• Hammers beaten as City claim title

Hammers beaten as City claim title

Manchester City 2-0 West Ham United
Barclays Premier League

West Ham United were unable to prevent Manchester City from sealing a second Barclays Premier League title in three years, going down to a 2-0 defeat at the Etihad Stadium on the final day of the 2013/14 season.

The Hammers gave a far better account of themselves than in their heavy Capital One Cup semi-final defeat at the same venue in January, but City still found a way to break them down.

They had to wait until the 39th minute to open the scoring, and once Samir Nasri's low drive arrowed into the corner the destination of the championship was rarely in doubt.

Vincent Kompany made sure of their success with a second shortly after the restart to spark wild celebrations among the home support.

City came into the contest bearing the weight of expectation on their shoulders, knowing just a point would be enough to hand them the title again.

They soon settled into a rhythm, however, enjoying the lion's share of possession and keeping play in Hammers territory.

Before long, David Silva volleyed powerfully over the top from inside the box and Sergio Aguero tested Adrian's handling with a low shot from range.

Adrian then had to be at his best to tip a 30-yard Aleksandar Kolorov effort that looked destined for the top corner over the bar.

The Hammers were defending well and in numbers, and for all City's passing and probing around the Hammers' box, the opening goal eventually arrived from a simpler, more direct approach.

When space opened up for Nasri 20 yards out he opted to shoot for goal, and although Adrian got fingers to his effort as it flew past him, he could only tip onto the inside of the post and in.

With Newcastle also winning at Liverpool at that point, City were able to relax and Pablo Zabalata almost added a quickfire second as Aguero crossed low from the right, but James Tomkins got across well to block behind for a corner.

They went even closer wih the final action of the opening period when Toure worked the ball to Silva, whose shot skipped up off Andy Carroll's foot and crashed against the far post.

It did not take the hosts long after the break to notch the decisive second as, with just four second half minutes played, a corner from the right hit Edin Dzeko on the back and dropped perfectly for Kompany to smash home.

That got the party started at the Etihad, although City perhaps took their eyes off the ball on the pitch for a moment as a bouncing Matty Taylor shot bobbled wide of the post, then Joe Hart had to use all of his spring to divert a left-wing cross away from Carroll.

The City chances soon started coming again and only Aguero will know how he failed to convert Zabaleta's 66th minute low cross. The goal was at his mercy, but he failed to make proper contact and the ball dribbled into a grateful Adrian's hands.

West Ham's No13 had to stand up by his near post to block Nasri's shot as City looked for a third, but in truth much of the sting had come out of the game with the home side having completed the job and 2-0 was how it ended.

Manchester City: Hart; Zabaleta, Kompany, Demichelis, Kolarov; Nasri, Toure (Negredo 86), Garcia, Silva (Milner 76); Dzeko (Fernandinho 69), Aguero
Subs: Pantilimon, Lescott, Clichy, Jovetic

Goals: Nasri 39, Kompany 49

Booked: Demichelis, Aguero

West Ham United: Adrian; O'Brien, Tomkins, Reid, McCartney; Nolan (Jarvis 63), Noble, Taylor; Downing, Carroll (C.Cole 72), Diame (J.Cole 81)
Subs: Jaaskelainen, Armero, Vaz Te, Collins

Booked: Nolan, Noble

Referee: Martin Atkinson

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