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Pep's City Claim 13th Straight League Win

English Premier League
 
Result: Manchester City 2-1 West Ham United
 
Date: 03 December 2017
 
Venue: Etihad Stadium
 
Manchester City ground out another Premier League win as a late David Silva strike gave them a 2-1 victory over a stubborn West Ham United at the Etihad on Sunday.
 
The Hammers were not far away from taking a shock lead seven minutes in. Cheikhou Kouyaté met a delivery from a corner with his head and flicked the ball across the face of goal for Michail Antonio, who blazed it over the target on the stretch.
 
David Moyes' side was also resolute in defence throughout the opening quarter of the game, keeping bodies behind the ball and proving difficult for City to break down.
 
However, in the 25th minute, they were nearly breached. David Silva's long-range shot took a deflection off Declan Rice and provided Adrián with a stern test. The Spanish goalkeeper was alert to the danger and tipped the ball over the bar.
 
Seemingly unperturbed, the visitors continued to frustrate Pep Guardiola's side and were even presented with a second chance in the 35th minute. David Silva gifted possession to the Hammers and Manuel Lanzini's powerful strike forced a save from Ederson at the near post. 
 
As if that wasn't enough, Angelo Ogbonna headed Aaron Cresswell's cross into the net off the Brazilian keeper's hand following a cleverly-worked short corner on the stroke of half-time. 
 
The hosts pressed for an equaliser at the start of the second half. Adrián kept out Kevin de Bruyne's well-hit 56th minute free-kick, but could do nothing about Nicolás Otamendi's finish from a low Gabriel Jesus cross seconds later, which went in off Rice.
 
Leroy Sané twice forced parries from Adrián within 10 minutes after the goal. Another strike from the German appeared to hit Cresswell's hand either just inside or outside the penalty area, but referee Mike Dean failed to spot it either way.
 
Jesus, a half-time substiute, then drew a flying save from the keeper in the 71st minute — perhaps his best of the match. Raheem Sterling was unable to capitalise on the follow-up, miscuing his shot.
 
For all of City's dominance, West Ham were able to hit them on the counter 10 minutes later, with Antonio forcing a firm stop from Ederson.
 
However, in the 83rd minute, all the pressure finally payed off as David Silva's acrobatic finish went in after he got on the end of a lobbed de Bruyne pass.
 
As the clock struck 90 minutes, Marko Arnautovic's pull-back teed up Diafra Sakho, but he disappointingly failed to hit the target.
 
Once again, City showed the grit of champions, restoring their eight-point lead at the summit of the log.

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