Monday, May 12

Obliging opponents for the Champions

Manchester City 2 West Ham 0

We're in Homerton for a house-warming and it's into the Adam and Eve with host Matthew, who's meant to be out shopping, to see West Ham win the league for either City or Liverpool. My WHU pal Matt texts early to say that he and Lisa are at Platt Lane for the Under 18 play-off, before moving on to the National Football Museum and then the match. His ideal day.

The Hackney-brewed Railway Porter is very palatable in the Adam and Eve, though there's a bizarre dispute in the pub as it starts with Liverpool v Newcastle, only for various groups off West Ham and City fans to harangue the bar staff and get it changed to the City game after five minutes. West Ham are playing in a horrible new kit that looks like a navy blue t-shirt and go into familiar containment mode. Adrian makes a fine save from Zabaleta and we defend reasonably well, until Nasri is allowed to shoot from distance. Adrian is a little slow getting down to it and it's 1-0 to City. City hit the post before the break.

The game is settled soon after half-time when Dzeko turns and finds Kompany who pokes home following a City corner, West Ham are obliging opponents against an admittedly multi-talented side. Taylor has a shot wide and Carroll fluffs his one half chance in a colourless performance. Aguero misses a sitter for City and Adrian makes a decent block with his feet, Carlton Cole and Joe Cole come on and the inevitable soon happens.

There's a massive pitch invasion and Matt texts "I know it is a big deal beating a team with Joey O'Brien and Carlton Cole in it, but this is a bit over the top!"

We've finished 13th which is better than expected at Christmas, but ended with a whimper in this game. The players can put on their flip-flops, while the fans wait for clarity on the managerial situation. An interesting summer awaits. Meanwhile thanks to Lisa for the pics of Citeh's big day:

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