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West Ham United 2-1 Manchester City

By Neil JohnstonBBC Sport
West Ham v Manchester City
Senegal forward Diafra Sakho has scored in each of the last six Premier League games
  • West Ham's third straight win
  • Hammers one point behind Man City
  • Sakho scores sixth league goal in six games
  • Man City five points behind leaders Chelsea
  • City three clean sheets in 13 league and cup games

Manchester City's title ambitions suffered a setback as Diafra Sakho scored for the sixth straight league game to help earn West Ham victory.

City, five points behind leaders Chelsea, fell behind when Morgan Amalfitano stabbed home Enner Valencia's cut-back from three yards.

Sergio Aguero and Yaya Toure hit the bar for the visitors before Sakho headed in Aaron Cresswell's cross.

David Silva pulled one back with a curled shot into the far corner.

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City poured forward in the closing stages in search of an equaliser, Stevan Jovetic denied by a fine Adriano save.

But Manuel Pellegrini's men were poor overall, and West Ham full value for a third straight win that lifts them one point behind last season's champions.

For long periods, City played like a side jaded after their long midweek Champions League trip to Russia, where they were held to a draw by CSKA Moscow after blowing a 2-0 lead.

They lacked cutting edge in attack and organisation at the back as Enner Valencia and Sakho used their pace to torment a defence that has kept just three clean sheets in 13 league and cup games.

Keeper Joe Hart needed treatment after he was hurt in denying Valencia and it was the Ecuador forward's ball that led to the opening goal moments later.

City's England international keeper was left badly exposed as Amalfitano side-footed home in the 21st minute after Eliaquim Mangala had been outpaced by Valencia following Song's defence-splitting pass.

West Ham v Manchester City
West Ham have won five of their opening nine games in a Premier League season for the first time since 1999-2000

With the visitors looking a shadow of the side that had destroyed Tottenham a week earlier, Stewart Downing twice went close, Valencia screwed a chance wide and James Collins narrowly failed to connect with Amalfitano's ball across the six-yard area.

In contrast, Aguero only looked like adding to his nine Premier League goals once the match entered its frantic closing stages.

The Argentine was denied when Adrian finger-tipped his 65th-minute effort on to the bar following Toure's surge.

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It was then Toure's turn to hit the woodwork with a thunderous effort - before Sakho doubled the hosts' lead.

When the 24-year-old Senegalese climbed to meet Cresswell's 75th-minute cross, Hart dropped to his left to get a hand to the ball and turn it away from goal.

But the assistant referee correctly ruled the ball had crossed the line, leaving the £3.5m summer signing from Boulogne to celebrate becoming the first Hammers player to score in six straight Premier League games.

City pulled a goal back two minutes later when Silva weaved through the West Ham defence before launching a shot into the far corner.

Adrian denied Jovetic in the dying moments but Sam Allardyce's men hung on for a deserved win.

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce:

"We put Manchester City's back four to task and, in my opinion, they didn't hold up.

"The quality of our play in the final third is why we have won the game.

"When you have got quality players, quality players look forward to the big games.

"Alex Song led us as a team and the rest of the lads responded."

West Ham v Manchester City
Diafra Sakho is the first West Ham United player to score in six successive Premier League appearances
West Ham v Manchester City
This was Manchester City's first Premier League away defeat since a 3-2 loss at Liverpool on 13 April
West Ham v Manchester City
West Ham have now scored in eight successive Premier League games
West Ham v Manchester City
Manchester City have lost the last seven Premier League matches that they have been losing at half-time

Line-ups

West Ham

  • 13Adrián
  • 18Jenkinson
  • 19Collins
  • 2Reid
  • 3Cresswell
  • 30SongBooked at 47mins
  • 16Noble
  • 21AmalfitanoBooked at 7minsSubstituted forKouyatéat 67'minutes
  • 11Downing
  • 31E ValenciaSubstituted forColeat 76'minutes
  • 15SakhoSubstituted forNolanat 89'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Nolan
  • 8Kouyaté
  • 12Vaz Te
  • 17O'Brien
  • 22Jääskeläinen
  • 23Poyet
  • 24Cole

Man City

  • 1Hart
  • 5Zabaleta
  • 4KompanyBooked at 44mins
  • 20Mangala
  • 22ClichySubstituted forKolarovat 78'minutes
  • 15Navas
  • 42Y Touré
  • 6RegesSubstituted forMilnerat 78'minutes
  • 21Silva
  • 10DzekoSubstituted forJoveticat 59'minutes
  • 16Agüero

Substitutes

  • 3Sagna
  • 7Milner
  • 11Kolarov
  • 13Caballero
  • 25Fernandinho
  • 26Demichelis
  • 35Jovetic
Referee:
Martin Atkinson
Attendance:
34,977

Match Stats

Home TeamWest HamAway TeamMan City
Possession
Home30%
Away70%
Shots
Home12
Away21
Shots on Target
Home4
Away5
Corners
Home4
Away8
Fouls
Home12
Away14

Live Text

  1. Post update

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

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

    Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by James Collins.

  4. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Yaya Touré.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Adrián.

  6. Post update

    Attempt saved. Stevan Jovetic (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by James Milner.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Yaya Touré (Manchester City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by James Milner.

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, West Ham United. Kevin Nolan replaces Diafra Sakho.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Cheikhou Kouyaté.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Vincent Kompany (Manchester City).

  11. Post update

    Carlton Cole (West Ham United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  12. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  13. Post update

    Delay in match Diafra Sakho (West Ham United) because of an injury.

  14. Post update

    Attempt saved. Mark Noble (West Ham United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Yaya Touré (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jesús Navas (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Aleksandar Kolarov.

  17. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Stevan Jovetic with a headed pass.

  18. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  19. Post update

    Delay in match Winston Reid (West Ham United) because of an injury.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Manchester City. James Milner replaces Fernando.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Chelsea87102381522
2Southampton96122051519
3Man City95221910917
4West Ham95131712516
5Arsenal93511511414
6Swansea94231310314
7Liverpool94231312114
8Man Utd83321512312
9Hull92521313011
10Tottenham83231011-111
11Stoke9324810-211
12West Brom92431213-110
13Aston Villa8314412-810
14Everton8233161609
15Crystal Palace92341316-39
16Leicester92341115-49
17Sunderland9153817-98
18Newcastle8143814-67
19Burnley8044413-94
20QPR8116618-124
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