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Summary

  1. Man City join Chelsea & Man Utd with 100% start
  2. Sterling double seals victory
  3. Antonio pulls one back for West Ham
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By Phil Dawkes

All times stated are UK

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Man City 3-1 West Ham

That is all from me. Job done for City, who are looking more and more like a Pep Guardiola side.

West Ham take no points home but can take some credit from a spirited display.

On to the international break.

I'll see thee.

Man City 3-1 West Ham

West Ham boss Slaven Bilic, speaking to MOTD: "They were much better in the first half. We knew about their quality on the ball but they were quicker and more aggressive. In the second half we put them under a bit of pressure, the goal helped, but the second half I am more than happy. It gives us hope when the players are out injured.

"We stayed in the game. I wasn't happy at half time, I asked the guys to show character and spirit and a different mentality which they did. Praise for the team for the second half performance.

"A few will be back after the international break. It should be Lanzini and then Payet. That will of course change the shape of the team and the quality of the team.

"Not major [transfers] but you never know."

Man City 3-1 West Ham

More from Slaven Bilic: "I did not see the Sergio Aguero incident. We were going to change the centre-half anyway to go four at the back. Winston Reid got a little injured so we took him off.

"To be fair, at half-time I was angry about our mentality and character. We showed our quality and you need to show keeping the ball and wanting to hurt them."

Man City 3-1 West Ham

West Ham boss Slaven Bilic: "After we scored the goal it was a different West Ham, the one we wanted. We did not start well and straight away they had a couple of corners and then scored. They were much better in the first half. 

"We played well in the second half but the team showed character, spirit and something up front. We have an awful lot of players missing.

"The formation change did not work out. We wanted to close the space and the pockets of chances in the box. They were much quicker and deserved to go 2-0 up. We were closer to them in the second half, winning balls and second balls. After we scored, it gave us hope and we had our moments but they are different class."

Man City 3-1 West Ham

Pep Guardiola, on whether this is his best game in charge of Manchester City: "In the Premier League, yes. 

"Premier League is Premier League, they are strong with the long balls. Of course they have many injuries - this team with Payet and Lanzini would be very strong - but we are satisfied.

"We played here against Sunderland, we were not brilliant like today but we controlled the game. Here it is over when it is over and at 2-0 it is not over.

"I am so satisfied. It is a pleasure to work with these guys in this club. We feel the players believe in what we do and that is more satisfying for the coach of course but that without results is nothing. We go into the international break and start again.

"I am so optimistic, I see many good things about the players but I didn't expect in a short time playing many good things. It shows how good they are."

Man City 3-1 West Ham

More from Guardiola on Sky Sports: "In Bucharest [in the Champions League], we played amazing, but in the Premier League, we played only good in minutes against Sunderland and adapted well against Stoke.

"John Stones had a little bit of a problem and did not win the duels. He might have been tired which is why we made the substitution.

"I did not see the Sergio Aguero incident. We will see."

Asked if any transfers? "The players know the situation and have a contract. Everyone knows their situation."

Man City 3-1 West Ham

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola tells Sky Sports: "When you see how many chances we create, they scored with their first chance. You have to win 3-0 or 4-0 to think the game is over. They played long balls, we had our full-backs and won the second balls. They jumped more than us but we played a good game. Our fans enjoyed it and we are happy.

"They scored a goal in the only way we could concede, by crossing. They are taller than us and play in that style. At 2-1, the emotions, not the tactics, went in. Then we created many chances, I don't know how many shots we had but the performance in general was real good with or without the ball. with the quality of our players, we can be satisfied."

Man City 3-1 West Ham

2 – Both Manchester clubs have won their first 3 league games in the same season for only the 2nd time in their history (also 2011/12). Race

'Reborn?'

Man City 3-1 West Ham

Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling: "We have players that get into pockets and good with one-twos. We had good build-up and I got in a good position for the first goal.

"For the second, if I did not pass and it hit the post, I would have got caned by my team-mates for it. I thought shooting was the better option.

"Reborn? I keep seeing that word. It was a difficult first season at a new club but the manager Pep Guardiola has come in and given me a lot of courage and authority to go forward. He even had go at me for not dibbling as much."

Man City 3-1 West Ham

Robbie Savage

Ex-Wales midfielder on BBC 5 live

Over the 90 minutes City could have won four or 5-1 but at 2-1 they looked a little bit vulnerable.

West Ham had a few formations because they are missing players. At 2-1 they could have done with a Manuel Lanzini or an Andy Carroll. That's where West Ham's squad will come into play when they have their players because they will have options.

'We'll create lots of chances this season'

Man City 3-1 West Ham

Manchester City forward Kevin de Bruyne: “I think the first half was really good. West Ham didn’t have many chances, you knew they were going to come into more after half-time but overall I think we deserved it.

“We created quite a lot of chances, all the players played really well through the lines which makes it really difficult for the other team to defend. If we can keep it up we will create a lot of chances this season."

Man City 3-1 West Ham

Robbie Savage

Ex-Wales midfielder on BBC 5 live

City deserved it and were very good in the first half but the big talking point is whether Sergio Aguero will be punished retrospectively. 

The replays don't look good. I think he's going to be in trouble. Only Aguero knows if he's elbowed Winston Reid. I can't say he's done it on purpose but on on the replays it looks like he swung his arm back and caught him in the throat.

West Ham's Reid is treated by medics
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FULL-TIME

Man City 3-1 West Ham

The last act of the match is for Mark Noble to send a hopeful shot just over the bar. Even if it had gone in it wouldn't have been enough for the Hammers.

Credit to West Ham, they battled back in to that game, but City deservedly take all three points. 

Manchester City players celebrate victory over West Ham
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Man City 3-1 West Ham

Robbie Savage

Ex-Wales midfielder on BBC 5 live

Great finish from Raheem Sterling. He's been lively. City have deserved to win the game.

GOAL - Man City 3-1 West Ham

Raheem Sterling

Game over West Ham, game over. Shortly after David Silva is denied by the post with a vicious shot, City come again and Sterling is found on the left byline. The angle is the tightest possible but he somehow manages to thread the ball past Adrian and in. That confirms it is going to be three wins out of three.

Raheem Sterling scores Manchester City's third goal
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Man City 2-1 West Ham

Robbie Savage

Ex-Wales midfielder on BBC 5 live

Samir Nasri has been lively since he came on. He's made good movements and City should have put this game to bed. They should have got a third goal but they haven't.

Man City 2-1 West Ham

The 90 minutes are up. City digging in, United pushing forward.

There'll be four minutes added.

Man City 2-1 West Ham

Aguero does leave the field, but it is to be substituted as Fernando comes on. Pep is clearly a tad concerned and wants to shut up shop.

Sterling wastes a chance to seal the game by poking a shot past the far post.

Manchester City's Sergio Aguero is replaced by Fernando
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Man City 2-0 West Ham

West Ham waste a big chance to fashion something as James Collins is offside from a Lanzini free-kick.

Man City 2-1 West Ham

West Ham somehow scramble the ball away from their own goal as City looked nailed on to seal this game. Aguero releases Nasri in the box and his dink is saved by the keeper before taking an age to settle in the six-yard box before the ball is finaly hammered clear.

Don't go anywhere, there's still some excitement in this here game.

Manchester City's Samir Nasri shoots on goal
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Man City 2-1 West Ham

Robbie Savage

Ex-Wales midfielder on BBC 5 live

Can West Ham get a set-piece or throw men forward and get an equaliser? They have got an opportunity to come away with an unlikely point if they really believe it.

Man City 2-1 West Ham

I think the only man more animated than Pep Guardiola is Slaven Bilic. 

West Ham have a corner. Lanzini delivers but it is headed away at the near post.

West Ham's Slaven Bilic and Man City's Pep Guardiola
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Richard: Clear elbow from Aguero goes unpunished. How surprising. Mike Dean appears to be the only ref willing to make big calls.

Paul Iummis: So I trust that the FA will be inviting Aguero to spend 3 games observing City from the touchline for that elbow

Colin: Time for City to plan for three games without Aguero. 

Man City 2-1 West Ham

We could well hear more about that Aguero elbow, especially if it wasn't spotted by any official, which surely must be the case. David Silva tries to find the Argentina striker on the edge of the box but his ball is too hard.

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Eddie: Elbow in Reid's face by Aguero...retrospective action coming up depending on whether the media show the replays

Seth Gogo Egoeh:  How did Aguero escape red card for elbowing an opponent? The inconsistency in officiating is becoming unbecoming.  

Si Banstead: Aguero better hope the linesman or fourth official saw that or he deffo wont play in the derby.

Man City 2-1 West Ham

Winston Reid can't continue. He is replaced by Jonathan Calleri - a forward. That dictates a switch to a back four.

West Ham's Winston Reid receives medical treatment
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Man City 2-1 West Ham

Robbie Savage

Ex-Wales midfielder on BBC 5 live

I think Sergio Aguero is quite fortunate. It looks like Aguero swung his arm and it caught Winston Reid in the face. It's been missed but the question is will it be looked at after the game? It's hard to say if it's intentional.

Man City 2-1 West Ham

Sergio, you lucky boy. Aguero has lashed out with an elbow on Winston Reid. He clocked him in the throat as well. Clearly the ref didn't see that or it would surely have been ta ra lad.

West Ham's Winston Reid tries to stop Sergio Aguero
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Man City 2-1 West Ham

Samir Nasri is going to get some minutes on the pitch. Guardiola wasn't very complimentary about his fitness at the start of the season. He looks like he's done some work to fix that. He still has an interesting hair colour, though. Nolito departs.

Manchester City's Samir Nasri
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Man City 2-1 West Ham

West Ham spurn a good opportunity to break as Mark Noble plays a blinder to pass to where he thinks Manuel Lanzini has run. Unfortunately for the Hammers, Lanzini had stopped running.

A few City players looking a bit frustrated now, in stark contrast to the first half when they were all rainbows and kittens.

Manchester City 2-1 West Ham

Robbie Savage

Ex-Wales midfielder on BBC 5 live

You can just see the belief in West Ham in this second half. You sense they feel they can get an equaliser and Michail Antonio is causing problems.

West Ham have upped the tempo. They have been better and the changes Slaven Bilic has made have helped. It's a completely different game.

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic gives instructions
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Man City 2-1 West Ham

Sergio Aguero is seeing more of the ball this half. He breaks down the left and sends over a low cross that deflects towards goal off Sam Byram but is saved by Adrian. Just 20 minutes to go. Game in the balance.

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Kheis Daar: Joe hart must have celebrated silently to Antonio's bullet header  

Francis Edwards: Why don't you people get it? Hart isn't playing because he is not in Pep's plans. Bravo will be number one. Hart is average!

Man City 2-1 West Ham

City are starting to look a bit ragged at times. They try to play the ball across the back but make a hash of it and almost gift West Ham a chance to break on goal.

Man City 2-1 West Ham

Robbie Savage

Ex-Wales midfielder on BBC Radio 5 live

The zip has gone out of City's play. They aren't moving it as sharp. 

Since John Stones has gone off, Nicolas Otamendi or Aleksandar Kolarov aren't stepping into midfield and they haven't got that extra man. 

Man City 2-1 West Ham

Oh, almost 3-1. Kevin de Bruyne finds Sergio Aguero on the edge of the box and the Argentina striker buys himself a yard before firing in to the side netting. There is the danger for West Ham. All about risk v reward now.

Manchester City's Sergio Aguero hits the side-netting.
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Man City 2-1 Wess Ham

Off goes Enner Valencia and on comes Manuel Lanzini. Suddenly, West Ham are on top. They win a corner, which briefly causes panic in the box before Noble floats an attempted cross wide.

The away fans are the ones making the noise now.

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Tom Mason: That's what happens when you put a guy in goal who can kick instead of a guy who can play in goal, Pep

Richard Parfitt: Very polite of Caballero to duck out of the way for West Ham there. If only City had a better keeper.

Carl Newton: Caballero is worse than Hart with his feet & watched/flapped at that cross.

SUBSTITUTION

Man City 2-1 West Ham

John Stones looks to have picked up an eye injury. He departs to be replaced by Aleksandar Kolarov.

Man City's John Stones picks up an eye injury
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Man City 2-1 West Ham

Robbie Savage

Ex-Wales midfielder on BBC 5 live

It was fantastic wing play. The ball was stood up to the back post. A fantastic ball by Arthur Masuaka. 

Gael Clichy didn't even know Michail Antonio was there. Caballero was rooted and he puts it into the open net. 

It's all very well looking good going forward but first and foremost full-backs have to defend. Clichy didn't jump. Great goal for West Ham.

West Ham's Michail Antonio celebrates
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