Hammers Nailed As City Push On
By Tom Dowsett
Tuesday 29 Sep 2009 10:59:00
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The winless run continued for West Ham United on monday night as they went down fighting to big-spending Manchester City.

City were quick to make a mark on the match, as they found the opening goal in the fifth minute as Martin Petrov crossed for former Hammers' favourite Carlos Tevez, who scored a simple tap-in from five yards. His celebrations were somewhat subdued, and apologetic towards the visiting fans, who applauded him.

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This was followed by a period of extended possession from the home side, who loooked like scoring several more goals, but the West Ham defence denied them any opportunity to extend their lead.

On twenty-four minutes, the visitor's persistence paid off, as Carlton Cole scored from a Diamanti free-kick that was only cleared as far as Radoslav Kovac.

The equaliser gave the away side a burst of confidence, and they enjoyed their first real spell of possession, and goalkeeper Shay Given had to keep City in the game, stopping a Cole header with an excellent save.

Unfortunately, West Ham's momentum was halted by Martin Petrov, who slotted a free kick past Robert Green from twenty-five yards out to make it 2-1 in favour of the home side.

A moment of controversy followed when Scott Parker scored from twelve yards out, but the goal was harshly disallowed for an apparent foul on defender Joleon Lescott by striker Cole.

City enjoyed the run of play for the rest of the first half, but a much brighter West Ham side emerged from the break. They made every effort to get back into the match, but their hopes were dashed just after the hour when Tevez scored from another former Hammer, Craig Bellamy's free kick, heading the ball across the goal and past Robert Green.

West Ham had to force two more saves from Given, with Alessandro Diamanti and James Tomkins both coming close to pulling one back. City introduced new signing Roque Santa Cruz, who came close to a debut goal, sending Petrov's cross the wrong side of the post.

After the match, manager Gianfranco Zola said: "At the moment, it is not good enough. So for everyone, and I put myself first, we need to ask more about ourselves."

 

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