City Breeze Past Hammers
By Tom Dowsett
Monday 30 Apr 2018 13:54:00
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After the 4-1 defeat to Arsenal last weekend, West Ham United ended April winless as Manchester City romped to a win by the same scoreline in Stratford on Sunday afternoon.

David Moyes made three changes to the team that lost at The Emirates Stadium as Adrián replaced Joe Hart in goal, while João Mário and Arthur Masuaku dropped to the bench in favour of Manuel Lanzini and 
Patrice Evra who finally made his full home debut.

Despite an injury concern for Mark Noble, the skipper managed to shake it off, meaning he retained his place in the starting line-up.

Although the visitors had already clinched the Premier League title, they had further records in their sights and were dominant from the kick-off here. With twelve minutes on the clock and the Hammers barely having a touch of the ball, Josep Guardiola's side went ahead, as Leroy Sane's shot took a deflection off Evra and flew past Adrián.

West Ham then ventured forward for the first time in the match but Lanzini's low cross was pushed away by Ederson.

City continued to pile pressure on to their visitors when they went close again on 22 minutes but Fernandinho sent his effort wide of the post before five minutes later, the Citizens extended their advantage. 

Adrián rushed off his line to deny Raheem Sterling and Kevin De Bruyne even had time to fire across goal. That was all before another defensive mixup between former City defender Pablo Zabaleta and Declan Rice caused the unfortunate Argentine to hand the visitors their second.

After that setback, newly crowned Hammer of the Year Marko Arnautovic thought he had halved the deficit but his effort was ruled out for offside.

The home faithful then found their voice, as that incident seemed to spark the hosts into life and three minutes before the break, they did reduce the deficit and thought they should have had a penalty when İlkay Gündoğan fouled Edimilson Fernandes but referee Neil Swarbrick only awarded a freekick.

It didn't matter however, as Aaron Cresswell claimed his first goal of the season by curling it past Ederson.

The Irons were hoping they could salvage something from this game during the break but thoughts of that soon vanished, as the Champions effectively ended the game on 53 minutes when Sterling eased past Cresswell and set up Gabriel Jesus to put them further ahead.

Jesus almost returned the favour when his ball found the former Liverpool man but Adrián denied him just after the hour mark.

However, it wasn't too long before City sealed the points, as Fernandinho beat Adrián to add their fourth after Sterling had caught Lanzini dwelling on the ball.

Two minutes later, Moyes decided to use all his options from the bench, as he replaced Evra, Lanzini and Fernandes with Masuaku, Javier Hernández and Mário.

The changes failed to make an impact on the home side as Guardiola's men strolled to victory leaving the home fans very unhappy as their team remains fifteenth in the table and just three points off the relegation zone.

The Hammers have only collected two victories on the road this season and things will have to improve on Saturday if they are to claim a third. They have just one more chance when they head to The King Power Stadium to take on Leicester City and need a result to see themselves to safety.

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