Foden on target as City held at West Ham
Manchester City were forced to settle for a point as we drew 1-1 against a stubborn West Ham United at the London Stadium. Pep Guardiola’s side came from behind to claim a share of the spoils, with Phil Foden’s smart turn and shot levelling the scores after Michail Antonio had put the hosts ahead with a superb overhead kick.
The Hammers edged the opening 45 minutes in which they restricted City to half chance, but whilst the visitors improved to dominate the second period, we were unable to find a breakthrough.
Antonio’s superb finish gave West Ham a deserved half-time lead and it was text-book centre-forward play from the striker, who held off Ruben Dias and emphatically volleyed Vladimir Coufal’s cross past Ederson.
There had been a question of handball in the build-up, but neither referee Anthony Taylor nor video assistant referee Peter Bankes deemed Tomas Soucek to have committed an offence.
West Ham had their own appeals turned away when Eric Garcia made a saving tackle on Antonio, but at the other end City rarely threatened.
lkay Gundogan blazed wide after good interplay between Sergio Aguero and Riyad Mahrez, but the Hammers’ stoic defended made life difficult.
That changed with the introduction of Foden at the break and the youngster made an immediate impact when he swivelled on a sixpence and fired past Lukasz Fabianski after good work down the left from Joao Cancelo.
It was all City from there, but time and time again they were met by a wall of claret and blue. Guardiola sent on Kevin De Bruyne in a bid to unlock their stubborn defence and when he dispossessed Arthur Masuaku it created a glorious opportunity for Raheem Sterling.
The winger received the ball in acres of space on the left of the box, but his first touch was heavy and it gave Fabianski time to rush off his line and block the shot.
Mahrez nearly won the game in the dying seconds with a mazy run and shot by the West Ham keeper turned his effort onto the post and behind for a corner.
WHAT IT MEANS
City remain in 11th position in the table, one place behind today's opponents on goal difference ahead of the rest of the weekend's fixtures.
With two wins and two draws to our name this season, we have eight points after five games.
It's a quick turn around for City, who are back in action against Marseille on Tuesday evening. Kick-off in France is at 20:00 (UK).
Our league campaign resumes with an away trip to Sheffield United on Saturday 31 October. Kick-off is at 12:30 (UK).
West Ham (1): Fabianski; Coufal, Balbuena, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Masuaku; Soucek, Rice, Bowen (Haller, 68’), Fornals; Antonio (Yarmolenko, 52’)
Manchester City (1): Ederson; Walker (Zinchenko, 78’), Rúben Dias, Eric Garcia, Cancelo; Rodri, Gündogan, Bernardo Silva (De Bruyne, 68’); Mahrez, Sterling, Agüero (Foden, 45’)
Goals: 1-0, Antonio (18’), 1-1, Foden (51’)
Referee: Anthony Taylor. Bookings: Coufal (50’), Balbuena (91’)