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Manchester City vs West Ham United at Etihad Stadium

Etihad Stadium Referee : Stuart Attwell
27th February 2019 8:00 PM (GMT)
  • 1 Manchester City

    • ‘59' Sergio Agüero (Pen)
  • 0 West Ham United


Commentary By Neil Leigh


Goodnight from the Etihad

That's all from me at the end of another busy night here at the Etihad.

Penalties key again with Sergio's spot-kick earning us a vital three points to overcome West Ham.

Next up is Bournemouth away this Saturday. Make sure you join us for what will be another crucial test for Pep and his players.

See you then.


More from Pep...

"When you play every three days it is demanding. Everybody needs a little break and we need everybody to help fight for all the titles still in our hands."


Pep's verdict...

"We played so well. You see the result 1-0 it looks like it could be better. We create a lot of chances in the first five minutes.

"We conceded one shot on target. After 120 mins (on Sunday) we made an incredible performance."


Wembley effect

Easy to forget that the players had 120 minutes of exertion at Wembley in midweek.

Think there were a few tired legs out there this evening which is entirely understandable.

Even more impressive that we were able to get the job done.


As you were...

With Liverpool winning 5-0, there's no change at the top of the table.

The Merseysiders stay a point ahead of us with now 10 games remaining.

The title race looks like going to the wire.


Make your mind up time

Gundogan is teed up by Foden in space on the left corner of the box but seems to hesitate before shooting and the effort is blocked for a corner.


Digging deep

It's fair to say we haven't been at our free-flowing best tonight.

But sometimes you just have to dig deep and battle through regardless.

Tonight has fallen into that category


Should be two

Bernardo at his bewitching best again.

He twists and turns and opens up the Hammers defence before finding Sterling with a slide rule pass but Raz's shot goes wide of the target.


Seconds please...

Don't know about you but a second goal would make me feel a whole lot better.

At 1-0 the game is still very much in the balance.


Double act

The introduction of Sterling and Bernardo has shifted City into an extra gear.

They have been key all season and just get better and better.


So close

How did that not go in.?

Bernardo causes havoc in the box and Sterling, David Silva and Bernardo all come within inches of scoring our second as the ball pinballs in the box with Fabainski denying us with a fine save.


Pablo's reception

A HUGE reception as Pablo Zabaleta comes on for Ben Johnson.

Never heard a reception like that for an opposition player before.




Superb ball in by KDB almost finds Raheem Sterling free in the box but Fredericks whips the ball away just in the nick of time.

Much better now from the Blues


Warning shot

Lanzini almost makes an immediate impact. He skips forward and plays a devilish cross ball which is met by Carroll.

His shot is goal bound but Ederson safely parries the ball away.

A warning from the Hammers though.


Game face on...

Play the game not the occasion is what they say and the key for the Blues is not to be caught up in what's going on elsewhere.

You do get the feeling an early second half goal for us would force West Ham to be more adventurous and open up more space.


Game of patience

Still 45 minutes to go of course and plenty of options on the bench.

But the Blues just need to find that extra gear and break down an obdurate and well organised West Ham side.


Nic of time

Nicolas Otamendi needed to be smart to snuff out the danger as Andy Caroll lurked in the box.

West Ham have hardly threatened but that looked menacing.


Yellow fever

Fredericks the first man in the book for a cynical clip on Leroy Sane while the winger was in full flight.

Leroy continued his run but the move again eventually petered out.

Pretty much the story of the half so far.


Not this time

Otamendi manages to meet De Bruyne's corner but the effort goes harmlessly wide of the target.

The Blues still working to create that crucial opening.



Another break sees Mahrez cut in smartly from the right and fire in a  shot on goal but it was straight at Fabianski who gathers smartly.


Penalty shout

A period of sustained City pressure ends with Sergio's shot striking Ogbonna in the box.

The striker appeals for handball but ref Attwell is once again unmoved.


What a ball

Oleks Zinchenko just dinked in an amazing 50 yard crossfield pass straight to Riyad Mahrez's feet.

The kid is firing on all cyclinders right now



De Briyne plays a delicious ball into David Silva who in turn finds Gundogan in space but the German's shot is way too high.

Just a touch more composure needed.


Forward march

Some more great build up play via Aguero and Mahrez sees the Algerian power in a goalbound shot which is just blocked.

City still on the front foot here.


And again..

Now KDB lets fly again from midway in the box only to fire over after more good work by Aguero.

City have started brightly and could be one or two up already.


Hit the post

So close.

Mahrez feeds De Bruyne who fires in the ball from the right.

David Silva connects via a deflected effort and his effort hits the post.


Leading man

Good to see Vinny back in the starting line-up for the first time since the New Year Liverpool game.

His experience could be vital over the next few weeks.


No longer on the spot...

One good thing about tonight.

At least we won't have the nerve-shredding drama of a penalty shoot-out to go through!

Even though we won on Sunday, it was agony watching it unfold!


No rest

After tonight we're on the road again at Bournemouth on Saturday.

Having visited the Vitality Stadium for last night's FA Youth Cup tie, I can confirm the locals are already hugely excited about City's visit.

Great to see there is a special buzz about the Club...


How's this for a stat?

This is some record...

Sergio Aguero has ended on the winning side in each of the last 23 league games he has started at the Etihad Stadium, scoring 29 goals and assisting seven more.

Good to see him starting tonight!


Starry starry night...

Perfect conditions for the game.

Today's unseasonably warm temperatures have given way to a cold but crisp night. 

Exactly a year ago we had the Beast from the East... what a difference 12 months makes!


Head to head

Manuel Pellegrini has lost eight of his nine league matches as a manager against Pep Guardiola.

The exception was a 3-3 draw for his Villarreal side against Barcelona back in 2009.


Triple crown?

After scoring three goals against both Arsenal and Chelsea, Sergio Aguero can become the first player to score Premier League hat-tricks in three consecutive home appearances.


Familar faces

Of course as well as Manuel Pellegrini, former Blues Pablo Zabaleta and Samir Nasri could well figure against us tonight.

Both have proved to be fine additions to the Hammers squad and will, no doubt, relish being back at the Etihad tonight.



Under Pep, the Blues have an impressive record against West Ham.

City have won all six of their league and cup games against the Hammers, scoring 22 goals and conceding just three.


Home comforts...

City have won 13 of our 14 top-flight games at the Etihad Stadium this season.

The Blues have scored two goals or more in each of their last 15 home league matches - the longest such run in the top flight since Tottenham did so in 16 consecutive games in 1965.


Pep's praise...

In Tuesday's pre-match press conference, Pep was full of praise for the work done by Manuel Pellegrini.

"He did an incredible job. He won the Premier League with an outstanding amount of goals," said Pep.

"Here in England there is a lot of respect for (former players and managers), and especially with Manuel because he is an excellent person."


This charming Man...

It will be a case of friends reunited tonight with Hammers boss Manuel Pellegrini back at the Etihad.

And it's clear Manuel has nothing but fond memories reflecting on his three years in charge here.

"It was three beautiful years, especially when we won the Premier League, we had a very successful season," he said.

"Not only because we won that, but it was the team that scored the most goals in history.

"The fans enjoyed the football we played. I have only good memories."


Wear and tear

The one down side to our success has been the fact a number of key personnel have picked up injuries.

John Stones and Gabriel Jesus were joined on the sidelines by Fernandinho and Aymeric Laporte after our Wembley win.

It will make Pep's selection all the more intriguing tonight...


Warning shot

City will be aware that the Hammers can be tricky opponents. They drew 1-1 with Liverpool earlier this month and have the personnel capable of causing any side problems.

No room for complacency then.


Action stations

It's a busy old night in the Premier League with six games in total tonight.

Liverpool, who lead us by one point, are also in action at home to Watford so we'll be keeping a careful eye on how that pans out too.


Stars on Sunday

Of course, we head into tonight's fixture on the back of Sunday's thrilling Carabao Cup win over Chelsea which was the perfect start to the week!

The heat is on...

With just 11 games of the league season remaining we are entering the business end of the campaign with every result carrying huge significance and little margin for error.


Good evening

Evening Blues. It's another huge night of Premier League football with City playing host to West Ham United. 

How's everyone feeling?


Manuel Pellegrini:

"Manchester City played extra-time and penalties against Chelsea in the Carabao Cup final on Sunday but I don't think they will be weaker than normal on Wednesday.

"Playing 120 minutes of course is a lot, a long game, but they have a strong squad, they can make the changes that they want and continue to have the best squad in the Premier League.

"When I think back to my time at Manchester City, I remember three beautiful years, especially when we won the Premier League we had a very successful season. Not only because we won that but it was the team that scored the most goals in history."


Team news

Pep Guardiola revealed Fernandinho and Aymeric Laporte will not be in contention before Cityโ€™s FA Cup trip to Swansea.

The pair were substituted in Sundayโ€™s Carabao Cup triumph over Chelsea through abductor and hamstring injuries and Guardiola admitted he does not expect the duo to return before the visit to the Liberty Stadium in mid-March.

Gabriel Jesus and John Stones (groin) are also likely to miss Wednesday nightโ€™s Premier League clash against West Ham, but there was better news for Benjamin Mendy, who could return to face the Hammers.


It's matchday!

A very good morning, Blues. Recovered from Sunday yet?

There's no rest for the wicked (in the best sense of the word), with City in action once again tonight.

This evening's opponents are West Ham and it's an 8pm kick-off at the Etihad Stadium.

As always, we'll have all the build-up, live coverage and post-match reaction right here so stay tuned!

Other games that day

  • Southampton2
  • Arsenal5
  • Crystal Palace1
    Manchester United3
  • Chelsea2
    Tottenham Hotspur0
  • Liverpool5

As it stood

P GD Pts
1 Liverpool 28 +49 69
3 Tottenham Hotspur 28 +26 60
4 Arsenal 28 +22 56
5 Manchester United 28 +19 55
6 Chelsea 27 +18 53
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 28 0 40
8 Watford 28 -1 40
9 Everton 28 0 36
10 West Ham United 28 -6 36
11 Leicester City 28 -5 35
12 Bournemouth 28 -14 34
13 Newcastle United 28 -8 31
14 Crystal Palace 28 -6 30
15 Burnley 28 -19 30
16 Brighton and Hove Albion 27 -12 27
17 Southampton 28 -16 27
18 Cardiff City 28 -30 25
19 Fulham 28 -37 17
20 Huddersfield Town 28 -35 14
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