Two goals from Sergio Aguero and a clincher from David Silva ensured Manchester City picked up all three points against West Ham on Saturday evening, ending a poor recent run of away results in the league.
Manuel Pellegrini saw his side open the scoring in impressive fashion, Alvaro Negredo dummying Fernandinho’s measured through ball for Aguero to lash home after just 16 minutes.
The diminutive forward then made it 2-0 soon after, ghosting in unmarked to head home a free-kick at the near post.
West Ham, playing a striker-less system that worked so well against Tottenham before the international break, were looking outmatched and outclassed; but a flash of individual skill from Ricardo Vaz Te—perhaps their most attack-minded option—gave them a glimmer of hope just before the hour mark.
The Portuguese showed great flexibility to power home an overhead kick, one that left Joe Hart absolutely bemused.
City, however, would not be rattled—despite losing on recent trips to Cardiff and Aston Villa. Again it was Aguero at the heart of matters, as he ran into the box and laid off a perfect pass for Silva to accept and curl home the clincher.
Afterwards, Pellegrini was upbeat:
Winning the game was the most important thing for us. We played very well, and the best player for West Ham was their goalkeeper.
We played as well as we did against Aston Villa. Someone asked me if I needed to change the way we played away, and I do not think so.
Before we started the game, Chelsea and Arsenal won. We had to take the maximum. David Silva and Sergio Aguero are very important players. Seeing them playing that way is very important for the whole team.
On Target: 2-9