11 December 2010

City's win at Upton Park

A superb goal from Yaya Toure in the 30th minute, an own goal from Robert Green in the 74th minute and the final goal from the Manchester City’s Adam Johnson in the 81st minute ensured an eight straight match without defeat and made it five away wins this season.
The result of the match completely destroyed the myths that city can’t win or score without Carlos Tevez and put the blues on level points with arsenal atop premier league table. The Argentine striker had scored 48% of his side's league goals this season - a higher proportion than at any other club.
Mario Balotelli led the line with Jo deputizing for Tevez and Zabaleta replacing Aleksandar Kolarov on the left flank of the rear guard and Jerome Boateng coming in for a start on the right. The visitors should have taken an early lead when Mario Balotelli missed his kick in the six-yard box from Jo's low cross. However Yaya Toure opened the scoring for the visitor’s with a splendid effort on the half-hour. The Ivory Coast midfielder then helped the visitors double their lead when his shot hit the post and went in off goalkeeper Robert Green. It was three when Johnson, on for Balotelli, latched on to David Silva's slide-rule pass and evaded Green to roll into an unguarded net. James Tomkins headed in a late consolation in the 89th minute for the Hammers, who face a real battle for survival in 2011.
West Ham looked to hit City on the counter-attack, but despite some promising runs from Scott Parker, there were few options offered. Junior Stanislas, Frederic Piquionne and Barrera were all equally unconvincing when they did get a sight of goal. West Ham United has been cut even further adrift at the bottom of the table, with the position of Avram Grant back under considerable scrutiny.


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