Hammers beaten as Haaland becomes record breaker


City 3 Hammers 0

By Simon Leyland

After a resolute defensive display in the first 45 minutes, the Impossible dream was on !

Oggy looked more like his old self

But finally our low-block approach, trying to frustrate Manchester City and play on the break. sprung a leak in controversial circumstances.

Why was that challenge by Downes on Grealish a booking when Dias’s on Antonio in the first half wasn’t? Soft ,Inconsistent refereeing yet again !

And of course, from the free-kick, City score as Ake pushes off the previously imperious Ogbonna and heads in unmarked at the far post. Poor defending.

That all came about from us losing the ball inside the City half when we had possession under no real pressure. A consistent turn of events that sums up our season

Then to rub salt in our wounds Coufal pulled a hamstring and had to limp off to be replaceg by Johnson.

Moyes then decided to swap Antonio for Ings, and with almost his first touch he gives the ball away and Grealish is sent scampering down the middle.

He’s got Haaland to his left. He rolls the ball into his path. Haaland enters the box, draws Fabianski, then dinks over the keeper and in! There goes that Premier League record: 35 goals in a single season is the new mark

Another avoidable goal conceded !

Apart from Benrahma coming on, it appeared in cricket parlance that City declared. But that man Haaland slips a pass down the left for Silva, who looks for Foden in the middle.

Kehrer hacks out for a corner. Mahrez swings it in. The ball’s half cleared, but Foden meets the dropping ball, on the edge of the D, and volleys goalwards.

The ball takes a huge deflection of Emerson’s ankle, sending Fabianski the wrong way and the ball into the bottom left. 3-0

However, we did have our moments and as most pundits had us down for a thrashing, apart from a three goal hit on our goal difference, it could have been worse.

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