Pellegrini gives verdict on shock West Ham defeat

The club also didn’t know what it felt like to concede a goal.


Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne, right, scores during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester City and West Ham United at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester, England, Saturday September 19, 2015.

Although Sakho went close to netting a third for the visitors when he rounded Hart but stroked wide, the men in sky blue did make their inevitable second-half onslaught. They may have played “too rushed”, but any other match when City has more than 25 shots and dominates a half like they did in the second today, it usually ends with a win.

Despite the loss, City retained a three-point buffer at the top of the table from West Ham and Leicester City which maintained its unbeaten run with a 2-2 draw at Stoke.

These are their first dropped points and first goals allowed of the season. Unsurprisingly, they’re favourites ahead of this one, with bet365 offering 1/4 on a home win for Manuel Pellegrini’s side. I don’t think there was one player that would change the story.

De Bruyne, who was mainly used in the No10 role for his former club Wolfsburg, said he was confident his ability to play across the forward line would add a different dimension to City’s fearsome attack.

“I have a strong squad and because David and Kompany could not play, we cannot have excuses that we have lost to West Ham at home“.

“In the last two games we didn’t play with the concentration or intensity we had shown in the first five games”, said the 62-year-old Chilean.

West Ham are now the only team this season to beat Arsenal (2-0), Liverpool(3-0) and Manchester City(1-2) all at home, emphatic!

“City created some chances and in the second half, the players were fighting like a unit from the goalkeeper to the last man”.


“We never believed we had won the title after just five games – we just always focus on the next game“. “There will be ups and downs here at West Ham – this result is a major surprise and nine points from the first three away games sound like a dream, not a plan”. It doubled the lead in the 31st when striker Diafra Sakho turned the ball in after a goalmouth scramble from a corner.

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