West Ham went in at the break without having had one effort on goal.

In the second half it was all City. In the 64th minute a sliced clearance from Upson fell to Sturridge 7 yards out who smashed the ball into the roof of the net. In the 69th minute Elano fired the ball into the bottom left corner of the net. In the 75th minute Ireland made a mug of Neill before pulling the ball back to Elano who got his second from 8 yards.

Looking at the positives - West Ham managed to have a shot on goal in the 88th minute and even managed to win two corners in the game.


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