West Ham Dents Manchester City’s Title hopes

By on October 26, 2014

Only few people could have predicted that the current holders of the English Premier League would be outplayed today, and not only were they beaten, West Ham made sure to overwhelm the Citizens. This afternoon Manuel Pellegrini led his star studded side out to the Boleyn Ground hoping to secure a win and pile up more pressure on league leaders Chelsea, who will be facing a tougher test tomorrow against Manchester United.

West Ham wasted no time in taking the game to the Citizens and even while the champions boxed them into a corner in the first quarter of the hour, the Hammers were rewarded in the 21st minute when Morgan Amalfitano handed them the lead. The pressure seem to be taking its toll on the visitors so much that Sergio Aguero was lucky not to have seen red after a terrible tackle on Mark Noble, the Argentine had charged his studs straight into the Hammers player’s foot. For most of the first half, Amalfitano, Sakho and Valencia impressed for the hosts and they seem quite a handful for the Manchester City defence particularly Mangala who was really struggling against them although Vincent Kompany appeared to have fared better.

The Hammers came into the second half quite stronger with Sakho exuding bustling energy as he and Valencia kept running at the Citizens. On the hour mark, Pellegrini had David Silva move into a more central position and in an awesome magical display, he fed Aguero with a pass that split the host’s defence but the Argentine’s effort hit the bar as did Yaya Toure’s in the 74th minute. Sakho made sure to punish Manchester City’s loss a minute later when he connected a Cresswell cross to register another goal. Sakho has scored for the Hammers in six successive games.

Just as the home fans were calming down from the jubilant frenzy, David Silva decided to take the bull by the horn when he went past three Hammers player before curling his effort into the far corner of the net. The Champions made several attempts to equalize but it was Sakho who almost got a penalty when Mangala appeared to have scuffled him off the ball. In the closing stages of the match, Toure collected a Milner pass nicely but sent it straight into the side-netting and Milner also supplied another to Jovetic who then sent in a powered shot but Adrian was on hand to parry it over and secure an illustrious win for his side.

The Champions will go back to Manchester bemoaning the chances they missed because truly, their title retaining hopes have been dealt a huge blow.

By Tomilayo Alapinni

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