F/T: Man City 2 West Ham 1

FT: Manchester City 2 West Ham 1.

Hart will not want to see this again anytime soon, as Carroll chests down the ball in the box before firing through the legs of the City keeper, who can't keep the ball from crossing the line.


Jarvis, who has been West Ham's star man by some way today, gets his cross in from the left, and as Hart claws at the ball, it comes off the crossbar before ending in the City keeper's hands.

Incredible scenes as Jaaskelainen spills a deflected Zabaleta pass, with Aguero's effort on the rebound skimming wide as City are once again denied a third.

Four minutes of added time to be played.

Hart is felled trying to retrieve tha ball in the air, and the keeper receives treatment as the game is temporarily brought to a halt.

Good goalkeeping from Hart, as Carroll's header is denied on the line by the City keeper before Lescott steps in to make the clearance.

Nasri's game comes to an end, with K Toure the man taking to the field.

Great chance for 3-0 as Zabaleta gets to the byline before cutting the ball back to Tevez as Collins makes a last-ditch tackle to prevent a third finding the net.

Lovely work from Collison sees him get a delivery into the six-yard box, but Lescott is on hand to clear as Hart gathers the loose ball following a Carroll touch moments later.

Tevez makes way with Garcia taking his place.

Stunning. An incredibly hit from Toure on the edge of the box that sends the ball crashing into the top corner to all but wrap up the points for City.


As Jarvis' shot is blocked following the delivery, the ball falls to Collins who poorly pokes the ball wide from a great close-range position. Arguably West Ham's best chance of the day.

Nolan and O'Brien are replaced by Cole and Taylor for West Ham.

Barry fails to make amends, cutting down Diame on the edge of the penalty area in what could be a great opportunity for West Ham.

Barry's mistake allows Carroll to claim possession, but credit to City, they charge back in numbers and clear the loose ball courtesy of Kompany.

City's first change sees Silva replaced by Milner.

That tackle results in a yellow card for O'Brien.

Neat play from O'Brien leads City forward, but as West Ham lose the ball, O'Brien's reckless challenge on Zabaleta sees the full-back draw the ire of the City players.

Toure leaps into Noble as both men vied to win the loose ball, but it's a foul from the City midfielder and a free-kick to West Ham.

Tevez is fed in by Toure, with West Ham starting to appear a tad stretched, but the offside flag prevents the striker lashing a shot away.

What a miss. City should have this wrapped up as Aguero ghosts in behind Demel, playing in a stunning ball across goal to Nasri who scuffs his shot from close range and sees the ball flash past him.

Yellow card for Collison following his decision to jump in the way of Aguero's throw-in.

This is a much better passage for the Hammers, with Diame denied in the box, before the attack is resurrected by Nolan as Lescott heads away to safety.

As West Ham suddenly find themselves in a position of threat folliowing a poor Nasri pass, Carroll sets up to shoot, but the charging Kompany prevents the shot reaching goal.

Very nearly 2-0 as Aguero cuts back to Tevez, who is denied from close-range by the despariring dive, bordering on just a plain fall, from O'Brien.

Nolan looks to push the ball through to Carroll, but the striker is struggling to find space due to Kompany's immense presence and the defender makes the interception.

West Ham make their first change as Vaz Te heads off in place of Collison.

Clichy keeps the ball in from Tevez's heavy pass, with Toure eventually delivering in the penalty area which sees Reid get the last touch. Man City corner.

Patient possesion play from City sees West Ham forced into chasing shadows for the time being, with the hosts very comfortable at the moment.

Collins is alert to clear away after a brilliant Jaaskelainen save from Tevez as the game just starts to become more open than it was in the first half.

Another Carroll chance, as the striker gets on the end of Vaz Te's splendid delivery, with pressure from Kompany resulting in his effort heading wide.

O'Brien sweeps up the danger following a tussle between Aguero and Reid, with City continuing to look strong whenever they advance forward.

Veciferous handball claims come from West Ham players, as Jarvis crosses in with the ball deflecting off Zabaleta just inside the penalty area. No spot-kick given by Webb though.

West Ham win a corner through Vaz Te, but Carroll's frustrations continue from the proceeding delivery, as he felt another corner should have been awarded when instead a City goal-kick is given.

Silva remarkably keeps the ball alive at the byline following the corner, but Collins gets his head to it and Jaaskelainen is alert to smother the ball in the air.

Kompany leads City's forward strides, with Silva picked out as the hosts calmly press on the edge of the area before Tevez's effort is denied splendidly by Reid.

Jarvis gets his delivery in this time, finding Carroll battling with Lescott as the West Ham striker gets to the ball but ends up stabbing it into the fans behind goal.

As the corner falls to Kompany, the City skipper takes aim but blasts a 25-yard well over the bar. West Ham goal-kick.

Lescott calmly steals the ball from Carroll, feeding in Tevez, who breaks with pace before Aguero gets caught in two minds and earns City a corner with a tame shot.

Great work from Jarvis sees him advance to the byline, but Kompany prevents his delivery finding a team-mate and as City break, Collins is on hand to deny Aguero.

SIlva aims to play in Aguero in behind Collins, but the pace of the ball takes it away from the striker as Jaaskelainen rushes out to collect.

Vaz Te gets on the end of a Jarvis launch into the box, but as he and Lescott take a tumble, the only decision is a West Ham goal-kick.

West Ham get the action restarted.

Grant Oddy writes: "I'm hoping for an ambitious 2-1 win as a Hammers fan, with Carroll and Diame scoring. Great season for us this year, just hope we can carry this on next season!"

A wonderful team goal from the hosts puts them ahead at the break, and West Ham will need far more creativity in the second half if they are to break down City's defence. Send your second half thoughts to jack.woodfield@bskyb.com or @JWoodfield365

HT: Man City 1 West Ham 0.

One minute of added time to be played.

Nolan's ball to the back post is aimed for Carroll, but Zabaleta leaps well to help the ball away from goal as West Ham end the half on top.

Vaz Te remains irate following that challenge from Nasri and he is pulled back by Nolan as a result of him confronting referee Webb.

West Ham break swiftly via Vaz Te, with Nasri making the tackle that enrages West Ham fans as no free-kick is given and Vaz Te is left on the ground.

City's turn to edge forward, which they do a tad more menacingly than West Ham, but as Silva plays in Nasri, the winger is marshalled by Vaz Te and it's a Hammers goal-kick.

The tempo decreases as West Ham push forward, but as Diame crosses long for Carroll, Zabaleta gets his head on the ball and steers it out for a throw-in.

This is a good spell for West Ham, as they knock the ball around from front to back, but as Demel plays down the line for Vaz Te, Clichy comes across and ushers the ball out of play.

West Ham play the free-kick short, with Jarvis half a yard offside and much to the dismay of the visitors, the set piece comes to absolutely nothing.

Jarvis skips past Zabaleta, but as he takes on Kompany, the two come together and as the Hammers man takes an elbow to the face, unintentionally, West Ham win a free-kick.

Patient play in West Ham's half sees City threaten in the final third, but Nolan slides in on a pass from Toure to regain the ball for his side.

Vaz Te shows tremendous hold-up play against Lescott, with the defender forced into the foul to prevent his progress down the right.

West Ham are already looking bamboozled with City's expert attacking movement, with Barry firing over this time as the score remains just 1-0.

Bar a superb Jaaskelainen save it could have been two, as Nasri powers a shot away from the edge of the box, before the Hammers goalkeeper denies Zabaleta on the rebound.

It's a sensational goal from City, with one-touch football allowing Nasri to ghost past Demel, feeding in Aguero at the near post who calmly slots home the game's opening goal.


West Ham play the free-kick short, but following Nolan's flick on to Carroll, the striker can only direct the ball into the path of Hart.

Nasri concedes possession during another blossoming City attack, and Silva is drawn into fouling Nolan as West Ham looked to counter.

City seem to be getting nearer, with Nasri finding space on the left, cutting inside and earning a corner following Collins' challenge.

From a West Ham corner, Kompany clears into the path of Diame whose stunning volley flashes through the bodies in the box before Hart collects at the second time of asking.

From that Hammers attack, City immediately break and Aguero nearly produces the goods for his side, but his scuffed effort inside the box clips the post before West Ham clear.

Diame plays an exquisite pass into Jarvis through the centre, but Kompany uses his strength to come in front of the winger and maake the interception.

Some more excellent football from City sees Tevez play a one-two with Silva, before the latter eventually unleashes a shot that sails narrowly over the bar.

Carroll collects the first booking of the day, lunging late into Aguero which sends the Argentine crashing to the ground.

Best chance of the match so far falls to City. Carroll gets the ball away from the corner, but only as far as SIlva who lines up a shot on the edge of the box which is powered wide through a crowd of bodies.

Nasri and Clichy combine, with Collins making the tackle on the former near the byline as City win a throw-in, before a corner swiftly follows.

Nolan helps the ball on to Vaz Te, but superb strength from Clichy helps the full-back retrieve the ball for his side.

A sublime idea from Silva sees him float the ball into the six-yard box, with Aguero claiming he was being pulled back by Demel as Jaaskelainen comes out to claim.

A loose touch from Aguero prevents a pacey City attack building, with Demel called into action to deny Nasri near the byline.

Diame is reprimanded by referee Howard Webb following a nudge on Silva which sends the midfielder flying.

After checking back to avoid tangling with Zabaleta, Jarvis launches a right-footed cross towards the far post but such is the pace of the delivery that it bounces out of play.

As the corner falls to Toure, his speculative dink forward sees appeals for handball off Reid, but the claims seemed hopeful and the referee waves play on.

A neat move from City sees Tevez find Zabaleta in behind Demel, but an excellent tackle from Jarvis sees the ball steered behind for a corner.

The first strike on goal comes courtesy of Tevez, with his drive from 20 yards handled safely by Jaaskelainen.

Tevez needlessly gives the ball away in a threatening position, with Barry looking to deny Diame near the corner flag and doing enough to force the ball away from the midfielder.

Toure can't feed the ball through to Tevez as Collins steps up, before Reid slides in illegally on Silva as City win a free-kick on the right side.

Solid covering from Lescott prevents Reid latching on to O'Neil's ball down the line, but as City look to break, Barry loses possession and is penalised trying to retrieve the ball from Vaz Te.

Reid clatters into Silva as the Spaniard charged away, and from that free-kick, City play the free-kick short to Lescott.

West Ham start brighly, surging forward through Diame, but upon lifting the ball into the penalty area, Nastasic is on hand to clear.

Man City get the action underway.

The players are out on the pitch and we're moments away from kick-off at the Etihad Stadium.

Chris Green writes: "Both of these teams may have nothing to play for, but I am still expecting this match to be a cracker, if they both play to their potential. It would be great if West Ham caused a major shock here but I think this will be a bridge too far for them.. My prediction for today's game: Man City 3-1 West Ham."

City boast a handsome record against the Hammers, with only one defeat suffered in their last 11 Premier League meetings, seven of which they've won. However, West Ham's Andy Carroll is coming good towards the end of his loan spell with Sam Allardyce's side, and many will fancy his chances of opening the scoring at 10/1 or bagging any time at 7/2 with Sky Bet. Indeed, the former Newcastle striker has scored four times against City, more than he has managed against any other Premier League team, so there's certainly value in those prices.

David Silva returns from a three-match absence with a hamstring injury to make his 100th league appearance for Manchester City. Sergio Aguero is also available for the Blues, who have Joleon Lescott in defence in place of Matija Nastasic. West Ham have secured Premier League safety following their return to the top flight under Sam Allardyce last summer and are unchanged from the team that beat Wigan last weekend, with in-form Andy Carroll up front.

West Ham: Jaaskelainen, Reid, Nolan, Jarvis, Carroll, Vaz Te, O'Brien, Collins, Demel, Diame, O'Neil. Subs: Henderson, Taylor, C.Cole, Collison, Noble, Pogatetz, J.Cole.

Man City: Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany, Lescott, Clichy, Yaya Toure, Barry, Silva, Tevez, Nasri, Aguero. Subs: Man City subs v West Ham: Pantilimon, Kolo Toure, Nastasic, Kolarov, Garcia, Milner, Dzeko.

Good morning folks and welcome to live coverage of West Ham v Manchester City in the Premier League. While West Ham are sitting comfortably above the drop zone, Man City are now fighting to hold on to second following neighbours United's 20th league title on Monday. Send your thoughts on this afternoon's game to jack.woodfield@bskyb.com or @JWoodfield365

This match kicks off at 1245 BST.

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