With our first visit to the London Stadium, I hope all 9000+ fans got down there safe and sound and on-time for kick off. Stupid time for a FA Cup tie in my opinion, making all those fans travel to London on a Friday. The first Friday of the New Year. Safe trip back anyway lads. The team has done us proud.
Yes, City had most of the ball in the first half and it eventually paid diffidence when our new marauding central midfielder Pablo Zabaletta ran on to a superb ball from Silva only to be brought down. He was definitely clipped, even if only slightly, but that’s all it takes. Anyway, up stepped Yaya for his fourth goal of the season and I’m sure I heard the commentator say he’d never missed a penalty for us?
Despite a couple of half chances for both teams early on, I felt we controlled the whole first half and even more once we scored the penalty. West Ham quickly tried to get back into it, but we were in the mood and pretty much finished the game off in the last five minutes of the half. On 41 minutes, their defender Nordtveit scored an own goal trying to stop the ball reaching Sterling. Which was then followed by Silva to make it 3-0 just two minutes later. West Ham were beaten.
If they thought they weren’t, then they were on fifty minutes when Aguero finally got in on the act to make it 4-0 and round off a great FA Cup win. Even if there were still forty odd minutes to go. Our away end started to do the Poznan in the stands whilst the majority of the hammers fans started streaming out of the grounds with rumblings of “Upton Park” being mentioned everywhere. Not that we should be concerned by any of that.
The game was over and the last half an hour seem to take a long time and was very boring with West Ham hardly able to do anything, or care by the looks of it. City knew the game was done so there was no need to exert themselves. At the end though we struck again, when Stones headed in his first Manchester City goal since joining from Everton. It was initially not given, but then the referee’s watch buzzed as the goal-line technology device informed him it was over the line. For me though that did surprise me, I didn’t think it would be switched for the FA Cup. Of course if it’s there, they should make use of it, however if it’s not going to be available in all FA Cup grounds and games this weekend, is that unfair? Not that it affected this particular game, but it could have.
Anyway, job done, we’re through to the FA Cup 4th Round and in the pot for the draw on Monday. We can sit back and not worry like our other football friends of other teams as they hope their team can get through over the rest of the weekend. The City players themselves have nine days rest as well, before our next fixture away to Everton a week on Sunday. Well played City.