Silva Scores Late Winner As City Beat West Ham
David Silva volleyed a late winner as Premier League leaders Manchester City came from behind to beat stubborn West Ham 2-1 at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.
City produced another late show to equal the top flight record of 13 successive wins in a season. The Citizen were met by a spirited Hammers performance that belied their lowly league position as Angelo Ogbonna headed the visitors deservedly ahead in the 44 minute.
The Spaniard, who extended his contract this week, volleyed home from close range seven minutes from time after being picked out by a brilliant Kevin De Bruyne cross. City had trailed at half-time to an Angelo Ogbonna header but dominated the second period and pulled level through Nicolas Otamendi.
A response was required after the restart and Guardiola got it, sparked by the introduction of Gabriel Jesus. His decisive work down the right flank opened up the watertight West Ham back five and his cross was turned home by Otamendi from three yards out.
City then set up camp in West Ham’s half with Leroy Sane and Kevin De Bruyne testing Adrian with some stinging efforts from range. Raheem Sterling missed his kick from four yards out with the goal gaping, but there was a feeling of inevitability about City’s winning goal as the Hammers started to tire.