West Ham 0 Manchester City 0
A gallant effort, often through some desperate defending saw West Ham United take a valuable point off of title chasing, mega-rich Manchester City yesterday evening.
For the fixture Sam Allardyce made one change from the lost that lost to Wigan last time out with Joey O`Brien taking the place of James Tomkins in the defence. In the opposition ranks was a certain Carlos Tevez who showed what a class act he is by raising his arms and crossing them acknowledging the support the Upton Park crowd were giving him in recognition for all he done for us during his stay here.
The Hammers started well and should have taken an early lead when Nolan finished off superbly after a free kick had been floated into the danger area. Unfortunately the offside flag had gone up and the goal was chalked off, a decision that was to later infuriate Big Sam when replays showed Nolan was onside.
Noble was temporarily injured when a shot from Dzeko laid him out but a resilient Noble was soon back on his feet. City recovered from their sluggish start and Jaaskelainen had to produce a smart save from a close range shot from Nasri.
Diame demonstrated his skills by cutting in from the left flank and firing in a shot that just flew over the bar before the Upton Park faithful were up on their feet again when a cross from Matt Jarvis was met by Yossi Benayoun and his volley beat Hart but struck the cross bar.
City tried to get back on the offensive but a free kick from Tevez sailed over the bar before Yaya Toure surged forward but sliced his long range shot wide. Once again West Ham were to trouble the City defence though when Andy Carroll exchanged passes with Benayoun to fire a low shot just past the post.
City came close when Balotelli met a cross from Tevez but somehow managed to volley his shot, from eight yards, over the bar when it looked easier to score. Balotelli moments later, saw an acrobatic effort go wide before fluffing a third chance of the half when he hit a cross from Barry wide.
It was proving to be a tough game for West Ham with City slowly getting the upper hand with Jaaskelainen making a mess of a corner and looking on, thankfully, as a defender hacked the ball to safety. Breif respite came with a Hammers attack but Nolan could only head a cross from Benayoun wide before an overhead kick from Carroll also went wide.
City poured forward and Tevez should have done better, when collecting a cross from Balotelli , but fired over the bar before Tevez supplied a decent through ball to Barry but the midfielder could only shoot past the post.
Collins showed his defensive skills by getting two decent blocks in, denying Clichy and Dzeko. As the game approached it`s last knocking, Tevez departed to huge applause from both sets of fans and West Ham continued to weather the City storm and, deservedly so, earned a point.