Hard-working Hammers are well worth a point

West Ham United 1-1 Manchester City

West Ham United continued to provide evidence of their Premier League progression by claiming a rare point from their home nemesis, Manchester City.

Big wins over Wolves and Leicester, coupled with the crazy late antics at Spurs had left David Moyes in a buoyant mood. Indeed, the Scotsman insisted, albeit cautiously, that his side shouldn’t fear a visit from Pep Guardiola’s men.

“When we’re playing the so-called bigger teams we’ve actually done well,” the Hammers chief explained.

“We got a good result drawing at Old Trafford and we beat Chelsea at home, so we have to go in with the intention of getting something from the game.

“I think our wins against Wolves and Leicester showed we’re not far off competing against a lot of the teams around the top, but teams like Manchester City and Liverpool can do it consistently and when other teams think they’ve got a chance, they knock them over.

“We’ve got to try and stand up and make it as difficult an encounter as we possibly can, but in the same breath we want to play well and show them we’re improving as well.”

Nevertheless, City has made the London Stadium something of a fortress of their own, scoring twenty-two times and conceding just once in five visits.

Vladimir Coufal snaffled away in the nick of time from Ruben Dias as the visitors attempted to build on that impressive tally in the opening minutes. But it was the Hammers who spectacularly hit the front.

Michail Antonio’s brilliant overhead kick simply fizzed past Ederson after Coufal had picked him out from the right.

Lukasz Fabianski was grateful that Riyad Mahrez could only scoop into his gloves after Bernardo Silva had driven low across goal, while Eric Garcia long-range attempt whistled wide as City searched for an immediate response. But this was far from vintage stuff from the three-times Premier League champions as Antonio and Jarrod Bowen continued to cause problems, while Declan Rice conducted his business in the middle of the park both efficiently and effectively.

Rodrigo saw his attempt deflected over, but within five second-half minutes, City were back on terms.

Substitute Phil Foden turned and drove low beyond Fabianski – Joao Cancelo fashioned the opening – harsh on the hard-working home side but a timely reminder of the quality the visitors’ possessed.

Kyle Walker drove fiercely into Fabianski’s midriff, while Cancelo was too high as City began to turn the screw. West Ham – pressed deep – needed to weather the storm – Bowen fizzed over as they attempted to create one of their own.

Fabianski clung to Kevin De Bruyne’s dead-ball effort as City continued to come strong. Meanwhile, Pablo Fornals passed up a great opportunity to win it for West Ham – clipping tamely into Ederson’s palms after finding himself one-on-one with the City stopper.

Fabianski did well to block from the marauding Raheem Sterling and then save at his near post from Marhez. But West Ham – resolute throughout – thoroughly deserved their share of the spoils as their unbeaten league run was extended to four matches.

West Ham United return to Premier League action on Saturday, October 31 when they face Liverpool at Anfield (5:30pm).

West Ham United: Lukasz Fabianski, Aaron Cresswell Fabian Balbuena, Vladimir Coufal, Jarrod Bowen (Sebastien Haller 69’), Angelo Ogbonna, Arthur Masuaku, Tomas Soucek, Michail Antonio (Andriy Yarmolenko 52’), Declan Rice (Capt) Subs not used: Darren Randolph (GK), Manuel Lanzini, Issa Diop, Ryan Fredericks

Booked: Vladimir Coufal (foul), Fabian Balbuena (foul)
Goals: Michail Antonio 18’

Manchester City: Ederson, Kyle Walker (Oleksandr Zinchenko 78’), Ruben Dias, Raheem Sterling, Ilkay Gundogan, Sergio Aguero (Phil Foden 46’), Rodrigo, Bernardo Silva (Kevin De Bruyne 69’), Riyad Mahrez, Joao Cancelo, Eric Garcia Subs not used: Zack Steffen (GK), John Stones, Ferran Torres, Cole Palmer

Booked: None
Goals: Phil Foden 50’

Referee: Anthony Taylor
Assistants: Gary Beswick and Adam Nunn
Fourth Official: David Coote
VAR: Peter Bankes
Assistant VAR: Neil Davies

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Brian Jeeves

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