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West Ham United vs Manchester City at London Stadium

London Stadium Referee : Anthony Taylor
24th October 2020 12:30 PM (BST)
  • 1 West Ham United

    • ‘18' Michail Antonio
  • 1 Manchester City

    • ‘51' Phil Foden


Commentary By Caroline Oatway


Farewell πŸ‘‹

That's all from me, City fans.

As always, it's been a pleasure to bring you live coverage of today's game - sorry I couldn't report a win!

Stay tuned to for more post-match reaction.

Onwards and upwards: we have little time to dwell with a Champions League trip to Marseille on Tuesday night.

Allez les bleus!


Guardiola πŸ’¬

"We started really good and then after, we conceded a goal from the action.

"In the second half, we were much better.

"They defended so deep. We had chances at the end to score but we could not convert.

"We didn't play badly, except in the last ten minutes of the first half.

"We let them run - they had many players arriving in the box.

"We had periods and chances to score but we didn't do it.

"All of the teams in the Premier League are difficult.

"As always, Phil Foden was something extra."


Foden (on impact)

"I tried to be lively, come on and make a difference. It was nice to get a goal.

"I got the goal but unfortunately, we couldn't get the second.

"On another day, Raz and Riyad are able to finish their chances.

"I like to get into the box and arrive (in those positions).

"It's nice to be playing as much as possible.

"I love this Club and I love playing for them."


Phil Foden πŸ’¬

"No, it's not a good point - we wanted three.

"We played very well, controlled most of the game. We're disappointed not to get the win.

"We're not a team who will sulk a lot - we'll get over it tomorrow and work on the things we can improve on, and go ahead to the next game.

"We started slowly in the first half -  we weren't passing the ball quick enough around the back. We didn't have good tempo.

"The manager spoke well at half-time and we came out in the second half, playing much better football.

"We came out in the second half, playing a lot quicker and more aggressive.

"We need to work on finishing more chances and we should be okay."


Analysis πŸ€”

A frustrating result - we had chances but just found ourselves lacking in the final third.

Didn't really create enough in the opening 45 in truth and were dealt a Hammerblow with that incredible opener.

Did well to peg them back early into the second period - fantastic impact from Phil Foden - and went in search for the second... but it just wouldn't fall for us.

Credit to West Ham - they defended well and limited our opportunities until a couple of big chances late on.

The spoils are shared.


Off the post! 😩

Agonising! Mahrez drives into the six-yard box but his effort is saved onto the post by Fabianski!

Not our day...


Not falling for us 😣

Sterling has another chance to put the West Ham defence under pressure but he can't quite get the ball under control and the Hammers' defence race back to clear.


A let-off! ⚠

Fornals races clear with only Ederson to beat.

Everyone calls for offside, which might just put him off. The flag stays down and he attempts to chip the City 'keeper, who jumps to collect easily.




Cancelo again with a dangerous cross, which Balbuena almost turns into his own net!

A corner... which is headed away for another corner...




Finding it hard to break down a solid Hammers defence since our leveller.

Plenty of possession but we're struggling to carve any decent openings...

Need some inspiration from somewhere!


Turning the screw πŸ”§

City so on top here.

Lovely that from Mahrez, who plucked the ball out of the air and spun beautifully to create an opening.

Just the final product lacking at the moment.


Let's do this πŸ’ͺ

Perfect start to the second half - back on level terms and West Ham's gameplan dashed in an instant.

Momentum is very much with us now - need to capitalise.



Immediate impact from the Stockport Iniesta, as he collects Cancelo's cutback before swivelling and drilling into the near post.

Lovely stuff!


Meanwhile, in City EDS' game against Arsenal... 😳



And that's that.

City trail 1-0 at the break, courtesy of Michail Antonio's sensational overhead kick.

Big second half needed...


Argh! πŸ˜‘

Frustrating as another cross sails straight into Fabianski's arms.

Bet he can't believe how comfortable his afternoon has been so far...


Not too far away... πŸ₯…

Garcia tries a daisy-cutter but Fabianski has it covered.

Feels like we're trying to force it at the moment - need to build a period of sustained possession, gain control...

Fabianski hasn't really been tested.


Alert 🚨

Cancelo is on his toes to flick the ball away in the nick of time, under pressure from Bowen.

Good job - the Hammers man would have been clean through!


Ambitious πŸ˜•

Mahrez goes in search of the top corner from distance but it's too high.

(Just prior, Gundogan was a little lucky not to have received a yellow card for pulling Rice back in the centre circle...)


End-to-end 😡

At the other end, Cancelo drills a delivery across the box.

Mahrez slid in but couldn't quite get the connection and Fabianski plucks it out of the air before it can cross the line!


Response needed πŸ’ͺ

Work to do.

There's plenty of time of course - the way this season is going, it could end 5-5...

But we need to respond.



Lovely little ball through to Aguero by Cancelo.

The Argentine clips in a cross to Mahrez but he can't quite adjust his body to divert the effort on target.


Whipped away! 😫

The ball is floated to Dias at the backpost but the defender just can't bring the ball down the get the shot away before it's hacked away.

What was he doing there?!


Better! πŸ‘

City back in control, passing the ball around patiently, waiting for the opening...

Gundogan goes in search of a birthday goal but it's off-target.


Warning signs ⚠

West Ham mount their first ventures of note into City's final third, as Bowen drives to the by-line down the right.

He's looked lively in recent moments and we had to be alert their to block the cross...


Encouraging start πŸ‘

City pressing well, keeping possession in the West Ham half.

Cancelo wins the ball back and tries his luck with a curling effort but it's wide of the mark.


Rapid ⚑

Sterling with a pacey driving run forward.

He feeds Aguero but the pass forces the Argentine a little too wide and the shot is deflected out for a corner.

From the resulting set-piece, Gundogan drives a delivery to the near post but Fabianski gathers.


Come on! πŸ’ͺ

City with the early possession, as Ederson gets an early touch.

Guardiola's men in our black away kit - West Ham of course sporting their traditional claret and blue.

Nice and calm, so far...


Eric Garcia πŸ’¬

"It's a line we need to follow: what we want to achieve.

"We've had two important wins against very good teams and we want to continue here again.

"We played three days ago and we have a couple of injuries but with the results we've been getting, there's something positive to take into today's game.

"We need to keep the ball even more than we do normally to help us physically and mentally.

"West Ham try to defend with a lot of people but also attack with a lot of people.

"They're a danger on the counter-attack so we'll try to avoid that."

(On Michail Antonio): "He's a threat of them but they have a lot of good players and we'll have to look at all of them."


Michael Brown on Ilkay Gundogan πŸ’¬

"He's a great player - very intelligent.

"He can play in different roles.- the 6, the 8 or more advanced - and he can create.

"Sometimes, he goes under the radar but people who really watch the game can see what he brings.

"He keeps things ticking over, he gets into those spaces...

"That's what Pep Guardiola wants: intelligent footballers, who understand their role and responsibilities.

"That's what he wants for this football club."


Goals galore ⚽

Interesting discussion in Pep Guardiola's press conference yesterday around the astonishing number of goals scored this season.

The City boss was quizzed why he thought games were so much more open and evenly-contested - and whether the world's current situation is playing a part.

Guardiola was asked of the 'psychology' of the current game. He couldn't pinpoint anything specific but admitted routine and lack of fan influence could be playing a part.

"I don't know the reasn why there are so nmany goals," he conceded."

Maybe it's for the exceptional situation - for a short time, you can handle it... but for a long time, maybe players need the warmth of the spectators and normal routine - normal life.

"Maybe that's one of the reasons; maybe not..."

This season is crackers though. Reminds me of City under Kevin Keegan in Division One!


Pep Guardiola πŸ’¬

(On KDB's return): "It's good to have important players back.

"He's close and Nathan Ake too."

(On the schedule): "We didn't have much prep - we have to get it during the game.

"We have the opportunity to improve what we have improved in the last games and get up the table.

"The schedule is tight -  there are a lot of games. It's happened for the last seasons. We have to adapt.

"It is what is is for teams in Europe or who play international competitions.

"The schedule is tight -  there are a lot of games. It's happened for the last seasons."


Shaun Goater 🐐

"Phil Foden and Ferran Torres upped our level with tempo and intensity when they came on against Porto – they brought some more pace into our game and it was so well deserved with the goal that Ferran scored. 

"And I think it was a no look pass from Phil!"


Michael Brown πŸ’¬

"If I’m a West Ham defender, looking down the City teamsheet. I’m thinking: 'Please rest Sergio Aguero! He’s played two times... I don’t want to see him again!'

"I think Pep and the staff have managed his return really well.

"He’s only played 60 minutes in both games and I would see that as being the same decision today – though you can’t always guarantee that."


Goater pips Raheem Sterling for 200 goals! πŸ”₯

"He's scored 100 goals and I could see him get to 100!

"He plays most games and stays fit, and he's improving all the time with his finishing.

"I've been really impressed with that I've seen - up top or out wide.

"I love what I see.

"He'll love having the captain's armband. You've seen what he's doing off the field - he's stepping into that leadership role.

"I had the armband for a few games - it's immense: captain of Man City.

"Since he's had the armband, he's carried on doing what he's doing."


Shaun Goater on Kevin De Bruyne 🐐

"He's awesome.

"It's great he's on the bench - if we need to up the tempo or increase levels, we've got Kevin De Bruyne.

"I'm excited to see he's on the bench."


Club Journalist John Edwards πŸ“

"City’s starting XI is unchanged, but fit-again Kevin De Bruyne has been included amongst the substitutes at the London Stadium.

"The Belgian is back in the squad after a two-game absence for an injury picked up on international duty as Pep Guardiola keeps faith with the team that beat Porto 3-1 in midweek.

"The City boss had hinted not all of his injury players would recover in time and that means there is no place for Nathan Ake and Aymeric Laporte.

"Midweek goalscorer Ferran Torres can also be called upon from the bench, which includes Academy graduate Cole Palmer."


More from the boss πŸ’¬

Pep Guardiola says it’s a case of evolution rather than revolution as City adapt to life without the influence of the β€˜unique’ David Silva.

After a decade’s incredible service at the Etihad, the Spanish midfielder departed in the summer for a new challenge in his homeland with Real Sociedad.

But quizzed at his pre-match press conference ahead of today's game as to whether City Silva’s absence had changed the way we play, Guardiola asserted that the likes of Ilkay Gundogan, Bernardo Silva and Phil Foden give City a number of compelling alternative midfield options..

β€œWhat can I say? The influence David had in the last decade and for the period we were together – it’s so difficult to find those qualities. He moves in small spaces and he is a guy who gave us something unique,” said the City boss.

β€œWe have to find an alternative. In general, the concept is the same - nothing changes. When Gundo, Bernardo or Phil are playing in that position we have to use the quality of these guys for the benefit of the guy and the team.

β€œIt is what it is but, of course, the influence of David was incredible - not just in the period we were together but in the whole of his time in Manchester.”


David Moyes πŸ’¬

β€œAs we’ve seen, Manchester City are improving at this moment in time from the start of the season, but so are we.

β€œI think we’re improving all the time and our games have shown there is an improvement from the start to where we are now. I would even that from before lockdown, I think we’ve been improving.

β€œWe hope to give them a really good game. They make it difficult for you, but I hope we can give them more problems than we maybe have done in the past.

β€œWe have to change it (the run). We have to do better, change it, but we think we’re playing well and we’re an improving team.

β€œYou would also have to say that over that period Manchester City have put in incredible investment and they’ve changed to become one of the best in the world, if not the best, in that period, so it’s not been easy for any club playing them.

β€œBut we’ll try and play them, I’d like to give them a good game if we can and see what we can do.”


Stat attack πŸ“ˆ

πŸ”Ή City have scored in 18 consecutive matches against West Ham in all competitions, dating back to November 2012.

πŸ”Ή Pep Guardiola has won all nine of his matches against West Ham by an aggregate score of 30-3. It is the joint-best 100% win ratio of his career along with fixtures against Watford and Bournemouth.

πŸ”Ή The last time West Ham played City when the Hammers sat higher in the table was in March 2009. The Hammers won that match 1-0.


Been there, done that πŸ˜‰

Credit to West Ham, they've had a real upturn in fortunes these past few weeks, picking up some impressive results.

The Hammers are unbeaten in their last three Premier League games, having defeated Wolves 4-0 and Leicester 3-0 before clawing back an astonishing 3-3 draw at Tottenham last time out in the final ten minutes of the game!

I mean, coming back from 3-0 down at Tottenham has been done before... with ten men... and we went and bagged a winner!

(Still admirable nonetheless!)


Happy hunting ground πŸ™Œ

We've had some wonderful wins at West Ham in recent years - high-scoring triumphs, dominant displays of sheer ruthlessness...

But this one is my personal favourite.

I was actually away on holiday and had to watch the game on the tiniest television just under the ceiling of a pub.

The commentary was in Italian and slightly ahead of the pictures - so we heard the goal before we saw it, although we had no idea which way it had gone!


More from Bernardo πŸ’¬

 β€œEvery game is different, every season is different.

β€œFrom the start of the season, we can tell the results in the Premier League are very unpredictable.

β€œWe need to work really hard in every game to win the three points. It's not going to be different against West Ham.

β€œThey are a very good team, we play away from home, it's never easy.

β€œWe have to keep doing our job, stay focus, go for it and win the three points.”


Bernardo Silva πŸ’¬

β€œI think [the mood] is good.

β€œEveryone knows that last season was a bit disappointing for us the way it went, especially the ending.

β€œIt's a new season for us, everyone is very hungry again.

β€œThe first few games were tough for us because we have plenty of injuries in the team and it wasn't easy to come back after the holidays.

β€œThe team is back at it, we are good, we have just won two games in a row, so the mood is good inside the dressing room.”



Raheem Sterling has been directly involved in 11 goals in his past six league starts against West Ham (six goals and five assists).

He scored a hat-trick at the London Stadium in City's 5-0 win last season.


A Sterling leader πŸ‘Š

β€œWith Raheem, he’s shown you don’t always have to be a shouter or a bawler to be a captain,” said former City and Scotland striker Dickov.

β€œThere’s a perception that if you shout the loudest, you’re a fantastic captain but that doesn’t always work.

β€œRaheem leads by example and as a captain by how he plays with, and without, the ball and how he is off the pitch .

β€œPeople talk about the goals he scores and how many he creates, but if you look at that high press which we employ, nine times out of 10 it’s Raheem who sets it off so he’s already settling the example.

β€œPep (Guardiola) knows that, and the players obviously respect him and that’s why he’s got the armband.”


Did you know...? πŸ€”

City have won our five away matches in all competitions at London Stadium by an aggregate score of 22-1, netting at least four goals each time.

However, Pep Guardiola has warned that City’s perfect record will means little.

However, David Moyes’ side go into the game on the back of a terrific fightback at Spurs last weekend where the Hammers recovered from 3-0 down to draw 3-3.

And the boss says history will count for nothing, come kick-off.

β€œThe past is the past. We've had good results (there) but what we learned from the game against Tottenham and other teams is always West Ham have incredible quality players,” Guardiola stressed.

β€œThey played really well at Tottenham - not just in the last minutes.

β€œAt 3-0 down, they showed a lot of personality. They are in good form - a good moment for them.”


We're Not Really Here πŸ’™

Michael Brown and Shaun Goater will be with us for the We’re Not Really Here matchday show.

Our Wembley 1999 heroes will join the presenting duo of Kyle Walker and Natalie Paweleck in the studio to provide their expert analysis.

We’re Not Really Here begins one hour before kick-off at 11:30 (UK), when Brown and Goater will be discussing all things City to get you in the mood for the game.

We return to the studio at half-time for a brief round-up on the opening 45 minutes, and five minutes after the final whistle, we’ll be live for half an hour of post-match reaction, when our guests will dissect the game and respond to the fans’ Man of the Match poll, questions, and comments.

We’re Not Really Here is available to watch on all of our official digital platforms, whilst during the game there will be live commentary and footage of fans around the world, which you can enjoy exclusively on and our official app.


Early team news πŸ“‹

Pep Guardiola says some, but not all of Manchester City’s injured players will be able to return today.

Nathan Ake, Kevin De Bruyne and Aymeric Laporte all missed the midweek win over Porto, though De Bruyne and Laporte have since returned to training but Guardiola kept his cards close to his chest when asked whether the trio could feature at the London Stadium.

Fernandinho, Benjamin Mendy and Gabriel Jesus will all definitely miss our clash with the Hammers, but the City boss has been handed some positive news about the Brazilian midfielder.

The 35-year-old was forced off with a leg injury shortly after coming on against Porto and it was initially feared he would be out for up to six weeks, but Guardiola says the test results suggest he may be back sooner.

Guardiola also confirmed that whilst Jesus’ injury situation is improving, the striker is yet to resume training with the squad and he remains unsure as to when he will be ready to return.


It's matchday! ⚽

City are back!

The games are coming thick and fast, as the Premier League returns today.

Pep Guardiola's men kick-off the Saturday action with a lunchtime trip to West Ham United (12:30pm UK time).

As always, we'll have all of the pre-match build-up, live coverage and post-match reaction right here in the Matchday Centre.

Wherever you are in the world - whether you've had to set your alarm ridiculously early, or you're quite enjoying the midday schedule - get in touch and share your thoughts ahead of the game using the hashtag #WNRH!

Other games that day

  • Manchester United0
  • Liverpool2
    Sheffield United1
  • Fulham1
    Crystal Palace2
  • Arsenal0
    Leicester City0
  • Wolverhampton Wanderers0
    Newcastle United0
  • Southampton0

As it stood

P GD Pts
1 Everton 5 +7 13
2 Liverpool 6 +1 13
3 Aston Villa 5 +7 12
4 Leeds United 6 +3 10
5 Crystal Palace 6 -1 10
6 Chelsea 6 +4 9
7 Leicester City 5 +4 9
8 Arsenal 5 +2 9
9 Wolverhampton Wanderers 5 -2 9
10 Tottenham Hotspur 5 +7 8
11 West Ham United 6 +4 8
13 Southampton 5 -1 7
14 Newcastle United 5 -2 7
15 Manchester United 5 -3 7
16 Brighton and Hove Albion 5 -2 4
17 West Bromwich Albion 5 -8 2
18 Burnley 4 -5 1
19 Sheffield United 6 -6 1
20 Fulham 6 -9 1
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