Bolton 0 Manchester City 2
The Real Deal at Last
Sunday 22nd May 2011 : Barry Howes at the
Manchester City qualified
for the Champions League group stage with a
comfortable win at Bolton, just about the only disappointing aspect
of a wonderful finish to the season being Carlos Tevez's failure to
score and thus take the Golden Boot outright.
The Argentinian striker had chances but was not in the imperious
form he showed in midweek against Stoke City, although City did not
need him to be against a Bolton side who looked badly in need of a
break after spoiling an impressive season with a closing run of five
defeats. Roberto Mancini repeated his belief that Tevez would be
with the club next season, though admitted he did not know whether
he would be around to take part in today's FA Cup parade through the
"We deserved third place, it has been a fantastic season," the City
manager said. "Finishing in this position means we can stay at home
for the holidays and have a proper pre-season. We can stay calm and
just think of the Charity Shield."
That should probably read "relatively calm". In addition to keeping
their leading scorer sweet, City will be attempting to bring in new
players as early in the summer as they can. "We need some players
with Champions League experience, and maybe three or four younger
players as well," Mancini said. "You have to be able to cope with
the Champions League and the domestic league. We do not want to do
what Tottenham have just done and put all our strength into Europe."
The first half-hour was evenly contested, with Johan Elmander
bringing a great save from Joe Hart and Kevin Davies putting a
header just wide, before City created three excellent chances and
managed to miss the lot. Gareth Barry headed against the bar from
two yards out following Dedryck Boyata's cross and the first decent
move of the afternoon, then Adam Johnson shot wildly over the bar
after David Silva had gone close. Silva should have scored when
Jussi Jaaskelainen blocked a shot from Tevez from Yaya Touré's
breakaway in the 39th minute – when the visitors finally managed to
get their noses in front two minutes before the break it was with a
laughably soft goal from an unwitting Joleon Lescott.
The defender was certainly laughing when the ball ended up in the
back of the net from Adam Johnson's corner. Shielded from the flight
of the ball by Vincent Kompany, who ducked out of the way at the
last moment, Lescott failed to leap or even attack the ball but
still saw it bounce off his head and beyond a stranded Jaaskelainen.
Jeered throughout by the City fans on account of his financial
motivation for joining Chelsea, Daniel Sturridge opened the second
half by rolling a shot wide. The visitors sent on Edin Dzeko after
an hour, for the £27m January signing to make the game safe with
virtually his first touch. Strictly speaking Dzeko needed two
touches to beat Jaaskelainen. His first effort from Barry's
left‑wing cross was blocked, but the ball bounced kindly and with
the goalkeeper down it was a simple matter for Dzeko to turn and put
the ball into an empty net for his second league goal of the season.
That was the goalscoring over, though there was time for Sturridge
to complete a miserable afternoon, and presumably his time at
Bolton, with a studs‑up lunge at Dzeko's shins that deservedly
earned a straight red.
"I thought it was a bit harsh, with so little of the game and the
season left, but wherever Daniel plays his football next season I'm
sure he'll go on to have a glittering career," Owen Coyle said. "We
haven't really done ourselves justice in terms of results in the
last few games, but we have the whole engine room missing as well as
a few guys running on empty. There's still a lot to be pleased about
and I'm sure we can improve next season."
Bolton Jaaskelainen, Steinsson, Cahill, Knight,
Robinson,Lee (Moreno 76), Elmander (Cohen 71), Gardner,Taylor (Klasnic
76), Kevin Davies, Sturridge.
Subs Not Used: Bogdan, Petrov, Wheater, Vela.
Sent Off: Sturridge (86).
Booked: Kevin Davies.
Man City Hart, Zabaleta (Wabara 87), Kompany, Lescott, Boyata,De
Jong, Barry, Adam Johnson (Dzeko 61), Toure Yaya,Silva (Milner 78),
Subs Not Used: Given, Vieira, Balotelli, Wright-Phillips.
Goals: Lescott 43, Dzeko 62.
Ref: Chris Foy (Merseyside).
Manchester City 3 Stoke City 0
City March On
Tuesday 17th May 2011 : GYKO at the COMSTAD
Carlos Tevez drew level with Dimitar Berbatov in
the battle for the Golden Boot as his magnificent brace left
Manchester City on the brink of direct qualification for the
Champions League. The Blues captain lashed his side in front after
beating two men inside the Stoke box, then curled home a superb
free-kick to take his tally to 20, exactly the same as Berbatov,
with one game of the season remaining. More importantly for manager
Roberto Mancini, it leaves his team knowing a victory at Bolton on
Sunday will secure a straight passage through to the group stages of
Europe's elite club competition, avoiding a hazardous qualification
round in August when Bayern Munich and Villarreal had already been
lined up as potential opponents.
Joleon Lescott also found the net with a simple header to complete a
perfect week for City but rub salt into the Stoke wounds still
gaping after that devastating FA Cup final defeat at Wembley on
Saturday, which ended the Blues' 35-year wait for a trophy.
Stoke's capacity to raise their spirits for this game, just three
days after suffering the crushing weekend disappointment had to be
called into question. Yet City too struggled to find any fluency, as
if all their energy had been left in London despite the enormity of
the prize on offer.
James Milner did race onto an excellent pass from Tevez, which the
South American flicked over his shoulder, but his volley was
woefully wide, the quizzical looks at the referee which followed
done more to save his own embarrassment. Tevez decided it was time
to get involved himself. Given the uncertainty over his future, this
could yet turn out to be the 26-year-old's final game at Eastlands.
If so, he marked the occasion in style. Collecting Milner's return
pass just inside the Stoke box, he nimbly stepped past Ryan
Shawcross and Andy Wilkinson, two of the six men who retained their
places from the weekend for the visitors, before cutting a superb
shot into the far corner.
It was further proof that if Tevez does decide to move elsewhere, he
will leave a king-size hole in Mancini's City squad that money alone
will not necessarily be able to fill, no matter what status the
world's richest club enjoy.
City toyed with their visitors after that. Milner and Toure both
launched speculative efforts towards the visitors' goal without
looking like adding to City's lead and Stoke's only response was an
equally unlikely strike by Glenn Whelan that Joe Hart dealt with
Tony Pulis at least galvanised his team into action at the start of
the second period. But all hope was lost once City had gained a
rather fortunate free-kick for a Danny Collins foul on Micah
Richards. Lescott evaded all attention, got in front of Sorensen as
he jumped for Adam Johnson's free-kick and had the easiest of tasks
to nod home his second goal of the season.
Watching from the stands, Wigan boss Roberto Martinez could only
hope Stoke will be in similarly lethargic mood at the Britannia
Stadium on Sunday when they face that heart-stopping five-team
battle for survival.
Substitute Edin Dzeko should have doubled his tally of Premier
League goals instead of drilling a shot straight at Sorensen after
muscling his way into the penalty area. The difference between Dzeko
and Tevez is clearly not just limited to size alone.When Whelan
brought down Nigel de Jong, the City skipper let fly with a quite
magnificent curling free-kick that gave Sorensen no chance as it
flew right into the top corner. Dzeko struck the outside of a post
from an acute angle, which again just highlighted how much City rely
A mad dash out of his goal to clear, and an equally frantic scramble
back again ensured Hart's goal remained in tact, which confirmed
another clean sheet and the Golden Glove prize. But the highest
goalscorer is the award that carries greater prestige, and Tevez
would have gone in front had he not clipped yet another free-kick
narrowly over in the latter stages.
Manchester City 1 Stoke City 0 FA
CUP COMES HOME
Saturday 14th May 2011 : GYKO at Wembley
This was a dress rehearsal on
the Wembley stage. The FA Cup will be particularly cherished by a
club without a notable prize since that League Cup 35 years ago, but
this trophy must also be seen as practice for a club intent on
handling greater honours. In this final, the manager, Roberto
Mancini, seemed to be initiating the next phase of a project that
has already swallowed up immense sums. He distanced himself to a
degree from the austere policies that have often characterised his
conception of the game.
The treatment of James Milner epitomised that. He could be viewed as
the embodiment of the diligence hitherto associated with Mancini's
faintly dull teams at City, but the winger bought from Aston Villa
for £25m remained on the bench. As recently as last Tuesday he held
a notable role in the club's affairs. The winner against Tottenham
Hotspur that ensured a spot in at least the qualifying round of the
Champions League came when his driven cross bounced off Peter Crouch
for an own goal.
The exclusion of Milner from the action on Saturday was a side
effect of Mancini's determination to implant more expressiveness.
That policy worked to the advantage of the 20-year-old Mario
Balotelli, a sometimes turbulent figure. The Italian applied his
skill well in the final. There was a randomness to the goal, but the
insistence of the attack also damaged Stoke. David Silva twice
linked with Balotelli in the 74th minute and when the latter's shot
ricocheted into the path of Yaya Touré the Ivorian crashed home the
The score does not convey the lopsidedness of the final. Stoke
arrived in poor shape, with Matthew Etherington fielded despite his
hamstring injury, because of the dearth of alternatives. He could
not make an impact on the left flank in his 63 minutes on the field
and while Jermaine Pennant, the right-winger, did make an
impression, Wembley was denied the much-anticipated sight of City
being terrorised by a storm of high crosses. As it was, there was
even a dearth of long throw-ins to cause mayhem.
City commanded the field. While the relative budgets point to an
absurd mismatch, the Premier League table does not put quite such a
distance between them, with Stoke eighth and their opponents fourth.
There were understandable reasons for the victors' air of authority,
but the loss will be particularly bitter for Tony Pulis since his
side dropped below their usual level when the club had come to
Wembley with the hope that they could surpass themselves.
The final might have been worse still for them. Before the interval,
Robert Huth stuck an elbow in Balotelli's face and would surely have
been sent off if the referee, Howard Webb, had seen the incident
clearly. Even so, Stoke ought to have taken the lead. With 62
minutes gone, Etherington's pass left Joleon Lescott stranded and
Kenwyne Jones ran free, only for the goalkeeper Joe Hart to block
That incident typified the contemporary City. United fans, already
jubilant over a 19th League title, might have been hoping to have
their weekend topped off by a nonsensical and ruinous lapse for
local rivals. Mancini, however, has gone far in purging any erratic
traits from his squad. They all knew what they were meant to be
doing and could well have achieved their ambition with further
goals. Thomas Sorensen gave a remarkable display to check City for
There were marvellous saves from the Dane, particularly when tipped
a curling effort from Balotelli round the post. City also denied
themselves on occasion. When Sorensen palmed the ball into the path
of Silva after 35 minutes, the Spaniard, instead of scoring, hit his
shot so firmly and at so acute an angle that the ball reared up and
went over the crossbar. These galling things happen, but in City's
case the fans would have had a foreboding that one further calamity
of an afternoon lay before them.
In fact, the club are no longer wayward. If Mancini had looked much
too puritanical for an institution prone to aberration, each party
now seems to be adjusting to the other. There are several teams who
score more heavily than City, but silverware suggests that he has
hit upon the correct blend in the line-up of caution and daring.
That, all the same, does not mean that Mancini has all the right
players to install the club among the elite shortly.
Aleksandar Kolarov, for instance, had a horrible time at Wembley,
where the left‑back's efforts to burst free drew attention to some
clumsy work. The City structure depended on the full-backs for
attacking width, but the vigorous Micah Richards could not ensure
finesse on the right. If Mancini was especially happy on Saturday it
will have been because his side left with the trophy but took no
complacency away with them.
Man City Hart, Richards, Kompany, Lescott, Kolarov, De Jong,Barry
(Adam Johnson 73), Silva (Vieira 90), Toure Yaya,Tevez (Zabaleta
Subs Not Used: Given, Milner, Dzeko, Boyata.
Goals: Toure Yaya 74.
Stoke Sorensen, Wilkinson, Huth, Shawcross, Wilson, Pennant,Whelan
(Pugh 84), Delap (Carew 80), Etherington (Whitehead 62),Walters,
Subs Not Used: Nash, Collins, Diao, Faye.
Booked: Huth, Wilkinson.
Ref: Martin Atkinson (W Yorkshire).
Manchester City 1 Tottenham 0
Crouch's Champions League Ticket
Tuesday 10th April 2011 : GYKO at the COMSTAD
After an overall investment in excess of £1billion
and over £350million spent on players, the team that Sheikh Mansour
built qualified for the Champions League. And just to make the night
even more sweet for the City owner and manager Roberto Mancini, the
goal that sent them there was scored by the same man who denied them
last year, Peter Crouch. The Tottenham forward's own goal after half
an hour was enough to take City nine points clear of the Londoners,
and out of Liverpool's reach as well with two games to spare. And,
though City fans were watching through splayed fingers at times as
their team sat back on their lead and allowed their visitors to
attack, they can now look forward to Saturday's FA Cup final with
Stoke knowing an end to their 35-year wait for a trophy will
complete a perfect season.
A lot can change in a year. Both sides retained only four members of
their starting line-ups from 12 months previous. In Tottenham's
case, that was exclusively down to injury and poor form. City were
calling on five men who were not even at the club for that fateful
occasion, including goalkeeper Joe Hart, who they had tried to get
back from a loan spell at Birmingham.
Given Harry Redknapp had already declared a belief that City have
made one or two signings that will "blow your brains out" in the
summer, it was clear where the momentum lay. Even without Carlos
Tevez, who was back on the bench ahead of Saturday's Wembley
showpiece, Roberto Mancini was still able to call upon the dynamic
services of David Silva, who threatened danger at every turn.
The irony in Crouch scoring the goal to put City ahead was
inescapable. At the very same end last term, the England forward
sent Tottenham on a rollercoaster journey that has taken them to
Milan twice this season, and Madrid. Meetings with Europe's elite
that will live forever. As Mancini has noted though, there has been
a physical toll taken and Tottenham are now a shadow of the side
that lit up the Champions League stage.
So, once Luka Modric had gone for accuracy instead of power as he
connected with Aaron Lennon's square ball, yet still failed to find
the net as his shot rolled agonisingly wide, the fear for Tottenham
was obvious. Crouch wasn't the only man to blame.
There was no effort to track Milner's run after he had taken a short
corner with Adam Johnson, allowing him to stride down the by-line
and deliver a powerful, low cross to the near post. Under pressure
from Joleon Lescott, Crouch stuck out a boot instinctively. After
scoring only four Premier League goals this season, Crouch could
only reflect on the fact that this time, the target was found with
ease, and in much the same way as his effort last season.
City had only created one other first-half chance of note. It was
hardly a surprise Silva was the architect, squaring for Edin Dzeko
in much the same manner as Lennon was to do a bit later. The
Bosnian's effort was on target but Carlo Cudicini, in for injured
first-choice Heurelho Gomes, turned it away.
There have been a number of decent performers for City this season
but few have been as consistent as Hart. And, after being relatively
unemployed during the opening period, he made a telling contribution
right at the start of the second half as Steven Pienaar met Lennon's
far-post cross with a firm header. Hart's movement was to his right.
He quickly adjusted his feet to make an excellent save to his left,
denying Tottenham an equaliser and saving a few fingernails, that
ended up getting chewed anyway.
If City and their supporters had taken a backward step and thought
about the situation, they would have realised they were actually in
a position of complete comfort in terms of their top four
aspirations. But a sense of panic swept round the ground, which only
grew as Rafael van der Vaart and Lennon threatened from decent
positions. Yet it was City who came closest to grabbing a second,
only for William Gallas to brilliantly turn away Patrick Vieira's
Tottenham tried to respond but could muster nothing worthwhile and
they are now outsiders to even finish fifth, with Stoke guaranteed a
place in the Europa League, no matter what happens on Saturday.
Carlos Tevez will be fit for that after a late substitute
appearance, having done as much as anyone to ensure City are back
amongst Europe's elite for the first time in 43 years.
Man City Hart, Richards, Kompany, Lescott, Zabaleta (Kolarov 57),
Milner, De Jong, Toure Yaya, Adam Johnson (Vieira 66), Silva (Tevez
Subs Not Used: Given, Wright-Phillips, Boyata, Balotelli.
Goals: Crouch 30 og.
Tottenham Cudicini, Corluka, Dawson, Gallas (Kaboul 88), Rose,Lennon,
Palacios (Pienaar 32), Sandro, Modric, Van der Vaart,Crouch (Defoe
Subs Not Used: Pletikosa, Pavlyuchenko, Bassong, Kranjcar.
Ref: Mike Dean (Wirral).
Everton 2 Manchester City 1
City blow it at Goodison
Saturday 7th May 2011 : Keith Ludbrooke for
GYKO at Goodison
In the days when
Manchester City won "cups for cock-ups" this result would have
surprised nobody. The men from Abu Dhabi may have done much to
revolutionise the image of the club but something in its DNA is
unalterable. Manchester City will always make it difficult for
themselves and, although there is still clear blue water between
themselves, Tottenham and Liverpool, it is not wide enough for
Spurs travel to Eastlands on Tuesday knowing they have won all but
one of their last seven games at the City of Manchester Stadium. The
first phase of the 'project' is not yet guaranteed.
Roberto Mancini may have tried to downplay the implications of this
defeat for the club's Champions League ambitions but on the final
whistle there was frustration spilling everywhere. Mancini's
assistant, Brian Kidd, seemed to intervene to separate the Everton
captain, Phil Neville, from the Manchester City manager, while
City's left-back, Aleksandar Kolarov, vented his anger on the boyish
figure of Seamus Coleman and was led away by Tim Cahill.
The Everton manager, David Moyes, said the Manchester City players
thought Coleman was guilty of "using his elbow."There has been bad
blood between these two clubs since Joleon Lescott's bitter transfer
two summers ago but Moyes has taken his revenge with an assassin's
coolness. This improbable win was Everton's seventh in eight
encounters with Manchester City but during the interval it was hard
to see how that sequence could ever be maintained.
At half-time and beyond, Manchester City's control was complete in
everything but the scoreline. David Silva was playing beautifully
while Everton, lacking centre-forwards worthy of the name, looked
toothless and exhausted. When Yaya Touré, wonderfully slipped
through by the immaculate Silva, slid the ball past Tim Howard,
Manchester City were, temporarily at least, 10 points clear in the
final Champions League place.
Just before Sylvain Distin headed home Mikel Arteta's free-kick,
Silva sent through Touré once more but what should have been a
match-winning move finished with a shot thudding into Howard's body.
It was the signal for things to unravel. The easy dominance and the
veneer of cool that surrounds Mancini began to evaporate as he
visibly lost his temper in the technical area.
"It was incredible how we lost this game," Mancini said afterwards.
"We had four or five chances to win the game just in the second
half. But this is football; if you lose concentration, that's what
happens. At least it's better that we conceded here than against
Stoke at Wembley." Tony Pulis was at Goodison and he would have
noted how Manchester City wavered once the long-balls and set-pieces
began arriving and nobody plays that kind of football better than
his Stoke side. "But we should never have lost this game, never,"
said Mancini, who said Carlos Tevez was now "50-50" to be fit for
the FA Cup final. "We played too deep once they started hitting long
Before kick-off, Goodison had risen to greet Duncan Ferguson, the
day's guest of honour who pumped his fists to the Gwladys Street End
in familiar fashion. But Ferguson was wearing a suit and Everton no
longer possess a centre-forward of his calibre. However, under Moyes
they are a club that digs deep instinctively and the pattern of the
game swung once Cahill was introduced.
Two minutes after he came on, Distin met Arteta's free-kick and,
although Joe Hart got both gloves to the header, it trickled over
the line. Seven minutes later, Neville swung over a cross that Leon
Osman, one of the smallest but most tenacious men on the pitch, sent
looping beyond Hart's dive. Moyes sank to his knees in the technical
area while in the directors' box Ferguson might have wondered how he
could have finished any better.
Everton Howard, Hibbert (Beckford 46), Jagielka, Distin, Baines,
Arteta, Heitinga, Neville, Osman, Rodwell (Cahill 64), Anichebe
Subs Not Used: Mucha, Bilyaletdinov, Gueye, Vellios.
Booked: Neville, Rodwell, Osman, Coleman.
Goals: Distin 65, Osman 72.
Man City Hart, Zabaleta (Balotelli 81), Kompany, Lescott, Kolarov,
De Jong (Jo 89), Vieira (Adam Johnson 78), Milner, Toure Yaya,
Subs Not Used: Given, Wright-Phillips, Boyata, McGivern.
Booked: Kompany, Kolarov.
Goals: Toure Yaya 28.
Ref: Phil Dowd (Staffordshire).
Manchester City 2 West Ham
United 1 Hammers Nailed
Sunday 1st May 2011 : GYKO at the COMSTAD
Manchester City supporters celebrated with "the
Poznan" and, for very different reasons, West Ham's followers must
have been tempted to turn their backs to the pitch, too. This was
their fifth successive defeat and, slowly but surely, the chilly
fingers of relegation are closing around their neck.
The Premier League's bottom club could never recover after the
defensive lapses that allowed Nigel de Jong and Pablo Zabaleta to
establish City's two-goal lead inside the opening quarter of an
They did, in fairness, avoid the thrashing that had looked on the
cards at that point and, to give them their due, there were some
anxious moments for City en route to the victory that leaves them
seven points clear of Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur in the contest
for the fourth Champions League place.
Yet it would be a deception to present this as a day when West Ham
showed the kind of togetherness that will be required to avoid
dropping into the Championship. Their run-in is generous – home
games against Blackburn Rovers and Sunderland sandwiching a trip to
Wigan Athletic – but they can look rudderless without Scott Parker
and it reflects badly on the club that their seats in the directors'
box at Eastlands went empty.
David Sullivan, the co-owner, had publicly questioned the team's
commitment last week – yet here was a game when not one member of
the Upton Park hierarchy bothered to turn up.
Avram Grant, their badly beleaguered manager, spoke afterwards of
his conviction that "everybody could see we deserved more" but it
was a generous appraisal. The truth was they had come across City on
an off day for Roberto Mancini's team and a better side would have
shown more ambition once Demba Ba had scored in the 33rd minute.
Instead City maintained a level of superiority that should have
brought more goals despite a strangely disjointed performance.
Perhaps City were guilty of complacency once they had discovered how
easily this West Ham side could be prised open. Mancini certainly
thought so. "We started well, played some fantastic football and
looked [as if] we could score a lot of goals but, after 2-0, maybe
we thought it was finished," he said. "I told them that a game of
football is never finished until the referee has blown his whistle."
City, nonetheless, can reflect on a satisfying day's work, one that
leaves them needing two wins from their remaining four games to
confirm a place in the Champions League qualifiers. "We have stayed
at the top, from first to fourth position, all season, so I think we
deserve it," Mancini said. "Our target at the start of the season
was to qualify for the Champions League and we know now we have a
If everything goes according to plan, they can settle all the
arguments when Tottenham visit Eastlands on 10 May. Mancini,
however, will be hoping for an improvement in terms of their passing
and finishing off chances because this was another demonstration of
how the team can miss the injured Carlos Tevez.
Mario Balotelli endured a frustrating time, curling one shot against
the crossbar and seeing another cleared off the goal-line before the
now familiar scene of him glowering at Mancini as he was withdrawn.
Mancini was visibly frustrated on the touchline and entitled to
believe it should have been a far more straightforward victory after
De Jong had placed a 20-yard shot past Robert Green for the opening
goal, followed two minutes later by David Silva setting up Zabaleta
to fire in a low, diagonal shot for the second. It was De Jong's
first goal for the club in his 94th appearance since signing from
Hamburg in January 2009. Zabaleta is another rare scorer – this
being his third goal in 117 appearances – and, when Lars Jacobsen
could only divert the Argentinian's shot into the net, it all seemed
too easy for the home side.
Instead the FA Cup finalists started to misplace passes, lost their
impetus and slowly West Ham came back into the game. Joe Hart denied
Robbie Keane after the striker had run clear on goal but, within a
minute, Ba had pounced on a loose ball inside the penalty area to
beat the England goalkeeper. Thomas Hitzlsperger had crossed from
the left, Joleon Lescott appeared to handle the ball but the referee
Howard Webb played the advantage as Ba turned in his shot.
City also lost De Jong at half-time, withdrawn as a precaution
because of a sore heel, and briefly there was the sense that West
Ham might be able to capitalise on their hosts' anxieties,
regardless of a long list of absentees including Parker, Mark Noble
and Wayne Bridge. West Ham also had to contend with Matthew Upson,
deputising for Parker as captain, lasting only 26 minutes before
coming off with a dead leg.
Instead Grant's day was summed up by the tragicomedy of the wind
catching hold of his notes in the second half and blowing them
across the pitch. The game was held up as Webb gathered as many
sheets as he could and returned them to the manager. But it was a
Laurel and Hardy moment and perhaps symbolic of how the Grant era
will be remembered if, as looks likely, West Ham slip through the
trapdoor. Mancini, sophisticated and cool, looked on in bemusement.
Man City Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany, Lescott, Kolarov, De Jong (Milner
46), Barry (Dzeko 74), Adam Johnson, Toure Yaya, Silva, Balotelli
Subs Not Used: Taylor, Wright-Phillips, Jo, Boyata.
Booked: Zabaleta, Barry, Adam Johnson.
Goals: De Jong 10, Zabaleta 15.
West Ham Green, Jacobsen, Tomkins, Upson (da Costa 26), Gabbidon,
Sears, Spector, Hitzlsperger, Boa Morte (Obinna 79), Ba, Keane (Cole
Subs Not Used: Boffin, Reid, Kovac, Piquionne.
Goals: Ba 33.
Ref: Howard Webb (S Yorkshire).