Manchester City 2 - 1 West Ham United

Match info: Premier League at Etihad Stadium

Date: 27/04/2013 KO: 12:45 Ref: H Webb Att: 47,189

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers

Man City

Sergio Aguero 28
Yaya Toure 83

2
vs
1

West Ham

Andy Carroll 90+4

FT (ht: 1-0)

  • Last Updated: April 27 2013, 18:00 BST

Post-match reaction to Manchester City's 2-1 victory over West Ham.

City play down Hart fears

Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini played down fears about Joe Hart after the England goalkeeper appeared to be struggling with a back injury towards the end of the 2-1 win over West Ham.

With all three substitutes used, Mancini did not have the option of taking Hart off. But the injury was clearly troubling the England man and caused the mistake that gifted Andy Carroll Hammers' injury-time consolation.

As City still have four Premier League games left, plus the FA Cup final against Wigan in a fortnight, any extended absence would be a concern.

When asked if the goalkeeper was okay, the Italian responded: "I think so."

And later on, assistant-boss David Platt said: "I think Joe's back spasmed as he kicked a ball.

"He is a bit blocked up and will be a bit sore tomorrow but he will be OK on Monday.

"It possibly affected him with the way he conceded the second. If you look at the ball when it has gone in he can't get down to it.

"Most keepers, because they are throwing themselves about left, right and centre during the week will have issues around things like that.

"It is not much of an issue. It is a 24-hour thing."

Carroll's goal made City sweat for their victory rather more than should have been the case.

Sergio Aguero had put the hosts ahead when he finished off a flowing move that involved Samir Nasri playing one-twos with both Yaya Toure and David Silva before providing the cross for the City striker's 15th goal of the season.

Toure doubled the advantage with a marvellous goal after the break, making room for himself on the angle of the penalty area before firing superbly into the top corner.

It was the perfect way for City to respond to losing their Premier League title to Manchester United, and that damaging defeat at Tottenham last weekend.

Mancini admits it is important to begin his summer recruitment early but insists he will maintain focus on the rest of this season.

"Now it is important to finish well in this championship," he added.

"We want to win the next game and keep hold of the second position and try to win the FA (Cup) final."

On his summer activity, Mancini added: "I think that it's important to move quickly.

"I think here are a lot of teams that want to buy new players; Barca, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Manchester United, we need to move quickly."

Hammers boss Sam Allardyce was disappointed by his side's lacklustre first-half display.

They did improve after the interval, although Carroll's contribution once again raised talk of the present loan deal from Liverpool turned into a permanent arrangement.

"We will find out at the end of the season," said Allardyce.

"There is a lot to do obviously, between ourselves, Liverpool and Andy.

"But he has scored again hasn't he? That is six in 10 now."


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