Premier League Scores: Result and Highlights from the EPL Fixture between West Ham United v Manchester City on Saturday, November 03, 2012.
Result: West Ham United
Location: Upton Park – West Ham United
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Roberto Mancini looked like he was prepared to really go for a win in this one with Carlos Tevez up front along with Edin Dzeko and Mario Balotelli. James Milner was pulled from the lineup less than 10 minutes from the start when he picked up a leg injury during warmups. In his place Gareth Barry got a start in the midfield.
Kevin Nolan thought that he had a goal in the 4th minute on a Mark Noble free kick, but the linesman flagged (wrongly) for offsides.
Video: West Ham 0 Man City 0
Replays showed that Edin Dzeko very clearly played Nolan onside; very unfortunate for the home side who should have had the lead at the half.
The first half was quite interesting as West Ham largely sat back to defend. City had a few good chances with Balotelli coming close off a free kick, but decided to go for it with his foot instead of going for the diving header. Yaya Toure also came close, but instead of taking a shot across goal, put it near post into the side netting. Poor decisions in front of goal were the mark of the first half. This is a typical situation for City this season who have gotten 7 goals in the last 10 minutes of play. Unfortunately for them their “super-sub” Edin Dzeko started today and won’t be available for his late substitution theatrics.
In the second half Manchester City came out attacking and looked ready to take control of the game. They did a much better job of closing down West Ham and kept West Ham from having any good chances. City, on the other hand, continued to create, but just could not finish. Gareth Barry came close, but also managed to handle the ball in the box in doing so. He was very fortunate that the referee missed it since replays showed it was a rather deliberate handball.
West Ham’s best chances came from set pieces, as well as a few counter attacks against the run of play, but they really struggled to finish, or even get their shots on goal.
No late game dramatics for Manchester City this week. The Premier League Champions just were not clinical enough in front of goal despite plenty of chances (21 shots, but only 5 on goal). City just did not do enough to justify getting anything out of this match and remain third in the table.
The question is, did Mancini get it wrong? Or did Allardyce get it right?