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One sad stat sums up Hammers defeat

Manchester City defensive midfielder Rodri attempted 188 passes in last night’s Premier League game against West Ham, completing an impressive 178 of them.

Opta Joe revealed the statistic on social media yesterday saying that both numbers were Premier League records since detailed collection began in the 2003-04 season. The post then went on to say that the entire West Ham team only managed completed 169 passes in the same game, nine less than Rodri!

Manchester City dominated possession yesterday evening with 77% of the ball but another telling statistic was the Hammers had just three shots in the full ninety minutes with none of them on target compared to City who twenty shots and seven on target.

The Hammers completed thirty eight attacking third passes and delivered eleven crosses. Sitting deep with bodies behind the ball is a defensible approach at the Etihad, indeed the scoreline and West Ham minus goal difference got have gone a lot higher should if a more attacking formation had been adopted.

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I am Season Ticket Holder in West stand lower at the London Stadium and before that, I used to stand in the Sir Trevor Brooking Lower Row R seat 159 in the Boleyn Ground and in the Eighties I stood on the terraces of the old South Bank. I am a presenter on the West Ham Podcast called MooreThanJustaPodcast.co.uk. A Blogger on WestHamTillIdie.com a member of the West Ham Supporters Advisory Board (SAB), Founder of a Youtube channel called Mr West Ham Football at http://www.youtube.com/MrWestHamFootball, I am also the associate editor here at Claret and Hugh. Life Long singer of bubbles! Come on you Irons! Follow me at @Westhamfootball on twitter