Manchester City kept their winning run alive with another late goal to beat West Ham United.
David Moyes’ side took the lead through an Angelo Ogbonna header on the stroke of half time, but goals from Nicolas Otamendi and David Silva turned it around for Pep’s men to see them re-establish an eight point lead at the top of the Premier League. Here’s what we learned from Sunday’s clash…
City’s Late Late Show
They’ve done it again. For the second time in a week, Manchester City came from 1-0 down to win the match, with both winners coming in the last ten minutes. In between those games they were winning in the 96th minute against Southampton and before that they snuck another win in the dying seconds against Feyenoord. This isn’t luck, but evidence of the fighting spirit and belief the City squad have right now- and it’s worrying for anyone waiting for them to slip up.
Hope for the Hammers
This was probably one of the best performances of West Ham’s season. They defended well, counter-attacked effectively and could’ve had more than one goal. There are certainly positives for David Moyes, and his new team came very close to snatching a point, but in the end they were tired out and simply undone by City’s brilliance.
Silva the Saviour
Manchester City. Late winner. It’s become a familiar script over the last week or two, but this time it wasn’t Raheem Sterling who got the crucial goal for Pep’s team. Instead, David Silva- arguably the finest player the Manchester club have ever had- was on hand to volley in De Bruyne’s sumptuous delivery. He becomes the ninth player to score more than one goal for City this season with two to his name.
Without Nicolas Otamendi I don’t know where City would be. The Argentine showed incredible passion and hunger to bundle home Gabriel Jesus’ low cross for City’s first goal just before the hour mark. He marshaled his defence brilliantly all night in the absence of both Vincent Kompany and John Stones, and constantly looked calm and composed on the ball. My man of the match.
A Warm Welcome for Zabaleta
Pablo Zabaleta was loudly applauded by both sets of fans before and after the game as he captained his new side for the first time. The veteran right-back, returning to the club he spent almost a decade with, put in a stellar performance on the right. Zabaleta never kept running and displayed plenty of the spirit and energy that has made him a fan favourite at every club he’s played for.