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West Ham v City: Fans' favourite

  • 22 January 2016 12:18
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Ahead of Saturday's final trip to Upton Park, we asked fans on Twitter to choose their favourite of four memorable recent clashes with West Ham.

With 49% of the vote, there was a clear winner - so without further ado, let's see what it was...

West Ham 0-3 City, 21 January 2014


The Blues made the trip to London, looking to confirm their place in the final of the Capital One Cup.

Having given themselves an incredible six-goal advantage after thrashing the Hammers in the home leg, their spot at Wembley looked a certainty - but Manuel Pellegrini's men were unwilling to risk any upset.

Two goals for Alvaro Negredo and one for Sergio Aguero put West Ham to the sword once more, with starlet Marcos Lopes pitching in with two assists.

The triumph handed City a stunning 9-0 aggregate lead, setting up a meeting with Sunderland in the final.

The Blues would go on to lift the League Cup for the first time since 1976, coming from behind to defeat the Black Cats 3-1.

Match highlights


Starting XIs


West Ham: Jaaskelainen, Nolan, Tomkins, Rat, Carroll (C Cole 45), Taylor, Morrison, Diarra, Diame (Collison 90), J Cole (Downing 46), Johnson

Unused subs: Jarvis, Adrian, Noble, Chambers

City: Pantilimon, Boyata, Lescott (c), Nastasic, Clichy, Fernandinho, Garcia (Rodwell 63), Navas (Kolarov 77), Lopes, Negredo, Aguero (Jovetic 64)

Unused subs: Hart, Demichelis, Dzeko, Zabaleta

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Key moments


3' - Negredo opens the scoring, heading Lopes' cross into the bottom corner

5' - Kevin Nolan has the ball in the net for the hosts, converting Matthew Taylor's delivery, but the flag is raised for offside

23' - Aguero doubles the advantage, latching on to Lopes' through-ball, weaving his way through the Hammers defence and slotting home

58' - Negredo nets his second, driving forward and clipping over Jussi Jaaskelainen from a seemingly impossible angle

Man of the Match


Marcos Lopes

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Reaction


"The club's 67-year old  22-match unbeaten record is now under threat after the Blues recorded a 3-0 victory at Upton Park to take them to 18 without defeat in all competitions. An early home goal may have prompted the first few beads of sweat through the more wrinkled foreheads in the away end but it was City who allayed any lingering nerves by taking a third minute lead." - Mark Booth, MCFC

"City are, quite simply, a joy to watch - unless, of course, you are a West Ham fan. Then it is just pure torture. After putting six past the Hammers in the first leg, there was no easing up. They ripped through them with devastating ease." - John Cross, the Mirror

"City looked sharp, even as they played within themselves and the only question, from the moment that Álvaro Negredo nodded them into an early lead, was the number of goals that they would deign to score, how severely they would punish West Ham." - David Hytner, the Guardian

"Aguero and Negredo were combining superbly. Aided by the quicksilver Lopes and Jesus Navas, City were a pleasure to watch going forward. West Ham were making it easy for the visitors too, though." - Sky Sports

"City applied another mauling to this wounded claret-and-blue beast and Pellegrini is looking forward to his first appearance at Wembley." - Matt Barlow, the Daily Mail

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City face Everton in the second leg of the Capital One Cup semi final on Wednesday 27 January, in what's set to be a thrilling night of cup football at the Etihad.

Tickets are available to buy online at mcfc.co.uk/tickets by telephone on +44 (0)161 444 1894   (option 1, option 1, option 2)* and in person at the Ticket Office on the first floor of the City Store at the Etihad Stadium.

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