Premier League
West Ham United 1 Manchester City 3

Saturday, 11th December 2010
by Staff Writer

West Ham are now four points adrift of safety after going down 3-1 at home to title-chasers Man City at the Boleyn this afternoon.

With just one game to play before Christmas, Avram Grant's side are in serious danger of going into the holiday period bottom of the table - a position from which only one team has managed to survive since the Premier League's inception.

Yaya Toure gave the visitors a half time lead with a fiercely-struck drive on the half hour mark. But it wasn't until the 74th minute until that lead was doubled when Rob Green was credited with an own goal after Toure's close range strike rebounded off the post and rebounded off the unfortunate 'keeper.

Sub Andy Johnson added a third with the Hammers defence at sixes and sevens nine minutes from time before James Tomkins notched a consolation goal with a header from a corner.

Avram Grant revealed after the game that he was annoyed by referee Phil Dowd's decision not to award a penalty for a fairly obvious second half hand ball with the score at 0-1.

Grant has regularly criticised referees for decisions going against his team this season.

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Player Ratings

Robert Green
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Julien Faubert
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Tal Ben Haim
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James Tomkins
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Matthew Upson
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Jonathan Spector
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Scott Parker
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Junior Stanislas
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Pablo Barrera
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Victor Obinna
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Frederic Piquionne
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Substitutes

Kieron Dyer
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Carlton Cole
(Replaced Barrera, 71 mins) Comments to follow.


Zavon Hines
(Replaced Piquionne, 80 mins) Comments to follow.


Marek Stech
Did not play.


Winston Reid
Did not play.


Radoslav Kovac
Did not play.


Luis Boa Morte
Did not play.



Match Facts

West Ham United: Robert Green, Julien Faubert, Tal Ben Haim, James Tomkins, Matthew Upson, Jonathan Spector, Scott Parker, Junior Stanislas, Pablo Barrera, Victor Obinna, Frederic Piquionne.

Goals: James Tomkins 89                  .

Booked: Tal Ben Haim           .

Sent off: None.

Manchester City: Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany, Kolo Toure, Boateng, Yaya Toure, De Jong, Barry, Silva, Balotelli, Jo.

Subs not used: Given, Richards, Lescott, Vieira, Santa Cruz.

Goals: Toure (30), Green (og 73), Johnson (81).

Booked: .

Sent off: None.

Referee: Phil Dowd.

Attendance: 32,813.

Man of the Match: James Tomkins.