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West Ham v City Scoring Chances

Plenty created but an inability to convert cost City the points.

Matthew Lewis

City outchanced West Ham 9-3 (5-0 over the first half with Mario Balotelli's miss from six yards being the best opportunity) over the course of the game, which fits in with the seasom game averages of 10.5-4.5 in City's favour.

Credit a resilient and obduriate West Ham defence, who defender deeper as the game went on and although City's build up play was neat, a lack of width at times made their approach one dimensional and as the game wore on there lacked the belief that City were going to grab the goal that their possession and shot count advantage suggests they deserved.

As for the individual numbers, the trio of Samir Nasri (+4), Carlos Tevez and Mario Balotelli (both +3) were the leaders, whilst the defence was tight in the wake of fairly limited pressure. Joe Hart didn't register a + mark and there was only one minus mark for Kolo Toure (who I thought defended well) in allowing a Matt Jarvis cross that Andy Carroll couldn't convert.

The game numbers are as follows (click to enlarge):


And the season totals that see Samir Nasri move ahead of Edin Dzeko into second place: