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West Ham United 2-2 Manchester City

By Gary RoseBBC Sport
Sergio Aguero
Sergio Aguero has now scored 14 goals in 10 Premier League away appearances against London sides

Manchester City lost ground on Premier League leaders Leicester City as Sergio Aguero scored twice to rescue a draw at West Ham.

Enner Valencia struck from inside the area after 53 seconds for the Hammers but Aguero equalised with a penalty after he had been fouled.

The hosts retook the lead when Valencia capitalised on hesitant defending by Nicolas Otamendi to stab in.

However, Aguero struck from 10 yards late on to earn his side a point.

The result means Manchester City are second, three points behind Leicester, while West Ham are sixth.

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A good point, but City's away form a worry

Nicolas Otamendi
Nicolas Otamendi's defensive lapse almost proved costly for Man City

Of the sides in the top three, Manchester City boast the worst away record.

They have won just four games on the road all season, while their last five away trips have seen them pick up just six points from a possible 18, a far from ideal record for a side challenging for the title.

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David Silva was not his usual, dangerous self against West Ham. He made just one key pass (yellow arrow) inside the area, while several of his passes in and around the West Ham area were unsuccessful (red arrows)

Against West Ham, it was their inability to complete the basics of defending that was of particular concern.

They switched off in the first minute to allow West Ham to score, but their defending for the hosts' second was particularly poor.

Michail Antonio's quick throw initially caught out Otamendi, but he still had the time to be able to clear before Valencia nipped in to poke home.

Luckily for City they had Aguero to rescue them, but with away trips to struggling Sunderland and Newcastle coming up, Pellegrini's side can ill afford such lapses in those games.

Hammers to challenge for Europe?

West Ham 2-2 Manchester City: Draw had everything - Slaven Bilic

After a strong start to last season West Ham dropped away at the turn of the year, winning just three more Premier League games.

The Hammers were similarly impressive in the first half of the current campaign but, crucially, they look capable of continuing that through the second half of the season this time.

They had won three of their four games in 2016 prior to the visit of Manchester City, and boast an impressive record against top seven sides, having lost just twice to the sides around them.

In Dimitri Payet they have one of the most exciting player in the Premier League and he tormented City throughout, with only a world-class save from Hart denying him a goal.

With West Ham six points behind fourth-place Tottenham, a top-four finish might be a tough ask, but their recent form suggests they will be prompting a few nervous glances over the shoulders of their rivals.

Toure struggles to make an impression

Yaya Toure
Yaya Toure made 36 passes in the opposition half - only David Silva made more - but his accuracy was just 69.4%

There has been plenty of uncertainty about Yaya Toure's future in the newspapers this week, but City boss Manuel Pellegrini has urged the midfielder to concentrate on helping his side challenge for the title.

Pellegrini clearly felt Toure is fully focused on the task at hand as he recalled him for the trip to West Ham, but he was sluggish at the start.

He was left woefully wanting when Cheikhou Kouyate ghosted past inside a minute to set up Valencia for the opener.

In the end, Toure had more touches of the ball than any other City player, but struggled to make a telling impression in the opposition half, with only defenders Fernando and Otamendi having a poorer passing accuracy than the midfielder.

Man of the match - Sergio Aguero

Sergio Aguero
Sergio Aguero scored twice, won a penalty and hit the post

What they said

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic: "It was a great game of football. I'm so proud of our team and Man City. There was everything in it. Four goals, chances, yellow cards and a penalty.

"We were a little bit disappointed, but I said to the players they shouldn't be. But if you are disappointed after playing Man City then that's good.

"We defended well and created many chances."

West Ham 2-2 Manchester City: Pellegrini says draw 'wonderful game'

Man City manager Manuel Pellegrini: "It [a draw] was not what we wanted before the game. If you analyse the whole game we had two or three clear chances. It was a difficult game - I was not happy the way we conceded the second goal.

"It was a close game for both teams and a good game for both sets of fans. It was end to end because both teams play in an attacking way.

"Sergio Aguero played very well and scored. I think he is 100% again."

The stats you need to know

  • Valencia's opening goal was the second quickest goal (53 seconds) in the Premier League this season - Matt Ritchie's goal for Bournemouth against Spurs was timed at 49 seconds.
  • Sergio Aguero has been involved in eight goals (six goals, two assists) in his eight league appearances against West Ham.
  • All of Man City's four penalties in the Premier League this season have been taken by different players (Yaya Toure, Wilfried Bony, Aleksandar Kolarov and Aguero).
  • The Hammers have scored three goals via thrown-ins in the Premier League this season - Arsenal are the only other team to score via this method (1).
  • Aguero's scored his 89th and 90th goals in his 136th Premier League appearance - the same number it took Ruud van Nistelrooy to hit the 90-goal milestone. Only Alan Shearer (90 in 113 games) has done it quicker.

What next?

West Ham are in FA Cup fourth-round action at Liverpool on 30 January while Manchester City's next game is against Everton in the League Cup semi-finals on 27 January.

Line-ups

West Ham

Formation 4-3-3

  • 13Adrián
  • 12JenkinsonSubstituted forByramat 13'minutesBooked at 70mins
  • 19Collins
  • 2Reid
  • 3Cresswell
  • 8Kouyaté
  • 4Song
  • 16NobleBooked at 39mins
  • 30AntonioSubstituted forMosesat 65'minutes
  • 11E ValenciaSubstituted forJelavicat 87'minutes
  • 27Payet

Substitutes

  • 1Randolph
  • 14Obiang
  • 20Moses
  • 21Ogbonna
  • 22Byram
  • 26Jelavic
  • 35Oxford

Man City

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Hart
  • 3Sagna
  • 30Otamendi
  • 26DemichelisBooked at 32mins
  • 22Clichy
  • 42Y TouréBooked at 89mins
  • 18DelphSubstituted forIheanachoat 76'minutes
  • 15NavasSubstituted forSterlingat 67'minutes
  • 21SilvaSubstituted forRegesat 83'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 17De Bruyne
  • 10Agüero

Substitutes

  • 5Zabaleta
  • 6Reges
  • 7Sterling
  • 13Caballero
  • 25Fernandinho
  • 69Angelino
  • 72Iheanacho
Referee:
Craig Pawson
Attendance:
34,977

Match Stats

Home TeamWest HamAway TeamMan City
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home10
Away16
Shots on Target
Home3
Away3
Corners
Home5
Away2
Fouls
Home11
Away15

Live Text

  1. Post update

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

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

    Cheikhou Kouyaté (West Ham United) hits the bar with a header from the centre of the box. Assisted by Dimitri Payet following a set piece situation.

  4. Booking

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

  5. Post update

    Foul by Fernando (Manchester City).

  6. Post update

    Victor Moses (West Ham United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  7. Post update

    Attempt saved. Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Yaya Touré.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City).

  9. Post update

    Dimitri Payet (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Booking

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

  11. Post update

    Foul by Yaya Touré (Manchester City).

  12. Post update

    Cheikhou Kouyaté (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

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

  14. Post update

    Foul by Cheikhou Kouyaté (West Ham United).

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Nikica Jelavic (West Ham United) with an attempt from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Dimitri Payet with a cross following a corner.

  16. Post update

    Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Fernando.

  17. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Nikica Jelavic (West Ham United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Winston Reid with a headed pass.

  18. Post update

    Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Martín Demichelis.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, West Ham United. Nikica Jelavic replaces Enner Valencia.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Yaya Touré (Manchester City).