West Ham 1-1 Manchester City: Pep under increasing pressure after just 8 points from 5 games


Pep Guardiola and Manchester City endured another disappointing outing in the Premier League dropping points at the London Stadium to West Ham United. City the more dominant of the two sides were unable to take clear chances after Michail Antonio had given the Londoners a first half lead.

Substitute Phil Foden brought the Manchester club level but two late Sterling chances were wasted as West Ham held on to record back-to-back draws against ‘Big 6’ opposition.

Athletic Antonio

Manchester City dominated the early stages of the fixture. Sergio Aguero started alongside Raheem Sterling and Riyad Mahrez in attack. Pep Guardiola was still without Kevin De Bruyne who could only make the bench and Bernardo Silva deputised in the creative midfield role.

Yet despite the initial impotence of City, West Ham took a surprise lead in incredible style. Coufal, who has proven to be a very impressive signing for the Hammers, swung a great cross into the City box. That led to the man of the hour Michail Antonio, whilst holding off Ruben Diaz, was able to angle his body as such to striker an overhead shot past Ederson.

Strength, technique and composure. Three words which have summed up Antonio’s season for the Hammers so far.

The goal only galvanised West Ham. City had more of the ball but the home side pressed forward when the opportunistic moments arrived. Coufal and Jarrod Bowen proved a problem for City’s left flank.

Not enough

At half time, Serio Aguero, who was near-absent in the first half, was replaced by Phil Foden with Sterling moving into the central striking role. However it would be the substitute to have the direct impact.

Joao Cancelo, striding down the left flank, found a low cross into the box. Foden touched, turned and swivelled before striking the ball low past Fabianski. Similarly to the West Ham goal, the equaliser gave City a much needed boost and the Citizens began assaulting the Hammers’ back line.

Pep Guardiola brought on Kevin De Bruyne for his first appearance since the Belgian was injured on international duty.

Yet Pep’s team was continued to be frustrated by the West Ham defence. Moyes’ side were camped in their own half and even the likes of substitute forward Sebastian Haller were influential in clearing balls away.

Raheem Sterling had two good chances for City, the first a one-on-one which Fabianski saved and the second was unfortunately to have the ball caught under his feet.

West Ham rode their luck at the end when Mahrez has a shot deflected onto the post but held on.

The point leaves City in eleventh after 5 games and just 8 points. West Ham, also on 8 points move to tenth with the rest of game week 6 still to play. Two huge points for David Moyes and West Ham against Spurs and City.

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