Man City 2 West Ham 1
Any hopes West Ham had of getting anything out of this game seemed to be squashed by two City goals in the opening fifteen minutes. The fist came in the 11th minute when a long range De Jong effort flew through a crowd of players and beat a diving Green. Four minutes later and Silva chipped a ball over the West Ham defence. Zabaleta took the ball on his chest and his shot could only be knocked into his own net by Jacobsen.
West Ham were given a glimmer of hope when Keane was played clean through after half an hour. However Hart rushed out of goal and Keane was unable to dink the ball over the keeper. West Ham then managed to keep the ball in the City half and five minutes later got a goal back. City failed to clear a Hitzlsperger deep ball into the area and Ba was able to smash the ball home from 10 yards.
In the second half Balotelli had two great chances to extend City's lead. In the 55th minute the striker hit the crossbar from 14 yards. Then in the 63rd minute, after Silva had beaten Green and laid the ball on the plate to Balotelli, his shot from 10 yards was blocked by Tomkins on the line.
In between Balotelli's two chances Da Costa forced a save from Hart with a header from 10 yards. Apart from those chances the only other clear cut chance came from a deflected shot by Silva, which Green managed to tip over the bar and a late effort from 20 yards by Cole which was blocked five yards from goal by the City defence.
Today was another reasonable performance from West Ham with nothing to show for it. There are now three games left and it looks like West Ham will need at least two wins and a draw to have any chance of staying up.