West Ham United stun stuttering Manchester City

Pellegrini's team didn't have enough for big Sam. (©GettyImages)

West Ham United pulled off a shock result against Manchester City in Saturday's early kick-off, with a 2-1 win at Upton Park making it three wins on the bounce for Sam Allardyce's men.

Surprisingly, it was the Hammers who dominated from the off. Enner Valencia was working well down the right, whilst Alex Song and Mark Noble proved they were ready for a midfield battle with Yaya Toure and Fernandinho.

Amalfitano opener

It was Morgan Amalfitano who opened the scoring for West Ham after great work from Enner Valencia once again. You can take nothing away from the finish, however Pablo Zabaleta certainly will be feeling disappointed after some slack defending.

City offered very little in the first half, and after a clear lecture from Manuel Pellegrini at half-time, came out with a lot more to offer in the second half.

Dzeko was replaced by Jovetic just before the hour mark, with City coming closer and closer to goal. Aguero and Toure both powered against the bar, with West Ham riding their luck at times.

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However, against the run of play West Ham soon doubled their lead. A header from Senegalese striker Diafra Sakho made it 2-0, with the Hammers' new recruit grabbing his fifth goal in as many games.

However, City weren't to be denied their goal just two minutes later, and David Silva got them back in the game with his sublime effort. Just as West Ham thought they were safe, the game was soon back in the balance.

Yet, Adrian and his defence stood firm from then on, and West Ham deserved the win for their hard-work and determination to break up the Citizens' attacks.

Hammers rising

The result sees Sam Allardyce's West Ham stay fourth, just one point behind City. If Chelsea beat Manchester United on Sunday, it will see Manuel Pellegrini's side fall eight points behind in the race for the title already.

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