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West Ham United 0 - Manchester City 2

Upton Park

11/08/2007 3pm

Attendance: 34,921

City cruise past Hammers

'England is history for me today. I don't think I had a player like Elano with England.'

So says Sven with a statement that all the critics should take on board and digest before repeating their pre-match vitoral.

That the England team couldn't win the World Cup during Sven's time in charge was not down to the manager but more to do with the fact he was restricted to picking inadequate English players. The sooner the press realise that fact the better.

City fielded six debutants at Upton Park but also, and perhaps more significantly, fielded four academy players.

West Ham's team had a familiar look from last season with the most notable exception being the overpriced Craig Bellamy having replaced Carlos Tevez up front.

City's bunch of unknown European video stars rarely looked troubled from the first minute. In fact it came as something as a surprise that it took 18 minutes for City to open the scoring.

Surprise or not it was well worth the 18 minute wait. Brazilian midfielder Elano took control of the ball in the centre of midfield and showed his class as he accelerated easily beyond England squad player Matthew Upson.

Whether the ball that followed was a shot or cross was deemed irrelevant as Rolando Biannchi lost Ferdinand and attacked the ball at the far post, finishing for a poachers debut goal.

Once in the lead City were able to conserve energy and lower the pace a little on a hot London afternoon. As a result West Ham got into the game without ever seeming to threaten.

Bowyer, Bellamy and Zamora talked a good game but that was the sum of their efforts. Ljungberg was left wondering why exactly he had left Arsenal.

The second half saw the Hammers change things and for a while they looked a little more threatening. However it wasn't until Ashton appeared that they offered any real threat, the ex Crewe man hammering over from 8 yards when a goal looked certain.

As the Hammers pushed so a second City goal seemed more likely. Strangely enough though was that when it did come it was courtesy of two City substitutes.

Strange that really because according to the press Sven doesn't do substitutes that affect games.

Anyway it was another City academy product in Onouha that broke free on the right. The patience he showed in holding up the ball was exemplary and the ball to Geovanni perfection. Geovanni's finish was first rate and perhaps showed the watching media that given the option of Brazilians over Englishmen, Sven may well have achieved a little more than three successive quarter finals.

Star Player

Richards ..... Why pursuade Carragher to play for England again when there is an obvious shoe in for Terry at City.




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The journalist

Writer: Andy Leggott Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday August 11 2007

Time: 8:22PM

Your Comments

good job they've yet 2 gel
ronin
This second time we win in first match at last 10 year !
city 81
I think I was one of the very few people who didn't slate Sven when he was in charge of England. I always blamed their failure on a lack of true class in the overrated English players which is still evident under the present management. Sven will now show what class players he has bought in and what a first rate manager he is and make those dumbos in the media eat their words.
alphieblues
Congrats lads, good win, bet it made them Spammers wonder why the hell they got rid of that Tevez fella. :)
Blue is the colour
Blue, They did not want to get rid of Tevez. It was intereesting to hear Svennis' comments when asked about only seeing the players on video, he said only a fool would buy players that way and of course he knew them before he bought them. It amazing when quotes are taken out of context and highlighted, without knowing the full story. The iceman was obviously pleased.
Buzz Lightyear
The video stuff is assuming a consensus out there - this guy has been on a coaching sabattical for twelve months and yesterday was evidence. Plenty of positives - really impressive, going to be a very interesting season.
Craig Cain
wat a great result away from home and a great goal by geovanni. So far so good we played bautiful football passin it around nicely. Well hopefully the same on wedneday aswell wit a bit of luck we can do the same at home aswell
dunne deal
All of a sudden all is well with the world. Top 8 place this season beckons. Is it me or did Sven look happier than at any time during his England stint? MCFC - no pleasure without pain!
Aston Smithy
Well done you sky blues, You played well yesterday. And against those dodgy Hammers as well! hopefully the'll end up where they should be anyway
pentonpompey
two high spending teams, it all came down to who had the best manager, and who had spent most wisely. Sven has really surprised me with his signings (although i didnt slate him personaly, i slated lamparad when he was awful...and sven kept on picking him to play...) - and the better team won through. I am still bitterly disopointed that you managed to nick giovanni from under our noses - you have a quality playor - we should have signed him up strait away. You have a team that suddenly looks decent, you beat west ham (so everyone likes you) BUT, i hope you dont do o well this year...that would be 1 less team to fight for europe against. This season, there are 6 or 7 clubs that are all aiming for europe, there will be an almighty bang when someone fails!
pompeycarpet
We played well going forward and it was obvious that there was a lanuage difficulty, looked a mess at times at the back, but they kept it together, just wonder what they will play like when they do gel. Would also like a left footed central defender, but you cannot have everything. Schmikes not tested in goal, but what he did he did well and made no mistakes, kicks the ball a mile. west Ham were poor and although they could have scored at least one, we could easily have had three more. From what I have seen from the games this weekend, no game is going to be easy and we should not take derby, birmingham and Sunderland as pushovers.
Buzz Lightyear
Well Done City....Not Often I Want To See You Win.....But Certainly This One....!
horseworrier
WELL DONE City,picked them apart looked very promising will only get better always had a soft spot for you guys Good Luck this year!
highmark998
 

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