Roberto Mancini's tinkering backfired again as Manchester City blew the chance to join Manchester United at the top of the Barclays Premier League following a 0-0 draw at West Ham.
The decision to start with Mario Balotelli, Carlos Tevez and Edin Dzeko in the same XI for the first time failed just as spectacularly as the champions failed to score for the first time in almost seven months.
It could have been even worse for Mancini's men had Kevin Nolan not seen an early goal controversially ruled out for offside as West Ham more than held their own and were marshalled brilliantly by Winston Reid and James Tomkins.
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