For a moment it looked like West Ham and David Moyes might pull off the shock of the season. At half-time they lead at the Etihad, courtesy of a fantastic header from Angelo Ogbonna. City had walked through the second half, keeping possession nicely but lacking any urgency or creativity.
Antonio hustled and harried a Man City defense missing both Vincent Kompany and John Stones and with some reward. He forced a corner early on then narrowly poked wide from Kouyate’s near post flick from Aaron Cresswell’s deliver. Kouyate incidentally went off injured early on with a hamstring problem. West Ham fans will be hoping his absence is a short one, particularly as his driving runs from midfield had offered West Ham real hope.
When West Ham took the lead in the 44th minute they fully deserved it. Aaron Cresswell again swinging in a superb ball into the box. It was Angelo Ogbonna that rose highest, the defender’s header too powerful for Ederson in the City goal, despite the keeper getting a fairly strong hand to it.
Pep Guardiola would not have been pleased with his side’s display and at half-time he introduced Gabriel Jesus. City came out for the second half with a real intensity, pinning The Hammers into their own half from the first minute. The pressure soon told when substitute Gabriel Jesus skipped through two West Ham challenges before drilling the ball across the box. Nicholas Otamendi was the quickest to react, darting across the near post and tapping home in a manner often seen from his compatriot Sergio Aguero.
From then on it was one way traffic, West Ham dropping deeper and deeper into their own half. Adrian, in for the ineligible Joe Hart, made a string of good saves to keep the score level. Sterling then failed to convert from 6-yards out, slicing his shot when the goal was gaping.
The game developed a sense of inevitability as West Ham failed to get up the pitch and in the 83rd minute the breakthrough came. Kevin De Bruyne, so often the architect of City’s brilliance, clipped a delightful ball into the path of David Silva. Silva didn’t disappoint, cushioning a volley into the bottom corner past Adrian, much to the delight of the City bench.
A late break from Marko Arnautovic gave City a scare but Sakho drilled his shot wide of Ederson’s post.
The result means City extend their winning streak to 13 games, equalling a Premier League record and restoring their 8-point lead at the top of the table. West Ham have now taken just 1 from their first 4 games under David Moyes but showed signs of improvement today. They host Chelsea next while City have a Manchester Derby at Old Trafford to contend with.