• Date: Sun 09 May 2010
  • Venue: Upton Park
  • Ref: Webb, D
  • Attendance: 34,989
West Ham United

West Ham United

Boa Morte (17)

1 - 1
Manchester City

Manchester City

Wright-Phillips (21)

West Ham United vs Manchester City

Team Lineups

West Ham United

Robert Green
Matthew Upson
Manuel Da Costa
Fabio Daprela
Scott Parker
Luis Boa Morte (Junior Stanislas, 64)
Radoslav Kovac
Julien Faubert
Araujo Dall'lgna Ilan
Carlton Cole (Luis Guillermo Franco, 64)
Alessandro Diamanti (Jordan Spence, 88)

Manchester City

Marton Fulop
Pablo Zabaleta
Silvio Sylvinho (Micah Richards, 73)
Kolo Toure, K
Shaun Wright-Phillips
Adam Johnson, A (Greg Cunningham, 90)
Patrick Vieira
Vincent Kompany
Nigel de Jong
Roque Santa Cruz (Carlos Tevez, 73)
Emmanuel Adebayor

Match Report
With West Ham United safe from relegation and Manchester City consigned to Europa League football next season, there was little to play for on a miserable May afternoon but the two sides eventually settled for a point after a 1-1 draw. Luis Boa Morte's opener was wiped out by Shaun Wright-Phillips, as both sides settled for an end-of-season point. In what could prove to be his last game in charge of the Hammers, Gianfranco Zola made a trio of switches from the side that had lost at Fulham last Sunday. Tellingly, Boa Morte returned for his first game of the season alongside Fabio Daprela and Alessandro Diamanti replaced the injured Mark Noble while Valon Behrami came in for Jonathan Spector who dropped to the bench. Portuguese winger Boa Morte could not have made a more emphatic return. He cleverly clipped an angled ten-yarder over the advancing Marton Fulop after the dancing Diamanti had outfoxed Kolo Toure with a sublime, 17th-minute back-heel into the area. With the West Ham fans among the crowd of 34,989 sharing the bare-chested Boa Morte's delight, referee Howard Webb's mandatory yellow card for the shirtless celebration looked a small price to pay for the West Ham wide boy who tore knee ligaments during the Hammers' pre-season tour of China. City, who had seen their Champions League dreams evaporate at the hands of Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday evening, made four changes as Sylvinho, Patrick Vieira, Roque Santa Cruz and Shaun Wright-Phillips replaced Wayne Bridge, Gareth Barry (ankle), ex-Hammer Craig Bellamy and substitute Carlos Tevez. But having fallen behind to the lowly Hammers, the visitors then took just four minutes to pull themselves level, when the returning, pint-sized Wright-Phillips outjumped Julien Faubert at the far post to head home Adam Johnson's teasing touchline cross. Made in England, that equaliser would have impressed the onlooking Franco Baldini and Ray Clemence as they ran the rule over a selection of World Cup candidates. After Diamanti had struck the base of Fulop's right-hand post, those Fabio Capello scouts were reaching for their notepads again, when Robert Green reassuringly thwarted Emmanuel Adebayor from point-blank range, to keep it all-square at the break. Just after the restart, Carlton Cole nodded Faubert's hanging cross wide of the angle, while the red-faced Daimanti's acrobatic effort went horribly wrong and Ilan saw Fulop deny him with an outstretched ankle. Midway through the half, Cole and the tiring Boa Morte were replaced by Guillermo Franco and Junior Stanislas before City made a double substitution of their own as Sylvinho and Santa Cruz were replaced by Micah Richards and Tevez, whose arrival was predictably met with the biggest cheer of the afternoon from the home fans. And the Argentinian, who will forever be revered in the East End for controversially saving the Hammers from relegation three seasons ago, quickly deposited the ball onto the roof of Green's net while, at the other end, Franco forced Fulop into a flying, full-length save, that confirmed fifth spot for City and 17th place for West Ham.
Live Text Commentary
Full time
 

Full Time: WEST HAM 1-1 MAN CITY. The season comes to a close and it's honours even at the Boleyn after a close-fought match in which a draw was a fair result.

90

A Stanislas corner finds Franco yards out from goal but he is taken by surprise and cannot direct a header goalwards.

89
Substitution
 

Young Greg Cunningham is introuduced for City in place of Johnson.

88

Both sides want to finish this season on a high and are not giving up hope of clinching three points here.

87
Substitution
 

West Ham youngster Jordan Spence is given a run out and replaces Diamanti who is given a standing ovation after a fine performance.

84

Johnson has caused problems down the right flank all day and does so again before picking out Wright-Phillips who cannot add to his tally with another close range header.

83

Ilan hits a speculative effort on target from 25-yards but it was never going to cause Fulop any real problems.

82

Franco is in another dangerous position and gets another shot away but this time it is tame and fails to trouble Fulop.

81

It is incredible that neither side has managed to find a winner in this tie with so many chances at either end.

79

A great chance falls to Tevez who beats Green to the ball inside the six-yard box but he lifts his shot over the bar.

77

Franco peels away from his marker inside the box and forces a fine save out of Fulop from 18-yards.

76

Diamanti makes a mess of a chance on the edge of the box sending a left-footed strike wide of the mark.

74

Diamanti does well to cut a cross back across the face of goal and Ilan's effort with his back to goal is heading wide as Fulop gathers the ball.

73
Substitution
 

Fantastic scenes at Upton Park as Carlos Tevez receives a standing ovation from the home crowd as he comes on for Santa Cruz.

73
Substitution
 

Micah Richards replaces Sylvinho.

72

Ilan chases down a loose ball and Fulop rushes out of the box but Zabaleta covers brilliantly to put in a last ditch challenge.

70

There is a lull in the game in terms of chances but City are dominating possession.

67

Adebayor finds Santa Cruz on the edge of the box but his first touch is poor and he sends a strike high and wide of the target.

65

Sylvinho blasts another left-footed effort over the bar and into the stand behind the goal.

64
Substitution
 

Guillermo Franco comes on for Cole.

64
Substitution
 

Boa Morte receives rapturous applause as he makes way for Junior Stanislas.

63
Yellow Card
 

Fabio Daprela is cautioned after a late challenge on Johnson.

61

The game has slowed down after a lively start to the second-half and Gianfranco Zola seems to be lining up a couple of substitutions.

58

Boa Morte is behind the City defence and through on goal but is ruled offside by the linesman.

56

Parker injects some pace into a West Ham break and clears the crossbar with a long range strike.

54

Johnson cuts inside and tries his luck from distance but fails to work Green.

52

City's chance to attack now and Adebayor gets a half chance forcing a decent save out of Green from the edge of the box.

51

A great chance for the Hammers to go ahead as Parker slides a superb pass into the path of Ilan who is one-on-one with Fulop but cannot poke the ball around the keeper.

50

A good move from the hosts and the ball drops to Diamanti inside the box but his overhead kick does not trouble Fulop.

49

It has been a lively start to the second-half and it is great entertainment for both sets of fans.

48

Wright-Phillips rides a challenge and lets fly from 20-yards but cannot get his effort on target.

47

Faubert plants a superb cross on the head of Cole who sends a powered header back across goal and wide of the post.

46

A typical burst forward from Parker gets the West Ham fans off their feet but he is stopped in his tracks on the edge of the box by Toure.

Second half
 

The second half is underway and both sides remain unchanged.

Half time
 

Half Time: WEST HAM 1-1 MAN CITY. The sides go in level at the interval though Adebayor should have put City ahead in a surprisingly energised first-half at Upton Park.

45

Faubert reaches the byline for West Ham and tries to lift the ball back for Cole but his cross is well read by Kolo toure.

45

Sylvinho hits a spectacular effort from over 30-yards and finds the stand behind the goal.

43

Santa Cruz rises above everyone to get his head on a corner but directs his effort wide of the target.

42

This is a good spell for City and Adebayor gets through on goal and forces a decent save out of Green with a shot from inside the box.

41

Adebayor links up with Zabaleta who gets a shot away from the edge of the box but fails to trouble Green.

40

The visitors are taking the sting out of West Ham's pressure and have slowed down the tempo.

37

West Ham are pressing City at the moment and look the most likely to get a second but they are not committing too many players forward and are often outnumbered by blue shirts.

35

Zabaleta receives treatment on the pitch after coming out worse in a 50-50 with Radoslav Kovac and it gives the players a chance to regroup.

33

Diamanti has plenty of space just outside the box and hits a strike out of nothing which rattles Fulop's right-hand post.

31

City enjoy a long spell of possession but fail to really break through the West Ham defence and eventually Pablo Zabaleta disappointingly bends a left-footed strike over the bar.

28

There is a surprising amount of energy about this tie on the closing day of the season and more goals will surely come.

26

Emmanuel Adebayor latches onto a long ball and puts it in the back of the net, only to turn around and see the linesman's flag raised.

25

Parker looks for Cole with a chip into the box but the forward is marked tightly by Kompany who nods the ball back to Fulop.

23

City are gaining momentum now as Johnson moves into the box and seems to be brought down carelessly by Upson but Howard Webb waves play on.

20
Goal
 

WEST HAM 1-1 MAN CITY: Johnson's looping cross to the far post finds WRIGHT-PHILLIPS who levels the scoreline with a rare header.

19

The noise has lifted inside Upton Park and the hosts go in search of another but Cole cannot latch onto Diamanti's cross.

18
Yellow Card
 

Boa Morte picks up the first booking of the game.

18
Yellow Card
 

Boa Morte has capped his first Premiership appearance of the season in sublime fashion though Diamanti will take huge credit for his part in the goal with a wonderful back-heel. Boa Morte is booked though for his celebrations.

17
Goal
 

WEST HAM 1-0 MAN CITY: An intricate pass from Diamanti plays through BOA MORTE one-on-one with Fulop and he superbly lifts the ball into the back of the net.

14

There is an interesting battle going on in the centre of the park between Scott Parker and Patrick Vieira who are both trying to dictate the pace of the game.

12

Julien Faubert floats the ball into the box with plenty of West Ham shirts forward but they cannot get a header on goal.

10

It has been a bright start to this tie with both sides setting out with attacking intent though we are without any real chances on goal so far.

8

Shaun Wright-Phillips reaches the byline on the left hand side and stands a cross up for Roque Santa Cruz who cannot make contact with the ball.

6

Johnson lints up a free-kick and bends a shot around the wall and into the arms of Green.

5

Luis Boa Morte gets a sight of goal and blazes an ambitious 30-yard effort over the bar,

4

Araujo Ilan almost plays through Carlton Cole as West Ham catch City on the break but Vincent Kompany shows good composure to shield the ball back to Marton Fulop.

2

Adam Johnson swings an early City free-kick into the box and it is comfortably collected by Rob Green.

1
Kickoff
 

Referee Howard Webb gets the game underway.

Awaiting Kickoff
 

Roberto Mancini makes four changes to the City side that were beaten by Spurs on Wednesday and names former Hammer Carlos Tevez on the bench. Sylvinho, Patrick Vieira, Shaun Wright-Phillips and Roque Santa Cruz all make starts.

Awaiting Kickoff
 

Luis Boa Morte makes his first appearance of the season for West Ham and makes the starting line-up on the closing day. Alessandro Diamanti also returns to the side while Fabio Daprela is given the nod ahead of Jonathan Spector.