December 4 2013 Latest news:
Saturday, October 19, 2013
West Ham manager Sam Allardyce cut a frustrated figure after his side’s 3-1 defeat at home to Manchester City, with the Hammers’ improved second-half performance of little consolation.
Sergio Aguero opened the scoring early in the first half for the visitors, before putting them further ahead six minutes after half-time.
Ricardo Vaz Te’s overhead kick reduced the deficit in style, only for David Silva to strike home after collecting a superb Aguero backheel to make it 3-1.
While there were some promising moments in the second half as West Ham threatened a comeback, but anything but three points would have been harsh on City.
Only wayward finishing and the fine goalkeeping of Jussi Jaaskelainen kept the scoreline down, as they made light work of the six-man midfield that had seen West Ham win 3-0 at Tottenham last time out.
“It was too late, though, wasn’t it? That was the problem,” Allardyce said, having made a delayed entrance.
“Manchester City were better than we were today.
“I have always said if you are going to get a good result then you have to play your very, very best and sometimes the opposition don’t allow you to do that.
“I think that we thought we could come out of the traps and set the tempo, but what happened was that Manchester City decided they would do that because of their quality.
“When you get the front two and Yaya Toure and Silva passing the ball like they pass it, it frightened us a little it, it put us on the back foot.
“The sad thing was that even after that, we made two basic errors for their two goals rather than the quality of Aguero or Alvaro Negredo or Silva putting the ball in the back of the net with a great fluent move.
“A simple ball down the middle for the first goal and somebody not picking up the smallest Man City player up for the second goal was really disappointing for us.
“Gifting them the two goals was something that you wouldn’t expect to come back from against a team of their quality.
“But we gave it a go, I was pleased with the response. At least they didn’t give up, they fought to the end and when we got to 2-1 with a good goal that we scored.
“We showed a little bit more of our passing qualities, which failed us in the first half.
“The constant passing to our players, and then the opposition regaining possession was the reason why we didn’t look anything like we did at Tottenham.
“Really, our only real contribution from an attacking point of view was about 20 or 25 minutes from the end after Man City were 2-0 and that was too late.”
Hull City manager Steve Bruce believes that Arsenal have the ability to win the league this season.