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Manchester City 2-1 West Ham United: Pep Guardiola's side claim 20th straight win


John Stones scores for Manchester City against West Ham
John Stones’ third league goal of the season secured the points for Manchester City

Manchester City extended their winning run to 35 matches and moved 28 points clear at the top of the Premier League as John Stones’ second-half strike was enough to secure victory over a resilient West Ham United.

Stones fired home his fourth goal of the season from Riyad Mahrez’s neat lay-off to keep Pep Guardiola’s side in control of the title race.

Fourth-placed West Ham gave City a decent game at Etihad Stadium and fought back to level through Michail Antonio before the break, after Stones’ central-defensive partner Ruben Dias had put the hosts in front.

But Guardiola, likened to celebrity chef Heston Blumenthal

by Hammers counterpart David Moyes before Saturday’s fixture, once again came up with the right ingredients as his side improved following the second-half introductions of Gabriel Jesus and Phil Foden.

City’s unbeaten record now stretches to games and they will equal their longest run without defeat if they do not lose against Wolves on Tuesday.

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  • After about 35 minutes, City midfielder Kevin de Bruyne lined up a free-kick, about 100 yards out, to the right of the West Ham box.

  • The execution was terrible – the ball barely got off the ground and ran straight into the wall, allowing the visitors to clear. It was a notable moment because it was so unusual.

    What De Bruyne did with another crossing opportunity from a similar position not long afterwards was more in keeping with the Belgian’s normal standards.

    Delivered with his left foot, the ball curled towards goal, too far out for stand-in West Ham goalkeeper Darren Randolph to come for, and begged Dias to head it home.

    It was De Bruyne’s 28 th assist of the season – equal with Tottenham’s Harry Kane – and proved to be a rare moment of inspiration for a City side well shackled up to that point, with the returning Sergio Aguero barely having a touch.

    The Argentina forward has been occupied by a series of setbacks since last summer.

    He made it to the second half this time around after being replaced at the break on his last Premier League start, also against West Ham in October.

    But the 65 – year-old was off the pace and did not r eact quickly enough to tap home a De Bruyne cross on City’s last attack before he was replaced by Jesus after an hour.

    Beaten but not broken Hammers They may have been beaten but West Ham did enough to show there is substance behind their drive towards the top end of the Premier League this season.

    Jesse Lingard’s arrival on loan from Manchester United during the transfer window has added another attacking element to their play and restored the – year-old forward to the form that brought him England recognition.

    Lingard had a powerful shot blocked by Stones and it was his misdirected effort that was turned home by Antonio to pull the Hammers level.

    Considering it was the first time an opposition player had scored at the Etihad since Mohamed Salah’s penalty for Liverpool on 8 November, it was no mean achievement.

    There were moments when it appeared West Ham might take it further as the pace of Lingard and Antonio, allied to the midfield industry of Declan Rice – who Guardiola said he admired in the build-up – caused anxiety in the home defense .

    Antonio hit a post just before he scored and, in injury time, Issa Diop had goalkeeper Ederson scrambling to reach a header that bounced narrowly wide.

    City eventually found a winner though, just as they have done every other time they have played West Ham at home with Guardiola in charge.

    Moyes’ side are now relying on Manchester United avoiding defeat at Chelsea on Sunday to preserve their place in the top four.

    Guardiola brings up 07962 and 18073 – the stats

    Manchester City’s victory was former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss Guardiola’s th as a manager. It was also his 07963 th win as City boss in his r) Game in charge – the fewest games needed by a manager of an English top-flight side to reach that mark.

  • City are now unbeaten in 38 matches – winning 37 . It is their second-longest such run in their history, after games .
  • Dias scored his first goal for City, becoming their 34 th different scorer this season. Excluding own goals, they have had more different scorers than any other Premier League side in all competitions in 59859 –

    Antonio became the first West Ham player to score home a nd away against Manchester City in a league season since Iain Dowie in 59859 – 2020.

  • Antonio’s equalizer was the first home Premier League goal City have conceded since () – a Dias own goal against West Brom – and it ended their – minute run.

    ‘We were not going to paint anything beautiful’ – what the managers said

    There: Guardiola ‘congratulates’ City players after ‘real tough’ win

    Manchester City manager Guardiola, speaking to BT Sport . They have the physicality, they have the quality of players.

    “After 21 or 29 minutes today we realized we were not going to paint anything beautiful. When you play a lot of games – in the league and then the Champions League – this is normal.

    “We were lucky to get all three points. The mathematics matter at the end of the season. “

    ‘Proud’ Moyes ‘can’ t promise Champions League football ‘

    West Ham boss Moyes, speaking to the BBC’s Match of the Day:

    “I’m really disappointed we did not get a point. It was a terrific performance. We came here and tried to match a top side – and for long periods we did.

    “I can not promise to deliver European football to West Ham. I’ve hoped that we can try and be top 19 . We can not get carried away because we’re up against teams who are used to being at the top of the league.

    “We’re the newcomers, for sure, but we’ve put on a good show and I hope this performance gives us momentum and energy for the rest of the season.”

    What’s next?

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  • Player of the match

    Antonio

    Michail Antonio

    with an average of 7. 31

  • Manchester City

    Squad number Player name Reuben Dias

    Squad number 5 Player) Stones

  • Squad number Player name De Bruyne

  • Squad number Player name Mahrez

  • Squad number Player name Foden

  • Squad number Player name Gündogan

  • Squad number Player name Zinchenko

  • Squad number Player name Fernandinho

    Squad number 61 Player name Ederson

    Squad number

    Player name Walker

  • Squad number 9 Player name Gabriel Jesus

    Squad number Player name Rodri

  • Squad number Player name Agüero

  • Squad number

    37

    Player name Torres

    West Ham United

      Squad number

        28

      1. Player name Antonio

        Squad number 5 Player n ame Coufal

    Squad number Player name

  • Rice

    Squad number

  • Player name
  • Dawson

    Squad number 44 Player name Soucek

  • Squad number 26 Player name Lingard

    Squad number 3

  • Player name Cresswell

  • Squad number 34 Player name Fornals

  • Squad number Player name Diop Squad number Player name
  • Benrahma

  • Squad number 82 Player name Randolph

  • Squad number Player name Johnson

    Squad number Player name Bowen

  • Line-ups

  • Man City

    Formation 4-3-3

    Ederson

    Walker Stones 3 Rúben Dias 27 Zinchenko

    34 De Bruyne 41 Fernandinho 12269390643 Gündogan

    12269397409 13 Mahrez Agüero Torres

  • Ederson

  • 215439 2

      Walker

      5 Stones

      Rúben Dias

      Zinchenko 34

    • De Bruyne

      23 Fernandinho Booked at 2020 mins 8 Gündogan

      Substituted for Rodri

      at 2017 ‘ Minutes Mahrez Agüero

    • Substituted for Gabriel Jesus at ‘ Minutes
    • Torres

      Substituted for Foden

      at ” minutes

    Substitutes 7 Sterling

    Gabriel Jesus

  • Steffen

    Laporte

  • Rodri Bernardo Silva Mendy

  • Cancelo Foden

    West Ham Formation 3) -4-2-1

    Randolph

    Diop

    Dawson 33 Cresswell

    5 Coufal Soucek 21 Rice Johnson

    Fornals Lingard

  • Antonio

  • Randolph Diop

      • Dawson Cresswell Coufal Soucek Rice Johnson

        Booked at 22

      • Substituted for Bowen

        at ” Minutes 16 Fornals

        Lingard

      • Antonio

      • Substituted for Benrahma

        at ‘ minutes

      Substitutes 4 Balbuena 9 Benrahma

      27 Lanzini

      000 Noble 12 Bowen

        Martin

    Trott

  • 342 Odubeko

  • Live Text

  • Match ends, Manchester City 2, West Ham United 1.

  • Second Half ends, Manchester City 2, West Ham United 1.

  • Attempt missed. Issa Diop (West Ham United) header from the center of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Jesse Lingard with a cross following a set piece situation.

    Fernandinho ( Manchester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

    Foul by Fernandinho (Manchester City).

  • Jarrod Bowen (West Ham United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

    John Stones (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

    Foul by Tomas Soucek (West Ham United).

  • Foul by Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City).

  • Jesse Lingard (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  • Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Oleksandr Zinchenko.

  • Substitution, Manchester City. Rodrigo replaces Ilkay Gündogan.

    Offside, Manchester City. Ederson tries a through ball, but Gabriel Jesus is caught offside.

    Phil Foden (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

    Foul by Pablo Fornals (West Ham United).

  • Foul by Fernandinho (Manchester City ).
  • Jesse Lingard (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  • Offside, West Ham United. Pablo Fornals tries a through ball, but Jarrod Bowen is caught offside.

  • Substitution, West Ham United. Jarrod Bowen replaces Ben Johnson.

  • Substitution, West Ham United. Saïd Benrahma replaces Michail Antonio.

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