Premier League
Man CityManchester City2West HamWest Ham United0
By Phil McNultyChief football writer at Etihad Stadium
Manchester City

Manchester City secured their second Premier League title in three seasons after goals from Samir Nasri and captain Vincent Kompany saw them stroll to victory over West Ham.

Manuel Pellegrini's side knew a point would confirm they had regained the crown - but goals either side of the interval from Nasri and Kompany ensured the formalities were completed with barely an anxious moment in front an ecstatic packed house at Etihad Stadium.

Liverpool's home defeat to Chelsea and the late collapse at Crystal Palace opened the door for City and they took advantage ruthlessly by winning their last five games.

And for 60-year-old Chilean Pellegrini, it marked a triumphant conclusion to his first season in charge after he was brought in to replace sacked Roberto Mancini and entrusted with returning the title to the club.

With 102 league goals and that two-point final margin, no-one can begrudge City a success that is richly merited, for all Liverpool's efforts this season.

As referee Martin Atkinson sounded the final whistle and confirmation of the title, City's fans rushed on to the pitch in their thousands and celebrated before retreating to allow captain Kompany to lift the trophy once more.

City's fans also paid tribute to their quiet manager who has guided them to the title, while also claiming the League Cup - a more than healthy return and justification of his appointment by the club's Abu Dhabi-based owners.

Pellegrini insisted City would not simply go in search of the draw that would ensure they finished ahead of Liverpool barring a miraculous turnaround on goal difference, and so it proved as they pressed forward from the kick-off.

West Ham, with growing speculation that manager Sam Allardyce was taking charge of his final game, showed a desperate lack of ambition and frustration threatened to be City's biggest enemy.

They played, however, with the maturity and control of champions and no hint of the nerves that plagued them when they were last in this position and needed Sergio Aguero's winner with virtually the final kick of the season to snatch the Premier League away from Manchester United two seasons ago.

And that nerve-shredding experience served them well here as they played a game of patience when confronted by West Ham's blanket defence and simply kept possession until they could make their quality count.

The time came six minutes before the interval when Nasri's low shot from 20 yards beat West Ham keeper Adrian to release any tension that may have been lingering.

And the job was done four minutes after half-time when, fittingly, captain Kompany turned in from close range after a corner had rebounded off the back of Edin Dzeko.

All that remained was for City to close out the win which, despite Liverpool's win against Newcastle United at Anfield, was done at a stroll as the Etihad celebrating the reclaiming of the Premier League title.

Line-ups

Man City

  • 1Hart
  • 26DemichelisBooked at 61mins
  • 4Kompany
  • 5Zabaleta
  • 13Kolarov
  • 14García Fernández
  • 21SilvaSubstituted forMilnerat 76'minutes
  • 8Nasri
  • 42Y TouréSubstituted forNegredoat 86'minutes
  • 16AgüeroBooked at 90mins
  • 10DzekoSubstituted forFernandinhoat 69'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Lescott
  • 7Milner
  • 9Negredo
  • 22Clichy
  • 25Fernandinho
  • 30Pantilimon
  • 35Jovetic

West Ham

  • 13Adrián
  • 3McCartney
  • 17O'Brien
  • 2Reid
  • 5Tomkins
  • 14Taylor
  • 4NolanBooked at 32minsSubstituted forJarvisat 64'minutes
  • 23Downing
  • 16NobleBooked at 90mins
  • 21DiaméSubstituted forColeat 81'minutes
  • 9CarrollSubstituted forColeat 72'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Jarvis
  • 8Armero
  • 12Vaz Te
  • 19Collins
  • 22Jääskeläinen
  • 24Cole
  • 26Cole
Referee:
Martin Atkinson
Attendance:
47,300

Match Stats

Home TeamMan CityAway TeamWest Ham
Possession
Home68%
Away32%
Shots
Home28
Away3
Shots on Target
Home7
Away0
Corners
Home12
Away1
Fouls
Home7
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Manchester City 2, West Ham United 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Manchester City 2, West Ham United 0.

  3. Post update

    Álvaro Negredo (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Matthew Taylor (West Ham United).

  5. Post update

    Offside, West Ham United. Adrián tries a through ball, but Joe Cole is caught offside.

  6. Booking

    Mark Noble (West Ham United) is shown the yellow card.

  7. Booking

    Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Sergio Agüero (Manchester City).

  9. Post update

    Mark Noble (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Fernandinho (Manchester City) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Samir Nasri with a cross following a set piece situation.

  11. Post update

    Samir Nasri (Manchester City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Joe Cole (West Ham United).

  13. Post update

    Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Winston Reid.

  14. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Samir Nasri (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Aleksandar Kolarov.

  15. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Álvaro Negredo.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Manchester City. Álvaro Negredo replaces Yaya Touré.

  17. Post update

    Attempt blocked. James Milner (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Sergio Agüero.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, West Ham United. Joe Cole replaces Mohamed Diamé.

  19. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Samir Nasri (Manchester City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Yaya Touré.

  20. Post update

    Attempt saved. Samir Nasri (Manchester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Yaya Touré with a through ball.

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