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West Ham 1 - 0 Man City

Hammers
1 - 0
Manchester City

Upton Park

Sunday, 1st March 2009/12:30

Attendance: 34,562

Referee:

West Ham picked up a much needed win against Man City on Sunday after Jack Collison scored the only goal of the game to wrap up victory for the Hammers.

In an open game with a number of chances, each side shared a fairly equal number of opportunities but ultimately West Ham were more clinical when Collison lobbed Shay Given mid way through the second half.

The opening proceedings fell largely in the home side's favour with the Hammers playing free flowing, attractive to the eye football but certainly lacked the final punch with a number of players seemingly reluctant to shoot. Robinho did miss a glorious chance for City early on, shooting wide from just six yards out.

A period of domination for West Ham though was marred after Valon Behrami looked to pick up a potentially serious injury. Taken off the pitch on a stretcher, with his leg strapped up, it is currently unknown how long the Swiss international will be out for.

Replacing the departed Behrami was the young Savio, who looked comfortable against Sunday's opponents and was exciting to watch at times in the game.

After the break, most efforts from West Ham, despite being many in quantity, were lame and Given was able to save with ease, such as Carlton Cole's header straight at the goalkeeper. Scott Parker had a shot blocked by Wayne Bridge, before the inevitable goal midway through the second period.

It was a Savio shot that Given was forced to punch out, and Jack Collison cleverly dinked the ball over the Irishman to send the Hammers into the lead. City did look threatening after the goal, but Craig Bellamy was taken off early and Robinho was very mediocre.

City remain with only one league win away from home this season as West Ham will look to build on the win going into Wednesday's away clash against Wigan at the JJB Stadium.

Star Player

Scott Parker - the main engine in West Ham's midfield and made Stephen Ireland look very uncomfortable and unable to create many opportunities for City.

West Ham manager Gianfranco Zola on Jack Collison:

'Jack is unbelievable, he's getting better and better.

'He plays like a veteran and his attitude is good. He's got a bright future. I feel very lucky to have him and not only him, but other players too.'

West Ham team:

Green, Neill, Tomkins, Upson, Ilunga, Behrami (Nsereko 43), Parker, Collison, Kovac (Spector 83), Di Michele (Lopez 87), Cole.

Subs Not Used: Lastuvka, Sears, Stanislas, Payne.

Man City team:

Given, Richards (Caicedo 15), Onuoha, Dunne, Bridge, Zabaleta, De Jong (Bojinov 89), Kompany, Ireland, Bellamy (Elano 66), Robinho.

Subs Not Used: Hart, Vassell, Garrido, Berti.


Writer:Henry Willis
Date:Sunday March 1 2009
Time: 6:51PM

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