For nearly an hour at the Etihad, the only players Pep Guardiola must have felt like grabbing around the neck were his own.
Manchester City had been frustrated. Again. Held at bay by a spirited West Ham side who had taken the lead on the stroke of half-time and held out with the help of some quite wonderful goalkeeping from Adrian, City were in danger of losing their 12-game winning run in the Premier League and even suffering their first defeat here in any competition for exactly a year.
There was hope once again for the rest of the Premier League that the title race is not all but over by the start of December.
It was David Silva’s turn this week to rescue Manchester City as the Spaniard celebrates his winning goal
The City skipper latched on to Kevin de Bruyne’s cross to guide the ball past Adrian with less than 10 minutes remaining
Silva moved quickly to enter the Hammers penalty area unmarked and unseen as he stabbed home the winner
Pep Guardiola cheers as he again watches his City side snatch the three points late on as they regain their eight point lead
Meanwhile David Moyes leaves the Etihad Stadium empty handed and still awaiting his first win as West Ham manager
MATCH FACTS, RATINGS, TABLE AND MATCH ZONE
Manchester City (4-3-3)
Ederson 6; Walker 6, Otamendi 7.5, Mangala 5, Danilo 5 (Jesus 46, 8); Delph 6.5, De Bruyne 7, D Silva 7; Sterling 6.5, Aguero 5.5 (Fernandinho 85), Sane 6 (B Silva 90)
Subs not used: Bravo, Toure, Gundogan, Kompany
Goals: Otamendi 57; Silva 83
Booked: De Bruyne 59; Jesus 90+5
Manager: Pep Guardiola 6.5
West Ham (5-3-1-1)
Adrian 7.5; Zabaleta 6.5, Rice 7, Ogbonna 7, Cresswell 6.5, Masuaku 7; Fernandes 7, Obiang 6, Kouyate 6 (Sakho 43, 6); Lanzini 6 (Arnautovic 69, 6); Antonio 7 (Ayew 88)
Subs not used: Trott, Martinez, Quina, Johnson
Goals: Ogbonna 44
Booked: Rice 17; Adrian 90+4
Manager: David Moyes 6.5
Referee: M Dean 7
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Kevin de Bruyne’s pin-point cross was met by David Silva as City stole yet another win with a late winner. For more game statistics, visit Sportsmail’s exclusive Match Zone.
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