The last time West Ham played Manchester City at home, City had only just recently assembled their cashed-up squad. Unfortunately for the Hammers, a Yaya Toure brace and a goal from Adam Johnson resigned them to another defeat and left them rock bottom of the table. Despite rounding out the bottom of the league, the Hammers went into the clash with optimism in their stride after a five-game undefeated streak at Upton Park in all competitions.
The Hammers made four changes to their side and began the game with confidence, playing much better than a side that had only won two league matches all season. After Mario Balotelli’s great chance in the fourth minute, Scott Parker volleyed wide and winger Junior Stanislas had two makeable chances. As the opening half wore on, City began to exert an influence on proceedings, catching the eye with slick pass-and-move football. Their reward came in the 30th minute when Yaya Toure played a neat one-two with Gareth Barry which resulted in the Ivorian firing past West Ham ‘keeper Green. Although the Hammers had two chances through Parker and Fredric Piquionne, the Sky Blues went into the break 1-0 up.
Both sides had chances in the opening minutes of the second-half, but City looked like more of a chance to score. However, a Balotelli tantrum (quite a regular occurrence) swung the balance of play in West Ham’s favour. The Hammers pressed forward with attacking intent. As West Ham continued to attack, Toure netted his second goal after his shot hit the woodwork but ricocheted off Green’s back. Adam Johnson then made it three for the Citizens in the 81st minute. James Tomkins managed to grab a consolation headed goal for the home side at the death, but it proved too little too late.
West Ham: Green, Ben Haim, Tomkins, Upson, Spector, Faubert, Parker, Barerra (Cole 71), Stanislas (Dyer 65), Piquionne (Hines 80), Obinna
Southampton: Hart, Kompany, Zabaleta, Boateng, K Toure, Barry, Silva (Milner 86), De Jong, Y Toure, Jo, Balotelli (Johnson 61)