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West Ham United vs. Manchester City FC

Upton Park

Sunday 1st March 2009

12.30pm

West Ham v MCFC

West Ham's dip in form is in stark contrast to Manchester City's resurgance. Will West Ham turn things around and send City back to square-one or will City maintain their form?

Vital Quotes:

Mark Hughes said ahead of the game: 'We have a group of players who understand the demands that are going to be placed on them now and in the future.

'The expectation levels have been way ahead of any Manchester City team probably in the history of the club and we're dealing with it.

'The aim is to get a consistent run of form away from home as we have found it difficult on the road. We have another opportunity to show what we can do when we face West Ham.

'We have had a lot of criticism and rightly so but the manner of the performance at Liverpool will hopefully have given us confidence. It was a good display.

'Our problem in the past is we have been unable to see out games. We have not had the right tools.

'You need a different mentality and a different approach when you are away from home. But we are learning as a group all the time and gaining experience.'

A determined Zola Commented: 'We are really dying to win again after our FA Cup defeat on Wednesday, and that is the kind of feeling we must have.

'The guys are not willing to sit on this too long and we are determined to put another run of good results together.

'We know what we are capable of achieving and will work very hard to make this happen.'

West Ham United Team News:

Mark Noble is suspended while 25-year-old centre-back James Collins is out for a month with a hamstring injury.

Player to watch: Scott Parker

Mark Hughes was interested in the midfielder during January but could only manage to prise away Craig Bellamy.

Parker is West Ham's main outlet and they will be relying on him to make things happen.

Manchester City FC Team News:

Shaun Wright-Phillips is suspended while Valeri Bojinov, who scored a penalty in a 90 minute appearance in Manchester City's 2-1 loss at the hands of Manchester United, is still not match fit.

Nigel De Jong returns after sitting out the FC Copenhagen win due to being cup-tied.

Player to watch: Craig Bellamy

With confidence sky-high after his midweek heroics, Craig Bellamy returns to haunt his old club. No doubt West Ham will suffer a few scares.

Match Facts & Stats

If Manchester City overcome West Ham, they will stretch their unbeaten run in the Premier League against the Hammers to six matches.

Ref Watch:

Mike Dean referees this match. With eight sending off's in 20 games, it's official: Dean loves red. Three of those cards came in the match between Manchester City and Tottenham- Gelson Fernandes, Richard Dunne and Benoit Assou-Ekotto.

Match Prediction:

With Manchester City's recent resurgance, high confidence and increasing effectiveness away from home, I can see City losing this one by a narrow margin. When everything seems to be going well, City always manage to find a way of messing things up: WHU 2-1 MCFC.

Next Fixtures:

Home against Aston Villa on Wednesday 4th March 2009.




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Writer: Lincolnsmariner Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday February 27 2009

Time: 11:03PM

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I really hope City prove me wrong and come away with a positive result!
eighthsin
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27/02/2009 23:16:00

I really hope City prove me wrong and come away with a positive result!
eighthsin
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27/02/2009 23:16:00

We have to break that away day jinx sometime - let's hope it's Sunday.
Thaibluefan
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28/02/2009 00:28:00

We have to break that away day jinx sometime - let's hope it's Sunday.
Thaibluefan
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28/02/2009 00:28:00

BRING EM ON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
bluemooner_mcfc
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28/02/2009 01:14:00

BRING EM ON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
bluemooner_mcfc
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28/02/2009 01:14:00

I don't think its a jinx, West Ham ground has been one of our lucky grounds and this team of which only two remain from the sven era, which means they have only been together months some buys have only been here weeks and it is now starting to come together. I like the partnership of Dunne and Onuoha, Kompany and de Jong. Ireland, Robinho and SWP. Zabnaleta plays that Paul Bosvelt role well and is a better def midfielder and RB. It will be a real problem when everyone is fit and free from suspension, you can only pick 11. We have some very tough games coming in quick succession, we will know in a couple of weeks if they are getting it together at last.
Buzz Lightyear
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28/02/2009 06:51:00

I don't think its a jinx, West Ham ground has been one of our lucky grounds and this team of which only two remain from the sven era, which means they have only been together months some buys have only been here weeks and it is now starting to come together. I like the partnership of Dunne and Onuoha, Kompany and de Jong. Ireland, Robinho and SWP. Zabnaleta plays that Paul Bosvelt role well and is a better def midfielder and RB. It will be a real problem when everyone is fit and free from suspension, you can only pick 11. We have some very tough games coming in quick succession, we will know in a couple of weeks if they are getting it together at last.
Buzz Lightyear
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28/02/2009 06:51:00

we have an edge against these....just imagine how much Bellamy will want to score against them.......
lincolnblue
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28/02/2009 07:50:00

we have an edge against these....just imagine how much Bellamy will want to score against them.......
lincolnblue
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28/02/2009 07:50:00

If they give him some stick it will stir him on. I just hope he keeps onside for a change.
Buzz Lightyear
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28/02/2009 10:17:00

If they give him some stick it will stir him on. I just hope he keeps onside for a change.
Buzz Lightyear
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28/02/2009 10:17:00

Is it on TV? I'm too lazy to look at any listings. Sorry.
kennyclementstache
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28/02/2009 12:54:00

Is it on TV? I'm too lazy to look at any listings. Sorry.
kennyclementstache
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28/02/2009 12:54:00

I saw enough on wednesday and thursday to convince that this city squad is turning a corner. Carrington has an air of polite calm about it and a business like vibe. The team meanwhile are showing signs of really starting to pull together.
Johnny Baguette
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28/02/2009 15:12:00

I saw enough on wednesday and thursday to convince that this city squad is turning a corner. Carrington has an air of polite calm about it and a business like vibe. The team meanwhile are showing signs of really starting to pull together.
Johnny Baguette
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28/02/2009 15:12:00

I understand your doubts, eigthsin... City seem to live on a knife's edge, in a blustery wind which changes from left to right, where nightmares and dreams seem to vie for the same outcome. Oh heck, please City just win!!!
Sindbad
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28/02/2009 19:46:00

I understand your doubts, eigthsin... City seem to live on a knife's edge, in a blustery wind which changes from left to right, where nightmares and dreams seem to vie for the same outcome. Oh heck, please City just win!!!
Sindbad
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28/02/2009 19:46:00

kenny..its not on tv mate but theres a site www.iraqgoals.com that will probably show it. i will be watching it live on my tv at home as im one of the lucky ones.
bluemooner_mcfc
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28/02/2009 22:22:00

kenny..its not on tv mate but theres a site www.iraqgoals.com that will probably show it. i will be watching it live on my tv at home as im one of the lucky ones.
bluemooner_mcfc
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28/02/2009 22:22:00

I have a good feeling about todays game. COME ON CITY ....
Thaibluefan
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01/03/2009 04:47:00

I have a good feeling about todays game. COME ON CITY ....
Thaibluefan
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01/03/2009 04:47:00

we are gonna win. By 6-0 of course.
dakeb
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01/03/2009 08:59:00

we are gonna win. By 6-0 of course.
dakeb
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01/03/2009 08:59:00

Keep it tight at the back and let the forwards do their work. Not an easy game but at least a point.
Buzz Lightyear
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01/03/2009 09:02:00

Keep it tight at the back and let the forwards do their work. Not an easy game but at least a point.
Buzz Lightyear
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01/03/2009 09:02:00

Just hope our rollercoaster form can really be put to bed!! At least a point at Upton Park to continue our recent good displays.
shauny
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01/03/2009 10:22:00

Just hope our rollercoaster form can really be put to bed!! At least a point at Upton Park to continue our recent good displays.
shauny
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01/03/2009 10:22:00

We have the personnel to do it. We've seen in the past week or so what this squad can do and I'm holding out for a Schalke style 0-2 win.
Johnny Baguette
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01/03/2009 10:24:00

We have the personnel to do it. We've seen in the past week or so what this squad can do and I'm holding out for a Schalke style 0-2 win.
Johnny Baguette
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01/03/2009 10:24:00

Thanks for that BM. Just noticed that Bojinov is on the bench. A ten minute cameo once our fourth goal has gone in would be nice!
kennyclementstache
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01/03/2009 12:01:00

we are gonna win. By 6-0 of course. lol I would of said about 0v8 :D lol. 2v2 (y)
Blitz
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01/03/2009 12:01:00

Thanks for that BM. Just noticed that Bojinov is on the bench. A ten minute cameo once our fourth goal has gone in would be nice!
kennyclementstache
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01/03/2009 12:01:00

we are gonna win. By 6-0 of course. lol I would of said about 0v8 :D lol. 2v2 (y)
Blitz
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01/03/2009 12:01:00

I think City will win in style...
quietman
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01/03/2009 12:23:00

I think City will win in style...
quietman
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01/03/2009 12:23:00

Still 0-0 at H/T but keeping the faith.
Tudor
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01/03/2009 13:44:00

Still 0-0 at H/T but keeping the faith.
Tudor
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01/03/2009 13:44:00

=] =] =]
Blitz
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01/03/2009 14:08:00

=] =] =]
Blitz
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01/03/2009 14:08:00

1-0 to west ham... loss by a narrow margin.
eighthsin
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01/03/2009 14:20:00

1-0 to west ham... loss by a narrow margin.
eighthsin
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01/03/2009 14:20:00

Another away defeat - grrr
Tudor
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01/03/2009 14:30:00

Another away defeat - grrr
Tudor
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01/03/2009 14:30:00

Grrrrrr..... thought we played ok today too. Paid the price for missing a few chances. Can't do that away from home in the Prem and expect to get away with it though. Robbie had a couple and big Phil had a couple.
MCFC_Goatboy
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01/03/2009 14:33:00

Grrrrrr..... thought we played ok today too. Paid the price for missing a few chances. Can't do that away from home in the Prem and expect to get away with it though. Robbie had a couple and big Phil had a couple.
MCFC_Goatboy
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01/03/2009 14:33:00

Nice to see a little cameo from the Boj at the end though. Glad for the lad after all his problems with injury.
MCFC_Goatboy
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01/03/2009 14:34:00

Nice to see a little cameo from the Boj at the end though. Glad for the lad after all his problems with injury.
MCFC_Goatboy
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01/03/2009 14:34:00

I can't believe no one has STILL realised we've sent in our old boy Hughes to help send you down! Going great so far Hughesy......keep it up and we might even just offer you an honorary role at United... :)
ForeverUnited
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01/03/2009 14:36:00

Missed chances and a missd opportunity. Parker has knacked Robinho and Richards and Bellamy is crocked. Hammers were surprisingly combative.
Johnny Baguette
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01/03/2009 14:36:00

Missed chances and a missd opportunity. Parker has knacked Robinho and Richards and Bellamy is crocked. Hammers were surprisingly combative.
Johnny Baguette
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01/03/2009 14:36:00

I can't believe no one has STILL realised we've sent in our old boy Hughes to help send you down! Going great so far Hughesy......keep it up and we might even just offer you an honorary role at United... :)
ForeverUnited
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01/03/2009 14:36:00

Oh well, it's Villa in midweek isn't it?
kennyclementstache
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01/03/2009 14:40:00

Oh well, it's Villa in midweek isn't it?
kennyclementstache
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01/03/2009 14:40:00

 

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