West Ham suffered just their second Premier League defeat of 2021 on Saturday when they were beaten 2-1 by Manchester City.
The Hammers travelled to the Etihad with the hope of stopping City’s relentless winning streak. Goals from Ruben Dias and John Stones made it 20 consecutive wins in all competitions for the league leaders.
Michail Antonio had levelled the score after 43 minutes. The Englishman tapped in from close range after Jesse Lingard had dragged a shot into his path.
But ultimately it wasn’t enough, and City took all three points. David Moyes will have a lot of positives to take from this performance, though. His side worked tirelessly and limited City’s chances on goal.
West Ham Zone have highlighted three things to take away from the clash.
It was all going so well. Lukasz Fabianski was pulled from the XI with an elbow injury, not much info was given other than that.
Hopefully its nothing too serious, the Pole has been in excellent form since the turn of the year. Randolph isn’t a bad number two, but he looked to have an injury again.
Moyes confirmed after the game he has a slight thigh strain. He had a similar problem when he last played against Everton. If that doesn’t clear up, we could have David Martin in goal to host Leeds next week.
Coufal plays the West Ham way
He could well be the best right-back in the league in defensive terms. Ferran Torres was the latest victim to add to his list today.
The Czech has now pocketed Grealish, Zaha, Son, James Rodriguez and Torres amongst others. City’s attacker was hurled off after an hour having failed to impact the game in any way.
Coufal also got forward well for our goal. He played a great ball into Lingard who inturn found Antonio to tap in. What a steal he was for £5million.
Antonio will break the record
Michail Antonio moved onto 43 Premier League goals for the Hammers with his tap in at the Etihad.
He’s now third only to Mark Noble and Paolo Di Canio in the race for our record scorer in the top-flight.
He became the first player to score at the Etihad since Mo Salah for Liverpool on November the 8th. It’s the first away goal there for any side in 12 hours of football. Ruben Dias scored an own goal against West Brom on December 15th.
In other West Ham news, Paul Merson gives his verdict on the race for the top four.