Battling West Ham hold Man City

Phil Foden came off the bench to earn Man City a 1-1 draw at West Ham, cancelling out Michail Antonio’s spectacular first-half opener.

Antonio opened the scoring after 18 minutes with a wonderful overhead kick, given after a check for handball against Tomas Soucek.

However, the visitors levelled thanks to Foden’s well-taken strike six minutes into the second half, with the midfielder replacing Sergio Aguero at half-time.

As a result, both sides miss out on the chance to move into the top four, with each now on eight points.

How West Ham thwarted City

Both teams went into this lunch-time clash buoyed by impressive league displays last weekend, meaning the two managers opted for unchanged line-ups – the first time in 172 games and three years for City boss Pep Guardiola.

But similar to against Porto in the Champions League in midweek, despite dominating the early possession, City soon found themselves trailing after a moment of brilliance from Antonio.

Michail Antonio celebrates his goal for West Ham
Michail Antonio celebrates his goal for West Ham

Czech Republic internationals Tomas Soucek and Vladimir Coufal exchanged passes in a tight space near the right touchline, before the former swung in a cross from which Antonio found the net with an instinctive bicycle kick.

City protested that Soucek had handled the ball in the buildup, but Peter Bankes back at Stockley Park decided it was accidental and allowed the goal to stand, meaning Antonio has now scored 11 goals in 15 top-flight appearances since the Premier League restarted on June 17 – with only Harry Kane (12) managing more.

Team news

West Ham’s new signing Said Benrahma did not make the bench, although as expected, Michail Antonio did start in attack, while fellow striker Sebastien Haller returned to the bench as David Moyes named the same XI who drew so thrillingly at Spurs last Sunday.

Man City were also unchanged from their win against Porto in midweek, but midfielder Fernandinho missed out after picking up a leg injury in that game. Kevin De Bruyne took his place on the bench having returned to training, but this game came too soon for defender Aymeric Laporte.

Guardiola sprung a surprise at the break by introducing Foden for Aguero, who has only just returned from a knee injury. The change paid dividends as the England international scored his third goal of the season.

The impressive Joao Cancelo used his pace to escape down the left, before finding the unmarked Foden eight yards out, with the midfielder cleverly swivelling and turning, before firing a low shot past Fabianski at his near post.

However, despite incessant City pressure, a combination of poor finishing, luck and alert keeping by Fabianski – who denied both Raheem Sterling and Riyad Mahrez late on – preserved West Ham’s well-earned point.

What’s next?

West Ham take on Premier League champions Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday October 31 (5.30pm) in a match you can see live on Sky Sports.

Saturday 31st October 5:00pm

Kick off 5:30pm

City, meanwhile, face Marseille at the Stade Velodrome in the Champions League on Tuesday (8pm), before they return to league action against Sheffield United at Bramall Lane next Saturday (12.30pm).

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