West Ham grab away-day treble with Man City win

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West Ham claimed an unlikely treble on Saturday

evening as they earned an impressive 2-1 away

win at Premier League leaders Manchester City.

City had a 100 per cent record going into The

Etihad clash, but goals from Victor Moses and

Diafra Sakho put the Hammers 2-0 up after a half

an hour and Kevin De Bruyne’s second-half reply

was not enough for City to rescue a point.

It means Slaven Bilic’s men have chalked up

brilliant away wins at Arsenal, Liverpool and now

Manchester City in their first three away games to

find themselves second in the table behind their

hosts.

City, who lost to Juventus in the Champions

League on Tuesday and lost influential midfielder

David Silva to injury in the warm-up, quickly

found themselves two down.

West Ham started confidently and stunned the

league leaders inside six minutes. Collecting a

pass from Dimitri Payet, Moses accepted an

invitation to shoot from distance and fired the ball

into the bottom left corner of Joe Hart’s net.

It was the first Premier League goal that Manuel

Pellegrini’s men had conceded so far this term,

but the Hammers were not finished and doubled

their lead just past the half hour when Sakho

turned in from close range following a goalmouth

scramble.

It wasn’t undeserved for West Ham, although City

had threatened. Sergio Aguero was in

uncharacteristically wasteful mood when he beat

goalkeeper Adrian to the ball before shooting

wide, while Nicolas Otamendi headed over from a

Jesus Navas corner.

They were back in the game on the stroke of

half-time, though. De Bruyne found some space

and buried a 20-yard strike beyond the despairing

Adrian.

The West Ham defence would have been

expecting a second-half onslaught and that was

exactly what followed.

Yaya Toure twice went close, while Adrian

produced a fine stop to keep out another header

from Otamendi, who was making his Premier

League debut.

However, there was no way through a doggedly

drilled Hammers defence, and Bilic’s men were

able to hang on to claim another scalp and subject

City to a second defeat inside a week.


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