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Pablo Zabaleta is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour. Zavon Hines fouled by Pablo Zabaleta, the ref awards a free kick. Victor Obinna has an effort direct from the free kick, Adam Johnson gets a block in.
Carlton Cole concedes a free kick for a foul on Pablo Zabaleta. Direct free kick taken by Joe Hart.
James Tomkins scores a headed goal from inside the penalty area. West Ham 1-3 Man City.Corner taken right-footed by Victor Obinna from the right by-line, assist by Victor Obinna.
Carlton Cole takes a shot. Save made by Joe Hart.
Zavon Hines produces a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the goal.
Nigel De Jong goes into the book. David Silva leaves the field to be replaced by James Milner. Foul by Nigel De Jong on Zavon Hines, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Julien Faubert.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Kieron Dyer. Indirect free kick taken by Joe Hart.
Adam Johnson grabs a goal from close in low into the middle of the goal. West Ham 0-3 Man City.The assist for the goal came from David Silva.
Frederic Piquionne goes off and Zavon Hines comes on.
Gnegneri Toure Yaya takes a shot from inside the six-yard box that strikes the post. Robert Green puts the ball into his own net from 6 yards. West Ham 0-2 Man City.Gnegneri Toure Yaya provided the assist for the goal.
David Silva takes the outswinging corner, Carlton Cole makes a clearance.
Carlton Cole joins the action as a substitute, replacing Pablo Barrera.
Joao Alves Jo takes a shot. James Tomkins gets a block in. Corner taken left-footed by David Silva to the near post, Victor Obinna makes a clearance.
Shot on goal by Joao Alves Jo from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
Jerome Boateng takes a shot. Robert Green makes a save.
Inswinging corner taken by Pablo Barrera, Nigel De Jong manages to make a clearance.
Pablo Zabaleta concedes a free kick for a foul on Pablo Barrera. Pablo Barrera crosses the ball in from the free kick, Joao Alves Jo makes a clearance.
Kieron Dyer comes on in place of Junior Stanislas. Pablo Barrera takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the bar.
Mario Balotelli goes off and Adam Johnson comes on. Foul by Gnegneri Toure Yaya on Victor Obinna, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Matthew Upson.
The referee books Mario Balotelli for dissent. Unfair challenge on Victor Obinna by David Silva results in a free kick. Victor Obinna crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel, Vincent Kompany makes a clearance.
Effort from outside the penalty box by Jonathan Spector goes wide left of the goal.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Joao Alves Jo. Indirect free kick taken by Robert Green.
Shot by Gnegneri Toure Yaya. Save made by Robert Green.
The ball is sent over by Pablo Barrera.
Mario Balotelli is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Robert Green.
Outswinging corner taken left-footed by David Silva from the left by-line, James Tomkins manages to make a clearance.
Tal Ben-Haim is cautioned. Free kick awarded for a foul by Tal Ben-Haim on David Silva. Free kick taken by Joe Hart.
Header from deep inside the penalty area by Frederic Piquionne goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Scott Parker by Gnegneri Toure Yaya. Direct free kick taken by Robert Green.
Joao Alves Jo concedes a free kick for a foul on James Tomkins. Direct free kick taken by Robert Green.
Scott Parker has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand post.
Gareth Barry gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Pablo Barrera. Victor Obinna delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing.
Inswinging corner taken by David Silva from the left by-line, Mario Balotelli takes a shot. Clearance made by Pablo Barrera.
Joao Alves Jo concedes a free kick for a foul on Julien Faubert. Direct free kick taken by Robert Green.
A goal is scored by Gnegneri Toure Yaya from deep inside the penalty box high into the middle of the goal. West Ham 0-1 Man City.Assist by Gareth Barry.
Pablo Barrera produces a right-footed shot from outside the box and misses left.
Gnegneri Toure Yaya takes a shot. Robert Green makes a save.
Mario Balotelli takes a shot. Robert Green makes a save.
Jerome Boateng takes a shot. Scott Parker gets a block in.
Outswinging corner taken by David Silva from the left by-line.
David Silva fouled by Pablo Barrera, the ref awards a free kick. David Silva restarts play with the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Jerome Boateng by Victor Obinna results in a free kick. Nigel De Jong takes the free kick.
Junior Stanislas takes a shot. Save by Joe Hart.
Junior Stanislas gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Joao Alves Jo. Direct free kick taken by Nigel De Jong.
Pablo Barrera concedes a free kick for a foul on Pablo Zabaleta. The free kick is delivered left-footed by David Silva from left wing, clearance by Frederic Piquionne.
Kolo Toure fouled by Junior Stanislas, the ref awards a free kick. Nigel De Jong takes the direct free kick.
Mario Balotelli concedes a free kick for a foul on James Tomkins. Free kick taken by Robert Green.
Nigel De Jong challenges Frederic Piquionne unfairly and gives away a free kick. Junior Stanislas has an effort direct from the free kick.
Victor Obinna takes a shot. Kolo Toure gets a block in.
Joao Alves Jo fouled by Julien Faubert, the ref awards a free kick. Mario Balotelli crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing.
Scott Parker produces a right-footed shot from outside the penalty box and misses wide left of the target.
Mario Balotelli gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Scott Parker. Scott Parker restarts play with the free kick.
Foul by Mario Balotelli on Jonathan Spector, free kick awarded. Tal Ben-Haim takes the direct free kick.
Victor Obinna gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nigel De Jong. Jerome Boateng takes the free kick.
Short corner worked by Joao Alves Jo.
Scott Parker challenges Gnegneri Toure Yaya unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jerome Boateng takes the direct free kick.
Shot from close range by Mario Balotelli misses to the left of the goal.
David Silva takes a shot. Save by Robert Green.
Joao Alves Jo takes a shot. Robert Green makes a save.
The match gets underway.
The game restarts for the second half.
The referee blows for half time.
The referee blows for the end of the match.
Hammers wait on Behrami
West Ham will give a fitness test to Valon Behrami before deciding whether the midfielder will play any part in the Barclays Premier League match against Manchester City.
The Swiss missed last week's defeat at Sunderland with a hip injury and is a doubt for the game while Mark Noble is out until the new year with a similar injury.
Long-term absentees Thomas Hitzlsperger (thigh), Manuel da Costa (foot), Anthony Edgar, Peter Kurucz, and Jack Collison (all knee) also miss out.
Avram Grant is adamant Scott Parker will remain at West Ham for the rest of the season and has set his sights on signing up to three new players in the January transfer window.
Parker has been an outstanding performer in what has otherwise been a drab year for the East London outfit, who are rooted to the bottom of the Barclays Premier League as the season approaches the halfway point.
The midfielder's tireless performances caught the eye of Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp, who had a #7million bid for the 30-year-old rejected this summer.
With the January transfer window drawing closer, suggestions that Redknapp is ready to re-ignite his interest in Parker have gathered momentum but Grant insists the England international is going nowhere.
"I am confident Scott will stay," said Grant.
"He is a good player for us. West Ham is a good club for him too.
"He has developed this season. Before everyone was saying `it's not good that he's at West Ham', but this season has been his best so far so it's good for him to stay and he is good for the club."
Grant admits that West Ham's fixtures after the clash with Manchester City against Blackburn, Fulham, Everton, Wolves and Newcastle - all of whom are in the bottom half of the table - could define their season.
He added: "We want to win these games because they are all against teams that are around us and every game that we take points that's less points to other team so they will be very important."
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini will be forced to make changes for the game.
Carlos Tevez, who has scored 10 goals this season, misses a return to his former club as he is suspended.
So too is Aleksandar Kolarov after he was sent off in the victory against Bolton but Kolo Toure could be available following a calf problem.
Meanwhile, Toure is convinced City are starting to see the best of him.
The Ivory Coast midfielder arrived from Barcelona this summer with high expectations but struggled to match his star billing with consistent performances during the first few weeks of the season.
It did not help that City were so badly affected by injuries, which forced Toure to play in a far more advanced role than he was used to at the Nou Camp.
But the 27-year-old's last couple of performances, against Fulham and Bolton, have shown a marked improvement on what has gone before.
And the #25million man is feeling far happier with life.
"I feel I am getting closer to my best each time I play," Toure told www.mcfc.co.uk.
"I have had to change the way I play because I am more of a central midfielder by nature.
"But I get forward a lot more at City and I am still adapting to the change."
City bounce back in style
Manchester City put talk of dressing room disharmony aside to produce the perfect team display as Roberto Mancini's multi-million pound squad moved level on points with Barclays Premier League leaders Arsenal with a 3-1 win at West Ham.
City, without suspended former Hammers striker Carlos Tevez, dominated from kick-off, and it was no surprised when Yaya Toure rifled in the opener on the half-hour mark.
The home side rallied after the break and had appeals for a penalty turned down for handball against Yaya Toure.
However, the Ivory Coast midfielder then helped the visitors double their lead when his shot hit the post and went in off goalkeeper Robert Green, before substitute Adam Johnson wrapped things up with nine minutes left.
James Tomkins headed in a late consolation for the Hammers, who face a real battle for survival in 2011.
The visitors should have taken an early lead when Mario Balotelli - involved in a training ground bust-up with team-mate Jerome Boateng earlier this month - missed his kick in the six-yard box from Jo's low cross.
West Ham looked to hit City on the counter-attack, but despite some promising runs from Scott Parker, there were few options offered in the final third.
Junior Stanislas fired his 25-yard free-kick high into the Sir Trevor Brooking Stand.
Upton Park nearly sparked into life after 22 minutes when Stanislas cut inside the City box from the left and drilled an angled strike goalwards, which Joe Hart did well to hold.
Yaya Toure ran through the West Ham rearguard, but his flick from just inside the penalty area lacked power.
City went in front after 30 minutes after a quick break when Gareth Barry fed the ball back to Yaya Toure just inside the area.
Despite an attempted diving tackle by Jonathan Spector, the midfielder crashed his shot into the top corner.
The travelling supporters were chanting "We're going to win the league" as the visitors went close to a second goal when Pablo Barrera hacked Balotelli's header off the line.
The home fans, though, had little to cheer about, with the atmosphere inside Upton Park very flat.
Parker remained industrious and created space for a 20-yard effort, which sailed harmlessly wide.
Julien Faubert did well to turn and whip the ball across the City penalty area, and Frederic Piquionne was unfortunate to see his header fly just over.
West Ham needed some inspiration for the second half, but there was little forthcoming - much to the frustration of the home support.
Victor Obinna drilled the ball in towards the near post from the right, but Hart got there just ahead of Piquionne.
Yaya Toure tried his luck from long distance with a fierce effort, but Green showed strong hands to pluck the ball out of the air.
There were more than a few hefty challenges being put in by both sides, as referee Phil Dowd did his best to let the game flow.
However, as the hour mark approached, Balotelli had pushed his protests too far and was cautioned.
Mancini withdrew Balotelli, sending on England international Johnson, possibly to avoid the temperamental Italian getting himself sent off.
It just about summed up West Ham's afternoon when Obinna cut the ball back from the byline, and Piquionne stepped over - only for Barrera to blast his shot high into the Bobby Moore Stand.
This was a good spell for West Ham now, as for the first time in the match, City came under some sustained pressure.
There were penalty appeals for handball against Yaya Toure as a corner came in, but with so many players jumping, it would have been somewhat harsh.
After 73 minutes, Yaya Toure picked up the ball on the left, ghosted past marker James Tomkins and darted goalwards. His shot hit the near post, bounced off the unfortunate Green's back and into the net for an own goal.
Not surprisingly, all the spirit was drained from the hosts, who continued to defend deep.
The home side were caught again when David Silva slipped in Johnson, who rounded Green and wrapped things up for big-spending City with nine minutes left, before Tomkins headed in a late consolation.
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