West Ham United 1-3 Man City FT






Final score - West Ham United 1-3 Manchester City

93 mins - It's all over. Post-match reaction and interviews will appear on whufc.com and WHUTV soon.

92 mins - West Ham's man of the match is James Tomkins. The No5 was chosen by Match Sponsors Freight Movers International.

91 mins - At least West Ham haven't given up. Dyer finds Hines who accelerates towards the box and is fouled by Zabaleta. Yellow card for the Argentinean. Obinna slams the free-kick into the box and it hits a leg before being cleared.

89 mins - GOAL! Tomkins gets up highest and heads goalwards. The ball takes a nick the head of Kolo Toure and flies past Hart.

88 mins - Dyer wins a corner off De Jong.

87 mins - Dyer finds Faubert. He crosses and Cole heads goalwards, but the effort has no power and is an easy catch for Hart.

86 mins - Silva is replaced by James Milner. The Spaniard has been outstanding today.

85 mins - De Jong goes in hard on Hines and the No26 is left clutching his right ankle. Replays don't show there was much in that one.

83 mins - Obinna runs down the left and shoots powerfully, but it's straight into the belly of Hart, who gathers easily enough.

82 mins - Faubert fires the ball into Cole, who flicks into the path of Dyer, but the midfielder is offside.

81 mins - GOAL! Oh dear. Johnson races across the West Ham back line and leaves Ben Haim for dead to latch on to Silva's through ball. He skips around Green and slots into the empty net.

80 mins - Hines is on for Piquionne.

77 mins - City are knocking the ball around with the confidence you would expect from a team that has just gone joint top of the table.

73 mins - GOAL! Spector loses the ball in midfield to De Jong and immediately releases Yaya Toure. The Ivorian checks before sprinting past Tomkins, cutting inside to the edge of the six-yard box and shooting. The initial shot hits the post, cannons into the back of Green and rolls into the net.

72 mins - City appear to have weathered the storm and win another corner through Tomkins' clearance. The corner drops inside the six-yard box before Cole hacks clear.

71 mins - Cole is on for Barrera.

70 mins - Jo has a shooting chance again but it's again off-target. Lucky for the Brazilian, it clips a West Ham foot and a corner is awarded. Silva crosses and the ball is cleared and then passed back to the Spaniard, whose cross is too deep and goes behind.

69 mins - Chance for City. Yaya Toure finds Silva in space, he crosses to the far post and Jo is there, but he leans back and shoots into the Sir Trevor Brooking Stand.

67 mins - Dyer has already made an impact. He brings the ball forward and wins a throw. Obinna crosses and Kolo Toure heads behind. The cross comres over and hits a hand. Replays show it hit Yaya Toure's hand, but I'm not sure he meant it.

64 mins - Stanislas is replaced by Kieron Dyer. Cole isn't coming on just yet. Before the change is made, Piquionne lays the ball to Barrera, who skies his shot miles over the top.

62 mins - Obinna is back on the pitch. Cole and Dyer are both being readied.

61 mins - Balotelli is replaced by Adam Johnson.

60 mins - Barrera sends in a dangerous cross from the right but it is headed clear. City break and Spector does well to harry Yaya Toure, who then fouls Obinna as the Nigerian clears the ball. The Nigerian will need the physio on.

59 mins - West Ham are giving this a go. Yaya Toure brings down Parker. Meanwhile, Balotelli is booked for something I didn't see - dissent maybe. Cole will be on soon.

57 mins - Balotelli threatens to get in behind, but the combined efforts of Faubert and Tomkins keep the Italian at bay.

54 mins - Obinna collects a throw before finding Stanislas with a clever pass. The winger crosses with the outside of his right foot and it is headed away. West Ham come again but Spector volleys well wide from distance.

53 mins - De Jong challenges Barrera and comes away with the ball. The Dutchman finds Yaya Toure, who lets fly but his shot is straight at Green, who holds on.

52 mins - Obinna comes forward down the right this time before threading the ball to Barrera. He turns and crosses, but the ball flies over the crossbar.

50 mins - Piquionne gets in behind Zabaleta and then plays the ball back to Barrera, who crosses but Kolo Toure heads clear. Seconds later, Obinna works some space down the left and fizzes a low cross into the six-yard box that Hart does very well to hold on to.

48 mins - Silva might have been down but he certainly isn't out, winning a corner of Faubert. Silva himself takes, but West Ham scramble the ball clear.

46 mins - No changes from either manager at half-time. West Ham kick-off... Less than 30 seconds later and Ben Haim goes through the back of Silva. The Israeli is booked for his troubles.

Half-time score - West Ham United 0-1 Manchester City

46 mins - Obinna and Piquionne work some space for Parker, who runs forward before laying off the ball to Faubert, whose cross is headed clear. The half-time whistle is blown.

46 mins - We're going to have at least one more minute... Silva tries to latch on to Zabaleta's pass, but it's too strong. Goal kick.

45 mins - Barrera wins a throw deep inside the City half. Faubert makes an angle and crosses left-footed. Piquionne gets above Kolo Toure and heads goalwards, but his effort lands on top of the net.

43 mins - City look largely comfortable and happy to sit on their one-goal lead. Their build-up play is patient and neat.

39 mins - Tomkins finds Piquionne's head and he flicks the ball cleverly to Barrera. The No12 cuts inside Zabaleta before finding Parker. The Hammer of the Year skilfully loses his marker before driving forward and shooting from 25 yards. The ball flies a couple of yards wide of the post.

35 mins - Barrera is brought down wide on the right by Zabaleta. A chance to get some quality into the box. Obinna crosses and Piquionne flicks it on, but the header bobbles harmlessly wide of the far post.

33 mins - Silva crosses from the left and Faubert can only help the ball out for a corner. Silva crosses, Balotelli has a free header but Barrera clears off the line.

31 mins - Balotelli tries to turn Tomkins inside the penalty area, but Upson is there to poke the ball clear.

30 mins - GOAL! That came out of nowhere. City come forward down the left. Barry crosses, Yaya Toure reacts quicker than Spector and lashes an unstoppable left-foot shot past Green from the edge of the penalty area. Great finish.

29 mins - Better from West Ham. Parker brings the ball out and finds Obinna. He sends the ball across the pitch to Barrera, who cuts on to his left foot and flashes a shot wide of the far post.

27 mins - Yaya Toure brings the ball forward and has acres of space to run into. He gets past Upson but cannot get any power on his shot, which is straight at Green.

26 mins - Silva passes to Boateng and goes for the reverse before going to ground. He wants a free-kick, but Dowd is having none of it. He calls the No21 and City captain Kolo Toure over for a lecture.

24 mins - The crowd are a little unhappy at some of referee Dowd's decisions. City plough on and win a corner off Faubert. The corner is deep and Tomkins heads clear.

23 mins - Faubert does well to control on the right. He swaps passes with Barrera before feeding inside to Parker. The No8 spreads play wide left to Stanislas with a superb pass. Stanislas controls and runs at Boateng before unleashing a low shot that Hart does well to hang on to low to his left.

20 mins - Barrera brings down Zabaleta wide on the City left. Silva curls the free-kick over and Piquionne heads clear. The ball is worked back left to Silva, but he can only head behind under pressure from the Mexican.

18 mins - Dowd is checking on the health of Jerome Boateng. The German was hurt in a clash with Faubert a couple of minutes ago. He looks OK to continue.

16 mins - Obinna nips in and steals the ball from Silva in midfield before passing to Piquionne, but the No30's touch lets him down.

14 mins - Stanislas has plenty of time to size up his effort, but he curls the ball well over the top.

13 mins - Barrera does well, cutting inside Boateng and crossing dangerously. The ball is kept on the edge of the City box before Piquionne is brought down by De Jong. Free-kick in a very menacing position.

11 mins - Faubert barges into Jo wide on the right. Free-kick level with the edge of the penalty area. Balotelli curls the ball over, but it's high enough for Green to allow to float behind for a goal kick.

10 mins - Stanislas crosses again! This time it is headed clear to Parker, who volleys first-time from 30 yards. The ball flies about three or four yards wide of the target,

9 mins - West Ham enjoy some possession inside the City half. Parker finds Stanislas, but his cross is cut out by Kolo Toure. Moments later, Spector is fouled. Stanislas is again found, but his cross is blocked.

7 mins - City come forward again and De Jong crosses towards Jo, but Tomkins is there to head behind. The corner is taken short to Silva, but his cross hits Parker on the back and Stanislas is able to bring the ball clear of danger.

5 mins - Ben Haim goes forward and leaves a gap behind him. Yaya Toure gets away and Parker pulls him back. Dowd whistles loudly but settles on just a talking-to rather than a yellow card. A booking would mean Parker is banned for next Saturday's trip to Blackburn Rovers.

4 mins - Jo crosses from the left and Balotelli must make it 1-0 to City, only for his glance to slide agonisingly wide of the far post.

2 mins - The visitors break immediately and work the ball to Jo, who gets around Faubert and shoots low across the face of goal. Green falls on the ball and holds on well.

2 mins - City control the early possession before Upson nips in and passes to Parker. He brings the ball forward 40 yards and has three team-mates up with him, but cannot find any of them with his pass. Kompany intercepts and City clear.

3pm - Balotelli and Silva kick-off...

2.58pm - The mascots are having their photographs taken with the captains and officials before sprinting to the touchline. Matthew Upson and Kolo Toure shake hands and we're nearly ready to go. City will kick-off...

2.56pm - Here they come. The atmosphere is good inside the stadium today. Let's hope the home fans will be rewarded with a third straight home win. A point would take the Hammers off the bottom.

2.55pm - 'Bubbles' starts to play. The teams will be with us soon...

2.53pm - Thomas Hitzlsperger appears on the big screen to tell fans he hopes to return to action in February. The Germany midfielder has undergone surgery to mend a tendon injury and has been recuperating in his homeland. However, he was back at Chadwell Heath this week and is feeling upbeat about his future prospects.

2.48pm - PA announcer Jeremy Nicholas shows off the newest arrival in the club shop - a mug emblazoned with the words 'We hammered Man United 4-0'. The merchandise is welcomed warmly by both sets of supporters!

2.45pm - Fitness coach Eamon Swift is putting the starting XI through a few last-minute sprints in front of the West Stand. The players do a few short spurts before turning and heading for the dressing room. Victor Obinna is presented with his November SBOBET Player of the Month trophy by Phil Parkes.

2.40pm - Good afternoon. It's a cloudy afternoon in east London but, mercifully, a lot milder than it has been in recent days. Both teams are going through their final exercises on the pitch. In the stands, a selection of West Ham legends are back at the Boleyn for today's game - Bryan 'Pop' Robson, Peter Brabrook, Ken Brown, Frank McAvennie and 1950s winger Harry Hooper are among those in attendance.

Good afternoon and welcome to the Boleyn Ground for this afternoon's Barclays Premier League visit of Manchester City.

West Ham United are seeking to extend their recent home record to six matches unbeaten, while a victory would be the third in a row on home turf following the league success against Wigan Athletic and Carling Cup humbling of Manchester United.

Hammers manager Avram Grant has made four changes to the starting XI that went down to a narrow 1-0 defeat at Sunderland last Sunday.

At the back, Julien Faubert replaces Danny Gabbidon, with the Frenchman playing at right-back and Tal Ben Haim switching to the left flank. In midfield, Pablo Barrera and Junior Stanislas replace Kieron Dyer and Luis Boa Morte in the wide areas. Up front, Frederic Piquionne is restored to the starting lineup after a two-match absence in place of Carlton Cole.

For City, 2006/07 Hammer of the Year Carlos Tevez and flying Serbia left-back Aleksandar Kolarov are both suspended.

West Ham United: Green, Faubert, Tomkins, Upson, Ben Haim, Barrera (Cole 72), Parker, Spector, Stanislas (Dyer 64), Obinna, Piquionne (Hines 80)
Subs: Stech, Reid, Kovac, Boa Morte

Manchester City: Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany, Kolo Toure, Boateng, Yaya Toure, De Jong, Barry, Silva (Milner 86), Balotelli (A.Johnson 61), Jo
Subs: Given, Richards, Lescott, Vieira, Santa Cruz