West Ham 1 Man City 3
The writing was on the wall for West Ham early on in this game. In just the 4th minute Balotelli missed a sitter from just 4 yards. Man City controlled possession for much of the half and their movement and ambition was rewarded in the 30th minute when Ya Ya Toure lost Spector on the edge of the area and beat Green with his first time shot.
Despite chasing the ball for much of the first half West Ham actually had a couple of decent chances to get on the score sheet themselves. In the 22nd minute Stanislas cut in from the left and forced a save from Hart. With a minute to go in the half Piquionne headed just over from 10 yards.
At the other end Man City almost extended their lead in the 34th minute. Balotteli headed goalwards from 8 yards but Barrera cleared the ball from the goal-line.
West Ham showed a lot more aggression and ambition in the second half without creating anything in front of goal. Barrera managed a couple of shots from the edge of the area but both flew well over the bar.
With West Ham pushing more and more forward they left space at the back and there was always the danger that City would hit West Ham on the break. The almost inevitable happened in the 73rd minute when Ya Ya Toure cut in from the left wing, beat Tomkins and then beat Green inside his left post.
The second goal knocked the stuffing out of West Ham and City started playing for fun. In the 80th minute Silva played a defence splitting pass for Johnson who beat Green from 10 yards.
In the 89th minute West Ham got a consolation goal when Tomkins scored a headed goal from 10 yards. However overall you have to say that there wasn't much on show from West Ham today to give you any hope that they can claw their way out of the relegation places.