Manchester City 2-1 West Ham: Ilkay Gundogan & Fernandinho goals send Pep Guardiola’s side second


Ilkay Gundogan scores for Man City
Gundogan’s goal was the German’s third in the Premier League this season

Manchester City midfield pair Ilkay Gundogan and Fernandino were on target as Pep Guardiola’s Premier League superiority over West Ham continued.

City have now won 10 out of 11 top-flight meetings with the Hammers under the Spaniard.

In a game played in a snow-storm before half-time, skipper Gundogan provided the decisive moment after 33 minutes when he turned home a deflected Riyad Mahrez effort at the far-post.

It was the Germany midfielder’s third goal of the season – and his second in four league games – and was followed up in the final minute by Fernandinho, who had only been introduced three minutes earlier to tie the game up.

The veteran Brazilian had not scored a Premier League goal since October 2018 but found the target from the edge of the box.

Manuel Lanzini pulled one back with the final kick of the game, which cost Ederson his 100th clean sheet in all competitions but did nothing to prevent City moving back into second spot, six points clear of the Hammers.

The Londoners remain fourth despite suffering successive Premier League defeats for the first time since April.

Weather main threat to City win

Riyad Mahrez
The second half was delayed by almost 10 minutes so snow could be cleared from the pitch

Guardiola should offer special thanks to head groundsman Lee Jackson and his team for this latest victory.

As half-time approached with heavy snow falling on a pitch already covered in it, there was a real fear the game might not reach its conclusion.

Yet Jackson and his colleagues got to work and with the aid of a half-time interval extended by referee Michael Oliver by five minutes, and the surface was clear again when the game restarted, by which time the snow had stopped.

Jackson’s reward was an effective home display, even if it was some way short of show-stopper.

West Ham keeper Lucasz Fabianski denied Gundogan a second and Bernardo Silva’s excellent chipped finish counted for nothing thanks to an offside flag.

And Ederson, whose only significant save was turning away a fierce Declan Rice shot, was denied his personal milestone with a goal out of virtually nothing from Lanzini, when West Ham had no time to even think about an equaliser.

Below-par Hammers

Despite losing 22 out of 25 previous away games against the defending champions, West Ham can rarely have gone into such a fixture in more optimistic mood.

Yet they never really got going.

Fabianski was booed by the City fans inside the opening 10 minutes for apparent time-wasting and the experienced Poland goalkeeper was soon earning the wrath of David Moyes for a fluffed clearance that would have resulted in a goal had Mahrez not been offside when Raheem Sterling’s block landed at his feet.

Arthur Masuaku’s selection ahead of Jarrod Bowen was supposed to provide more protection down the West Ham left flank but City’s array of attacking talent just found spaces elsewhere.

Ben Johnson’s goalline clearance to deny Mahrez, who also hit the outside of the post, before half-time was followed up by Ryan Cresswell bravely sliding in to turn Gabriel Jesus’ goal-bound effort away for a corner. It was effectively Cresswell’s final contribution as he continued into the post with such force he needed to be replaced by Vladimir Coufal after hurting his back.

It made no fundamental difference to the flow of the game and West Ham will be thankful for the failings of others that their position in the table remains as it was.

What’s next?

Manchester City’s next Premier League game is at Aston Villa on Wednesday, 1 December (20:15 GMT). West Ham entertain Brighton at London Stadium on the same day (19:30 GMT).

Player of the match

RiceDeclan Rice

West Ham United

  1. Squad number41Player nameRice

  2. Squad number10Player nameLanzini

  3. Squad number1Player nameFabianski

  4. Squad number9Player nameAntonio

  5. Squad number22Player nameBenrahma

  6. Squad number31Player nameJohnson

  7. Squad number4Player nameZouma

  8. Squad number15Player nameDawson

  9. Squad number3Player nameCresswell

  10. Squad number20Player nameBowen

  11. Squad number8Player nameFornals

  12. Squad number28Player nameSoucek

  13. Squad number5Player nameCoufal

  14. Squad number26Player nameMasuaku

Line-ups

Man City

Formation 4-3-3

  • 31Ederson
  • 2Walker
  • 3Rúben Dias
  • 14LaporteBooked at 29mins
  • 27CanceloBooked at 61mins
  • 8Gündogan
  • 16Rodri
  • 20Bernardo Silva
  • 9Gabriel Jesus
  • 26Mahrez
  • 7SterlingSubstituted forFernandinhoat 87′minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Stones
  • 6Aké
  • 11Zinchenko
  • 13Steffen
  • 25Fernandinho
  • 33Carson
  • 80Palmer
  • 87McAtee

West Ham

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Fabianski
  • 31Johnson
  • 15Dawson
  • 4Zouma
  • 3CresswellSubstituted forCoufalat 61′minutes
  • 28Soucek
  • 41Rice
  • 8Fornals
  • 22BenrahmaSubstituted forLanziniat 59′minutes
  • 26MasuakuSubstituted forBowenat 74′minutes
  • 9Antonio

Substitutes

  • 5Coufal
  • 7Yarmolenko
  • 10Lanzini
  • 11Vlasic
  • 13Areola
  • 16Noble
  • 20Bowen
  • 23Diop
  • 33Král

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