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Adam Johnson takes a short corner.
Lars Jacobsen challenges James Milner unfairly and gives away a free kick. James Milner takes the direct free kick.
Edin Dzeko takes a shot. Comfortable save by Robert Green.
Carlton Cole takes a shot. Freddie Sears gets a block in.
Shot by David Silva from outside the area goes high over the crossbar.
Patrick Vieira joins the action as a substitute, replacing Mario Balotelli. Outswinging corner taken by David Silva from the left by-line, James Tomkins manages to make a clearance.
The ball is delivered by Edin Dzeko, David Silva takes a shot. Jonathan Spector gets a block in.
James Tomkins concedes a free kick for a foul on Edin Dzeko. James Milner takes the free kick.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Mario Balotelli. Robert Green takes the free kick.
Edin Dzeko challenges Thomas Hitzlsperger unfairly and gives away a free kick. Thomas Hitzlsperger restarts play with the free kick.
Edin Dzeko takes a shot. Save made by Robert Green. The assistant referee signals for offside against Mario Balotelli. Free kick taken by Robert Green.
Shot from outside the box by Demba Ba misses to the left of the target.
Unfair challenge on Carlton Cole by Pablo Zabaleta results in a free kick. James Tomkins takes the direct free kick.
Victor Obinna is brought on as a substitute for Luis Boa Morte.
Unfair challenge on Freddie Sears by Mario Balotelli results in a free kick. Thomas Hitzlsperger crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right channel, comfortable save by Joe Hart.
Edin Dzeko is brought on as a substitute for Gareth Barry.
Effort on goal by James Milner from 25 yards. Save made by Robert Green.
Effort from outside the penalty area by Adam Johnson goes wide left of the target.
Gnegneri Toure Yaya delivers the ball, Manuel da Costa manages to make a clearance.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Daniel Gabbidon on Mario Balotelli. James Milner takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Luis Boa Morte by Adam Johnson. Adam Johnson receives a yellow card. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Thomas Hitzlsperger, Vincent Kompany manages to make a clearance.
Gareth Barry challenges Luis Boa Morte unfairly and gives away a free kick. Gareth Barry shown a yellow card. Daniel Gabbidon restarts play with the free kick.
Robbie Keane goes off and Carlton Cole comes on.
Jonathan Spector fouled by Gareth Barry, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Thomas Hitzlsperger.
Thomas Hitzlsperger takes a inswinging corner to the near post, Manuel da Costa takes a shot. Save made by Joe Hart. Mario Balotelli takes a shot. Blocked by James Tomkins.
Mario Balotelli challenges Demba Ba unfairly and gives away a free kick. Thomas Hitzlsperger takes the free kick.
Demba Ba produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the goal.
Free kick awarded for a foul by James Milner on Thomas Hitzlsperger. Thomas Hitzlsperger restarts play with the free kick.
Shot by Mario Balotelli from deep inside the box hits the post. Gnegneri Toure Yaya takes a shot. Save by Robert Green.
Centre by Adam Johnson, clearance by Manuel da Costa.
Luis Boa Morte gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gareth Barry. Free kick taken by Gareth Barry.
Aleksandar Kolarov takes a outswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance by Luis Boa Morte.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Adam Johnson. Robert Green takes the indirect free kick.
Demba Ba fouled by Vincent Kompany, the ref awards a free kick. Daniel Gabbidon restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Daniel Gabbidon on Adam Johnson. Daniel Gabbidon goes into the book for unsporting behaviour. Free kick crossed left-footed by David Silva from right wing.
Demba Ba gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Adam Johnson. Pablo Zabaleta restarts play with the free kick.
Adam Johnson takes a shot. Robert Green makes a comfortable save.
(Man City) makes a substitution, with James Milner coming on for Nigel De Jong.
Robbie Keane is ruled offside. Joe Hart takes the indirect free kick.
Corner taken left-footed by Aleksandar Kolarov.
Outswinging corner taken by Aleksandar Kolarov.
The referee penalises Demba Ba for handball. Direct free kick taken by Pablo Zabaleta.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Demba Ba by Pablo Zabaleta. Pablo Zabaleta receives a caution. Direct free kick taken by Daniel Gabbidon.
Demba Ba fires in a goal from close in to the bottom left corner of the goal. Man City 2-1 West Ham.Robbie Keane provided the assist for the goal.
Corner taken by Thomas Hitzlsperger, Joleon Lescott manages to make a clearance.
Corner from left by-line taken by Thomas Hitzlsperger.
Inswinging corner taken by Thomas Hitzlsperger from the right by-line, clearance made by Joleon Lescott.
Robbie Keane takes a shot. Save by Joe Hart.
Demba Ba fouled by Pablo Zabaleta, the ref awards a free kick. Robert Green takes the direct free kick.
Shot from just outside the area by Gnegneri Toure Yaya misses to the left of the target.
Mario Balotelli fouled by Daniel Gabbidon, the ref awards a free kick. Matthew Upson leaves the field to be replaced by Manuel da Costa. Gnegneri Toure Yaya takes the direct free kick.
Shot from long distance by Gnegneri Toure Yaya goes wide of the left-hand upright.
Thomas Hitzlsperger concedes a free kick for a foul on Aleksandar Kolarov. David Silva restarts play with the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Luis Boa Morte by Gareth Barry results in a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Robert Green.
Adam Johnson takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post.
Pablo Zabaleta takes a shot. Blocked by Lars Jacobsen.
Pablo Zabaleta scores a goal from inside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Man City 2-0 West Ham.The assist for the goal came from David Silva.
Nigel De Jong finds the net with a goal from outside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Man City 1-0 West Ham.
Aleksandar Kolarov takes a inswinging corner.
The ball is swung over by David Silva, Lars Jacobsen manages to make a clearance.
Adam Johnson has shot on goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Luis Boa Morte fouled by Pablo Zabaleta, the ref awards a free kick. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Thomas Hitzlsperger.
Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Adam Johnson. Gareth Barry takes a shot. Save by Robert Green.
David Silva takes a shot. Blocked by James Tomkins.
Gnegneri Toure Yaya takes a shot. Matthew Upson gets a block in.
Daniel Gabbidon has an effort at goal from a long way out that goes wide of the right-hand post.
Corner taken by Thomas Hitzlsperger from the right by-line played to the near post.
Pablo Zabaleta takes a shot. Blocked by Matthew Upson.
Dzeko in running
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini could be tempted to recall Edin Dzeko to the team against West Ham on Sunday at Eastlands.
The Bosnia and Herzegovina striker, a #27million signing from Wolfsburg, scored his first Barclays Premier League goal for the club in the victory against Blackburn after stepping off the bench.
Mancini will again be without injured pair Carlos Tevez and Micah Richards (both hamstring) as well as Jerome Boateng (knee).
Mancini has told James Milner he could still have a key role to play in the remaining weeks of the season.
Milner, 25, has suddenly found himself marginalised as the club bid for a top-four finish and a place in the Champions League for the first time.
They also have the FA Cup final to look forward to on May 14 and a chance to end a 35-year wait for a major trophy.
Milner has not featured in the last two games after being replaced in the 59th minute by David Silva in the 3-0 drubbing by Liverpool, to his obvious annoyance.
In his absence City, defeated Manchester United in the FA Cup semi-final and secured a vital victory against Blackburn in the Barclays Premier League last Monday.
However, Milner could have a part to play in the home match against West Ham after some comforting words from Mancini.
"James is disappointed he has not played in the last two games, but I trust James," Mancini said. "He is an incredible midfielder.
"I think he can improve a lot, but for this we have time next year. Now we have another five games and the final and he will be an important player in this time."
West Ham have picked up only 13 points from a possible 51 on the road and lost to Chelsea last weekend, but Mancini will not be taking Avram Grant's side lightly.
He wants City to forget about the FA Cup final and keep Tottenham at arm's length in a bid to make Europe's top club competition.
They could move to within to two points of Arsenal should they win their game in hand, but Mancini is refusing to look too far ahead.
He said: "Every game is difficult. We have five league matches to go and need to be at our maximum in every one of them.
"We must take it step by step. Now we have West Ham and our focus will be only on that game.
"I saw them against Chelsea and for 45-60 minutes they played very well. We need to play very well. That is very important."
West Ham are set to be without midfielder Scott Parker.
The England international is still struggling with an Achilles injury and is almost certain to miss the trip to Eastlands, according to manager Grant.
Parker will be joined on the sidelines by fellow midfielders Mark Noble and Gary O'Neil, who are out with hernia and ankle injuries respectively.
Wayne Bridge is ineligible to feature against his parent club, but the Hammers defence will be boosted by the return of Matthew Upson from a chest infection.
West Ham manager Grant has refused to label the encounter at City as the toughest remaining game in their fight for Premier League survival.
The Hammers have endured a tumultuous season that now sees them linger dangerously close to dropping into the npower Championship.
West Ham languish bottom of the table after a four-game losing streak that brought an abrupt end to a mini-revival at Upton Park.
Grant's side now only have four matches to secure their survival, starting against Mancini's City at Eastlands.
Home clashes with Blackburn and Sunderland either side of a trip to Wigan follow, but the Israeli boss insists all their remaining opponents have the potential to damage their survival hopes.
"What is the toughest game? Always the next one," he said. "I cannot say [that City is the hardest].
"I think we can take points from all of these.
"Of course Manchester City away on paper is the toughest one but I think all the other teams will give everything to win the game against us.
"But we could take seven or nine points, I am sure about this."
Asked whether he would be focusing on the other matches rather than the unenviable task of collecting points in Manchester, he retorted: "We don't have any intention to give up before any game even if it is Manchester City away.
"We will try to take points even there.
"Of course the final three games will be the most important games and we believe we can take seven points from these games."
City close in on Champions League
Manchester City kept themselves firmly on course for Champions League qualification with a 2-1 victory over West Ham at Eastlands.
City were 2-0 up within the opening 15 minutes, Nigel de Jong powering home his first goal for the club and then Pablo Zabaleta guiding a shot on target beyond Robert Green which Lars Jacobsen inadvertently blasted into the net as he attempted to kick the ball away.
The Hammers hit back in the 33rd minute through Demba Ba, but it was the hosts who looked more likely to score another after the break and deservedly made off with all three points.
The result means City consolidate their top four spot in the Barclays Premier League, moving seven points clear of fifth-placed Liverpool.
West Ham, meanwhile, are still bottom of table, three points adrift of safety with three games left to play.
After the visitors had won an early corner and Danny Gabbidon sent a wild effort over from distance, City were soon in the ascendancy and driving forward.
David Silva saw a shot deflect wide and from the resulting corner, Mario Balotelli headed the wrong side of the post.
Silva then teed up Gareth Barry, who sent a shot into Green's arms.
At the other end, Thomas Hitzlsperger sent a free-kick into the box and it fell to James Tomkins, who could not fashion a proper shot.
Almost immediately City were back on the attack, with the lively Adam Johnson cutting inside from the right and hitting a low drive narrowly wide.
A minute later the hosts were in front as the Hammers failed to deal with Aleksandar Kolarov's corner and the ball came out to De Jong, who fired it into the corner from outside the area.
It took another five minutes for City to double their lead, Zabaleta playing a neat one-two with Silva and sending the ball across Green towards goal.
Jacobsen rushed in to try to make a clearance but could only fire it into the roof of his own net.
West Ham were looking bruised and their captain Matthew Upson - who had been involved in a collision with Balotelli - had to come off in the 26th minute, Manuel Da Costa the man coming on in his place.
They had a great chance to pull a goal back just after the half hour mark, though, as Robbie Keane found himself through one-on-one against Joe Hart.
The Irishman failed to make the most of the opportunity as Hart got down to save, but moments later the visitors did make it 2-1 through Demba Ba.
Hitzlsperger's cross into the box appeared to be handled by Joleon Lescott, but the ball fell straight to Ba, who dispatched it past Hart.
West Ham looked to keep up the pressure but City continued to create chances, with Balotelli miscuing an acrobatic attempt and Adam Johnson having the final shot of the first half, which Green collected.
Despite De Jong having to be substituted for James Milner at the break, City made a bright start to the second period and Balotelli crashed a shot against the bar 10 minutes in, Yaya Toure hitting the rebound at Green.
West Ham went close when Da Costa brought a save out of Hart with a flicked header from a corner, but soon after City wasted a glorious chance to restore their two goal advantage.
Having been put clean through by Toure, Silva danced around Green and squared to Balotelli, who had the goal at his mercy but saw his effort blocked on the line by James Tomkins.
Hammers boss Avram Grant then refreshed his forward line by replacing Keane with Carlton Cole.
Opposite number Roberto Mancini did likewise by bringing on Edin Dzeko in place of Gareth Barry and City had another good chance moments later, only for Silva to opt to pass when he might have shot.
Grant threw on Victor Obinna for Luis Boa Morte before Ba struck wide, but back came City, Dzeko unleashing an attempt that bounced off Green.
The goalkeeper then tipped a deflected Silva shot over the bar before Balotelli was taken off for Patrick Vieira.
Silva and Dzeko had further late attempts but City had done enough as referee Howard Webb confirmed their victory at the final whistle.
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