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Etihad Stadium (ATT 44,511) 1st May 2011 - Kick off 16:10 Ref: H Webb

Man City Manchester City vs West Ham United West Ham

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N de Jong (10)
P Zabaleta (15)

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D Ba (33)

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City see off Hammers

Hammers remain bottom after Eastlands defeat

Last Updated: 06/05/11 10:25am

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Manchester City took a step closer to the Champions League with a hard-fought 2-1 win over West Ham to leave the visitors rooted to the bottom of the table.

Man of the Match: David Silva. Lescott and Zabaleta were outstanding but Silva was at the heart of most City attacks and put in a shift for the home side. Moment of the Match: Ba's goal gave West Ham hope and opened the game up, with opportunities being created at both ends. Attempt of the Match: Balotelli's second half shot violently rebounded off the crossbar to deny the Italian a gem. Save of the Match: Green's instinct save to a deflected Silva shot was brilliant as he tipped the ball over the bar. Talking point: Manchester City seem to have sealed fourth place but are West Ham destined for the drop after their fifth successive defeat? Goal of the game: De Jong's 30 yard strike was well controlled and hit with enough power to give Green no chance of saving it.

The home raced into a 2-0 lead inside the first 15 minutes with Nigel de Jong firing home his first goal for the club with a shot from the edge of the box and Pablo Zabaleta seeing his shot turned into his own net by Lars Jacobsen.

West Ham pulled a goal back on 33 minutes when Thomas Hitzlsperger's cross into the area struck Joleon Lescott on the arm, but Demba Ba reacted quickly to fire past Joe Hart.

The Hammers poured forward in search of an equaliser in the second half, but City held on to move seven points clear of Liverpool in the race to finish fourth.

The defeat leaves West Ham three points adrift of safety with only three games left in the season.

After the visitors had won an early corner and Danny Gabbidon sent a wild effort over from distance, City were soon in the ascendancy and driving forward.

David Silva saw a shot deflect wide and from the resulting corner, Mario Balotelli headed the wrong side of the post.

Silva then teed up Gareth Barry, who sent a shot into Robert Green's arms.

At the other end, Thomas Hitzlsperger sent a free-kick into the box and it fell to James Tomkins, who could not fashion a proper shot.

Almost immediately City were back on the attack, with the lively Adam Johnson cutting inside from the right and hitting a low drive narrowly wide.

Opener

A minute later the hosts were in front as the Hammers failed to deal with Aleksandar Kolarov's corner and the ball came out to De Jong, who fired it into the corner from outside the area.

It took another five minutes for City to double their lead, Zabaleta playing a neat one-two with Silva and sending the ball across Green towards goal.

Jacobsen rushed in to try to make a clearance but could only fire it into the roof of his own net.

West Ham were looking bruised and their captain Matthew Upson - who had been involved in a collision with Balotelli - had to come off in the 26th minute, Manuel Da Costa the man coming on in his place.

They had a great chance to pull a goal back just after the half hour mark, though, as Robbie Keane found himself through one-on-one against Joe Hart.

The Irishman failed to make the most of the opportunity as Hart got down to save, but moments later the visitors did make it 2-1 through Demba Ba.

Hitzlsperger's cross into the box appeared to be handled by Joleon Lescott, but the ball fell straight to Ba, who dispatched it past Hart.

Pressure

West Ham looked to keep up the pressure but City continued to create chances, with Balotelli miscuing an acrobatic attempt and Adam Johnson having the final shot of the first half, which Green collected.

Despite De Jong having to be substituted for James Milner at the break, City made a bright start to the second period and Balotelli crashed a shot against the bar 10 minutes in, Yaya Toure hitting the rebound at Green.

West Ham went close when Da Costa brought a save out of Hart with a flicked header from a corner, but soon after City wasted a glorious chance to restore their two goal advantage.

Having been put clean through by Toure, Silva danced around Green and squared to Balotelli, who had the goal at his mercy but saw his effort blocked on the line by James Tomkins.

Hammers boss Avram Grant then refreshed his forward line by replacing Keane with Carlton Cole.

Opposite number Roberto Mancini did likewise by bringing on Edin Dzeko in place of Gareth Barry and City had another good chance moments later, only for Silva to opt to pass when he might have shot.

Grant threw on Victor Obinna for Luis Boa Morte before Ba struck wide, but back came City, Dzeko unleashing an attempt that bounced off Green.

The goalkeeper then tipped a deflected Silva shot over the bar before Balotelli was taken off for Patrick Vieira.

Silva and Dzeko had further late attempts but City had done enough as referee Howard Webb confirmed their victory at the final whistle.

Manchester CityTeam StatisticsWest Ham United
2Goals1
21st Half Goals1
9Shots on Target3
8Shots off Target3
4Blocked Shots3
9Corners5
13Fouls8
5Offsides2
3Yellow Cards1
0Red Cards0
86.8Passing Success73.9
19Tackles17
63.2Tackles Success70.6
60Possession40
54Territorial Advantage46

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