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  • Boa Morte (17)
  • Wright-Phillips (21)
  • Date:2010-05-09
  • Kick-off:16:00
  • Venue:Upton Park
  • Attendance:34989
  • Referee:Webb, D

Live Commentary

90mins

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.

90mins

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

89mins

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

88mins

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

87mins

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

84mins

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.

83mins

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

82mins

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

81mins

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

79mins

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.

77mins

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

76mins

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

74mins

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.

73mins

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

73mins

Micah Richards replaces Sylvinho.

72mins

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

70mins

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

67mins

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.

65mins

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

64mins

Guillermo Franco comes on for Cole.

64mins

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

63mins

Fabio Daprela is cautioned after a late challenge on Johnson.

61mins

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.

58mins

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

56mins

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

54mins

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

52mins

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.

51mins

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.

50mins

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

49mins

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

48mins

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

47mins

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

46mins

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.

46mins

The second half is underway and both sides remain unchanged.

45mins

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.

45mins

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.

45mins

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

43mins

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

42mins

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.

41mins

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

40mins

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

37mins

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.

35mins

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.

33mins

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

31mins

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.

28mins

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

26mins

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.

25mins

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.

23mins

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.

20mins

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.

19mins

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

18mins

Boa Morte picks up the first booking of the game.

18mins

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.

17mins

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.

14mins

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.

12mins

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

10mins

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.

8mins

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.

6mins

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

5mins

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

4mins

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.

2mins

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

1mins

Referee Howard Webb gets the game underway.

0mins

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.

0mins

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.

Match Preview

Manchester City's season was all but ended on Wednesday night by Tottenham Hotspur as the 1-0 defeat to the Londoners crushed their Champions League qualification aspirations.

Roberto Mancini's men have to settle for a Europa League place next term but, before they think about their end of season break, they face a tricky final day trip to West Ham United on Sunday.

The midweek loss to Harry Redknapp's men was a bitter blow for the big-spending Citizens and they will want to offer their hurt fans some late cheer at Upton Park.

Gianfranco Zola and his under-performing Hammers will also be seeking a win as they bid farewell to their supporters for another season.

However, they might find a triumph hard to come by.

They have picked up just two wins from their previous 12 league games and 25 goals have been leaked during this spell.

City's recent mediocre form has ultimately proved their downfall.

Defeats at the City of Manchester Stadium against Everton and Manchester United, a draw at Arsenal and their Spurs aberration has stymied their progress and an accumulation of 13 points from a possible 24 has not been sufficient in their quest for a top-four finish.

Jack Collison and Zavon Hines (both knee), James Tomkins (ankle), Kieron Dyer (hamstring) and Herita Ilunga (calf) are still missing and won't return until the pre-season.

Mancini may opt to rest Gareth Barry, who returned to the starting line-up against Spurs after a hamstring complaint, while Stephen Ireland (ankle), Stuart Taylor (knee) and Shay Given (dislocated shoulder) are some way from a return.

Long-term knee victims Michael Johnson and Martin Petrov are still unavailable but England defender Joleon Lescott (hamstring) is closing in on a comeback.

Earlier in the season, it was City who collected all three points in the corresponding fixture last September.

Under the guidance of Mark Hughes then, City opened up a fourth minute lead through former Hammer Carlos Tevez.

However, the floodgates didn't open and it was Carlton Cole who deflected Radoslav Kovac's effort beyond Given.


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.

West Ham United

Manchester City

Corners

43

Fouls

137

Goal attempts

1114

Shots off target

410

Offsides

13

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