There’s no spoiling City’s party as Moyes bows out

Brian Jeeves

Manchester City v West Ham United – Premier League – Etihad Stadium – Report

Manchester City 3-1 West Ham United

David Moyes brought the curtain down on his second spell as West Ham United’s manager, however, it was hosts Manchester City who took the limelight by clinching their fourth successive Premier League title with a comfortable 3-1 victory at the Etihad Stadium.

Moyes insisted the time was right to move on: “We’ve had a good week and good preparation, so it’s all good as far as I’m concerned,” he explained.

 “It starts to hit you when you have to clear your office out and make way for new people coming in, but I’m happy with the situation.

“I don’t really feel emotional. I’ve been in and out of work at different times during my career, but this time I’m happy to be stepping aside. I’m happy with the work I’ve done here at West Ham, and I’ll leave in good spirits.

“I’m really relaxed about the game, even though we understand the task at hand. The players have trained well this week, and we’ll be as ready as we possibly can be for it.”

But any chance of the East Londoners springing a surprise was quashed within eighteen first-half minutes thanks to a brace from Phil Foden.

West Ham briefly gave themselves – and City’s title rivals, Arsenal – hope when a brilliant Mohammed Kudus overhead kick reduced the arrears three minutes before the interval.

But City made the game safe just before the hour. Rodri profited from Bernardo Silva’s toil before dispatching low beyond Alphonse Areola.

On the performance, Moyes said: “We gave everything.

“I’ve had some really big and disappointing results away from home recently at Crystal Palace and Chelsea, so today was never going to be easy, but I thought the players did a better job and we were competitive.

“We started the game really poorly, but I have to say Foden’s first goal was a brilliant goal, it really was, and it took the wind out of us right away, but the players stuck at it.

“We conceded again and then Mo scored a wondergoal as well, so we were right back in the game and quite confident at half-time that we could stick at it, but obviously you’re not the champions for nothing.

“I remember seeing them play Real Madrid and Arsenal recently and they’re such a good side.”

On his time at West Ham, the Scotsman concluded: “I’m really pleased it was a successful time at West Ham and I think that most people would probably agree with that.

“The people I’ve worked with have been successful and all the people I’ve enjoyed, and I hope that everybody else can continue it.

“We’ve had some dark days here, but let’s be fair, we’re seeing a lot more of the light now than we are of the darkness.”

Manchester City: Ortega, Walker (Capt), Dias, Akanji (Aké 71′), Gvardiol, Rodri, De Bruyne, Silva, Doku, Foden (Kovačić 90+1′), Haaland Subs not used: Carson (GK), Stones, Grealish, Álvarez, Nunes, Bobb, Lewis

West Ham United: Areola, Coufal, Zouma (Capt), Mavropanos, Cresswell, Emerson (Álvarez 71′), Ward-Prowse, Souček, Paquetá (Ings 86′), Kudus, Antonio (Earthy 81′) Subs not used: Fabianski (GK), Johnson, Casey, Ogbonna, Cornet, Mubama

Referee: John Brooks 

Assistants: Lee Betts and Akil Howson

Fourth Official: Sam Allison

VAR: Jarred Gillett

Assistant VAR: Tim Wood

Attendance: 55,097

Brian Jeeves