Man City vs. West Ham: Center-back duo extends City’s winning streak to 20 matches


Ruben Dias and John Stones scored as Manchester City edge past in-form West Ham to go 13 points clear at the top of Premier League.

After a midweek trip to Borussia Monchengladbach in the Champions League, Pep Guardiola made a couple of changes and benched Raheem Sterling, Phil Foden, Gabriel Jesus and Joao Cancelo. Sergio Aguero, who was sidelined even after returning from the injury, led City’s attack.

At the half-hour mark, Ruben Dias put the home side ahead as the Portuguese nod home Kevin De Bruyne’s delicious cross. Fourth-placed West Ham fought back and restored parity through Michail Antonio two minutes before half time.

Midway through the second half, Dias’ defensive partner John Stones rose to the occasion and scored City’s winner as the former Everton defender slotted home from Riyad Mahrez’s neat lay-off in the penalty box.

The victory means West Ham keep the fourth spot until Sunday’s heavyweight clash between Manchester United and Chelsea. A win for the Blues will kick Hammers out of the top four.

Managers’ Reaction

Pep Guardiola

“After 10 or 15 minutes today, we realised we were not going to paint anything beautiful. When you play a lot of games – in the league and then the Champions League – this is normal. We were lucky to get all three points. The mathematics matter at the end of the season.”

David Moyes

“I’m really disappointed we didn’t get a point. It was a terrific performance. We came here and tried to match a top side – and for long periods we did.”

Manchester City Vs West Ham - Match Details

It was John Stones' third league goal of the season.
It was John Stones' third league goal of the season. (Imago Copyrights: IMAGO / PA Images / xClivexBrunskillx 58317603)

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