Manchester City 3 West Ham 1

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Manchester City were given a scare or two as they picked up their fourth Premier League title in a row.

After an eventful first half which saw City threaten to run away with the game, Mo Kudus threw the Irons a life line with a contender for Goal of the Season, with a wonderful overhead kick.

The second half started with a tactical tweak as Moyes adopted a 4-4-1-1 formation and started to spend more time in City’s half.

And as a result there was a slightly subdued atmosphere at the Etihad, even though City controlled the second half and still looked comfortable. But West Ham remained resolute until after seemingly endless pressure, Bernardo Silva dinked it back to Rodri in the D. He sidefooted a low, first-time shot that went through a sea of bodies past the left hand of the diving Areola into the net.

As the game approached its last quarter, Emerson was replaced by Alvarez in a last ditch effort to salvage something from the game. West Ham did not have a shot on Ortega’s goal since Kudus’ 42nd-minute strike. They were anonymous this half.

But a roar went up from the travelling fans when George Earthy came on for the visibly knackered Antonio, who as usual ran his heart out.

We did get the ball in the net again when Soucek bundled the ball into the net but VAR deemed he used his hand.

So our disappointing season has come to a close, but I sense a degree of optimism for next season what with new man Julen Lopertugui taking the reins and Tim Steidten finally able to work unopposed in the transfer market.

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  • David says:

    An end to one of the most unwatchable Hammers seasons that I can remember. I don’t mind loosing games on the front foot. Playing 90 mins of defense and loosing is utterly pointless.

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